IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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Dear VA Beneficiary:

 

We want to provide you with some important information about VA benefit payments.  VA Compensation, Pension, and Survivor’s benefits are paid on a monthly basis one month in arrears.  This means that 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 distributed on the last business day prior to the first of the month.  Provided below is the payment schedule for upcoming VA benefit payment disbursements:

 

Benefit Period

Benefit Payment Date

March 2017

March 31, 2017

April 2017

May 1, 2017

May 2017

June 1, 2017

June 2017

June 30, 2017

 

You can check your latest VA benefit payments online at www.eBenefits.va.gov .  If you are not receiving benefit payments from VA, but know someone who is, please share this information with them.  We hope you find this information useful.

 

Sincerely,

 

Veterans Benefits Administration

 

VFW Action Corps

Background: Veterans who are found to need the assistance of a fiduciary to handle their finances have their names added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, preventing them from legally possessing and purchasing firearms. The VFW has long opposed this practice because veterans should not lose the constitutional rights they have fought to protect and defend without proper due process. Currently, VA examiners can arbitrarily determine that veterans are mentally incompetent based on service-connected disabilities, immediately denying them their rights. The VFW is also concerned that this practice stigmatizes mental health care by forcing veterans to choose between the mental health care they need to cope with injuries they sustained during military service and their ability keep and bear arms.
 
Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. This important bill would ensure veterans do not lose their right to purchase firearms without an order or finding of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority of competent jurisdiction.
 
 
Take Action: Contact your Representatives and tell them to pass H.R.1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. Let them know that veterans must not be deprived of their rights simply because they choose to receive the care and benefits they have earned.
 
 
After taking action, please consider using the links below for social media:
 
On Facebook:
 
 
I support HR1181 to change the stigma of mental health and #Protect2ndAmendment #ForVeterans. Veterans shouldn’t have to choose between the benefits they have earned and their constitutional rights! Click here to Take Action!
 
On Twitter: Click Here     
 
CLINIC CLOSURES AND WALK-INs
 
JANUARY 9, 2017
·        Black Nazarene  -  Closed 
Following City of Manila guidance and in anticipation of 5 to 10 million participants, The U.S. Embassy to include the VA Manila Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic will be closed Monday, January 9, 2017.  Appointments will be rescheduled.  Veterans with appointments who have already purchased airline tickets prior to today will be reimbursed travel if the airline ticket is non-refundable or non-changeable.  Tickets purchased after today will not be reimbursed.
 
JANUARY 16, 2017           
·        Martin Luther King – Closed
 
NEW VA MANILA REGIONAL OFFICE AND OUTPATIENT CLINIC WALK IN HOURS 
 
·        Effective February 1, 2017, our walk-in hours will be changing.  Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic employees are available to assist Veterans without an appointment from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday-Friday.  Although VA Manila is changing walk in hours, there may be  exceptions based on a Veteran’s situation.  As we move forward with this change, please be sure we remain Veteran centric. There may be exceptions and we should keep this in mind as we move forward with the change.
 
Vicki L. Randall
Clinic Manager 
Manila Outpatient Clinic
US Embassy of the Philippines
Department of Veteran Affairs
1501 Roxas Boulevard
1302 Pasay City, Philippines
(632)318-8335 (Direct Line)
Toll Free No: 1-800-1888-8782
Fax No.: (632)310-5962
Email: 

 


 

Congratulations to VFW Post 2485 

Philippine VFW Post Earns National Award

VFW Post 2485 provides vital burial support to veterans' families

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 28, 2016) - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is proud to announce that VFW Post 2485 in Angeles City, Philippines, has been selected to receive the prestigious Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award in honor of its "Burial Assistance Program" project. The Fred C. Hall Award recognizes VFW Posts, County Councils, Districts and Departments for unique and outstanding community service projects.

VFW Post 2485 is being recognized for its dedication and commitment to ensuring the families of America's fallen heroes have the support they need when tragedy strikes. While coordinating veteran burials and performing graveside services, Post members spend hundreds of hours in negotiation and coordination with Philippine officials, local funeral homes and the U.S. Embassy. The Post provides meaningful assistance while lessening the emotional toll and administrative burden on veterans and their survivors.

In announcing the award, VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr., praised VFW Post 2485 saying, "Supporting and aiding military families during times of grief provides a vital service to our veterans and their families at times when it's needed most. The unique and comprehensive burial services Post 2485 provides show military and veteran families the compassion and support their loved one deserve, and exemplifies the mission of the VFW."

Representatives from the Post will travel to the 117th VFW National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., July 23-27, to receive a $1,000 service scholarship for future community projects. They will also receive a plaque congratulating them for this exceptional project.


Greetings Comrades;

It was a great year for the District and the DPA for All American Selection. Congratulations to the following POST Commanders as well as District Commander Carl Burke and DPA Commander Homer Kemper:

POST 124, Commander Larry Senato

POST 11447 Dist. Sr. Vice Commander Mike Verville

POST 12130 Commander Mike Tierney

Let me join your District VII Comrades in congratulations for an outstanding performance by your post membership and your skilled leadership!

J D Keller