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  1. Sorry to clarify I am 100% T & P. I am trying to determine what to use for my spouse and dependents. They can either use DEA or the California VA (calvet) state benefit. My big question and the va guys at the school hardly know how to make the GI bill work, is can my dependents use the DEA and then the calvet benefit as long as its not concurrent, or is it elect one and void the other? Its very vague and doesn't say if that happens. A community college may be better for the DEA but it may benefit more at a UC to use the college fee waiver. Or if one runs out to continue by using the other.
  2. Hello my question is about the VA DEA benefit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp So the federal level would be DEA however my state offers a college fee waiver for families as well. My situation would be plan A for the state fee waiver and all it says is that it cannot be concurrent. So does that mean I can use one or the other after fact? Thanks The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible. Plan A The child of a veteran who is totally disabled due to service-connected disabilities or whose death was officially rated as service-connected is eligible. The child must be over 14 years old and under 27 years old to be eligible. If the child is a veteran, then the age limit is extended to age 30; The spouse or Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) of a wartime veteran who has been rated as service-connected totally disabled is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions; The unmarried surviving spouse or RDP of a wartime veteran whose death has been rated as service-connected is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions; Any dependent of any veteran who has been declared missing in action, captured in the line of duty by hostile forces, or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power is eligible. The veteran must have served at least one day of active duty during a period of war as declared by the U.S. Congress, or during any time in which the veteran was awarded a campaign or expeditionary medal. Concurrent receipt of benefits under Plan A and VA Chapter 35 benefits is prohibited. To receive benefits under Plan A, a dependent must sign an "election" statement acknowledging this fact. There are no income restrictions under this plan. To be eligible, the event which caused basic entitlement to benefits (i.e., the date the veteran died of service-connected causes or the date the VA rated the veteran as totally disabled as a result of service-connected disabilities) must have occurred prior to the child's 21st birthday.
  3. Further research https://rules.house.gov/bill/113/hr-4435 http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/BILIFL_019_xml516141039463946.pdf Rules #1 Revised] AMENDMENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT FOR H.R. 4435 OFFERED BY MR. BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA At the end of subtitle C of title VI, add the following new section: 1 SEC. 6ll. TRANSPORTATION ON MILITARY AIRCRAFT ON 2 A SPACE-AVAILABLE BASIS FOR DISABLED 3 VETERANS WITH A SERVICE-CONNECTED, 4 PERMANENT DISABILITY RATED AS TOTAL. 5 (a) AVAILABILITY OF TRANSPORTATION.—Section 6 2641b of title 10, United States Code, is amended— 7 (1) by redesignating subsection (f) as sub- 8 section (g); and 9 (2) by inserting after subsection (e) the fol- 10 lowing new subsection (f): 11 ‘‘(f) SPECIAL PRIORITY FOR CERTAIN DISABLED 12 VETERANS.—(1) The Secretary of Defense shall provide, 13 at no additional cost to the Department of Defense and 14 with no aircraft modification, transportation on scheduled 15 and unscheduled military flights within the continental 16 United States and on scheduled overseas flights operated 17 by the Air Mobility Command on a space-available basis VerDate 0ct 09 2002 10:37 May 15, 2014 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\GMKOSTKA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\BILIFL~1.XM May 15, 2014 (10:37 a.m.) F les #1 Revised] 1 for any veteran with a service-connected, permanent dis- 2 ability rated as total. 3 ‘‘(2) Notwithstanding subsection (d)(1), in estab- 4 lishing space-available transportation priorities under the 5 travel program, the Secretary shall provide transportation 6 under paragraph (1) on the same basis as such transpor- 7 tation is provided to members of the armed forces entitled 8 to retired or retainer pay. 9 ‘‘(3) The requirement to provide transportation on 10 Department of Defense aircraft on a space-available basis 11 on the priority basis described in paragraph (2) to vet- 12 erans covered by this subsection applies whether or not 13 the travel program is established under this section. 14 ‘‘(4) In this subsection, the terms ‘veteran’ and ‘serv- 15 ice-connected’ have the meanings given those terms in sec- 16 tion 101 of title 38.’’. 17 (b) EFFECTIVE DATE.—Subsection (f) of section 18 2641b of title 10, United States Code, as added by sub- 19 section (a), shall take effect at the end of the 90-day pe- 20 riod beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act. ◊ VerDate 0ct 09 2002 10:37 May 15, 2014 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt ----------------- I copied and pasted this in case it disappears, I also saved it from the site.
