Veterans Corner: Service Agencies Release Budget Recommendations | News


TITUSVILLE – Leading Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) – Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) – have released the independent budget recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for fiscal years 2023 and 2024.

This report serves as a roadmap to ensure that VA is fully funded and able to carry out its mission of serving veterans and their families, now and in the future.

“For more than 30 years, IBVSOs have been co-authors of the IB, providing substantive solutions and policy recommendations to ensure the timely delivery of specialist health care, as well as appropriate benefits for men and women. women who have served,” said Bob Wallace, executive director of VFW’s Washington office. “While this year’s report is now complete, it is now imperative that Congress and VA work together, along with veterans service organizations and other veterans stakeholders to put the interests of veterans first. from their list.

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Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system in Erie VA and the Outlying Region, take note.

If you think you have coronavirus or symptoms of it, you should call your VA provider to get a time and place to be tested.

Do not go to a facility without an appointment.

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The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a monitoring hearing on the effectiveness of VA services for dependents and survivors.

VFW’s National Legislative Associate Director, Kristina Keenan, submitted a statement for the record outlining how VA needs to improve outreach to military and veteran families and better explain the benefits available to survivors.

“Pre-planning is key. Veterans and their families must receive clear and ongoing communications advising them of future benefits and the documentation needed to ensure survivors are supported in the event of the veteran’s death,” Keenan said.

She pointed out that surviving family members are often unaware that the benefits they may be entitled to are significantly lower than those veterans receive in disability compensation, leading to unforeseen financial hardship.

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February is American Heart Month and the VA raises heart health awareness by encouraging veterans to take a proactive approach with healthy lifestyle options.

According to the National Institutes of Health, veterans are at a higher risk of heart attack or heart disease than their civilian counterparts.

Additionally, the American Heart Association reports that people with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury have a significantly higher risk of heart attack, even at a young age.

What can you do to protect yourself and reduce your risk of heart disease? Follow your doctor’s guidelines for your medication regimen, quitting smoking, exercise, heart-healthy diet, stress reduction, and rest.

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Here is this week’s update on prisoners of war and the missing:

• Navy Storekeeper 1st Class Harry E. Walker, 36, of San Diego, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was docked at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. He will be buried on March 15 in Verdes, California.

• Air Force 1st Lt. Richard W. Horrigan, 24, of Chester, West Virginia, was assigned to the 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. On April 19, 1945, the P-47D Thunderbolt fighter Horrigan was flying was part of a reconnaissance mission at Alt Lönnewitz airfield. He will be buried in his hometown. The date has not yet been determined.

• Navy Firefighter 1st Class George F. Price, 23, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was docked at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Burial services are pending.

Charlie Castelluccio, a resident of Titusville, is chaplain for the 28th District Veterans of Foreign Wars in Northwest Pennsylvania and is a member of the Titusville Veterans of Foreign Wars after 5958.

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