Notes of Interest

Posted: April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
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 Vietnam Vet Children. The Birth Defect Research for Children has put out a call for additional data on Vietnam veterans' children with birth defects to increase the research on the linkage between Agent Orange and birth defects in Vietnam veterans’ children. Those who have been affected are requested to participate by joining the National Birth Defect registry on the Birth Research website http://www.birthdefects.org/registry/.
 e-Afterburner. The February edition of the Air Force Retiree newsletter, the e-Afterburner, is now available via the Air Force retiree services website http://www.retirees.af.mil/afterburner/.
 Jury Duty Scam. The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he'll need some information for “verification purposes”-your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number. This is when you should hang up the phone. It's a scam.
 USS Dan Diego. The CO of the USS San Diego, CDR Jon Haydel, became the fifth commanding officer fired this year; four of the firings involved allegations of improper conduct. Last year, 23 commanding officers were relieved, nearly reaching the recent high-water mark of 26 in 2003.
 Reserve benefits. If you’re in the Guard or Reserve, to find information on your eligibility for benefits like health care, the GI Bill, home loans, and more check out http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap08.asp.
 Health topics. VA’s “A to Z Index” http://www.va.gov/health/topics/ provides Veterans and their caregivers with need-to-know information on a variety of services and health topics. VA captured the most popular topics and compiled them in one place to help you quickly retrieve information.
 IU. If you are unable to work because of your service-connected disability you may be eligible for Individual Unemployability. This program allows the VA to pay certain Veterans compensation at the 100 percent rate, even if VA has rated their service-connected disabilities less than 100 percent. Veterans must provide medical evidence that shows their disability prevents them from working. Learn more about the program at
http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets/serviceconnected/IU.asp.
 MOH. Korean War veteran William Charette, a 79 year old Medal of Honor recipient, has died. With Charette's death, there are now 81 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
 Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai said 22 MAR the West will subsidize Afghan security forces by more than $4 billion a year for 10 years after U.S.-led troops leave in 2014.
 GI Bill. Some veterans have experienced delays in receiving their Post 9/11 GI Bill educational benefits for the spring term. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has added additional staff and resources to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. Veterans should also remember that students using their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits must ask their school officials to complete an enrollment certification, which the school official will send to VA.
[Source: Various 15-31 Mar 2012 ++]

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