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NEW HAMPSHIRE CALENDAR
Below are listed some upcoming events
in New Hampshire that might be of interest to MOAA-NH chapter members.
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Upcoming events in NH that might be of interest to MOAA-NH members
VA CANCELLATION OF COPAYMENT DEBT AND REFUNDS, MARCH 2021
VA copayments received between April 6, 2020, and September 30, 2021, will be waived, refunded, or forgiven under the American Recovery Plan. If you're a Veteran who receives care through VA, here's what this means for you:
If you received a patient statement in January 2021 that included copayments for services received on or after April 6, 2020, those charges will be canceled. You should not pay them.
If you already paid your copayments for services received on or after April 6, 2020, you will receive a refund.
If you have unpaid copayments for services received prior to April 6, 2020, your payment is not required or expected to be paid until October 2021. VA will not pursue collection action on charges during this time. Any Veterans who prefers to continue making payments on their balances for services prior to April 6, 2020 may do so.
For those who may be pursuing service academy or active duty ROTC scholarships, this may be a suitable alternative for military service. Initial point of contact will be Major Brandon LaBelle, Brandon.email@example.com, Comm: (603) 225-1224 or Cell: (603) 856-3512. See attached for more information.
THE SBP-DIC OFFSET IS GOING AWAY
As you may know, Congress enacted changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) that will eventually eliminate the offset for surviving spouses who are also receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The changes will take place in three phases.
January 1, 2021 begins the first phase. In 2021, surviving spouse SBP annuity payments issued by DFAS will be reduced (offset) by no more than two-thirds of the amount of DIC (issued by the VA) rather than by the entire amount of DIC, even though eligible surviving spouses will continue to receive the full amount of DIC from the VA.
Beginning January 1, 2022, the second phase, surviving spouse SBP annuity payments will be reduced (offset) by no more than one-third of the amount of DIC (issued by the VA) rather than by the entire amount of DIC, even though eligible surviving spouses will continue to receive the full amount of DIC from the VA.
On January 1, 2023, the SBP-DIC offset will be fully eliminated. That means, beginning in 2023, SBP payments will no longer be offset by DIC. Spouses will receive full SBP (issued by DFAS) and full DIC (from the VA).
For more details and frequently asked questions, see our special SBP-DIC News webpage: http://go.usa.gov/xGfqd
DFAS Retired & Annuitant Pay
VA ISSUES "URGENT CARE" LIST
With the advent of the Mission Act (see below), the VA is looking to expand access to Urgent Care facilities around the state. Enclosed is the latest list of approved Urgent Care facilities.
VA's "MISSION" ACT DEBUTED ON JUNE 6
The long anticipated program mandated in the MISSION Act debuted in VA medical facilities around the country starting June 6, 2018. The VA MISSION Act puts Veterans and their needs at the center of their care. Through it, VA will:
• Provide you with more options for health care,Through the MISSION Act, VA now has additional opportunities to enhance their high-quality health care to our nation’s Veterans.
• Offer an improved community care process,
• Provide a new urgent care option,
• Help you get access to the care you need at the right place at the right time,
• Offer you great service through a nationwide network of high-quality care,
• Provide more Veteran-to-Veteran peer specialists,
• Expand the program to support Veteran caregivers.
VETERANS ONLINE SHOPPING BENEFIT (VOSB)
VOSB is the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit. This
benefit offers honorably discharged service members the ability to shop
via any of the military exchanges’ online sites. This benefit is
for online shopping only and does not extend to in-store purchases or grant
access to your local Exchange facility. This benefit is valid for
the honorably discharged service member; it is non-transferrable and cannot
be shared. This program launched on Veteran’s Day 2017 and is currently
available to all honorably discharged Veterans.
Shopping benefits include:
MOAA CHARTERS VIRTUAL CHAPTER FOR SURVIVING SPOUSES
MOAA's Board of Directors chartered this virtual chapter March 5, 2018. It is MOAA's second virtual chapter; the first is for uniformed services nurses. The Surviving Spouse Virtual Chapter is an "affinity group," with members who can share information in a virtual environment with colleagues seeking to work together as they each adjust to a new life. They want to make a difference locally, state-wide, and nationally, because as members of national MOAA and its local chapters and councils, they "never stop serving." Read more in their welcome letter. If you are interested in joining this virtual chapter, download and fill out the Membership Application. The first meeting of the Virtual Chapter is scheduled for June 5, 2018. You must register to get access code. For more information, click here.
