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From your Service Officers Desk, by: William T. Bradley, posted 5/1/12

GULF WAR PRESUMPTIVE ILLNESS LIST EXPANDED
Undiagnosed illness afflicting 1991 Persian Gulf War Veterans such as functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation and diarrhea when lasting months or longer are now considered presumptive service connected disability. 

SOCIAL SECURITY 
A recent article from National Association of Uniform Services on Social Security Benefit shortfall’s had some scary predicted statistics. According to the report Medicare and Social Security will be exhausted in 2036 that is one year sooner than projected last year. The Disability Insurance Trust fund is projected to exhaust its funds in 2024, five years sooner than last year’s estament. 
Our elected officials have been warning us of these short falls for many years but have done nothing to prevent, or even delay these shortfalls from happing. We need Congress, the Senate, and the President to sit down and work out a plain to fix it before it gets any worse. 

VA Reports Most OIF-OEF Vets May Have PTSD
The VA estimates that as many as 95% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), symptoms can include nightmares, feeling numb, having difficulty experiencing love or closeness with others, feeling jittery or overly alert, having difficulty sleeping, experiencing anger or irritability, having difficulty concentrating, substance abuse problems, having feelings of despair or hopelessness.

VA EXPANDS DEFINITION OF NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA
In the past compensation was denied under more restrictive definition of the disease. The new ruling is good news for our Blue Water Vietnam Veterans. Under 38 CFR, veterans who served in Vietnam, including waters offshore, are entitled to presumption of service connection for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If you have NHL and are not receiving benefits, please contact me so I can file a claim on your behalf. 

CAMP LEJEUNE CONTAMINATED WATER UPDATE
If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune before 1986 you may be one of as many as one million people exposed to contaminated water used for cooking drinking and bathing. Former residences can now register with the Marine Corps by contacting the Marine call center staff at 1-877-261-9782 Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. By registering you will be sent a health survey to fill out and submit. This is a very serious situation, some contaminates were measured as high as 40 times above too days EPA exposure limits. I would suggest you contact me for assistance and advice on filling out the survey and submission of any personal information. 

Be the kind of man that, when his feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, 
“O Crap, He’s Up!” From a poem by: Frank “Frankie B” Bania, USMC Veteran

        From your Service Officers Desk, by: William T. Bradley Posted on 02/05/2012
                                                        
TRICARE Increases


A recent article in the Army Times about proposed increases to TRICARE fees for
services.

 Visit
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/11/military-mccain-tricare-fees-must-rise-to-control-costs-111711w/P
or visit http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1111/111411kl1.htm 

 

A recent article in Government Exec  http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1111/111411kl1.htmsurrounding
concerns over TRICARE Exec http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1111/111411kl1.htmreporting

 surrounding concerns over TRICARE fees. 

Attention ! Marine Veterans Stationed at Camp Lejeune


If you were stationed or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987, you may have been
exposed to contaminants in the drinking water supply.  To learn more please Visit :
http://www.va.gov/ext_redirect.asp?url=https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/index.html
Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water site for more information and to register for
water testing notifications.

 Veterans Crisis Line Saves Lives


Visit Veterans Crisis Line at: For information on Survivsors benefits visit .
Survivor community, resources and benefits at:  officeofsurvivors@va.gov.
http://www.va.gov/ext_redirect.asp?url=http://veteranscrisisline.net/ connects Vets
in crisis with VA responders 24 hours a day. 20,000 Veterans and counting have been
saved through the service.  

VA Launches Facebook Pages


The VA announced that all of its 152 medical centers are now actively represented on
Facebook. For more information, please visit the sites below:
www.va.gov/opa/SocialMedia.asp and
www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs?sk=app_7146470109

VA Posts Draft 2011 Report of the Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force


The 2011 Report of the Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force 30 day public comment
period closed November 22nd. Users visited the online forum to weigh in the seven
sections of this year’s report and posted over 450 comments and ideas related to
Gulf War care and services. The Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force sincerely
appreciates the feedback provided by the community and is now conducting an analysis
of the information received and expects to publish the final report in January 2012.
Download a http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/Draft_2011_GWVI-TF_Report.pdf

Rules Liberalized for Veterans with Undiagnosed Illnesses


Veterans of the Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have an additional five years to
qualify for VA disability benefits. The eligibility window has been extended to
December 31, 2016. For more information visit  http://www.va.gov/opa/
pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2239

COLA is back


You may have noticed that after two years without a cost of living  - (COLA) - it's
back. The COLA will be 3.6 % increase in Government payments, like SS, Military
Retiired pay, and  VA Disibility. 

Applying for your Records


The National Personel Records Center has announced a change of address.  This is the
place to get all your medical and duty-station records. When applying it is advised
that you visit VA.GOV/Forms, get a 180 form fill it out and submit it to:  National
Personel Records Center, 1 Archives Drive St Lousi, MO 6318-1002. For more
information visit : www,archives.gov

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To Post a Giveaway item or Wanted message ,  just  e-mail to: 'Bill Cannavan' and he
will post it for you.


NOTE: We retain the option to refuse any post not considered  proper or ethical.
 
Note: Be sure to date your submission and provide your full contact information.

                                             
We recently obtained a training slide show used to train our troops in jungle
warfare in Vietnam.  This show has over a thousand slides, and was donated by
retired Vietnam Vet, Green Beret Colonel Ruben Shay. These slides give one a true
insight into the war from our troops’ perspective. At this time it’s just a box
of slides, but we need a Carousel Slide Projector & Volunteers to setup up a slide
show presentation.
I hope a committee could be formed to preserve these historical slides, and also
create a presentation to be used at historical gatherings.  With today’s computer
programs it may be possible to change the format to a computer slide show. Our
options are only limited by our creativity,


Needed:            Carousel Slide Projector & Volunteers   (Bill)
Posted:   February 2012                By: William T. Bradley, VSO/Agent

                                                  
FREE!!   Ultrachic Crystal , Tone Amplified Telephone, for the hearing impaired ,
hearing- aid compatible, AM;  amplification available (true 35 dB) Hearing Amplifier
Telephone, has big buttons, saves emergency numbers, saves speed-dial numbers, has
flash, controls ring volume, redialing last No. and on hold, to name a few of the
functions it can do.  This is an expensive system with all its original
instructions.
                 For more information contact William (Bill) T. Bradley, VSO/AGENT 
Tel. 1-802-753-7720

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan”
Abraham Lincoln