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Veteran Organizations

Veteran Organizations

Veterans are men and women who have served devotedly for their countries. They not only deserve recognition and but also respect and support to build their post-service veteran lives. Veteran organizations are the ones that make that transition easier.

They can be in many forms. For example, veteran nonprofit organizations, government organizations that serve veterans and veteran families, veteran lead businesses or companies hiring veterans are all considered as veteran organizations.

There are nearly 50 thousand veteran nonprofit organizations (and veteran charities) and over 250 thousand businesses founded or operated by veterans only in the United States. The number of veteran organizations all around the world is over 2 million. They serve 100 million veterans and their families.

WorldVeterans.org plays a vital role as a hub to assist veteran organizations in forming a strong and effective network. Every single veteran organization offers valuable services and support; however, together, they can achieve more.

Bringing veterans organizations together is precisely what we are trying to accomplish at WorldVeterans.org

“With solidarity, we prevail.”   

Veterans and their organizations should work together to build a better future not only for the veterans and their families but also for the communities and even the whole of humanity. They can play a crucial role in human rights, democracy, and sustainable development of communities, cities, countries, and the world.  

Many veterans wonder which is the best veteran organization to join. It will depend on your location, personal interests, and time. They are all great, and they all try to add value and make an impact. You can explore many government, private sector, or nonprofit sector organizations on our website or the internet.

Veteran lead businesses and nonprofits are a significant part of our socio-economic world. However, they may not be as visible as they deserve. Please pay attention and recognize their impact. If you have time, join their volunteer team. If you have financial resources, make donations and support what they are trying to do for us.

You can also consider a second career in veteran lead business or nonprofit. It will be a good fit with the skills that you have gained during your military or community service. Be part of a veteran organization and start making a difference.  

PCS Stress –Tips for Military Families Coping with the Emotional Stress

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What is PCS Stress?

Moving is a much more common event for military families than for civilian families since soldiers are required to change their service location pretty often. PCS (Permanent Change of Station) is a very stressful process, especially for military member families with children.

In general, service members are usually required to change their service location every 2-7 years, which means every service member will have to move at least three times during their time of service. The problem is that these moving processes can be very stressful due to a large variety of reasons. And they can even cause mental health issues in family members, especially children.

For this reason, it is important to know how to cope with PCS stress, and what you can do to overcome it. Further in this article, we will give you some tips about coping with emotional stress caused by PCS, and how you can avoid the stress to a certain level the next time.

Care About Yourself

Everything starts with you. If you want to relieve your family’s stress you first should be able to cope with your stress, and the way to do it is to engage in self-care. Having a self-care routine, which includes various activities that will help you relax and improve yourself- such as reading, involving in sports, or joining a local or online community will greatly help you cope with stress and anxiety, and make you a more positive person overall.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Professional Help

Getting professional help with your stress, anxiety, or any other mental problem is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone goes through harsh times in their lives, and it is important to survive these times with the least damage possible. If this means that you need professional help, you should definitely get it. Overall, people who see a therapist or get other kinds of help about their problems to cope with their problems a lot easier than others.

Try Improving Your Family Connections

Family is the most important thing in life, and it makes life a lot more bearable. Spending more time with your family, sharing more with them, and discussing and solving your problems will greatly help you feel more comfortable and safe during stressful times. The stronger the connection between you and your family, the easier it will be for you to cope with stress and anxiety during hard times, such as a PCS period.

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Try to Be Positive About Moving

Although it might sound cliche, bias and mentality greatly affect how you feel about the life and events that happen out of your control. PCS is a process that you don’t have much choice about, so it is important to try to see the positivity in it. However absurd it might sound, once you become able to think positively about the things that happen in life, it will be a lot easier for you to get used to the new things, and cope with stress and anxiety.

Communicate with Other Military Families

It is important to not forget that other people go through the same or similar processes and problems. Almost all military families are aware of the harshness and stressfulness of PCSing. Some of them might be more experienced and be able to help you with coping with your problems and stress during the process. It is also a very beneficial thing for human psychology to become aware of the fact that others go through the same or similar things as them. You can also contact non-profit military organizations for further help and consultation about PCS.

Try Focusing on The Positives of Moving Frequently

Although it is a stressful thing, moving frequently also has many advantages. For example, you get to know about different things and cultures in different places. You get to accumulate knowledge about what people do in different cities and states, and how life is different in different places. Additionally, you get to meet new people and know about their lives.

More importantly than all the other things, you should acknowledge that you are not alone during these harsh periods, and many people would be very happy to help you as much as they can.

(VA Life) Insurance Program Coming January 2023 for Veterans

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Life can easily become extremely hard for people living in the U.S. when they can’t afford the insurance money. And it might be even harder for veterans since current life insurance programs for veterans require a number of specified qualifications for a veteran to benefit from them. We are always trying to find new ways to make life easier and smoother for our veterans. Our veterans’ lives are about to change with the Veteran Affairs’ latest planned insurance program, which will come into effect in January 2023.

Veteran Affairs is planning to launch a new life insurance program called VALife in January 2023. The program is planned to be available for veterans under the age of 80 with 0-100% disability rates. The program is predicted to be very comprehensive, inclusive, and bring several advantages and even life-changing updates on veterans’ insurance policies.

The full description name of the program is Guaranteed Acceptance Whole Life Insurance, which is available to all veterans under the age of 80. Additionally, veterans older than the age of 80 can also benefit from the program under certain conditions.

What Does The New VALife Insurance Program Offer?