  4. This is what I read I'm a 100% DAV. Can I travel Space-A? Retirees (meaning those with a blue DD Form 2 including medically-retired) are eligible for Space-A. Despite rumors to the contrary, 100 percent disabled veterans in possession of DD Form 1173 or DD Form 2765 (replaces the DD Form 1173) identification cards are NOT entitled to Space-A travel aboard DoD aircraft. If your ID card is brown and the bottom right says "DAVPRM" (Disabled Veteran Permanent) then there is no entitlement for Space-A travel. Any changes to Space-A eligibility rules will be published as an immediate change to DoD 4515.13r and advertised accordingly (Reiteration HQ AMC/DONP 091704z Mar 99 and Reference PASSENGER SERVICE UPDATE DTG: 261800Z OCT 01 para 1.H). If it helps any, here's a small compilation of various efforts that folks have sent me that involve expanding the Space-A privilege to 100 Percent DAVs, widows, widowers, etc.... FY15 NDAA FY12 NDAA Bill S-1768 Bottom Line as of May 2015: Per AMC HQ, regarding H.R. 4435 Amendment 15 stating that 100% disabled veterans can fly Space-A, no guidance has been passed down to terminals to allow this. Until the DoD issues a memo incorporating any changes into DoD's Transportation Regulation http://www.spacea.net/faqs/spacea-eligibility http://milvetstravel.net/dod.html

    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] ADDITIONAL BENEFITS WHEN RATED 100%

    Note I have complied this list and was using it for myself as I went through the items. Its best to copy and paste it maybe print it out and check list it as you go through it. If I missed something please feel free to add it. There are programs out there that help pay for special adaptive items for vehicles and items within your house and more. I didnt add those here sorry. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS WHEN RATED 100% DIS-LABLED BY THE VA There are two catagories boxes that they can check TOTAL AND PEMENENT or NON-TOTAL AND PEMENENT If the total and permenant box is not checked, you can be re-evaluated and pecentage cut. Note: Some may apply for lesser ratings of 30% or more. This volunteer listing is not fully comprehensive so be sure to check things out with the VA. A veteran can be rated 100% “Total” without being “Total and Permanent” (T&P). This usually happens when VA considers a disability may improve. You can tell if a 100% grant is Total and Permanent as the decision will approve “Dependents Educational Assistance” and “Chapter 35 Benefits”. ----0.0 Found a program that pays for my upkeep for my spouse. ----- http://www.caregiver.va.gov/index.asp The site has everything there it takes a little navigating to figure out the eligibility area, or click my link. http://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/support_benefits.asp 0.1) ADD Aid and Attendance condition) 0.2 Veteran T&P Student Loan fee waiver https://disabilitydischarge.com/ If you are totally and permanently disabled, you may qualify for a total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge of your federal student loans or TEACH Grant service obligation. If you receive a TPD discharge, you will no longer be required to repay your loans or complete your TEACH Grant service obligation. This section explains more about TPD discharge. 1) VA Co-Pay Reimbursement: If you have been paying Co-Pays and your new Rating Decision is retroactive then you can ask VA to reimburse you for those payments back to the date of the rating. - 2.1 College Fee Waiver The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible. O 2) Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA): http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch35/ch35rates100113.asp This first proves that VA has deemed your disabilities to be "Total and Permanent" (T&P). It allows your spouse and children to be eligible for certain educational benefits. A child is authorized 45 months of accredited schooling. VA presently pays a monthly stipend of around $XXX link above XXX for a fulltime student. They can receive guidance counseling, tutors, etc. If VA deems it needful, a student may receive an extension on the initial 45 months. A qualified student is usually 18-26 years of age, but I've seen some using the benefit up to 32. Usually the latter is based on a large retroactive benefit granted to the veteran. If a child has been in school and then the veteran receives a retroactive benefit that includes that school dates, then the student can file for reimbursement for the months that he/she qualified on the retroactive date. A spouse can also qualify for schooling. Keep in mind that this is the student's or spouse's benefit drawn on the veteran's grant. The student/spouse must handle all of the paperwork. 