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Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program debuts at D-M

Posted June 14, 2012 by

Service to the Armed Forces, an American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter program that provides support to military members, veterans and their families, opened a new satellite office on Davis-Monthan, June 13. In Southern Arizona, the SAF program offers essential human services to about 17,000 active duty personnel and members of all branches of the…

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Service members are assisted with transition

Posted January 9, 2014 by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie

So you’re getting out of the military and you’re trying to figure what’s next for your life. The initial thought that comes to most people’s mind is, “What am I going to do first?” The conversion from military to civilian life can be stressful but the military has a variety of ways to help through…

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VA deployment of paperless claims processing system underway

Posted January 18, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today the nationwide transition to paperless processing of Veterans’ disability claims at its regional benefits processing offices is underway. VA is aggressively building a strong foundation for its new electronic claims processing system, called Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) – a lasting solution that will transform how…

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New technology quickens veterans’ disability claims

Posted June 27, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – A new online application from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) enables disability compensation claims to be processed faster in a more end-to-end electronic environment, and VA is urging Veterans and their Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives to make full use of its capabilities to receive speedier decisions and reduce the backlog of…

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VA announces effort to hire mental health professionals

Posted June 14, 2012 by Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed an aggressive national mental health hiring initiative to improve recruitment and hiring, marketing, education and training programs, and retention efforts for mental health professionals. To speed the national hiring process, VA developed the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, a multi-faceted, sustained National marketing and outreach campaign that includes…

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VA launches online tool to calculate GI Bill benefits

Posted February 6, 2014 by

WASHINGTON – The Veterans Affairs Department today launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are taking…

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted February 7, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on…

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VA grants up one year of retroactive benefits

Posted August 8, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced yesterday that veterans filing an original fully developed claim for service-connected disability compensation may be entitled to up to one-year of retroactive disability benefits. The retroactive benefits, which are in effect Aug. 6, 2013, through Aug. 5, 2015, are a result of a comprehensive legislative package…

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Railways industry announces job opportunities for vets

Posted July 12, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON – Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines considering separating from the active-duty military this year may seek employment options in the railways industry, which today became the latest to pledge jobs to veterans. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the 5,000-job pledge in a conference call with reporters, making rail the latest industry to offer jobs…

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DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted February 13, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image…

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