The new VALife insurance program mainly aims to cover the needs of veterans who haven’t been qualified for a Veteran Affairs insurance program before. The program mainly focuses on meeting the first-degree needs of veterans under the age of 80. The program is very comprehensive, and it basically covers all health expenses except premiums.

After a veteran is qualified and accepted to the new VALife Insurance Program, they will be able to benefit from it for the rest of their life, even if they surpass the age of 80. The main qualification requirement is that the veteran is under the age of 80 during the acceptance process for the program.

Some of the important things to know about the new insurance program are:

Veterans will be able to apply online, and they will be enrolled instantly after their application.

The coverage will be available up to as high as $40,000.

Although not covered by the new insurance program, premiums will also be available with very competitive or even discounted prices when compared to private services.

There are no medical requirements for a veteran to be able to enroll in the new insurance program. All veterans under the age of 80 with 0-100% disability will be available to enroll.

The earlier veterans sign up for the new insurance program, the better. Once they are enrolled, premium prices will be locked based on the enrollment date.

If a veteran over the age of 80 has received a service-related disability, they will also be able to enroll in the new insurance program.

The full coverage of the program will be available two years after the enrollment date.

Will Anything Change About The Other Insurance Programs Once This Program is Released?

With the new VALife program’s release, applications for the Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance program will be closed. The last date for the Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance program is 31 Dec. 2022. After this date, service-disabled veterans will only be able to apply for the new VA Life program.

Service-disabled veterans might find it beneficial to apply for the SDV-I program if they haven’t yet since it will be in effect in the following years for veterans that enrolled before the date of 31 Dec. 2022. After enrolling in SDV-I, they will still be able to apply for the new VA Life program. The important thing to know here is that SDV-I does not require service-disabled veterans to be able to benefit from the program, unlike the new VALife program. For this reason, even if they are planning on applying for the new VALife program, they will be able to benefit from the SDV-I program while waiting for 2 years before full coverage.

How to Apply for The New VALife Insurance Program?

Although there isn’t a complete guide on how to apply for the new VA Life insurance program, we know that it will be open to applications online at https://www.benefits.va.gov/insurance/VALife.asp

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How does the promotion work in the US Army?

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promotion in the US Army is one of the best things that can happen to one in the military. It is a very meaningful and proud event for a soldier. Not only does it mean that the soldier is successful and responsible in their job, but it also means that they have great perseverance for their job, and they are doing it with a great passion.  

Not only is it a meaningful and proud event, but it also means a significant pay increase, and an even bigger increase in respect for the soldier gets. However, it is not easy to climb the ladder of ranks in the military, since it requires great commitment and responsibility. It takes years, or even decades for a soldier to reach a high rank, and it doesn’t end there. In order for a soldier to be able to maintain their rank, they need to be respectful of the rules and their responsibilities in the military.  It is important to know about how military promotions work, even if you are not serving in the military. It is actually a slightly complicated process, but it is also very direct in a way.

Military Promotion Ceremony 

As said before, a promotion in the military is an important event. For this reason, it is celebrated with a Military Promotion Ceremony, also known as Military Pinning Ceremony. During the pinning ceremony, military members and their families and loved ones are welcomed to celebrate their promotion. The Pinning Ceremony is a symbolic event, but it is also the first time the soldier gets to receive their new rank pin by a higher-ranked soldier. For this reason, it is a very important event for the soldier to get the promotion, and it is a memorable moment for their all loved ones. 

Promotions and Pay 

While the different military branches use different rank grading, there is also a joint grading system that is mainly used to categorize the pay levels. There are two different main groups and a total of 18 subgroups in this categorizing system. They are divided into two main groups, called the E group and the O group. Both groups have subgroups that are categorized numerically, from 1 to 9. For example, the E-5 group is the group that mainly refers to all Sergeants in all military branches. This group has a specific payment range (US$13,433 – US$80,000 a year). And the pay of the soldier is defined by their total time of service in the military.  

The promotions usually happen from a main group’s lower-numbered subgroup to a higher number in the same main group, although there can be some exceptions. 

How Do Promotions Work in The Army? 

Promotions are very significant and meaningful events for Army members. In the army, promotions usually work very similarly to other military branches. However, there are also some differences when looked into more in detail. 

In the army, promotions work in a system in which each soldier receives “promotion points” by several events or instances. But this method is only effective up to a certain point, after which the promotions are completely managed by a committee. After the E-4 group, soldiers are only promoted by a high commission, to fill an existing vacancy.  

In the army, each soldier receives performance points over time, and they are promoted during a pinning ceremony when they reach certain points. In the army, just like any other job, a soldier can fastly climb to higher ranks from the beginning to a certain point. However, it becomes harder and harder to get promoted as they reach higher ranks. Experience is the second most important factor in promotions, especially after a certain rank, after which the committee manages promotions. 

Military Officer Promotions 

Although commissioned officers are categorized into a separate group, the promotion system is very similar to that of active-duty soldiers. Just like in the Army, Military Officer promotion in the US Army is also managed by a system that mainly regards performance evaluation and time of experience. A board assesses and manages the promotions, and a type of pinning ceremony is carried out just like in other military branches. 

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PTSD Effects on Veterans – How to Fight?

PTSD Effects on Veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is more common among veterans who have just returned from the war due to the stress and trauma they have experienced during the military operation. Trauma survivors may have symptoms such as flashbacks, anxiety, hypervigilance, avoidance of situations that trigger memories, and enhanced unpleasant feelings and thoughts about the trauma they’ve been through.

