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Your Benefits Now - Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs·Monday, November 6, 2017

A Spaghetti and meat ball supper event was held October 23rd at the Bismarck AMVETS.  With proceeds going toward the development and procurement of a new “Commemorative Memorial Coin” which will be conferred to a family member of a deceased ND veteran during military funeral honors. This project originated with Senator Sorvaag of Fargo ND. With his help SB 2183 passed the 65th Legislative Assembly.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin appointed ND Veteran Affairs Commissioner Lonnie Wangen to the VA’s Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee effective October 19, 2017.  

Governor Doug Burgum appointed Alan Fehr of Dickinson, Richard Belling of West Fargo, Dave Hilleren of Newtown, Thomas Ryan of Williston and Murray Strom of Steele to a three-year term on the Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACOVA).

Al Wondrasek, Commander AMVETS Dept of ND attended the VA Hospital Ribbon Cutting for the new addition. His comments were: :WOW. BEAUTIFUL. What a great facility for Veterans in ND, MN and SD, let alone any veteran from anywhere."

Sept. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has selected Delta Dental of California and MetLife to once again offer private dental insurance plans as part of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost.  Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2018.

Forever GI Bill - Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act

Summaries

 

Reserve Duty That Counts Toward Post-9/11 Eligibility

Dear VA Beneficiary,

We want to provide you with some important information about your VA benefit payments.

VA education, compensation, pension, and survivor’s benefits are paid on a monthly basis. Normally, benefits for a particular month are paid the first business day of the following month. When the first business day of the month falls on a non-business day or a holiday, VA benefits will be paid on the last business day prior to the first of the month.

Provided below is the payment schedule for upcoming VA benefit payment disbursements:

Dear VA Beneficiary,

We want to provide you with some important information about your VA benefit payments.

VA education, compensation, pension, and survivor’s benefits are paid on a monthly basis. Normally, benefits for a particular month are paid the first business day of the following month. When the first business day of the month falls on a non-business day or a holiday, VA benefits will be paid on the last business day prior to the first of the month.

Provided below is the payment schedule for upcoming VA benefit payment disbursements:

The Fargo VA Health Care System will hold multiple free influenza immunization clinics for veterans enrolled in VA healthcare September through November 2017.
For questions about eligibility, call 1-800-410-9723, extension 3427 or 3428.
Below are dates, times and locations enrolled veterans can receive their free influenza immunization:
 
Fargo VA Medical Center in the third-floor auditorium:
  • Oct. 4 and 11 … 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 17, 24, and Nov. 1 … 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration announced today that it has awarded the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe a grant in the amount of nearly $4.9M for the construction of the All Nations Veterans Cemetery near Fort Yates, North Dakota.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 7, 2017

 

VA Unveils Claims Submission Option That Promises to Complete Claims within 30 Days

 

WASHINGTON — Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for Veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to Veterans and their families.

 

FARGO, N.D. (Sept. 5, 2017) – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Fargo VA will team up with faith-based, nonprofit, and community organizations for a training event on Sept. 21, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sharon Lutheran Church (1720 20th St. South) in Grand Forks, N.D.

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