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Berta

E Bennie Info From Va

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A friend of mine who works for VA sent me this.

I am sure ebennies works for many.... but they dont let widows use this program , so I dont really know how it works and it seems they give some convoluted claims info sometimes, based on what members tell us here:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January
28, 2013



VA/DoD
Continue to Improve Online Access to Benefits Information


New
Functionality Added to Online Benefits Portal


WASHINGTON
- The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense (DoD) just released
improvements to the functionality of eBenefits,
a joint self-service web portal that provides registered users with
secure online information and access to a variety of military and
Veterans benefits resources.


eBenefits
is clearly becoming the platform of choice for Veterans seeking
access to the numerous benefits they have earned,” said
Undersecretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. “The increasing
capabilities of eBenefits
give Veterans and Servicemembers greater flexibility in
securing the information they are looking for.”


The
latest release, eBenefits
4.3, allows for easy navigation of the online disability compensation
claim submission process using interview-style questions and
drop-down menus similar to tax-preparation software, instead of a
traditional fill-in-the-blank form. The latest release also
pre-populates the application with information from a Veteran’s
record in VA’s secure database. Veterans can view processing times
for each phase of their claim.


Other
site improvements include a tool to help determine if a Veteran has
eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits, a
calculator for military reservists to determine retirement benefits,
and a search function that identifies a claimant’s appointed
Veterans service representative, with links to Google Maps indicating
the location of their nearest representative’s office.
Servicemembers and Veterans can also access records like Post-9/11 GI
Bill enrollment status, VA payment history, and DoD TRICARE health
insurance status.


The
eBenefits
application is a key component of VA’s ongoing transformation to a
digital environment for Veterans’ benefits delivery and fully
supports VA’s Veterans Relationship Management initiative that
provides Veterans with the ability to access information about their
benefits anywhere, anytime and empowers them to manage those benefits
through self-service capabilities. Additional functionality and
features will continue to be added to the site throughout the coming
months.


To
access eBenefits, Veterans and Servicemembers must obtain a DoD
Self-Service Logon (DS Logon), which provides access to several
Veterans and military benefits resources using a single username and
password. The service is free and may be obtained in person at a VA
Regional Office, DoD ID Card station or online at
www.ebenefits.va.gov.


There
are currently 2.2 million users with access to eBenefits,
and VA is on track to meet the 2013 agency priority goal of 2.5
million users, as outlined for VA on www.Performance.gov.


With
the most-recent release, eBenefits
has
successfully completed 13 consecutive quarterly releases since
October 2009 with 47 self-service features enabling Servicemembers
and Veterans the ability to download copies of their official VA and
military correspondence—to include Veterans civil service
preference, service verification, and benefits verification letters;
military records; and VA home loan certificates of eligibility, just
to name a few.


For
more information about VA benefits go to http://www.benefits.va.gov
and eBenefits
at www.ebenefits.va.gov.






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Berta, it sure would be nice if they would include widows....don't see this happening. I guess we are still supposed to call the 800# and sit on hold for hours and be grateful for their help! There is definitely something wrong with this picture.....

Celia

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Indeed Celia....I cant believe the bogus reason the VA told me why we widows cant use ebenefits....

They said because DOD doesn't know who we are.....

Well just tell them,VA ....ridiculous

PS I made a homemade card for the man I love this Valentines day but I sent the Secretary one I bought at TOPs....

He has had a very bad few weeks......I included a nice note to him because I have griped to him from time to time.

I think he has done remarkable things as the Sec, but somehow his great ideas get SNAFUed and then it takes time for them to be unsnafued....

As difficult as it is to be a widow Celia, my husband always told me to find someone else to love if he died and although I never dreamed it would happen to me for almost 18 years, I have found how right he had been. He would sure approve, too, of who it is.

wub.png I am at peace with that

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So Berta - I just gotta ask . . .

Is he a VET ?

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Indeed Celia....I cant believe the bogus reason the VA told me why we widows cant use ebenefits....

They said because DOD doesn't know who we are.....

So, where do they think the widows go when their beloved dies?... I could tell VA where they should go..Oh! that would be sooo cruel..ah!, so I am cruel and it sure does feel good!!

Well just tell them,VA ....ridiculous

PS I made a homemade card for the man I love this Valentines day but I sent the Secretary one I bought at TOPs....

He has had a very bad few weeks......I included a nice note to him because I have griped to him from time to time.

I think he has done remarkable things as the Sec, but somehow his great ideas get SNAFUed and then it takes time for them to be unsnafued....

As difficult as it is to be a widow Celia, my husband always told me to find someone else to love if he died and although I never dreamed it would happen to me for almost 18 years, I have found how right he had been. He would sure approve, too, of who it is.

wub.png I am at peace with that

David told me a long time ago that if he died, he wanted me to remarry one day... I just always laughed and said that I had "the best", why would I want anyone "less". I cannot ever forsee remarrying or falling in love again, but I know you should never say never.

I am glad that you are happy,tongue.png for love does make one feel so good! I am glad you are at peace with it and knowing your husband would have approved, just makes everything better!

I am just now seeing this post. I happened to look on My Content and found all sorts of replys-oops!

Celia

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Carlie -Yes he has served in the military for over 30 years!!!!

My past deceased husband's and my daughter's total Military service totals 15 years, with 5 Honorable Discharges.

Don't know what I would even talk about with any man who didn't serve!!!!!

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