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1 Bureau of Veterans Affairs Pennsylvania National Guard Technician Pre-Retirement Seminar Pennsylvania National Guard Technician Pre-Retirement Seminar Jim Butler Chief, Division of Veterans’ Services and Programs Jim Butler Chief, Division of Veterans’ Services and Programs

2 BRIEFING OVERVIEW ELIGIBILITY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR COMBAT VETERANS (OEF/OIF) VA HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT SERVICE CONNECTION IDT/AT VA COMPENSATION VET CENTERS HOME LOAN GUARANTY GI Bill Chapter 33 STATE VETERANS’ HOMES PERSIAN GULF BONUS COUNTY BENEFITS

3 Eligibility Veterans who served in the active military, naval or air service and who were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable Former Reservists who served full-time and for operational or support (excludes training purposes) Former National Guard members if mobilized by a Federal order

4 Eligibility (continued) Most veterans who enlisted in the Armed Forces after 9/7/80 must have completed: 24 months continuous active service, or the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty A service-connected condition is not necessary to receive VA health care

5 “Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom” VA Health Care Health care services are available for all returning Operation Enduring or Iraqi Freedom Combat Veterans Provides combat veterans cost-free care for conditions potentially related to their combat service 5 years of care beginning on date of separation from active military service (Effective 31 January 2008) Enrolled in Priority 6- No Co-Pay for conditions potentially related to their combat service

6 Enroll using VA Form 10-10EZ Send to your nearest VA Medical Center The entire form to include income data must be completed All Veterans who enroll under this authority with VA will retain enrollment eligibility even after their five-year post discharge ends, however VA will conduct a MEANS review and adjust veterans priority commensurate with their income “Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom” VA Health Care Enrollment

7 Basic VA Health Care Enrollment To receive VA health care, a veteran must enroll in the VA health care system unless: veteran has a 50% or more service- connected VA disability rating less than one year has passed since veteran was discharged from the military for a disability that was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty but VA has not yet rated

8 Enrollment (continued) the veteran is seeking care for a service-connected disability Once enrolled, veteran will be assigned to one of 8 priority groups. Depending on veteran’s status, a co- payment for services may be required

9 Application Identify VA health care facility for primary care Complete VA Form 10-10EZ and submit in person, in writing, or on-line to facility of choice For Help: Call VETS ( ), or Visit

10 VA COMPENSATION Inactive Duty Training ( Drill Weekend) Disabilities that resulted from a disease or injury incurred on IADT. Injury, heart attack or stroke incurred during IDT (Must have Approved Line of Duty) Such disabilities are considered “Service Connected”

11 Federal Active Duty and Active Duty for Training (AT/ADSW) and Active Guard Reserve (AGR) All injuries or diseases incurred on Active Duty can be claimed for VA Service Connected Compensation A service-connected disability is a disease or injury incurred or aggravated while on active duty. The disability does not have to be combat or wartime related Must file claim within One Year of discharge from AT/ADSW must have a completed and approved Line of Duty VA COMPENSATION Cont’d

12 VA Claim (VA Form ) Veteran’s Application for Compensation **RECOMMENDATION –Find a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) to assist in filing the claim WHY??? VA COMPENSATION Filing a Claim

13 VA COMPENSATION Filing a Claim Cont’d Claims for Compensation submitted to the VA and managed by a VSO have a greater success rate for award of service connection than those claims submitted by veterans with no assistance Veteran Service Officers: Understand & can explain the entire compensation claim process (Processing time – the Great Unknown) They provide assistance if the VA needs additional information to support a claim (Development Letters) Explain the contents of the decision letter and explain your service connection benefits Claims for Compensation submitted to the VA and managed by a VSO have a greater success rate for award of service connection than those claims submitted by veterans with no assistance Veteran Service Officers: Understand & can explain the entire compensation claim process (Processing time – the Great Unknown) They provide assistance if the VA needs additional information to support a claim (Development Letters) Explain the contents of the decision letter and explain your service connection benefits

14 Appoint the VSO as your Power of Attorney (POA) for all VA matters. (State, County or Veteran Organization Service Officer) Ask to sign a POA (VA Form 21-22) ***Compensation Benefits are a “Life Time Commitment Between the VA and the Veteran” VA COMPENSATION Filing a Claim Cont’d

15 VA COMPENSATION “The Rating Decision” Soldier receives a rating decision for the service connected or non-service connected issues as determined by the VA Rating can be from 0% to 100% in compensation which is paid to the soldier “Tax Free”

