August 16, 2013
 

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VFW WASHINGTON WEEKLY

August 16, 2013





1. VFW Helps VA Battle Backlog: The VA recently began pushing "Fully Developed Claims" to help break a 1.9 million-claim backlog by the year 2015. VFW National Commander Bill Thien said his nationwide cadre of 1,200 VA-accredited service officers has always strived to submit fully developed claims, and that this was reemphasized in service officer training a year ago. The VA considers claims to be "fully developed" when all available supporting documentation or evidence within the control of the veteran is submitted with the application. Thien said it is important that every claim be as fully developed as possible because it normally takes well over six months for a new claim to get adjudicated, and if denied for insufficient documentation, two years or more just for the appeal. The VFW supports this initiative because a fully developed claim can cut the initial time in half, which helps speed the delivery of VA programs and services to deserving veterans, and helps to reduce the VA's overall claims workload. Read more at http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/2013-Articles/VFW-Helps-VA-Battle-Claims-Backlog/
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2. Student-Vet Completes Cross-Country Bike Ride: Your VFW joined Student Veterans of America in welcoming Kiersten Downs to the National Veterans Center in Washington, D.C., last week, as she finished her 3,800-mile cross-country bike ride to raise $50,000 in support of SVA chapters nationwide. The VFW proudly supported Downs, an Air Force veteran and doctoral student at the University of South Florida, with a $20,000 donation and by coordinating logistical support with VFW Posts in communities from coast to coast. For photos and highlights from the day and links to video from Kiersten's inspirational journey, click here: http://thevfw.blogspot.com/2013/08/student-vet-completes-cross-country.html
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3. Camp Lejeune Exposure Update: A year has passed since the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act was signed into law. The law (P.L 112-154) authorized hospital care and medical services through VA for family members of veterans exposed at the Marine Corps base between 1957and 1987. VA has announced that it will be able to reimburse eligible family members for out-of-pocket health care expenses for the 15 related conditions (click here: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp), after the regulations are published. In the meantime, they offer the following for those affected: Call 1-877-222-8382 to be added to the Camp Lejeune database, gather documents needed to show that you lived on base during the period between 1957 and 1987, and your relationship to the veteran. Finally, keep receipts for any health care expenses you paid for a covered condition on or after March 26, 2013. For more information, visit www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures to learn about other military exposures and VA benefits.
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4. Korean War Marine Identified: The Defense POW/MIA Office announced the identification of remains belonging to Marine Corps Pfc. Jonathan R. Posey Jr., 20, of Dallas. Posey was assigned to L Battery, 4th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. In December 1950, he was serving provisionally as an infantryman with the 7th Marine Regiment in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir. On Dec. 2, 1950, Posey was killed in action. Read more about his recovery and identification at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/.


**Thanks to Doc Crouch, Department of Virginia for sending over 50 new advocates to join our team!! Great job and keep up the good work!


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