DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) ANNOUNCEMENT
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is eliminating the annual requirement for most Veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system to report income information beginning in March 2014. Instead, VA will automatically match income information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration.
“Eliminating the requirement for annual income reporting makes our health care benefits easier for Veterans to obtain,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This change will reduce the burden on Veterans, improve customer service and make it much easier for Veterans to keep their health care eligibility up-to-date.”
Some Veterans applying for enrollment for the first time are still required to submit income information. There is no change in VA’s long-standing policy to provide no-cost care to indigent Veterans, Veterans with catastrophic medical conditions, Veterans with a disability rating of 50 percent or higher, or for conditions that are officially rated as “service-connected.”
VA encourages Veterans to continue to use the health benefits renewal form to report changes in their personal information, such as address, phone numbers, dependents, next of kin, income and health insurance.
VETERANS RAPID DEPLOYMENT
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A special program for Veterans interested in Manufacturing Careers. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Administered by Business and Career Services, Inc.
MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY HAGEL ON SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH
The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide. Seeking behavioral health care is a choice that embodies moral courage, honor and integrity. Those values are at the foundation of what that we stand for and what we defend. The Military Crisis Line is there for all who need it. I encourage anyone in need to call 1-800-273-8255 and press one to speak to a trained professional, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This service is confidential and available to all service members and their families.
INFORMATION ABOUT STATE BENEFITS FOR VETERANS: CLICK HERE
FROM THE CITY OF NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS COMMUNITY CAREER CENTER
The Community Career Center located in Naperville, Illinois provides a supportive and professional setting where job seekers can conduct an effective and successful job search. Volunteers and staff offer a wide range of technical and practical job search assistance as well as encouragement and support to anyone who is unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change. Click Here for more information.
FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS:
- In observance of June as PTSD Awareness Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has begun a new online initiative,AboutFace, focused on helping Veterans recognize PTSD symptoms and motivating them to seek treatment. Click here to read the press release.
- A link to 2012 VA Benefits Book for Veterans, Dependents & Survivors and a link to Military.com VA Healthcare Eligibility.
FROM THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS:
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has been selected to serve as a host site for the Points of Light Veteran Leader Corps. As a result, they are actively seeking qualified applicants to serve in a new position: IDVA Employment Support Specialist and Illinois Joining Forces Program Manager within the Office of the Assistant Director. This is a high-level, full-time, paid service opportunity beginning on March 25, 2013 and concluding on January 31, 2014. For more info, Click Here
Loaves and Fishes has formed a new partnership with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to provide access to a veterans’ services officer at its facility at 1871 High Grove Lane on Naperville’s west side. Click here for more information.
FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. VOW TO HIRE HEROES ACT OF 2011:
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. RETURNING HEROES AND WOUNDED WARRIOR TAX CREDITS:
FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. VETERAN TAX CREDIT:
Illinois employers can earn an income tax credit of up to $1,200 annually for hiring Veterans of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The credit is 5 percent of the total wages paid to every qualified Veteran hired after January 1, 2008. Veterans must work at least 185 days during the tax year for the employer to qualify for the Veteran’s Tax Credit. The Veteran’s Tax Credit can be claimed by employers on 2008 tax returns filed in 2009. To file for the Veteran’s Tax Credit, download the Schedule 1299-D Income Tax Credits Form .
November, 2011. The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a telephone support program to help the spouses of returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, after a pilot telephone support program showed significant reduction in stress for spouses.
Local caregiver support coordinators are available to assist Veterans and their caregivers in understanding and applying for VA’s many caregiver benefits. VA also has a Web page, www.caregiver.va.gov , with general information on spouse telephone support and other caregiver support programs available through VA and the community.
STATE BENEFITS DIRECTORY
August, 2011. Here is a link to all states with the Veterans Benefits they provide. Pass this on to all family, friends and enemies who are Veterans and live in other states. To learn more about your state’s veteran benefits, visit the Military.com State Veteran’s Benefits Directory.
DOL ANNOUNCES JOB TRAINING GRANTS TO HOMELESS VETS
August, 2011. The Department of Labor (DoL) has announced 23 grants totaling $5,436,148 to provide homeless veterans with job training aimed at helping them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. Many veterans face difficulty making the transition from military service to the civilian labor force, and many battle homelessness as a result; These grants will assist more than 3,000 veterans in communities across the country to access the resources they need to find good jobs. More information on the DoL’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at http://www.dol.gov/vets or for this particular program, go to: http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/fact/homeless_veterans_fs04.htm