16 Vet Centers provide quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate veterans’ military experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-military adjustment in or near their community. ReadjustmentCounselingService

17 Vet Centers - Special Services Individual Counseling Group Counseling Marital & Family Counseling Alcohol & Drug Assessment Spouse/Significant Other Counseling Employment Counseling & Guidance

18 Vet Centers - Special Services (continued) Bereavement Counseling Sexual Trauma Counseling Referral to Community Agencies Community Education Liaison with VA Facilities Benefits Assistance & Referral

19 Vet Centers - Special Services Individual Counseling Group Counseling Marital & Family Counseling Alcohol & Drug Assessment Spouse/Significant Other Counseling Employment Counseling & Guidance

20 Find a Vet Center Harrisburg – (717) Scranton – (570) Philadelphia – (215) (215) Williamsport – (570) Pittsburgh – (412) McKeesport – (412) Erie – (814) Dubois - (814)

21 Home Loan Guaranty

22 Features of a VA Loan No down payment Limitations on closing costs The right to prepay without penalty Funding Fee Negotiated interest rates Special assistance for veterans experiencing difficulty in making loan payments

23 Loan Purposes Buy a home Build a home Simultaneously buy and improve a home Refinance existing loan Use only for property located in the US, its territories or possessions Must occupy the property as your home within a reasonable period of time

24 Eligibility Generally, must serve 24 months of continuous active duty or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty or Service must be at least 90 days during a period of war (181 during peacetime), unless discharged earlier due to a service connected disability or National Guard and Reserve members must complete their first term of enlistment honorably * Currently-it is still the “Gulf War” period

25 Loan Amounts Maximum VA guaranty (protection to lender) for 2006 is $104,250, which is 25% of the Freddie Mac conforming loan limit for single family residences Maximum loan – generally, lenders limit the maximum VA loan to $417,000, which is 4 times the VA guaranty amount Maximum guaranty and loan is 50% higher in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands Loans more than the maximum allowed may require a down payment

26 Funding Fee Law requires funding fee to be paid on VA loans Fee ranges from.5% to 3.3%, depending on loan type and if first or second time user Fee can be included in loan Fee is waived for vets entitled to VA Compensation

27 Steps to a VA Home Loan Find property to buy Apply to a mortgage lender for a loan Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility Obtain a VA appraisal Close the loan and move in!!

28 More Information? Visit Loan Guaranty on the Internet at:

29 Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill)

30 Served at least 90 days of active duty since 9/10/01. Served at least 90 days of active duty since 9/10/01. Served at least 30 days of active duty since 9/10/01 and medically discharged. Served at least 30 days of active duty since 9/10/01 and medically discharged. Meet honorable discharge criteria Meet honorable discharge criteria Chapter 30, 1606, 1607 or those currently serving on active duty may elect to receive Chapter 33 on August 1, Chapter 30, 1606, 1607 or those currently serving on active duty may elect to receive Chapter 33 on August 1, 2009.

31 Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) Entitlement is a percentage based on the length of active duty service. Entitlement is a percentage based on the length of active duty service. Amount of tuition and fees charged, not to exceed the most expensive in-State undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education. Amount of tuition and fees charged, not to exceed the most expensive in-State undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education. Monthly housing allowance equal to the BAH amount payable to a military E-5 with dependents in the zip code of the school. Monthly housing allowance equal to the BAH amount payable to a military E-5 with dependents in the zip code of the school. Yearly books and supplies stipend up to $1,000 per year. Yearly books and supplies stipend up to $1,000 per year. BAH and stipend not payable to individuals on active duty. BAH not payable to those training at half-time or less or taking distance learning courses. BAH and stipend not payable to individuals on active duty. BAH not payable to those training at half-time or less or taking distance learning courses.

32 Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) Payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009 Payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009 May receive up to 36 months of entitlement May receive up to 36 months of entitlement Eligible for benefits for 15 years from last period of active duty Eligible for benefits for 15 years from last period of active duty Services may offer transfer of benefits to spouse or dependents under policies to be published Services may offer transfer of benefits to spouse or dependents under policies to be published

33 Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) Determination of Eligibility DVA makes VA eligibility determinations DVA makes VA eligibility determinations Veterans “Ask a Question” or call Veterans “Ask a Question” or call When in doubt, submit the paperwork! When in doubt, submit the paperwork!

