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  1. [VeteranIssues] There has been a change.. VA Cola is being held up in the House FW: COLA will be 3.6% announced this AM, Soc Sec, VA Comp, Mil Retiree President nor congress has a say in how much COLA is, CPI has the say by a known process Congress decides whether to implement it and to who..they did Soc Security There has been a change.. VA Cola is being held up in the House trying to get More budget cuts via tea party Reps....it's being held hostage... It has not been sent to the President A COLA bill has passed the House and the Senate for 3.6%..BUT... Now they need to compromise on a bill with same words.. Vets committee assured me, it was going to get done soon May be holding it up to do on Veterans day... CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN TODAY AND RAISE HELL From: Colonel Dan [mailto:colonel-dan@sbcglobal.net] Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 8:36 AM To: Veteran Issues by Colonel Dan Subject: COLA will be 3.6% announced this AM, Soc Sec, VA Comp, Mil Retiree http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/retirement/story/2011-10-19/social-security-cola/50822994/1 WASHINGTON – Some 55 million Social Security recipients will get a 3.6% increase in benefits next year, their first raise since 2009. The increase was announced Wednesday when the government released a key measure of inflation, which determines whether people who receive Social Security get a cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA. About 8 million people who receive Supplemental Security Income will also receive the 3.6% COLA, meaning the announcement will affect about one in five U.S. residents. There was no cost-of-living adjustment in 2010 or 2011 because inflation was too low. Those were the first two years without a COLA since automatic increases were adopted in 1975. Monthly Social Security payments average $1,082, or about $13,000 a year. On Jan 2012 Paychecks __._,_.___"Keep on, Keepin' on" Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan" See my web site at: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/VeteranIssues/ http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky
  2. (Is there a way for me to compel the RO to read the evidence they ignored and have them issue a Supplemental Statement of the Case (SSOC)? ) Yes! If you don't have an attorney working your case, hire one is my best advice.
  3. To: Veteran Issues by Colonel Dan <VeteranIssues@yahoogroups.com> Subject: [VeteranIssues] FW: Tell Your Elected Officials to Stop New TRICARE-for-Life Enrollment Fees & Increased Pharmacy Co-Pays Date: Oct 30, 2011 9:00 AM From: Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL, Col, AUS, Ret, Life member: Am Legion, DAV, AMVETS, MOAA, NGAUS, IL SAL, NGAIL IL State Director USDR Invite me to your facebook page http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky Pass the word about Free email news about Veteran issues to other Vets & Posts. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VeteranIssues Go to: http://capwiz.com/usdr/issues/alert/?alertid=55543501 Go to www.usdr.org and join. I am Illinois State Director From: USDR Action Alerts [mailto:Legislative@USDR.ORG] Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2011 9:03 PM To: Dan Cedusky Subject: Tell Your Elected Officials to Stop New TRICARE-for-Life Enrollment Fees & Increased Pharmacy Co-Pays Stop New TRICARE-for-Life Enrollment Fees & Increased Pharmacy Co-Pays Take Action! Don't Break the Promise - These Benefits Were EARNED! The Administration announced its deficit reduction plan that will be submitted to the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ("Super Committee") that is working on a plan to reduce government spending by at least $1.2 trillion in over 10 years. The Administration has proposed creating a new $200 TFL enrollment fee effective 2013 This fee would be increased annually based on an index of health care inflation. The proposal also increases pharmacy co-pays for military retirees and dependents by requiring the beneficiary to pay a percentage (10% for generic and 15% for non-generic) of the prescription rather than the current dollar amount ($3 for generic, $9 for brand name drugs and $22 for non-formulary drugs). Please click the Take Action link to send a message to your US Senators and US Representative to ask them to oppose this new fee for military retirees. Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan" See my web site at: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/VeteranIssues/ http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky
  4. When Veterans commit fraud, it's punishable by fine and or imprisonment. When a VA employee commits fraud, it's called an error. If VA employees received legal prosecution for fraud there would be very few claims on backlogs.
  5. It's a shock to me that we recieve any cola increase, no matter how they play with the figures. Little or large, I keep people waiting in line to take it, so I don't have to worry what to do with all of it.
  6. Twelve years later, the CAVC finally read evidence I submitted the VARO has completely ignored. Case was remanded back to the BVA in 2010, with instructions to actually read it this time or explain why they can't. My guess is I may recieve yet another SOC by the BVA in 2014. Expect it to go back to the CAVC after that. Not convinced raters can read unless its to stall a claim.