0 3) ChampVA Health Insurance for the Spouse and Dependent Children: This is an excellent benefit for the spouse/children. Veterans must receive our care at the VA, but our dependents can receive their care in the private sector. Please DO NOT delay on applying. ChampVA is located in Denver, CO and they are very easy to work with. ChampVA is the spouse's benefit so she will have to coordinate with them. Of course any parent can coordinate for dependent children. The spouse will use the veteran's Claims File number (in upper right hand corner of the VA Rating Decision letter) in order to make the initial ChampVA application request. VERY IMPORTANT: If a spouse/children have had any out-of-pocket medical expenses during the time of the veteran's retroactive grant period they can submit them to ChampVA after being approved and ChampVA will reimburse the expenses. This can be a substantial amount if there have been health issues with the spouse and/or children. NOTE: ChampVA does not cover Dental, Eyeglasses and Electives. VA Health Administration Center CHAMPVA P.O. Box 65023 Denver, CO 80206-9023 (800) 733-8387 Fax: (303) 331-7804 Email: hac.inq@med.va.gov Here is their website where can look over the benefits: www.va.gov/hac ChampVA has a "Meds by Mail" program that is very good. A new law was passed awhile back that gives the spouse "ChampVA for Life". There are stipulations if a divorce is involved. 0 4) Dental Coverage: All 100% service-connected veterans are allowed dental care. Note: Veterans going through Vocational Rehabilitation are also eligible for some dental care. -0 5) VA Insurance: When a veteran is deemed 100% Schedular or TDIU then VA will grant a $10,000.00 insurance policy and "waive" the premiums. VA criteria states that you must have been granted a "NEW" service-connected condition in the past 2 years to qualify. It cannot be an increase of an existing condition. You have only two years from the time of the decision to apply. Note: VA is now offering this to 70% veterans. The VA insurance division will determine if you qualify. The key on the application is to write "WAIVED" in the monthly premium amount box when applying for the 10K amount. VA also offers other small policies, but I hear they are not very competitive. Call this number and tell them your new rating and that you would like to file for the insurance. It is in Philadelphia: (800) 669-8477 You can file online: www.insurance.va.gov 7) Free or discounted Hunting and Fishing License/Tags: -NOTE- *THIS IS A California benefit* Check your State using the link below: http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm O 8) Property Tax Break: -NOTE- *THIS IS A California benefit* Check your State using the link below: http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm x 9) Golden Access Passport: National PASS ( ALL STATES) The name of this pass has been changed, but the benefits are very similar. If you have the old pass then you can use it as the Federal government will not give you a new one. The new pass is called "America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass". The pass allows for 50% off Camping/recreation in Federal Parks. Some State and County Parks will honor it. Here is a link. Be sure to take your Rating Decision letter: www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm Oregon allows disabled veterans (10) free days per month at our State Parks. Some counties have chosen to do the same. Check with your State to see if this is offered. O 10) To check for additional State benefits where you live click on this link: www.va.gov/statedva.htm O 11) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): The DIC "Clock starts Ticking" once a veteran is rated 100% "Total" or "Total and Permanent". This allows his spouse and dependent children under 18 years of age to receive a monthly benefit if: a) The veteran passes of a "service-connected" disability within the first 10 years of being rated 100%. b) If the veteran lives the full 10 years then he can pass of any disability. Currently the monthly payment for DIC is approximately $1,400.00, so this gives the spouse about 1/2 of the veteran paycheck when he was alive. - 12) Travel Pay: (41.5 cents per mile) All veterans are allowed travel reimbursement for scheduled VA appointments if they are rated 30% service-connected or higher. VA will also pay travel pay on a “needs basis”. This means if a veteran is under a certain income level then he/she will be paid for scheduled visits. VA will pay for travel to “Claims and Pension” (C&P) examinations. As I said, this is not exhaustive. We do our best to not only acquire the benefits that are due you, but also to pass along the benefits to other fellow veterans who may not be in the know because VA is not forthright. 