Governor Chris Sununu Signs Executive Order to Re-Organize
State Veterans Services
Concord, NH (16 February 2018) – Today Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order to initiate creation of one coordinated State operation for the provision of veterans services. The Governor was joined at the signing immediately after his State of the State address by guests David Meaney of the American Legion, Ray Goulet of the NH Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, Paul Lloyd of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Ernest Sulloway of Disabled American Veterans.
"We must recognize a fundamental truth, that once a person signs those enlistment papers, they are a soldier for life," said Governor Sununu. "This executive order will bring coordinated veterans services under one roof in New Hampshire, which will bring resources together to streamline services for one simple goal: better outcomes for our veterans."
The changes contemplated by the executive order will be a team effort involving Adjutant General Dave Mikolaities, the Veterans Council, the Office of Veterans Services ("OVS"), the Department of Health Human Services' Bureau of Community Based Military Programs, and other Executive Branch officials and personnel.
The executive order directs the Adjutant General to develop and execute memorandums of understanding with both the Office of Veterans Services and the Bureau of Community Based Military Programs to provide for the streamlining and coordination of all veterans services provided by the State. The memorandums of understanding will be executed within 60 days and fully implemented within 120 days.
Adjutant General Dave Mikolaities and OVS Director Bill Gaudreau also weighed in on the new executive order. "New Hampshire's veterans and their families will benefit immensely from having a single operation and point of contact for the services and benefits they have earned," said Adjutant General Mikolaities. "I am grateful to Governor Sununu for his leadership and efforts on this issue, and the Adjutant General's Department looks forward to working with the Office of Veterans Services and the Bureau of Community Based Military Programs to turn the Governor's vision into a reality."
"The Office of Veterans Services is excited to join the Adjutant General's Department and the Bureau of Community Based Military Programs in this exciting and important initiative," said OVS Director Bill Gaudreau. "The services provided by OVS will be greatly enhanced by this new coordinated effort."
Governor Chris Sununu Signing Executive Order
VA WELCOME GUIDE
LEARN WHAT VA CAN DO FOR YOU
Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Guide can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned. Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in different ways. Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.
Feel free to share this guide with friends or family members who need help with their benefits too. Print out copies of your VA Welcome Guide for yourself and others.
VA can support you and your loved ones in diferent ways throughout your life. Your VA Welcome Guide provides a broad overview of services VA can ofer you. To access more information about VA benefits and sevices, visit us online at Vets.gov. Click hereto view a list of links to various VA benefits online.
DOD, VA RELEASE ONLINE TOOL TO HELP VETS
WITH DISCHARGE UPGRADE PROCESS
A joint initiative between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has yielded a web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge. Read the attached for more information.
EMERGENCY CARE FACT SHEET FROM VA
Attached is a fact sheet developed by VAMC White River Junction, VT for veterans in an effort to help them better understand what steps to take if they are experiencing or experienced a medical emergency.
DFAS Retired and Annuitant Pay Changes Mailing Address
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service's addresses changed effective May 1, 2017. The old addresses are being discontinued and will be replaced by addresses in Indianapolis. The new addresses are:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
U.S. Military Retired Pay
8899 E 56th Street
Indianapolis IN 46249-1200
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
U.S. Military Annuitant Pay
8899 E 56th Street
Indianapolis IN 46249-1300
The old PO Boxes in London KY will remain open and
all mail will be forwarded to the new address until April 30, 2018
(after that date, mail sent to the old addresses will be returned).
For additional contact information: https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary.html
Pease Greeters, S.O.S.--STOCK OUR SHELVES!!!
The Pease Greeters is an honored group of volunteers who greet flights of service men and women, at the Pease Air Terminal in Portsmouth, NH, both returning and heading overseas to the Middle East. They provide hot coffee, doughnuts, pizza and other refreshments as well as a bank of twenty permanently mounted phones for use free of charge by the veterans. In addition to greeting flights at Pease, they manage a Care Package Program. In the combat theaters of the Middle East our troops can not always get to a PX. Pease Greeters send care packages, of sundry items, to our troops that include personal care products, food snacks and more.
Every summer, with everyone on vacation and schools
closed, the Pease Greeters’ Inventory for Care Packages gets low.
They ship 600 pounds a month, which are 40 cartons, for over 105 soldiers
on their list. Below are some of the items they are low on.
Small sizes so items can be carried in back packs - nothing in large bottles
or packages unless the large package contains many small packets.
|dried fruits - small pkgs.
nuts - sm. pkgs.
coffee 1 lb. and tea,
tuna snack packs
|Sizes 8 oz
foot powder (lg. and sm.)
lg. bar soap
For more information and where to drop off the items, go to the Pease Greeters website at http://www.peasegreeters.org/events.htm and scroll down to "SOS Care Packages". Any donation would be appreciated. Gift cards are welcomed. THANK YOU in advance from our Troops.
