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Active Duty Time Served
DD FORM 214-SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT
From: Social Security Administration (SSA)
Please share this with anyone who's had active duty service between January 1957 to December 31, 2001 and planning for retirement.
In a nutshell it boils down to this: You qualify for a higher social security payment because of Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement.
You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it! Social Security website: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm this is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road... It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on active duty between January1957 to December 31, 2001. FYI - this benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it!
The Vietnam Service Medal was established by Executive Order 11231, dated 8 JUL 65, and the policy for award was promulgated by DOD Directive 1348.15, dated 1 OCT 65. It was awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving in Vietnam and contiguous waters or airspace thereover, after 3 JUL 65 through 28 MAR 73. Members of the Armed Forces of the United States in Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia, or the airspace thereover, during the same period and serving in direct support of operations in Vietnam are also eligible for this award. To be eligible for award of the medal, individual must- -
- Be attached to or regularly serve for one or more days with an organization participating in or directly supporting military operations; or
(2) Be attached to or regularly serve for one or more days aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations; or
(3) Actually participate as a crewmember in one or more aerial flights into airspace above Vietnam and contiguous waters directly supporting military operations; or
(4) Serve on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days in Vietnam or contiguous areas, except that the time limit may be waived for personnel participating in actual combat operations.
Obtain Lost Military Records and Medals
Lawyers Serving Veterans
Veterans Who Are Getting The Run A Round Concerning Your Disability Claims. Or your Assigned VSO Service Officer is indifferent, being of little assistance, or plain just don't act like they care – There are lawyers willing to assist you.
UDM Law's Project SALUTE hosted its first annual Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference on Thursday, October 25. This half-day conference provided information to volunteer attorneys assisting veterans through Project SALUTE as well as any attorney interested in learning more about issues facing our veterans.
Request for copy of DD214 - Michigan Veterans
Personal Paperwork Replacement:
Imagine that your house burns down or gets completely destroyed by fire, flood or other disaster. Would you know how to go about replacing your essential paperwork? Here's helpful lists of links that can help you replace your essential personal paperwork as well as change your address
This checklist is designed to provide retirees and their loved ones with some help in preparing for the future. The following information is not all-inclusive and should be used with other estate planning tools to lessen trauma to your loved ones.
Steps In Getting A VA Loan
There are 8 basic steps to getting a VA-backed home loan. Each step contains a few details, and some steps may overlap. Click below to open details.
Free Phone Service
Assurance Wireless offers free phone service
Be Prepared When A Veteran Passes: Use the below checklist to ensure that you know where required information is when the Veteran Leaves us.
By filling out the below form, the family and loved ones will be ready to handle the business required.
The project -- AccreditedOnlineColleges.org -- is a general information website with many resources useful to the many veterans looking to further their education. The site also discusses the offline and online educational paths one can follow to obtain a degree from an accredited institution.
Here’s a great website that will help you locate anyone that may be buried in one of the hundreds of National Cemeteries dotted throughout the United States of America. http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/index.html
Some questions and answers concerning Veteran Benefits & Medicare
Stressing The Point: When is a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claim Legitimate… and When Is It Not
PTSD is a condition that arises from exposure to life-threatening circumstances and it was first diagnoses among some of the survivors of wartime combat. Throughout W.W.I the syndrome was known as "Shell Shock" and was thought to be primarily motivated by the soldier's effort at self-preservation. In World War II it was called "War Neurosis" or "Combat Fatigue." The modern diagnosis of PTSD, a by-product of the Viet Nam War, falls within the general DSM-IV category of "Anxiety Disorders," sub-category of "Stress Disorders."
If you’re eligible for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, our goal is to provide you with the care you need in a VA facility. However, sometimes that isn’t possible…because you live too far from a VA facility, the specialist you need is not available at your VA, or it will take too long for you to be seen at a VA facility. In those cases, you may be referred to a community provider through the Non-VA Care program.
In most cases, having VA pay for care in the community requires pre-authorization. And, any care needed or recommended beyond the scope of that authorization must be approved by the VA facility that authorized the care.
In the event of an emergency, you do not need authorization from a VA facility for treatment – simply proceed to the nearest emergency room to get the care you need. A medical emergency is generally defined as a condition of such a nature that a prudent layperson would reasonably expect a delay in seeking immediate medical attention to be hazardous to life or health. Eligibility for VA payment of emergency care as well as deadlines for filing claims depend upon whether or not you have a service-connected condition. It’s important to contact the closest VA facility as soon as possible to find out more about VA payment of your emergency care.
PDF file, letter and brochure
Be Prepared Before Filing A Claim With The VA
Veterans please be aware that you should be prepared and ready before taking on the cumbersome VA Claim Filing System. Many Veterans claims are denied or delayed because of insufficient information or other initial filing paperwork mistakes. Below is The American Legion Department of Michigan Supporting Evidence Form. If you have all of the information highlighted in the form, it should help immensely avoid some of the pitfalls when initially filing a claim with a Service Officer.
Michigan Veterans Homeowners Assistance Program
The Michigan Attorney General targeted funds from the National Mortgage Settlement to assist Military Service Members and Veterans with issues related to the foreclosure crisis.
The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund state office staff members will administer funding assistance to prevent foreclosure. Grants are subject to approval based on program criteria.
The MiVHAP will provide financial grant assistance to Active military service members; Reserve, Air and Army National Guard, and honorably discharged Veterans living or having lived in a home in Michigan.
The MiVHAP may assist with residual effects related to the foreclosure crisis, since 2006.
Eligible surviving spouses of military service members, whose deaths have
Point of Contact
MI Veterans Trust Fund - MiVHAP
P.O. Box 30104
Lansing, MI 48909