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From Chuck Weber, your Veteran Service Officer...
NDAA Brings New Vet Benefits +
VA Mission Act
100% Disabled Vets Now Authorized
President Trump signed into law the new National Defense Authorization
Act, disabled veterans were granted a huge travel perk that has
virtually gone unnoticed.
Under the new Disabled Veterans Access to Space-A Travel Act, veterans with a service-connected, permanent disability rating of 100% can hop on any scheduled or unscheduled military flight within the continental United States (and scheduled overseas flights) operated by Air Mobility Command (AMC). Clarification on whether or not required caregiver accompaniment is authorized has not yet been promulgated.
· Personal information (Rank/Grade, First Middle Last Name)
· Service Branch (AF, Army, Marines, Navy, CG)
Status (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retired, Disabled Veteran, etc.)
· Other Travelers (dependents names)
Total number of seats required
· Travel status (See Travel Eligibility-Category I-VI). The form has not yet been modified to reflect 100% disability eligibility. In the interim suggest use Category VI until otherwise advised.
Overseas Travel Ready Status (Have Required Passports/Visas etc.)
5-Destinations (Sign-up for up to 5 Destinations e.g. Germany, USA,
Japan, Alaska, or Hawaii)
In addition, the NDAA also expands access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Post Exchange privileges to these Purple Heart recipients, service-connected disabled veterans, former POWs, and their caregivers.
A Glimpse Inside VA’s Major Overhaul
The VA MISSION Act is the most massive comprehensive health care reform bill and was signed into law by President Donald Trump on 6 JUN. VA has quietly begun working on implementing these major changes but recognizes it can't do so without veterans' help. VA wants to know what questions veterans have about the VA MISSION Act as VA moves forward in rolling out these huge health system changes. While MOAA and other veteran service organizations (VSO) have started working with VA to implement the legislation, veterans are central to making the transformation smooth and in helping the department meet the very tight deadline mandated by Congress.
One of the most significant changes veterans will see in the next few months is the elimination of the Veterans Choice Program, established in 2014, to provide temporary relief and help VA rebuild internal capacity to reduce long wait times for veterans seeking health care. A new, streamlined community care program will replace Choice and consolidate multiple community care programs currently managed by VA into a single program. A few other major changes veterans can expect to see are:
Congress gave VA one year from the enactment of the MISSION Act to replace the Choice Program and two years to implement the caregiver program expansion. Last week, VA provided a little peek it is working toward to combine and implement the new community care program and walk-in care services over the next year.
VA needs you to send them your questions about the VA MISSION Act that you want. To help get you started, here are a couple questions we think veterans will want to know:
Now, what questions are on your mind? You are requested to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and MOAA will share your questions with VA as well any communication and marketing materials as they become available.
Source: Excerpted from The MOAA Newsletter, Rene Campos, August 16, 2018
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