34 VETERANS’ HOMES  PROVIDES: Domiciliary Care Personal Care Skilled Nursing Care Dementia Care Proximity to Family  PROVIDES: Domiciliary Care Personal Care Skilled Nursing Care Dementia Care Proximity to Family

35  Criteria: 1.Be an eligible veteran or spouse of an eligible veteran.  An eligible veteran: Served in US Armed Forces or PA Military Forces Honorably discharged Current resident of PA or listed PA as home of record upon initial enlistment (current residents have priority) 2.Home residents, within their capability, shall make monthly payments against their maintenance fee liability. Payments may be waived: incapable of self- support or demonstrates a financial need. 3.Admissions are on a First Come, First Serve basis: a)By home b)By level of care  Criteria: 1.Be an eligible veteran or spouse of an eligible veteran.  An eligible veteran: Served in US Armed Forces or PA Military Forces Honorably discharged Current resident of PA or listed PA as home of record upon initial enlistment (current residents have priority) 2.Home residents, within their capability, shall make monthly payments against their maintenance fee liability. Payments may be waived: incapable of self- support or demonstrates a financial need. 3.Admissions are on a First Come, First Serve basis: a)By home b)By level of care ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION

36 Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Program Eligibility: The program allows for compensation to be paid to eligible service members (current and former) as well as certain surviving relatives of deceased veterans. In each case, the service member/veteran must have: Eligibility: The program allows for compensation to be paid to eligible service members (current and former) as well as certain surviving relatives of deceased veterans. In each case, the service member/veteran must have: Served with the United States Armed Forces, a reserve component of the United States Served with the United States Armed Forces, a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard. Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991 and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1991 and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active service (Aug 2, Aug 31,1991) Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active service (Aug 2, Aug 31,1991)

37 Eligible beneficiaries of deceased veterans include, in the following order of precedence: Surviving spouse. Surviving children. The application must be complete and contain appropriate documentation. Applications are available online from the program website (http://www.persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us), at each County Director of Veterans Affairs Office, Legislators’ Offices and from Veteran Service Organizations Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Program (Cont’d)

38 COUNTY SUPPORT COUNTY SUPPORT  County VA Rep 1.67 Counties 2.Some only work part-time 3.Not all Representatives accredited by VA  County Benefits 1.Gravesite Registration 2.Burial Allowance 3.Grave Markers/Flags 4.Government/Private Headstones 5.Marriage and Divorce Records  County VA Rep 1.67 Counties 2.Some only work part-time 3.Not all Representatives accredited by VA  County Benefits 1.Gravesite Registration 2.Burial Allowance 3.Grave Markers/Flags 4.Government/Private Headstones 5.Marriage and Divorce Records

39 DMVA POINTS OF CONTACT DMVA POINTS OF CONTACT Scott D. Wagner, Deputy Adjutant General(717) Doug Etter, Executive Assistant(717) Jennifer Boisvert, Office Manager (717) David Heiland, Director for Veterans Programs(717) Paul Cain, Director, Veterans Homes Division(717) Debra Brown, Homes Admissions Officer (717) Malinda Jones, Real Estate Tax Exemption(717) Dennis Fake, Emergency Assistance(717) Sophie Matukewicz, Blind and Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension, (717) and Educational Gratuity Michelle Zimmerman, DD214s(717) Jim Butler, Chief, Div of Veterans Programs & Services, FtIG(717) Phil Hillesheim, Veterans Service Officer, FtIG(717) Barb Riggs, Veterans Service Officer, FtIG(717) Kathy Donohue, Veterans Service Officer, Philadelphia(215) David Dunham, Veterans Service Officer, Pittsburgh(412) Scott D. Wagner, Deputy Adjutant General(717) Doug Etter, Executive Assistant(717) Jennifer Boisvert, Office Manager (717) David Heiland, Director for Veterans Programs(717) Paul Cain, Director, Veterans Homes Division(717) Debra Brown, Homes Admissions Officer (717) Malinda Jones, Real Estate Tax Exemption(717) Dennis Fake, Emergency Assistance(717) Sophie Matukewicz, Blind and Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension, (717) and Educational Gratuity Michelle Zimmerman, DD214s(717) Jim Butler, Chief, Div of Veterans Programs & Services, FtIG(717) Phil Hillesheim, Veterans Service Officer, FtIG(717) Barb Riggs, Veterans Service Officer, FtIG(717) Kathy Donohue, Veterans Service Officer, Philadelphia(215) David Dunham, Veterans Service Officer, Pittsburgh(412)

40 Bureau of Veterans Affairs Bureau of Veterans Affairs Pennsylvania National Guard Technician Pre-Retirement Seminar QUESTIONS?QUESTIONS?QUESTIONS?


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