  7. Members of Congress want answers for veterans http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x1766489304/Members-of-Congress-want-answers-for-veterans SOURCE: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/10/28/top-10-veterans-stories-in-today%e2%80%99s-news-%e2%80%93-october-28-2011/
  8. Congratulations Carlie !!! It's been a long fight. Just think of how many quit or have died waiting. Now, to keep our benefits from being the answer to the national debt.
  9. Every Veteran should apply for VA health care.. http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/Library/pubs/VIC/vic.pdf'>http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/Library/pubs/VIC/vic.pdf Every Veteran should apply for VA health care..if you are eligible VA will get you an ID card Which will get your discounts at many businesses including Home Depot, Lowes, and many Other places especially around memorial Day and/or Veteran’s day A 10 % discount on a new Fridge, lawn mower, BBQ grill etc can be worth it. If not near a VA Med Cen, Clinic, office etc, a local county vet service officer can help you fill out form or do it on-line http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/ http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/eligibility/DetermineEligibility.asp Veterans discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003, ARE ELIGIBLIE for five years post discharge Eligibility can be based on income of last year.. 2010… being on Medicare or Medicaid helps If you were medically discharged or med retired from service should get you in. http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/eligibility/enrollment.asp A office, a local county vet service officer can help you fill out form priority groups for eligibility for health care http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/eligibility/PriorityGroupsAll.asp Visit Your Group "Keep on, Keepin' on" Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan" See my web site at: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/VeteranIssues/ http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky
  10. FW: Medicare, Part B Premium for 2012 Partial reprint: http://www.factcheck.org/2011/04/premium-nonsense-on-medicare/ This widely circulating message is similar to a falsehood-filled screed that went around last year, urging "retribution" against members of Congress in the 2010 midterm elections. This message makes somewhat different accusations — also false — and urges voters to "remember" in November 2012. § It falsely claims "Congress gave themselves a $3,000 a month Cost of Living Adjustment," when the truth is that Congress voted to deny itself any pay increase at all, both for 2010 and 2011. § It wrongly blames Congress for disallowing any cost-of-living increase for Social Security recipients. It’s true there was no COLA for Social Security recipients in 2010 or in 2011, but that was due to the workings of a long-standing formula and not the result of any vote by the current Congress or the previous one. We covered this in detail in 2009 and the Social Security Administration has an explanation posted as well. § It claims that "those of you who are on Medicare" can thank "Obamacare" for increases in the per-person monthly Medicare premium — "to a wonderful $247.00 in 2014." This is also false. The basic premium for Medicare Part B (which covers physician services) was indeed $96.40 in 2009. But the other numbers are all wrong. It was $110.50 last year, for example, and not $104.20 as claimed. And it is $115.40 this year, not $120.20 as claimed. Actually, only 27 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are paying the basic rate. The rest — 73 percent — are paying less under a "hold harmless" provision triggered by the lack of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security this year or last year. Most are still paying $96.40. As for the future, nobody can say with precision what the basic Part B premium will be next year or the year after, let alone in 2014. The premium is set each year at a level calculated to pay for 25 percent of the cost of the coverage. Medicare officials do keep close watch on the trends, however. And when we contacted Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, we were given these projections — the most recent available — which are current as of the president’s budget for fiscal year 2012 issued in mid-February: Medicare Part B Standard Premium (projected, February 2011) 2012 $108.20 2013 $112.10 2014 $117.10 Source: Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of theActuary (Note: These figures are unpublished but publicly available on request from the Office of the Actuary. They are actually a few dollars lower than what Medicare officials were projecting six months earlier, in August 2010, when the most recent report of the system’s trustees was issued. Those published projections, now outdated, can be found on page 234. Officials told us they lowered their projections because actual Part B costs in 2010 turned out to be somewhat lower than previously estimated.) The actual premiums could turn out to be higher or lower than our table shows, but not by a lot. One major uncertainty is whether Congress will allow scheduled cuts in payments to physicians and other providers to take effect. Congress has already postponed those cuts every year since 2003, and did so again after the trustees issued their August report. The cuts have