Kentucky Boyle Post 46
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Service Officer Tips

Post Service Officers (PSO) from this area meet with Veterans on scheduled Fridays at the Sousley Campus (Leestown Campus) of the Lexington VAMC.

TIME:  07:00 to 11:30  PLACE:  Building 25, right side, 1st floor waiting room.  OTHER times and places are available as needed.

The most common Veteran needs addressed are Disability Benefits (new and appeals), Pension Benefits, and Surviving Spouse and Dependent Benefits (DIC).

Meeting schedule for January to March 2019:  1-4, 1-11, 1-18; 2-1, 2-22, 3-1, 3-8, 3-29

Please email or call Mr. Klaus if you have questions:  gaklaus@msn.com or (989) 284-5972

Benefits:
Note:  Any qualified Veteran can apply for benefits.  The VA evaluates each application on an individual basis.
The following are typically needed for benefit applications and should be provided to the PSO:

     1)  DD-214
     2)  Supporting medical records from military service (if available) and from private providers.  Note:  VA records are on file and
          are available to C&P examiners.
     3) Banking information: name of bank, account number and type, and routing number.
     4) New evidence not previously submitted is required if filing for increased compensation or appealing a VA decision.

The VA presumes that certain disabilities were caused by military service.  Affected Veterans can be awarded compensation.  The following Veteran groups may qualify for presumptive disability payments:  (1) Prisoners of War (POW); (2) Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or who, by service, were in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 1/9/62 to 5/7/75; (3) Atomic Veterans; (4) Gulf War Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations; and (5) personnel who lived at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1957 and 1987.

Examples of presumptive illnesses include:  leukemia, ischemic heart disease, prostate cancer, lung cancer, other cancers, Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, and Gulf War chronic multi-symptom undiagnosed illness.

Compensation awards are tax free and range from 0% to 100%.  That is $0.00 to $3,057 per month for 2019.  Rates are set by Congress.

Surviving Spouse and Dependent Benefits (DC):

There are a number of requirements for DIC benefits.  Generally speaking, if a Veteran dies from a service-connected disability, DIC benefits may be payable.

DIC (Dependent Indemnity Compensation) benefits typically require:  DD-214, death certificate (if applicable), marriage license, divorce decree (if applicable), banking information, and financial information.

Compensation awards are set by Congress.  DIC for a surviving spouse is approximately $1,319 per month for 2019 and is tax free.

Gene Klaus
Post 46 Service Officer
gaklaus@msn.com 
(989) 284-5972