13)There is a little known benefit called the “Independent Living Services Program” (ILSP). It is design to assist any disabled veteran to live a better quality of life despite their service-connected disabilities. The program shows up briefly on the Vocational Rehabilitation Form 28-1900. I believe that VA has changed the wording on the form to further disguise the program. In fact, they changed the name to “Independent Living Program”. Here is a link to the VA Form 28-1900: http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-28-1900-ARE.pdf You’ll note on the instructions under “Rehabilitation Services” is states the following: “If training is appropriate, VA will provide medical and dental care treatment, employment assistance to get and keep a suitable job, and other services you may need. If a vocational goal is not currently feasible for you, VA may provide services and assistance to improve your capacity for living independently.” The key sentence is in red. There used to be more references, but VA has removed them from the form. Here is a link to the Independent Living Program on the VA website: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/ilp.htm “The Independent Living program is to make sure that each eligible veteran is able, to the maximum extent possible, to live independently and participate in family and community life increasing their potential to return to work. Services may include the following: Assistive technology Specialized medical, health, and / or rehabilitation services Services to address any personal and / or family adjustment issues Independent living skills training Connection with community-based support services”
  6. Well sadly I dont know what they mean but it can be found here, and Who Can Join? Active, retired and received a discharge type of Honorable officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Military Cadets and midshipmen at U.S. service academies, in advanced ROTC or on ROTC scholarship, plus officer candidates within 24 months of commissioning Individuals whose parents have or had USAA auto or property insurance Former USAA members who had auto or property insurance Widows, widowers and un-remarried former spouses of USAA members24 who had USAA auto or property insurance while married https://www.usaa.com/inet/wc/why_choose_usaa_main https://www.usaa.com/inet/pages/insurance_life_main?wa_ref=pub_global_products_ins_life
  7. Right I got the $10,000 and they had a paper inside talking about the supplemental which is why I am looking at it.
  8. Well I am 30, so most policies would be the normal prices and what not. Looking at the prices from USAA I suppose I am lost. Coverage Features Level Term Military Term Universal Life Whole Life Sample Rates1 $14.15per month $250,000 10 Year $14.15per month $250,000 10 Year $70.74per month $100,000 $84.57per month $100,000 Length of your coverage Up to 30 years Up to 30 years Your lifetime Your lifetime You may purchase coverage for children�(Opens pop-up layer) Your payment amount Remains the same Remains the same Can be flexible Remains the same Free financial advice for your beneficiaries Builds cash value�(Opens pop-up layer) $25,000 Severe Injury Benefit�(Opens pop-up layer)
  9. 100% SC DAV are given a $10000 20 payment life policy. There is an option to increase to an additional 30000 for a fee which looks like it would be a dollar or two for every thousand @ 30k. So it seems as if it may be 20 to 40 dollars. My question is other companies do it cheaper, what is the benefit to this supplemental plan?
  10. So under chapter 35 they would get the current ( $1,021.00 ) plus tuition reimbursement? Or just the $1,021.00 http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch35/ch35rates100115.asp If so I missed the reimbursement portion of what it pay. I thought it only pays the stipend alone, in which you pay to the school.
  11. Plan B of the calvet California fee waiver would mean I passed. However plan a I am eligible for. The kids range between 13 and 2. My wife can benefit from it now with no explanation. I have not spoke to any colleges yet, honestly they usually have no idea, in my experience with the GI Bill I feel better asking you guys with the hope of finding government codes authorizing it so I am in control of the truth behind the options available.
  12. Sorry if its been talked about. My question is since I cannot (for my dependents) use Chapter 35 http://benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp at the same time as the California fee waiver https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/College-Fee-Waiver.aspx Can we switch off? My wife has no expiring time frame and my children have a few years to go. So I want to be informed of the better option or switching. The language reads concurrent. For chapter 35 it makes you choose an irrevocable choice between it and the FRY scholarship if applicable. So I am wondering if its the same deal here.
  13. Thank you so much. 2015 was a great year in July I was bumped to 70% pending my other claims which finished right after Christmas. I was 10% for almost 10 years. I just hope I can help others with information. To think it all started with a VA rep at a benefits office who noticed a scar.
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