PTSD in Military Personnel

PTSD in Military Personnel

A person may experience this kind of stress as a result of combat, a life-threatening incident, or another traumatic event. It is indeed a trauma, little wonder it is called post-traumatic stress disorder.

When presented with a threatening scenario, the body’s first reaction is mobilization. Preparedness for combat or flight activates the “fight or flight” response. There are several signs of stress, including an elevated heart rate, rapid breathing, dilated pupils, and an increase in muscle tension.

The relaxation response aids in returning the body to a state of equilibrium after a stressful event. Because of their state of hypervigilance and awareness, people with PTSD are unable to relax. An extensive range of PTSD symptoms may result.

What Causes PTSD

What Causes PTSD?

Military personnel operating in a combat zone are likely to encounter a broad variety of stressful or traumatic events. However, not everyone has symptoms of PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is linked to an increased risk of several factors.

Veterans born before 1980 are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to studies. There is a considerable association between the intensity of battle exposure and the durability of the disease.

If you have any other forms of mental or physical health concerns, it could easily graduate to PTSD, especially with continuous exposure to combat. Comorbid disorders such as depression and physical symptoms are related to an increased incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

People who suffer from sleep disorders are more prone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is a bidirectional relationship between sleep disorders and other mental health conditions, including PTSD.

The severity of symptoms may be impacted by the absence of social support. In addition to being able to convey their concerns, persons who have strong social links are more likely to stick to a treatment plan and better cope with their annoying symptoms.

Some persons are more susceptible to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a traumatic event than others are. A person’s sensitivity to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a stressful occurrence could be enhanced by a range of additional situations.

Mental health is influenced by a person’s genetics, social support, neurological variables, and past experiences.

PTSD Symptoms and Triggers

Symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans include:

Images bringing back fond recollections of the ugly event. There are several methods in which returning service people might revisit their experiences. They may have flashbacks, nightmares, or responses to particular triggers, such as scents, news broadcasts, or loud sounds that lead them to relive the traumatic experience. Flashbacks, for example, may elicit strong emotional responses from veterans.

Avoiding situations that evoke negative emotions. Veterans may want to stay away from anything or anybody who brings up the event in their thoughts. It may be beneficial to avoid circumstances that induce anxiety, such as huge crowds, driving alone or viewing media that has allusions to the incident that happened, in order to keep their mind off of the trauma. All other alternatives are to avoid treatment or deny that they have a problem.

The feeling of being let down by oneself or others. Newly returning combatants may seem to have transformed. Those who know them well may notice that they have become more withdrawn and avoid intimate relationships. They should keep the memory of the trauma as far away from their conscious consciousness as they can. If veterans are more fearful of the world, they may be less trusting and reliant on others as a consequence.

PTSD Treatment

PTSD Treatment

Counseling and medication may be used to successfully treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A therapist or counselor can assist veterans in gaining a better understanding of their thoughts and emotions, as well as give them strategies for dealing with stressful situations. Studies have shown that a variety of counseling techniques may be quite beneficial in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Medications may help relieve tension and irritability. For PTSD, the most often recommended medications are “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors,” but doctors may work with veterans to identify which prescription is most effective for them.

Treatments like cognitive processing, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and cognitive behavioral therapy are also effective for helping PTSD victims.

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CHAMPVA the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs. What is CHAMPVA insurance?

CHAMPVA the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Know more

CHAMPVA: The Civil Health Care Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs offers medical services and needs to qualifying beneficiaries. The program’s rollout is being overseen by Denver, Colorado’s Chief Business Office Purchased Care.

There are occasions when the CHAMPVA and TRICARE programs are mistaken because of their similarity. Though funded by the Department of Defense, CHAMPVA is a regional Veterans Administration program run by the Pentagon for military members, veterans, and their families.

The most important information about CHAMPVA may be found on this blog.

CHAMPVA is open to whom?

Tricare or CHAMPVA may not cover or qualify anybody who wishes to be a member of this program. However, the following people are eligible

  • Those who have been determined by the VA to be totally and permanently handicapped due to service-related injuries; 
  • The spouse or child of a dead veteran may be eligible for a VA-rated disability death payment.
  • Soldiers’ families whose loved ones were pronounced totally and utterly handicapped as a function of active service to the country.

Some families are indeed left behind when a member of the military dies on the job, but this is not due to any form of fraud, or inaccurate information; in the vast majority of these circumstances, the families are qualified for Tricare, not CHAMPVA.

In addition, it is prohibited to remarry before the age of 50 to maintain CHAMPVA benefits for the surviving spouse. In the case of divorce or remarriage, a child’s eligibility is not affected. However, stepchildren who moved out can no longer claim and enjoy the benefit of CHAMPVA. After the death, divorce, or expiry of their new spouse, survivors of a qualified guarantor may revert to CHAMPVA status. Participants in CHAMPVA who are above the age of 17 and want to receive benefits must demonstrate that they are enrolled in a full-time educational program in the province.

Exactly how can one apply to the CHAMPVA?

To learn more about CHAMPVA eligibility and how to apply, please visit the CHAMPVA website maintained by the Veterans Administration. Every needed information can be found on the CHAMPVA website.

Is there anything more you need to do once you submit your application?

After CHAMPVA receives an application, it is thoroughly vetted for completeness and correctness. Expect to receive the report of your application as soon as it is vetted.

When to expect a response?

CHAMPVA ID and other information should arrive within six weeks after completing all essential and optional papers.

Your information may be verified with other government agencies in as little as two months provided you provide the necessary proof.

