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Major Changes Looming for VA Compensation
Changes in the way the VA Processes Claims, and How Treasury Makes Payments
According to Allison A. Hickey, Undersecretary for Benefits for the Veterans Administration, the half-million VA claims that are backlogged, defined as claims left undecided for more than 125 days, is unacceptable, but that the VA is taking steps to fix the problem with additions to, and better training for, its claims specialists, process changes, and an emphasis on "relationship management."
During his State of the Union Address, President Barack Hussein Obama announced a new initiative to hire veterans into the ranks of the country's first responders, and at a recent speech before an audience of veterans and first responders, a speech long on platitudes and sketchy on details, he spoke of the need to hire more veterans. “First, we want to help communities hire more veterans as cops and firefighters,” he said. “Over the past few years, tight budgets have forced a lot of states, a lot of local communities, to lay off a lot of first responders.”
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Help in a Time of Crisis
When your country was in crisis, you answered the call. Since 2007, even if you were never registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare, the VA will answer your call with the Veteran's Crisis Line, at 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or on the Internet at VeteransCrisisLine.net (anonymous online chat). Since its inception, the Line has taken more than 400,000 calls, and initiated some 14,000 life-saving rescues.
|VA Could Face Sequestration Cuts
At a July 25, 2012 joint hearing of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services Committees, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, confirmed that under sequestration, VA would face cuts, possibly affecting the administration of veterans’ benefits and services, stating, “VA is exempt from sequestration except for administrative costs… I don’t have a definition of administrative costs right now.”
|RCRetirement: The Blog
SGT David J. Saunders, RPAM, Michigan National Guard.
So You Think You Can Get More Retired Pay by Waiting Until age Sixty-Five...and Avoid Taxes, too? Think About it Some More.
I obviously mean no offense to service members who have held (or currently do hold) this belief, but this has to be one of the funniest notions I’ve encountered since I joined the retirement community. Only a few weeks ago, I received a call from a sixty-five year old retiree who wished to apply for his retired pay. When I asked why he had waited so long to apply, he stated that he had a good job until recently and thought he could both get more money by waiting and avoid the taxes on the additional income (the retired pay) at the same time.
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