NEW HAMPSHIRE ATTORNEY GENERAL ISSUES TIPS FOR
GIVING TO VETERANS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
Attorney General Joseph Foster issues these practical guidelines for New Hampshire residents who want to make donations to help our veterans.
LIBERTY HOUSE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
For more than a decade, Liberty House in Manchester, NH has been providing a safe, supportive, substance-free housing community for American veterans transitioning out of homelessness. Since opening their doors in 2004, their dedicated team of staff and volunteers has helped more than 200 homeless veterans rejoin their communities and regain fulfilling, independent lives. The Liberty House website (www.libertyhousenh.org) has a list of items that its veterans need. Click here to view their recent "WISH LIST".
NEW HAMPSHIRE 211
Get Connected. Get Answers
211 is the number to dial when you need help or don’t know where to call. By dialing 211 information is much easier to find. 211 is a free and confidential call from anywhere in NH. 211 is person-to-person assistance. 211 is available 24/7 with translation assistance in over 150 languages. Click here for more information. Read a promotional card listing some of the many resources available through New Hampshire 211.
VETERANS CHOICE CARD INFO FOR NH VETERANS
You MUST have a street address, NOT a Post Office Box to receive a Veterans Choice Card. So, list both the street address and the POB with the VA. Suggest calling the VA at whatever contact number you have and make sure your address is NOT a POB. For more information on Veterans Choice Cards, click here.
VETERAN LICENSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR NH VETS AND SERVICE MEMBERS
New Hampshire veterans and active-duty service members can now proudly show proof of their service on their New Hampshire drivers licenses. Under the Veterans Indicator program, military service members on active duty or veterans who have been honorably discharged from the United State armed forces can indicate that status when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or non-driver’s ID. There is no additional cost for the Veterans Indicator. Veterans wishing to add the Indicator to their license before its renewal can get a replacement license for a $3 fee. Veterans Indicator licenses are now available at all Department of Motor Vehicle locations throughout New Hampshire. Click here for more information on Veterans Indictor program. Click here for the new drivers license application form.
VETERANS HOME IS SEARCHING FOR SOME SPECIAL VOLUNTEERS
The New Hampshire Veterans Home is looking for a few good men – or women – to volunteer for a special mission to serve some of the Home’s most challenged residents.
A special group of volunteers, to be called the Highlanders, is being sought to spend some hours with the veterans in the Home’s Highland Hall unit, an area where many of the residents are in the end stages of various forms of dementia or have other severe health challenges that may limit their ability to respond and communicate.
Communication and support at these times can take various forms – reading, playing familiar music, sometimes just a smile or a simple caring touch. The important thing is just being there for these men and women who have served our country. Volunteers for this special service would be trained by the Home’s staff to engage those veterans through a wide variety of techniques including sensory stimulation, aroma therapy, music therapy or Snozelen, a multisensory environment designed to help those with developmental disabilities, dementia or neurological problems to regulate how much sensory stimulation they want to experience.
The New Hampshire Veterans Home depends heavily on the kindness and generosity of many veterans’ service organizations and individuals who give their time to support the veterans here. If you feel called to and suited for this special volunteer service, please contact NHVH Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Punderson, 603-527-4449, or Social Worker Kristen Griffin, 603-527-4812, for more information.
VETERANS BENEFITS GUIDE – HOW TO UNLOCK YOUR VETERANS BENEFITS
There are hundreds of benefits available to military veterans. From health care to education and training, tohousing assistance and more. But sometimes it can be difficult to know which veterans benefits are out there,and which you may be eligible for. Part of the problem is the sheer number of benefits programs, and part ofthe problem is misconceptions about who is eligible for these programs. These topics and more are covered in this Veterans Benefits Guide, and provides the resources needed to find more information about eligibility and how to apply.
COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF LINKS TO HELPFUL VA WEBSITES
Click here for a list of links to websites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.
VA Releases New PSA Targeting Women Veterans
"The Right Place" Assures Female Vets of High-Quality VA Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new public service announcement (PSA) to let women Veterans know they've come to “The Right Place” when seeking VA health care. Read their press release.
SHARE Your Experience and Help Veterans Get the Care They Need!
PLEASE, take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to SHARE (Survey Helping to Advance Recovery Efforts). This quick & confidential survey will benefit today's veterans dealing with post-combat injuries and help veterans for years to come. See the flyer for more information on how to complete the survey online. If you prefer, you can complete the suvey by hand and mail it to the address indicated. All information will remain confidential. Please help support this important program.