What is CHAMPVA insurance ?The Benefits of Using CHAMPVA

For Your Health’s Purposes

A health insurance plan like any other, CHAMPVA is available to everyone who qualifies. Only diabetics are qualified for the visual advantages of their disease. It’s a waste of money to have dental work done.

Most services, such as medical examination, mental wellness, hospitalization, ambulance, vaccines, and office visits, would cost you 25% of the entire cost. 

Pharmaceutical benefits

It’s a non-emergency maintenance medicine delivery service for CHAMPVA and Spina Bifida patients that are run entirely by volunteers.

OptumRx is a pharmacy benefit management company that administers prescription claims electronically throughout the United States. Over 55,000 retail pharmacies now provide their services to people who are eligible for the program. It is possible to collect a 25 percent out-of-pocket payment from you before filing a claim, saving you time and effort.

Prerequisites for Registration

To expedite your application, please provide copies of these supplementary documents (not originals):

For World War II veterans, your discharge certificate or disconnection report will be requested. In addition, your military record which can be accessed online, (via mail, or fax) would be required.

If you’re claiming dependents for any children, you’ll need to provide this proof.

Adoption or naturalization papers for each child is also very important. In addition, Proof of full-time enrolment in school is required for youth between the ages of 17 and 25 would also be required.

Obtain a copy of the information on certification criteria for college admission (PDF).

If your marriage ends in divorce and you find yourself alone again, you must file a copy of the divorce decree with the court. Birth certificates, abolition decisions, and other documents may be included.

Please double-check your signature and date on your application before submitting it. If your spouse is applying on your behalf, please be sure to mention the date of your wedding.

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What is the Cervicalgia VA Rating? Here’s 3 Ways to Get a VA Disability Rating for Neck and Shoulder Pain

What is the Cervicalgia VA Rating? Here’s 3 Ways to Get a VA Disability Rating for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Veterans are more likely to suffer from neck and back pain than the general population. Orthopedic spinal problems are divided into two categories: neck and back disorders, according to the Veterans Affairs classification system.

The cervical spine, which is made up of seven vertebrae and three discs, is a typical site of chronic discomfort in the neck. The most prevalent location of back pain is the thoracolumbar spine, which is made of several vertebrae. The Department of Veterans Affairs classified back and neck pain as different disorders, even though they are commonly caused by spinal abnormalities.

Is there a medical term for veterans’ back pain and How does it manifest?

Cervical pain or cervicalgia is the medical term for this ailment. Veterans and active-duty service members often complain of neck problems. People with poor posture, military training, physical training, or deployment, may all initiate neck muscles to dilate and become stiffer. Your military duty may have caused or worsened your neck and shoulder pain. A time comment release method is the definition of VA service tied to neck discomfort. You may be entitled to service channel reimbursement for your neck discomfort if you can demonstrate that your service resulted into it. It is vital to know that the VA does not pay out invalid compensation to veterans who suffer from neck pain. As a consequence, VA does not assign a rating to neck issues that have occurred in the past but have been treated and corrected in the succeeding period. A service fee may be charged for neck pain and discomfort that was already present before drawing but was made worse by drafting.

Neck pain service connections may be set up in much the same way as other service connections can be set up for other ailments. A medical diagnosis, proof of an event or disease that occurred at work, and a link between illness and working hours are all necessary for veterans to get compensation.

How does the Department of Veterans Affairs examine the neck problem?

VA employs the general assessment formula for spinal illness and injury (38 CFR 4.71a) to evaluate most instances of neck pain, similar to low back pain. Measurements of motion are used in this grading system under the following conditions:

The worst possible form of spinal ankylosis: This is complete and total fusion. The thoracolumbar spine ankylosis was seen in 50% of the patients studied.

It’s a good sign if the whole cervical spine is spherical. As long as the thoracolumbar spine is not bent more than 30 degrees, we’re talking about ankylosis that’s unfavorable.

Cervical ankylosis is detected in 40 percent of patients, and the cervical spine regularly exhibits anterior flexion of fewer than 15 degrees or good ankylosis in the majority of instances.

More than 15% forward spinal curvature, but no more than 30 degrees, or more than 15 forward spinal curvature, or at least significant muscular spasm or guarding that prevents the spine from moving forward at least 20 percent.

Only a small fraction of persons have cervical or thoracolumbar spine range that is more than 30 degrees, but not more than 40 degrees, or an aberrant spine shape, or a vertebral subluxation.

Obtaining Cervicalgia VA Disability Ratings

A soldier who has Cervicalgia may be able to get compensation from the VA in one of these ways:

If a normal spine rating indicates a grade of 10 percent, 20 percent, 30 percent, 40 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent, and neck discomfort (neck pain) is classed as a secondary service link, the patient should seek medical attention immediately. Following the basic grading methodology for the spine, which has a direct service relationship to neck discomfort, scores of 10, 20, 30, 40%, 50%, or 100% are given based on the results of the examination. Some veterans have back and neck discomfort as a consequence of their military duty, which may be related to one another.

You may have it either way: 50% or 100%. It is estimated during the time of the war that radiculopathy afflicted 20 percent of World War II veterans and 20 percent of active-duty military members. For example, neck pain in people with radiculopathy should not be regarded to be a separate disorder. Do not agree with the VA examiner in this circumstance, since each of the two conditions will be evaluated under various diagnostic codes by the VA.

15 Top100 Disabled Veterans Benefits This Year: The Ultimate Guide (2022 Edition)

Disabled Veterans Benefits

Among many aids available to disabled veterans this year, this article details 15 of the most popular. Veterans and their families who have been fully and permanently wounded will find this to be an invaluable resource. Additional benefits available to veterans who fulfill the requirements for a 100 percent VA disability evaluation may have slipped your mind. This is your best resources.

