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Friday, May 21, 2021

VA National Cemeteries Loosen COVID Restrictions

VA National Cemeteries No Longer Restricting Gathering Sizes at Committal and Memorial Services

Dear Subscriber,

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) today announced it would lift all restrictions on gathering sizes at committal and memorial services in VA national cemeteries starting on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Earlier this week, the NCA announced it had adjusted its rules for visitors and staff members in accordance with the CDC's new guidance, Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks and physically distance themselves while at a national cemetery. 

Consistent with the new CDC guidance, NCA still requires persons who are not fully vaccinated to practice the safety procedures recommended by the CDC – such as wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing – while visiting a cemetery or attending a service.

For more information, please visit the NCA website, or contact your local national cemetery.


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Friday, May 7, 2021

Veterans Benefits Newsletter | May 2021, (Debt Relief Extended For Veterans) (Medical and Pharmacy CoPayments Incurred Between April 6, 2020 and September 30, 2021 Will Be Cancelled and Any Payments Refunded)

VA Benefits: Debt Relief | GI Bill Updates | Family Caregivers

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May 2021

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Debt Relief Extended for Veterans

VA recognizes that some Veterans and beneficiaries continue to be impacted by COVID-19. To provide relief, VA is suspending the collection of Veteran benefit overpayments incurred between April 6, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021. Additionally, medical and pharmacy copayments incurred during this period will be canceled and any payments refunded. Use our new online tool to check the status of your VA debt, as well as options to resolve it.

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Are you transitioning or planning to transition out of active-duty service? VA's Military Life Cycle (MLC) modules are available to help you plan for the future. These brief 30- to 45-minute online courses can be completed at your own pace and cover topics including your available VA benefits and other resources to help you adjust to civilian life. Learn more about MLC and download our resource guides.

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As part of the American Rescue Plan, the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) provides financial aid to help you recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. VRRAP offers up to 12 months of tuition, fees, and a monthly housing allowance. Learn if you're eligible and how to apply! 

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Disability compensation and pension (C&P) exams, also called claim exams, are crucial to determine your eligibility for VA benefits. Now C&P exam locations have expanded to include non-VA vendors across the country. Learn how the additional locations have changed the C&P exam scheduling process.

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VA Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Now all Veterans, their spouses, and caregivers can get COVID-19 vaccines from VA regardless of their VA health care enrollment status. Learn how to get your COVID-19 vaccine from VA!

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Transition and Career Webinars

Military Officers Association of America's (MOAA) highest priority is providing first-class service to its members, especially related to career transition assistance. If you're interested in starting a new career, MOAA has a variety of online webinars from which to choose. Learn about apprenticeship programs, how to maximize your LinkedIn, and more.

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