now been delayed until the end of this year at least. The projected premiums are based on assumptions that build in a "margin" to account for the high likelihood that Congress will not allow physician cuts to take effect, however. An official in the Office of the Actuary (OACT), who did not wish to be quoted by name, told us in an e-mail message: OACT official: This margin includes an amount to account for the probability that the scheduled physician cuts will be legislatively overridden. Therefore, if the scheduled physician payment cuts are legislatively avoided, then the Part B premiums should not change significantly (depending on the nature of the legislative override). From: WASP188@aol.com [mailto:WASP188@aol.com] Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 3:57 PM To: Subject: Medicare, Part B Premium for 2012 For those of you on Medicare, you need to read this. http://www.factcheck.org/2011/04/premium-nonsense-on-medicare/ DonH USN-ret Visit Your Group "Keep on, Keepin' on" Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan" See my web site at: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/VeteranIssues/ http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky
  11. 10 FOR 10: VFW WON’T STAND FOR BROKEN PROMISES Update: VFW mobilizes to protect military benefits as Congress looks to slash spending http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/10-FOR-10--VFW-WON%E2%80%99T-STAND-FOR-BROKEN-PROMISES/
  12. The Agent Orange Flim-Flam Man commeth | Veterans Today http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/10/17/the-agent-orange-flim-flam-man-commeth/
  13. Benefits on Chopping Block as Congress Struggles to Cut Debt | Veterans Today http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/09/19/veterans-benefits-cuts/
  14. …And so it came to pass (Hopefully NOT) | Veterans Today http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/10/19/and-so-it-came-to-pass-hopefully-not/
  15. SP4RVN1971 I tried for over 25 yrs to get my records from the VA. Their advice was to get them from the NARA. Somewhere around 2000 I find out the NARA permanantly "loaned" all my records to the local VARO in the 1970's. I recieved only a few pages, but enough to prove injuries. You have to request "ALL" military records to include "ALL" medical treatment records. Make sure to include dates in country and your unit or ship. Don't expect to recieve all of them though. Seems some of them end up in the shredder.
  16. To: Veteran Issues by Colonel Dan <VeteranIssues@yahoogroups.com> Subject: [VeteranIssues] new National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis Date: Oct 12, 2011 7:03 AM Also see: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/ how to get Vet records http://federaldaily.com/articles/2011/10/11/nara-to-dedicate-new-personnel-records-center.aspx NARA to dedicate new personnel records center The National Archives and Records Administration on Oct. 15 will dedicate its new National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The center’s holdings include more than 100 million Official Military Personnel Files and Organizational and Auxiliary files, as well as the Official Personnel Folders of former civilian federal personnel who separated prior to 1973, NARA said. The NRPC, which has the capacity to store 2.3 million cubic feet of records, is one of the agency’s largest operations, NARA said. More than 600 NPRC staff work at the new facility. http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-05.html Behind the Scenes Look at New National Archives National Personnel Records Center Media Tour of New Facility Thursday, October 13, 2011, 10:00 AM Contact Information · NARA Public Affairs Staff (202) 357-5326 · St. Louis, Public Programs (314) 801-0847 stlpublic.programs@nara.gov WHAT: The media is invited to attend a press tour of the National Archives National Personnel Records Center in anticipation of the dedication of the new facility on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The tour will include: · Stack areas that house more than 100 million personnel files of veterans and former civil servants; · Preservation labs where original documents are restored; · Opportunity to view original personnel files of famous veterans such as Jackie Robinson, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, George Patton, Jack Kerouac, and Alex Haley; and · Exhibition titled “Documented Rights” illustrating the continuing process of defining human and civil rights, on display through March 2, 2012. WHO: Bryan McGraw, Director of the National Archives at St Louis Marta O’Neill, Preservation Officer, National Personnel Records Center WHEN: 10 AM, Thursday, October 13, 2011. WHERE: National Personnel Records Center 1 Archives Drive (1829 Dunn Road), St Louis, MO. Next to Hazelwood East Middle School off Dunn Road (for GPS purposes use 1829 Dunn Road). Directions: From the North: Take U.S. 367 South to I-270 East. Take I-270 East to Bellefontaine Road (exit 32). Turn left onto Bellefontaine Road, then an immediate left onto Dunn Road. NPRC is on the right at 1 Archives Drive. From the South: Take I-70 to I-170 North (exit 238). Take I-170 North to I-270 East (exit 10B). Go east on I-270 to Bellefontaine Road (exit 32). Background The National Personnel Records Center is one of the National Archives and Records Administration's largest operations. It is the central repository of personnel-related records for both the