Disabled Veterans’ Allowance

Tax-exemption benefits are available to veterans who have been awarded a 100% disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is estimated that in 2022, veterans having a VA disability rating of 100% may expect to get a monthly compensation of over $ 3,242.05. Benefits for veterans with eligible dependents, such as surviving spouses or children, or parents, will rise on a month-to-month basis.

VA special compensation is provided monthly to veterans.

In addition to the VA Special Monthly Compensation, veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, and their parents are also eligible for a tax break under this program (SMC). Veterans may be eligible for a raise in their benefits under certain conditions. The B option provides home benefits for persons who are unable to leave their home or who are in a specific medical situation that requires care from others.

Hand, limb, or other creative organ paralysis Veterans are entitled to free medical care.

At least 50 percent of your handicap must be rated for you to qualify for free VA care. Therefore, the VA offers free medical treatment to all veterans who have been diagnosed with a total disability.

Dental care for disabled veterans provided by the VA

Many variables impact the dental care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, including the VA’s disability evaluations, service-related dental problems, and current housing and living situations. A veteran with a disability who wants free VA dental care must have a 100 percent VA disability rating, a 100 percent P&T disability rating, or a 100 percent disability rating to be eligible (this is temporary). None of the above choices apply here.

VA offers free hearing aids to veterans who need them.

Hearing aids and other assistive devices may be covered by VA Health Insurance. As long as you are qualified for VA care, you will not be charged for the hearing aid or repairs. Families of military personnel get educational assistance.

Educational Dependents Assistance

For those who have been killed, imprisoned, missing, or handicapped in the line of duty, the DEA program, also known as the advantages of Chapter 35 benefits, provides for education and vocational training for their children or spouse. It is only possible for the children of veterans to get financial assistance if their parents and guardians are fully and permanently incapacitated as a consequence of service-related injuries or illnesses.

Disability-related student loan debt relief

P & T VA Rating or 100% Elimination of All Disability Individual Disability Ratings (TPD Exemption) applies to federal student loan debt under the TPD Exemption Program for veterans with disabilities. Reimbursed in full and indefinitely by veterans who are unable to work.

Rehabilitative program for post-workers

In the workplace, many colleagues will find it difficult to accommodate a veteran with a handicap. “Voc Rehabilitation” or “Chapter 31 Benefits” is a federal government program that assists military personnel in finding and obtaining employment that matches their abilities and credentials.

Disabled veterans are entitled to free vehicle registration and license plates.

In most jurisdictions, 100% of handicapped veterans are entitled to register their automobiles for free and have special plates put on their cars. The incentives for meeting this country-specific condition might vary greatly from person to person. Property tax exemptions are available to veterans who are completely disabled.

Veterans with disabilities may be eligible for tax breaks in the majority of states.

As a result, in 17 states, veterans who are 100% handicapped are free from all property taxes on their principal house. Every year, you may save thousands of dollars in property taxes by living in a state that does away with or cuts them.

Passengers on Space-A planes

Veterans having either a 100 percent VA rating or a 100 percent permanent and full disability rating may fly with the VII Maneuver Corps (AMC) if space is available.

Exchange Aids

Direct and online access to commissioners, exchanges, and MWR facilities is available to veterans having a service-related VA rating of 0% or higher. New benefits will be available in 2022. Numerous goods and services are exempt from sales tax. There are 100 government-sponsored war victims.

State Assistance

All fifty states, as well as the District of Columbia, provide some kind of benefit to veterans. Veterans who are completely unable to work get the state’s top benefits. Property tax exemption, income tax exemption, and other state-specific incentives are available to veterans in their home states. Rewards are available to those who fought in the battle.

VA eye care

It is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs to get regular eye and preventative vision exams.

The CHAMPVA Medical Insurance Program

Dependents who are permanently and completely disabled are eligible for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Private Health Care Program.

9 Most Common Questions About Veteran Health

Veteran Health

Concerning the state of my VA. Is there any way I can learn more about VHA?

As one of the three pillars of the US Veterans Administration (VA), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is a vital component. VA, VHA, and the Veterans Cemetery Administration are a few examples of government entities that deal with veteran-related matters. Military veterans and their families can expect the best treatment from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Medical treatment for veterans is provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), while the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) offers financial assistance and other benefits to veterans (such as disability compensation).

 

Is there a VA health care free for veterans?

Veterans Affairs provides free care to all of its members, including those who have served in the military. There is no free or low-cost medical care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for all Veterans, but there is free or low-cost medical treatment provided for all medical issues that are directly connected to service. 

If the coverage is less than 50%, you may be required to make a reasonable financial contribution. Other prominent questions about veteran health are discussed in this article. 

 

Does my income affect my VA benefits? 

In order to get VA healthcare, you first need to be placed in a VA priority group. These priority groupings are influenced by your income.

In order to be eligible for free care, veterans must have a household income that falls well below VA’s national income level. That is $34,616.

 

 

What is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 10-year rule?

The 10-year rule is for preventing the Department of Veterans Affairs from removing illness designations that have been in place for more than ten years

You may be awarded a lower medical-grade if medical proof shows that your condition has improved. There are diminishing returns to your impairment as a decrease in severity.

If the VA concludes that the initial circumstance was fabricated, this regulation does not apply.

 

As a veteran, does the VA pay my wife’s medical expenses?

Wives and children of veterans are not covered by the VA healthcare program. Couples may be treated at the same VA facility, but this is paid under a separate program.

