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VA Decision Ready Claims Program Expands to Include More Types of Claims

WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing efforts to modernize and improve Veterans’ experience with the disability claims process, VA unveiled its latest enhancements to the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program, which will expand the pool of Veterans, surviving spouses and service members eligible to participate in the program. 

“These enhancements are another key step in modernizing VA’s benefits delivery to Veterans to a fully digital operating environment,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With electronic claims processing as a foundation, VA’s innovation will improve service to Veterans, their families and survivors.” 

In addition to claims for increased disability compensation (commonly known as claims for increase), Veterans will now be able to file certain claims for direct service connection, presumptive service connection and secondary service connection. Additionally, surviving spouses will be able to file certain claims for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, and transitioning service members will be able to file pre-discharge claims less than 90 days from leaving the military. Veterans who choose to submit their claim under DRC can expect to receive a decision within 30 days from the time VA receives the claim. 

To file under DRC, Veterans must work with an accredited Veteran Service Organization (VSO) representative, who will ensure all supporting evidence — such as medical exams, military service records, etc. — is included with the claim submission. This advance preparation by the VSOs allows claims to be assigned immediately to claims processors for a quick decision. 

In the future, VA aims to expand the DRC program, where possible, to ensure more Veterans can get faster decisions on their claims. For more information about DRC or to find an accredited VSO representative, visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/DRC.asp

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2nd Annual Challenge 22 hosted by Post 69

American Legion Post 69 will hosts its 2nd Annual Challenge 22. The Challenge 22 event is a 1 mile veteran suicide awareness walk.

If you have a Post Unit of Club Flag you are encouraged to bring it for the walk.

The event will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018  at 9:00am; American Legion Post 69, 1301 W Bell St, Avon Park, FL 33825.

For additional information please contact Larry Roberts, 850-718-7773.

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Post 273 Feeds More than 100 Veterans and Families

More than 60 volunteers from Post 273, in Madeira Beach, joined together to feed over 100 local veterans and families at their annual Veterans Christmas Day Party.

They would like to send a special thank you to Boy Scout Troop 371, from Largo, for their service!

Post 273 Volunteers
Boy Scout Troup 371

 

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Luther’s Daily Log

Department Commander Steve Shuga has finally had it! He is Face-timing Santa. Santa is not too happy either.

#LutherLegionnaire #AngryCommander #AngrySanta #StaffROFL #Veterans #TheAmericanLegion #Florida #ElfOnTheShelf

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Luther’s Daily Log

LUTHER!!! You’ve done it now! Commander Steve Shuga won’t stand for this….Your antics have gotten totally out of hand!

#LutherLegionnaire #ThisWontEndWell #MischievousElf #UnhappyCommander #TheAmericanLegion #Florida #ElfOnTheShelf

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Luther’s Daily Log

Commander Steve Shuga has been on the road a lot this month. Who can blame him for being tired and dozing off a little. Unfortunately, Luther sees a “golden” opportunity. mischievous

#LutherLegionnaire #ThisWontEndWell #MischievousElf #Tricks #Veterans #TheAmericanLegion #Florida #ElfOnTheShelf

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Luther’s Daily Log

 

Luther hitched a ride around the office with Midas today! Midas certainly didn’t seem to mind much.

*Midas owns our Department Assistant Adjutant, Bruce Comer, and accompanies him weekly to lift employee morale. We just love our Midas Visits!

#LutherLegionnaire #MidasTouch #JoyRide #Veterans #TheAmericanLegion #Florida #ElfOnTheShelf

 

 

 

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Luther’s Daily Log

Luther has learned a lot since his arrival. He is sharing that knowledge with his friends, and now fellow Legionnaires.

Luther feels at home on the podium in front of crowds. He credits the youth programs of The American Legion, that he participated in as a youngster.

#LutherLegionnaire #ChildrenAndYouthPrograms #Speech #KnowledgeIsPower #Veterans #TheAmericanLegion #Florida #ElfOnTheShelf

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Luther’s Daily Log

Luther is a real History buff! How can you go anywhere new, if you don’t know where you have been already? Today, Luther is learning more about the history of The American Legion and Department of Florida.

#LutherLegionnaire #HistoryBuff #Veterans #TheAmericanLegion #Florida #ElfOnTheShelf

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Luther’s Daily Log

Luther says even though there is no snow in Florida, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy “snow” activities. You just have to improvise!

We have a feeling some of our other Legionnaires will be a little upset when there isn’t anymore coffee or sugar when they stop in for a visit.

#LutherLegionnaire #SnowDay #CoffeeAngels #SugarAngels #MischievousElves #Veterans #TheAmericanLegion #Florida

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