military and civil services of the United States Government. Its mission is to provide world class service to government agencies, military veterans and their family members, former civilian Federal employees, and the general public. The new National Personnel Records Center has the capacity to store 2.3 million cubic feet of records. Holdings include more than 100 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Organizational and Auxiliary files, and Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former civilian Federal personnel who separated prior to 1973. The new facility is the home to over 600 NPRC staff and over a dozen other Federal agencies. It contains a state-of-the-art preservation laboratory for records conservation, two large public research rooms and a multi-purpose room for meetings and public outreach. *******YOU CAN VISIT THE ARCHIVES AND SEARCH FOR YOUR RECORDS Scheduling an Appointment: Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Central Time (Closed weekends and <A href="http://www.archives.gov/news/federal-holidays.html" target=_blank>Federal holidays) Telephone: 314-801-0800 __._,_.___ "Keep on, Keepin' on" Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan" See my web site at: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/VeteranIssues/ http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky
  17. Wheelchair to Wealth http://www.writeonnewjersey.com/tag/medicare-fraud/
  18. If Congress is actually serious about cutting government waste of funding, the AMC is the first place I would cut. Its a complete waste of money and does nothing to reduce the backlog of veterans claims. If anything, its a major cause of backlog. About the only thing I found I could do to get my claim out of this dead zone, was keep sending in the evidence waivers to have the claim decided by the BVA and not the regional office level, (AMC). It doesn't matter that you can't call the AMC. If you could, you can't believe a word they tell you.
  19. To: Veteran Issues by Colonel Dan <VeteranIssues@yahoogroups.com> Subject: [VeteranIssues] IOM Report, Released 29 Sept 2011, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2010 Date: Oct 6, 2011 6:19 AM http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Veterans-and-Agent-Orange-Update-2010.aspx Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2010 Released: September 29, 2011 In the 2010 update, the committee recommends that the VA search its own records to look for possible associations between Vietnam service and specific health outcomes, specifically those that are relatively uncommon. The only modification made in this update to disease entries in the categories of association is the notation that early-onset peripheral neuropathy (a condition which has been recognized since Update 1996 as having limited or suggestive evidence of an association with herbicide exposure and must have developed within a year of exposure) is not necessarily transitory. The IOM continues to recommend that laboratory research be conducted to characterize Agent Orange’s potential for inducing epigenetic modifications. Work needs to be undertaken to resolve questions regarding several health outcomes, most importantly COPD, tonsil cancer, melanoma, brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and paternally transmitted effects to offspring. Read it on line at http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13166 __._,_.___ "Keep on, Keepin' on" Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan" See my web site at: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/VeteranIssues/ http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky
  20. U.S. panel to recommend against prostate test Task force concludes little if any reduction in deaths from routine screening but possible harm http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44809480/ns/health-cancer/
  21. Subject: AO Legal ResponseDate: Sep 15, 2011 11:48 PMAO Legal Response Responding to http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/09/07/where-have-all-the-lawyers-gone-long-time-passing/ at : http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/legalresponse.htm Kelley
  22. To: Veteran Issues by Colonel Dan <VeteranIssues@yahoogroups.com> Subject: [VeteranIssues] FW: [HEALTH.MIL] TRICARE Promises Continued Access To Prescription Meds Date: Sep 17, 2011 6:29 AM -----Original Message----- From: health.mil- Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 10:26 AM To: HEALTH.MIL@ Subject: [HEALTH.MIL] TRICARE Promises Continued Access To Prescription Meds TRICARE Promises Continued Access To Prescription Meds September 16, 2011 By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 -- A dispute between Walgreens and a TRICARE contractor will not stop beneficiaries from getting their prescriptions filled, despite a Walgreen's ad campaign to the contrary, a TRICARE official said today. "Don't let that advertising, letter and internet outreach campaign scare you," Navy Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director of the TRICARE Management Agency, said. "Even if contract renewal negotiations fall through and Walgreens drops out of TRICARE's retail pharmacy network on Jan. 1, beneficiaries still will have plenty of other options for getting their prescriptions filled." Hunter called the dispute between Walgreens and Express Scripts, Inc., the contractor for TRICARE's retail pharmacy and pharmacy home delivery