If you are a retired military veteran, you may be eligible for TRICARE coverage for your spouse and children. Active retired and dead military personnel’s families are covered by TRICARE. This includes Medal of Honor winners, National Guardsmen, and Reserves. It is possible for wives of veterans to get medical care via the Department of Veterans Affairs Civil Health Care Program (CHAMPVA). CHAMPVA, a health insurance organization, allows its members to split the cost of medical bills.

 

Where can I get copies of my military medical records?

When seeking disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs, military service documents are helpful. The Department of Veterans Affairs has digitized all records of military care for all veterans (STR). Progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go. In this case, you will only be given a copy of your military medical record and the date you worked for the department.

The National Personnel Data Center has information for persons who worked before 1992. If you served in the military after 1992, the Department of Veterans Affairs may have a copy of your medical records, depending on the service.

 

 

How long are my medical records retained by the VA to keep track of my VA compensation?

Only in the 1960s did medical records for the Veterans Administration begin to be rigorously documented. It’s possible that this is the case. Military medical records should almost always be kept on file for future reference.

 

I’d want to know what myhealthvet offers and why I should care.

Veterans may find the majority of medical data and treatment options on the MyHealthEvet and VAHealthcare websites. Their medical records may be accessed, and they can keep track of visits with their health care team through the Veterans Affairs website.

Creating a MyHealtheVet account is free and easy, even if you just want minimal access. To access the VA and DoD portions of your website and to check the validity of your account ID, you’ll need to upgrade your account to a premium membership level.

Assuming all goes according to plan, My VA Health expects to provide the MyHealtheVet system’s advantages and efficacy possibly in 2028.

 

Where to look for old health records?

Online access to your medical records is possible. MyHealtheVet and VA Health will be able to provide you with access to the most up-to-date VA and DOD medical records in 2022 if you get VA health treatment at Manngrandstaff VA Medical Center.

Belarus: From Nascent Democracy to the Last Dictatorship in Europe to an Aggressor Nation

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Yuliya Brel-Fournier

PhD Assistant Policy Scientist CADSR, University of Delaware 111 Academy St., Office 286 Newark, DE 19716 Phone: (732) 610-5853 E-mail: ulenka@udel.edu

On March 17, 1991, a referendum was conducted in the USSR. The question put to voters asked them if they considered it necessary to preserve the Soviet Union ‘as a renewed federation of equal, sovereign republics, in which the rights and freedoms of people of all nationalities [would] be fully guaranteed’. In the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR), almost 83% of the referendum participants said ‘yes’ to the question. About nine months later, on December 8, 1991, representatives of Belarus, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation signed the Belavezha Accords proclaiming the end of the Soviet Union’s existence. That decision contradicted what the majority of the population in the BSSR had expressed their support for during the March referendum. Therefore, in 1991, Belarusians became independent quite unexpectedly for themselves. In July 1994, during the first and only truly democratic presidential election, Belarusians elected Alexander Lukashenko as their first president. At that point in Belarusian history, no one could foresee that the same person would run for presidency for five more consecutive times.

Within his first few years in power, Lukashenko managed to improve the deplorable economic situation in which Belarus found itself right before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, the success was conditioned primarily by exogenous factors not connected with Lukashenko’s domestic economic policy. The factors included favorable external markets, subsidized loans and low-cost energy resources provided by Russia, and re-export of energy resources, to name just a few. The economic growth encouraged Lukashenko to try to promote his political agenda. He was looking for ways to eliminate presidential term limits and consolidate his personal power making it virtually unlimited. The goals were reached by introducing amendments to the Belarusian constitution through three national referenda held in 1995, 1996, and 2004. The main results of the referenda were an increase in the powers of the president, bringing under his control all three branches of government, and complete elimination of the presidential term limits. In 2005, then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dubbed Belarus ‘the last dictatorship in the center of Europe’.

Between 1994 and 2015, Lukashenko managed to win every presidential election with relatively little resistance on the part of the opposition. One of the reasons for that could be the president’s ability to provide the people of Belarus with an economic growth. In exchange, the people provided their leader with loyalty. By 2015, due to various factors, ensuring a steady economic growth had become a problem for the Belarusian government. But the events of 2014 in neighboring Ukraine helped Lukashenko persuade voters that their well-being was not so important at the moment. What was important was peace in Belarus, and he was the only guarantor of it. Apparently, the citizens of Belarus were quite apprehensive of what was happening in Ukraine at that time. It came, thus, as no surprise that during the presidential election in 2015, 84% of voters supported Lukashenko for the fifth time.
Five years later, in August 2020, Lukashenko was running for presidency for the sixth consecutive time. After the Central Commission on Elections announced the preliminary results of about 80% in his favor, the Belarusian society erupted. The citizens of Belarus took to the streets to protest against what they believed to be a fraudulent election. Mass protests continued for months on accompanied by unprecedented cruelty and sadism of the riot police and resulted in at least 35,000 people detained and over 1,000 political prisoners.

Western democracies did not recognize Lukashenko as a legitimate president of Belarus and imposed new economic sanctions on the country. Political isolation and strengthened economic sanctions made Lukashenko even more dependent on his eastern colleague, Russian president Vladimir Putin. After the protests of 2020, Lukashenko’s position was seriously shaken. He needed to ensure that he would not lose power until the end of his current term, and that the transition of power after that would go smoothly without his personal safety, freedom, and assets being jeopardized. Putin was ready to support Russia’s only ally to its west, but that support would come with certain strings attached.

