Scholarships for Military Children: Dec.14 start date for new applications; process all online
Posted on January 8, 2019

The Scholarships for Military Children Program for school year 2019 – 2020 kicks off Dec. 14, and continues accepting applications through Feb. 15.

This marks the first time the entry process will happen entirely online according to Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House vice president. “It will be simple to create an account, save your work and submit your application when finalized,” he explained. “The online process will make it easier for military children to reach their education goals.”

It's What We Do
Posted on January 7, 2019

Army Emergency Relief has a long tradition of helping Soldiers.  Founded in 1942, Army Emergency Relief is the Army’s own nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to Soldiers, Retired Soldiers and their families during times of distress.  With providing more than $1 Billion in assistance since 9/11, AER works to educate eligible Soldiers and inform them of benefits offered, as well as the opportunity to contribute to Soldiers in need.

News from Our Partners - Understanding the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
Posted on January 2, 2019

The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) is a voluntary, enrollee-pay-all dental and vision program that offers eligible participants a choice between 10 dental and four vision carriers, with some plans offering both high and standard options.

VA's Benefits Delivery at Discharge Program Improves Service to Veterans
Posted on December 28, 2018

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program has made significant improvements in disability claim processing over the past year, with most service members who submitted claims through the program receiving decisions within 30 days of discharge.

The truth about VA nursing homes
Posted on December 27, 2018

Over the last six months, VA’s nursing home program has been the subject of much media scrutiny.

At VA, we welcome oversight because we know it makes us better, but this particular issue has been clouded by false statements, misinformation and hyperbole – doing a disservice to the Veterans and taxpayers VA is charged with serving.

That’s why we wanted to take an opportunity to share the facts about the department’s nursing home program.

Are VA’s nursing home ratings secret?

VA Realigns Several Program Offices to Improve Efficiency in Meeting Veterans' Health Care Needs
Posted on December 26, 2018

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) modernization efforts to improve efficiency in care coordination for Veterans and meet a presidential executive order for reorganizing the executive branch, VA plans to realign several programs within its Veterans Health Administration (VHA) into four offices. 

2019 CRDP/CRSC Open Season
Posted on December 24, 2018

The 2019 CRDP/CRSC Open Season is January 1-31, 2019. Retirees who are eligible for both CRDP and CRSC will receive an Open Season Letter with the amount of their entitlements. Follow the instructions on the letter. Only return the letter to DFAS to change your current election for 2019. Your election must be postmarked by January 31, 2019.

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