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Veterans Benefits Information

Some Attendance Verifications Delayed

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There was a delay in processing verifications submitted through WAVE and the automated phone system over the New Year holiday. If you verified your attendance on Dec 31 or Jan 1, your payment will be delayed approximately one week. This was a system error and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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VA Announces Changes to Emergency Care Payment Policy

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a change in regulations regarding payments for emergency care provided to eligible Veterans in non-VA facilities.

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Semi-monthly Veterans’ Service Office is moving to new Paris location, effective Jan. 11th

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SPRINGFIELD – Effective today (Jan. 11th), the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is relocating its semi-monthly Paris Veterans’ Service Office from the American Legion facility to a new location in Paris. The office was relocated to the Edgar County Farm Service Agency at 11759 Illinois Highway 1, Paris, IL 61944.

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Legion meetings to focus on health care

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Two American Legion committees tasked with monitoring and affecting health care for veterans will meet in Washington, D.C., Jan. 16-19. On Jan. 16-17, the Legion’s PTS-TBI Ad-Hoc Committee will hear from several experts in the field of psychology and veterans health care. Speakers will include representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army and the RAND Corporation. The committee will also make its final recommendations, which will be presented to the National Executive Committee in May. On Jan. 18-19, the Legion’s Veterans’ Policy Oversight Committee will hear presentations on the defense budget, issues faced by servicemembers transitioning to the civilian world, and the Department of Defense’s commemoration of the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary. Speakers will include VA and DoD representatives, as well as Legion staff.

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Top 10 cities to launch a second career

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Many military vets are suffering in this economy, and veterans who had long military careers often struggle to transition to jobs in the civilian work force. USAA and Military.com commissioned Sperling’s Best Places to create a ranking to help military retirees launch a second career, by highlighting the best places in the nation for jobs that match their skill sets. The ranking is a resource to help military retirees overcome common transition challenges, such as effectively translating job skills and managing a new financial landscape. Oklahoma City topped the list. Other cities include: 2. Norfolk, Va. 3. Richmond, Va. 4. Austin, Texas 5. San Antonio 6. Madison, Wis. 7. Philadelphia 8. Raleigh, N.C. 9. Omaha, Neb. 10. Manchester, N.H. See the list online: www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/military_retirement.aspx

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