In April 2021, Belarus began deploying its military forces on the border with Ukraine, which closely resembled the similar actions of Russia. In September 2021, Belarus and Russia conducted a joint military exercise called Zapad-2021, which some military analysts expected to result in Russia’s lasting military presence on the territory of Belarus. In November 2021, almost eight years after Russia had annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, Lukashenko finally recognized Crimea as Russian not only de facto, but also de jure. He also offered to let Russia deploy its nuclear weapons in Belarus, which until February 27, 2022, would be against the Belarusian constitution (on that day the constitution was amended yet again via a referendum resulting, among other things, in Belarus renouncing its non-nuclear status). In response, Russia provided Belarus with $2 billion in loans which Belarus needed desperately as the country was scheduled to pay over $3 billion in debts in 2022 alone. In spite of the loans, at the beginning of March 2022, the World Bank forecast that Belarus was nearing a default due to the new sanctions imposed on it for its role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In January 2022, Russia began shifting its troops to Belarus, allegedly, for another joint military exercise United Resolve. The exercise began on February 10, 2022. It involved up to 30,000 troops according to the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The deployment of the Russian troops in Belarus as well as in southern Russia and Crimea made Ukraine surrounded on three sides.

Lukashenko emphasized more than once that it was his idea to invite Russian troops, presumably as a counter measure for the presence of NATO troops in Poland and the Baltic states, and Ukraine’s military activity on the border with Belarus. The United Resolve military exercise was supposed to end on February 20, 2022; however, the Russian troops did not leave Belarus after that date. Four days later, on February 24, 2022, the territory of Belarus became one of the staging grounds for Russia to launch its attack on Ukraine. Having offered the territory of Belarus for the Russian army’s assault, Lukashenko turned his country into Russia’s accomplice in the war against its neighbor and, by extension, into an aggressor state.

The current war in Ukraine is the result of Putin’s personal ambitions, and the empire mindset of the Russian society as a whole and its president in particular. It is also the result of Putin’s and his circle’s miscalculations with regard to Ukrainians’ attitude to Russia, their own government, independence, and the strength of their national consciousness. Finally, the war is the outcome of Putin’s and his milieu’s complete disregard for democratic norms, the value of human lives (both Russian and Ukrainian), and for the right of other countries to choose how they want to live.

Unlike Belarus, which in 1991 did not want to leave the Soviet Union, Ukraine strived for independence. A referendum on the Act of Declaration of Independence was held in Ukraine on December 1, 1991. The idea was supported by an overwhelming majority of voters – more than 92%. From that time on, Ukraine has always had some pro-EU/pro-NATO aspirations, again unlike Belarus. It does not mean that the citizens of Ukraine unanimously supported the pro-European vector of the country’s development. Ukraine is a large country with about 40 million people. It is a multiethnic and multilingual society. Its eastern part, from Kharkiv Oblast to Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea, has always been regarded as predominantly Russian with the majority of the population being Russian speakers. Ukrainian presidents could be pro-Western or pro-Russian, like Yanukovych, who in 2014 had to flee to Russia after being deposed as a result of protests. Regardless of their political leanings, Ukrainian presidents have been changing regularly by means of elections throughout Ukraine’s independence history. In contrast to Ukraine, the Belarusian president has been in power for 28 years already. On February 27, 2022, he amended the constitution through a ‘referendum’ yet again, and reintroduced term limits for holding the office of the president. However, the amendment went into effect only after the referendum and allowed Lukashenko to participate in presidential elections two more times. This means he can potentially stay in power until 2035.

Even though Russia never wanted to let Ukraine out of its sphere of influence, it did not openly show its discontent with Ukraine’s EU aspirations until after the Nord Stream 1 system of pipelines was laid under the Baltic Sea. From that time on, Ukraine’s own gas transmission system that connected gas transmission systems of Russia, Belarus, and a number of Central and Eastern European countries became less important for Russia. At the end of 2013, Ukraine failed to sign an Association Agreement with the EU due to Russia’s interference. The failure engendered protests which resulted in a hundred people’s death, Yanukovych fleeing to Russia, and Russia annexing Crimea and beginning to support pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Eastern Ukraine.

As for Belarus, since the country never declared any desire to become part of Europe in any way, the Belarusian dictator could count on his Russian counterpart in any situation. Russia has always supported Belarus with cheap oil and gas, and endless subsidies. When anti-Lukashenko protests started in Belarus after the presidential election of August 2020, Putin was ready to send Russian troops to the country if necessary. Supposedly, at that time Belarus was ‘saved’ from a Russian invasion thanks to the absence of pro-European choice demands during the protests. It can be posited, however, that Belarus was invaded in January-February 2022, when no less than 30K Russian servicemen together with all types of armament were brought to the Belarusian territory under the guise of conducting a joint military exercise. Since the Russian troops never left Belarus after the military exercise was completed, it is hard to escape a conclusion that they were brought to Belarus to help Russia surround Ukraine and launch an attack on it on February 24 of the same year.

Even though at the beginning of Russia’s assault on Ukraine many people in Russia supported the war, not everybody did. There were protests which resulted in thousands of people being arrested and detained. Some protests took place in Belarus as well. Speaking openly against the war is dangerous in both countries at the moment. Nevertheless, some veterans have voiced their opinions and condemned the war. In Russia, the retired Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov released a statement against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The statement was made about a month before the invasion. It warned that the current external threats to Russia did not warrant a war, and that a war could put into question Russia’s existence as a state and turn Russians and Ukrainians into mortal enemies. In Belarus, the reserve Lieutenant-Colonel Valerij Sakhaschik issued a video address to the Belarusian military urging them not to follow the unlawful orders to commit an assault on Ukraine. As of now, there is no confirmed evidence to prove that the Belarusian army is actually directly involved in the combat activity in Ukraine.