A Little-Known Benefit for Aging Veterans
Here's a riddle: When is a government benefit that
pays for caregivers, assisted living and a nursing home not a benefit?
When hardly any people know they're entitled to it.
That seems to be the story with a Department of Veterans Affairs benefit called the Aid and Attendance and Housebound Improved Pension benefit, known as A&A, which can cover the costs of caregivers in the home (including sons and daughters who are paid to be caregivers, though not spouses) or be used for assisted living or a nursing home. READ MORE
DO YOU QUALIFY FOR VETERAN'S BENEFITS?
The attached fact sheets provide a wide range of information about both Federal and NH State veteran's Benefits.
FEES AT NH STATE VETERANS CEMETERY (NHSVC)
The following information was provided by chapter member Col Michael W. Horne, NHANG (Ret.), Director, NH State Veterans Cemetery:
- For a veteran to be interred at the NH Sate Veterans Cemetery, there is no charge (NHSVC provides the cemetery plot or columbarium niche, the burial, and the ordering/installation of headstone or niche marker, and perpetual care). NHSVC then collects the veteran’s burial fee directly from the VA.
- For the interment of a veteran's spouse or dependent child, they charge
[Note – the spouse and if dependent children are interred in the same grave or columbarium niche as the veteran. The $350 covers administrative costs, opening the grave (burial), ordering, installing the headstone with additional spouse information, and perpetual care.]
NOTE: if the interment is a casket, “the funeral home” charges the veteran/family for the casket and the required concrete vault. The good news is NHSVC does not require a vault for in ground cremains so that isn’t an additional cost to anyone.
NHSVC encourages all veterans considering to be interred there to submit an application now and get pre-certified. Pre-certification makes it SO much easier on family members when a veteran or spouse dies. Print out the attached application, fill in the requested information, attach a copy of your DD214, NGB22, etc. and mail or fax it to them.
Click on the link above for a partial listing of veterans support organizations in the state of New Hampshire provided by the New Hampshire State Veterans Advisory Committee.
The Pease Greeters is a group, started by the Seacoast Detachment, Marine Corps League, who greet flights of service men and women, at the Pease Air Terminal in Portsmouth, NH, both returning and heading overseas to the Middle East. They provide hot coffee, doughnuts, pizza and other refreshments as well as a bank of twenty permanently mounted phones for use free of charge by the veterans. If you want to learn more about this worthwhile group or to volunteer to be a greeter, visit their website at http://www.peasegreeters.org/
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
Go to http://www.letssaythanks.com/ read the instructions. Pick a card. It will be sent to a member of our armed forces who is serving overseas.
For information concerning military awards and medals refer to the following official Department of Defense web sites.
These are New Hampshire's Men and Women who made the Supreme Sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Support The Troops - Information For The Community
MOAA-NH Chapter member LCDR David Kenney, USN, who is also president of the New Hampshire Reserve Officers Association, has compiled a guide that provides online and local resources for those seeking information or wanting to provide care packages, etc. for deployed troops. This is only a guide – there are many other sources available through national organizations like the Red Cross and the USO. View the guide in HTML format or PDF format.
NH National Guard Establishing a "Yellow Pages" Directory
The NH National Guard Family Program has established a “yellow pages” directory of volunteers to assist families of deployed troops. Anyone can volunteer who has a trade or skill that can help a family in need. These skills could be snow removal, carpentry, automotive maintenance, financial planners or computer technical assistance. The volunteer decides which part of the state to give assistance. This could be a specific town, county or region. If you are interested in providing any volunteer services, please e-mail First Lieutenant Suzanne Barricklow at firstname.lastname@example.org (603) 227-1496. This is a challenging time for our deployed service members and their families and any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Military and Federal Employee Discounts
The attached two lists (Military Discounts & 174 Stores and Business ...) shows restaurants, products, etc. that supposedly offer discounts to military and federal employees. Some companies may only offer the discounts to active duty military and not retired military. Whether discounts are offered and how much may vary amoung individual locations. The bottom line is that it doesn't hurt to ask!
Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, New Hampshire, offers a discount for unlimited season ski passes for vets. Passes that normally cost $399 are $99 for active duty military and for vets, with proof of service. Check out their web site at http://www.whaleback.com/season-passes.html.
In addition to the locations listed on the page link above, you can also find the nearest ID card issuing facility by clicking on the following link - http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/appj/site?execution=e5s1.