programs "a business matter" between the two companies. A similar impasse between the two companies in 2008 ultimately was resolved by mid-November, about six weeks before the new contract was to take effect, she noted. Walgreens is a big player in the TRICARE pharmacy network, with about 7,000 participating outlets that Hunter said have filled prescriptions for one in 10 TRICARE beneficiaries at one time or another. Concerned about a campaign that has alarmed some TRICARE beneficiaries, Hunter offered assurance today that regardless of how this year's negotiations go, patients will always have access to the medications they need. "If Walgreens does drop out or fail to renew their relationship with ESI so they are not included in the network, patients will still have 56,000 other pharmacies to obtain their medications at retail," she said. "We have a very, very broad network" that, for the vast majority of beneficiaries, ensures them access to a participating pharmacy within two miles of their homes. Meanwhile, Hunter emphasized other options TRICARE beneficiaries can use to get their medications: a TRICARE military treatment facility or the increasingly popular mail-order and home-delivery plans. Hunter is a big proponent of the mail-order and home-delivery program, helping boost participation by 9.9 percent this year alone as retail pharmacy use grew by just 1.6 percent. Delivering medications directly to the beneficiary's home assures an uninterrupted supply of medication, she said, while saving money for beneficiaries as well as the Defense Department. "I would recommend that this is a great time to consider TRICARE [Pharmacy] Home Delivery for chronic medications," Hunter said. But with more than three months left on Walgreen's current contract with ESI, she emphasized, "There is no emergency, and there is time for people to understand and consider their options." Those who elect to stay with the retail pharmacy option but are concerned that Walgreens could drop out of the TRICARE pharmacy network also have the option of moving their prescriptions to another pharmacy in the TRICARE network now. "We are not taking a position about whether patients should move their prescriptions," Hunter said. "We are allowing this issue to play itself out, but those who want to can do so, and that will absolutely be honored." Because all prescription information is centralized, the only thing patients need to do to move their prescriptions is to take their medication bottle or tube to another pharmacy. "They don't need another prescription or visit to a doctor," Hunter said. NOTE: Locate a TRICARE Retail Pharmacy <http://www.express-script.com/TRICARE/pharmacy/> Beneficiaries also can elect to use pharmacies not included in the TRICARE network. However, Hunter offered a reminder that these users will receive only partial reimbursement for their out-of-pocket costs and could have to file their own insurance claim, where network pharmacies do that automatically. "Our focus is on ensuring patients have access to the care they need," including reliable access to their prescription medications," she said. "Our goal is to be sure people have the information they need so that they get their medications in a timely fashion." ------- SOURCE: American Forces Press Service News Release at http://www.army.mil/article/65658/ __._,_.___ "Keep on, Keepin' on" Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan" See my web site at: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/VeteranIssues/ http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky
  23. To: Veteran Issues by Colonel Dan <VeteranIssues@yahoogroups.com> Subject: [VeteranIssues] FW: 2012 COLA 3.6%? Date: Sep 17, 2011 6:33 AM From: DON HOLLAND [mailto:donholland1@yahoo.com] Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 10:37 AM To: DON HOLLAND Subject: 2012 COLA Hey Shipmates, It looks like the Warrior President is going to give us a healthy COLA ON ALL OF OUR GOVERNMENT CHECKS in January. If this months CPI-W is anything like last months, we could get a 4% COLA!!!! AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW WE WOULD GET 3.6% http://www.moaa.org/colawatch ULTIMA, Don DON HOLLAND 20313 NETTLETON ST ORLANDO, FL 32833 321-278-7226 __._,_.___ "Keep on, Keepin' on" Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan" See my web site at: http://www.angelfire.../VeteranIssues/ http://www.facebook.com/dan.cedusky
  24. Until you recieve a letter saying you will be cut off from pain medication, Vets should take your medication as prescribed. Suddenly stopping your medications is very dangerous. Also, i've found that these VAMC's can pretty much make their own policies without it effecting "ALL" veterans accross the country. I just recieved my prescription of pain meds, no such notice was in the package. Don't let fear increase your anxiety and make you sick. Wait until you actually recieve a notice before taking any action.
  25. Request for Release of VA Medical/Health Records (fillible VA form) http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-5345-fill.pdf Mail or Fax the request to the VAMC your requesting the records from. Allow 10 to 20 days from the date you submit it. Any statement you need to send to the VARO in support of your claim, use the form below. Statement in Support of Claim (Fillable) http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-4138-ARE.pdf
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