Whether or not the Belarusian military is engaged in active combat in Ukraine does not replace the fact that due to Belarus’ offering its territory to Russia to attack Ukraine, Belarus is now an aggressor country too. And just like Russia, it is subject to the numerous sanctions imposed on both countries by the world community. The Belarusian ruble is plunging, and the country is moving from a deep economic crisis to a potential default. As for Belarus’ political and geopolitical prospects, many experts believe that the country will not emerge from this conflict as an independent state. It is possible that Belarus’ sovereignty might have been effectively traded by Lukashenko for some guarantees for him to keep his personal power at least until the end of his current presidential term. It also seems that, unfortunately for Belarus, a change of its authoritarian regime to a democratic one may only be possible if the Russian regime changes as well. Until then Belarus will remain Russia’s economic and political hostage.

Retirement in overseas countries for Women Veterans

Women Veterans

Military service is generally hard, demanding, and dangerous. But the transition to civilian life can also pose challenges, especially for women veterans. According to Maureen Casey, CEO of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, around 67 percent of women veterans find their financial transition from the military hard, compared to 47 percent of men; and more women veterans experience “loss of income” compared to male vets1. To make this transition smoother, it might be a good idea to consider all the opportunities in advance and shape your dreams accordingly. If you do not say, ‘I have lived away from my own land so far, that’s enough and I want to go back to my hometown’ then, this article might be interesting for you. American citizens having social security benefits can receive those payments while living abroad in accordance with Social Security Act laws2. If your retirement pay is sufficient, consider these interesting places where you can enjoy your new life in overseas countries. I have selected three cities of the world’s most affordable and exotic places for their retirement.

My first option is the Algarve region of Portugal, one of the most affordable European countries. In recent years, the Portuguese government has eased residency requirements and taxes to attract more tourists and expatriates to the country. Also, the cost of living in Portugal is around 30% lower than that in the U.S and it may be possible up to 10 years of tax benefits, which may certainly help women veterans extend their retirement savings3. Other than economic conditions, Algarve has a sunny and beautiful atmosphere almost all year round that can be inviting for women veterans looking for peace after formidable military service. The city, with one of Portugal’s most tourist attraction places, provides easy access to the USA and many cities in Europe, and perhaps more importantly, you may find a lot of English-speaking people on the streets. Algarve with cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings, lacework chimney pots and azulejo tiles, Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework, make you, feel like you have opened your eyes to another world after retirement with its unique exotic structure. The area has the first-world infrastructure, top-notch medical facilities and an affordable cost of living3.Benagil cave

Tavira city on Portugal’s Algarve coast

Figure 1. (a) Benagil cave in the Algarve region which was shaped by the pounding Atlantic waves and (b) Tavira city on Portugal’s Algarve coast.

If you still have questions in your mind about the living costs, Belize might be a better option for low-budget women veterans. Belize is the only Central American country where English is the official language and is just a few hours away from the U.S. Belize has one of the world’s best retiree programs, the government exempts qualified retirees from taxes on all income derived from sources outside Belize. To be able to benefit from this program, the applicant must be older than 45 years old, have adequate resources to deposit a monthly income of $2,000 or more and comply with several other minor requirements. To maintain your ex-pat status in Belize, only living one month of the year there is enough4. This country is known for its land of tropical sunshine and Mayan ruins and temples. Also, it is home to some of the best bird-watching and archaeological sites in the world5.

Caye Caulker

Hammocks and Palm trees in Belize.

Figure 2. (a) Caye Caulker, a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize and (b) Hammocks and Palm trees in Belize.

The last suggestion from my side is Turkey, a country connecting two continents and captivating visitors with its ancient and modern structures. Breathtaking natural beauty, historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and tourism infrastructure, and competitive prices will make you delighted. Even though big cities such as Istanbul, Izmir are quite crowded, there are many affordable, beautiful small coastal cities. Moreover, foreigners who buy real estate in the amount of 250.000 US Dollars are eligible for the acquisition of Turkish Citizenship6. Since the ruling party intervenes strongly in the economy of the country, today’s Turkish lira is around five times cheaper than 8 years ago.  Therefore, thousands of Europeans especially from Germany and Russia purchase real estate and spend the whole season in Turkey. Many are visiting Turkey from all over the world, including the USA, every year not only for travel but also for cheap and high-quality medical services. It may be also an option to work as an English tutor, a security guard in a hotel or club while enjoying their lives in Turkey.

Maiden’s tower in Istanbul

natural fairy chinmeys in Cappodocia

Figure 3. (a) Maiden’s tower in Istanbul and (b) natural fairy chinmeys in Cappodocia (mainly in Nevsehir, Turkey).

I have picked up three places that might interest women veterans to make your transition as smooth as possible. You may find many other things from the websites such as expatexhange.com and money.usnews.com/money/retirement.

  1. https://www.militarytimes.com/education-transition/2019/07/18/why-leaving-the-military-is-harder-for-female-vets/
  2. https://servicecu.org/military-life/how-to-retire-in-germany-and-begin-your-next-adventure/
  3. https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/baby-boomers/slideshows/the-best-places-to-retire-overseas?slide=11
  4. https://internationalliving.com/countries/belize/retire/
  5. https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/baby-boomers/slideshows/the-best-places-to-retire-overseas?slide=7
  6. https://propertyguideturkey.com/turkish-citizenship-program/