Below list is compliments of Minnesota Army Reserve’s Ambassadors Tom Haugo, Jim Lundell & Steve Carter.
The balance of the programs applies to all Soldiers, Families & Veterans in all states. M indicates specific programs that help Minnesota Soldiers and their families. Corrections or additions please email email@example.com or call Tom at 952-412-7525
Military OneSource MilTax,
A suite of free tax services provided by the Department of Defense, understands what military life means for taxes. Tailored for military life, MilTax offers secure and free tax preparation and e-filing software; easy access to tax consultants with military expertise; free, in-person tax preparation and assistance through MilTax-designated Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Offices; and quick access to other valuable services and resources such as financial counselors, helpful articles and online resources. https://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-legal/tax-resource-center
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647
|VA Benefits Bulletin February 2019
Appeals Modernization Act Goes into Effect in February
The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 is effective February 19, 2019. Under the new law, any Veteran who receives an initial VA claim decision after February 2019 can choose from three, easy-to-understand review choices. All three choices provide Veterans with faster resolution of disagreements with VA decisions.
|Resources to secure a vehicle for a Veteran.|
Internet essentials for low income veterans – Comcast
Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant Contractor
firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647
Military OneSource’s Miltax program. Our software will be coming online 22 Jan. which is H&R Block Home Edition. Service and family members can access the Miltax link on Military OneSource to file their taxes. I highly encourage they make an appointment with one of our tax consultants if their taxes are a little more complicated. Our tax consultants do assist with (capital gains, small businesses, rental properties and more.)
Stress of Parenting (non-deployed or deployed):
Service and family members can access our Military OneSource Member Connect website to access a quiz to find out their parenting skills, as well as additional articles and relates websites as seen below. Simply login to Military OneSource > Member Connect > Relationships
Examples of information provided:
- What to Do When Your Young Child Is Aggressive
- How Strong Are Your Parenting Skills?
- Workbook: Help Your Child Succeed in Preschool and Kindergarten
- Checklists for Choosing Child Care
- Flier: Reduce Parenting Stress
- Helping Your Preschool Child
- NCTSN Support for Military Children and Families
- Workbook: Help Your Child Succeed in Preschool and Kindergarten
- Workbook: Returning to Work After Becoming a Parent
Digital Health: Simply login to Military OneSource > School & Work > Digital Health
If you are a Veteran and federal employee, or a Veteran and federal contractor, that is currently furloughed, here are some of the things we are doing for you:
- Compensation and Pension: VA continues to pay disability compensation and pension benefits to 5.5 million disabled Veterans, dependents and survivors.
- Education Benefits: We know that January and February are the peak times for spring semester enrollment. Right now, VA has over 1,100 employees processing GI Bill® benefits for beneficiaries. VA’s Education Service is working overtime during this critical enrollment period so that GI Bill® payments are issued correctly and on time. Anyone facing a financial hardship due to the furlough or a delayed GI Bill® payment can contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 for assistance between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
- Home Loans: VA has encouraged loan servicers to be flexible in dealing with borrowers who have lost income due to the shutdown. In addition to providie assistance through loan modifications or other loss mitigation options, VA loan servicers can waive late fees and suspend negative credit-bureau reporting. VA can still guaranty loans if a Veteran borrower has been furloughed or otherwise negatively impacted by the partial shutdown. Veterans who have questions about their VA home loan or Specially Adapted Housing benefits can contact VA staff toll free at 877-827-3702. See https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/trouble-making-payments/.
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program: VR&E applicants will continue to meet with their counselors who will determine eligibility for services and develop and/or implement a plan to achieve employment or independent living goals. There is no disruption in payments or services, and VA encourages you to apply for this benefit program.
- Insurance: Both the Insurance Center and the Office of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance are working as usual to issue new policies, collect premiums from insured Veterans, maintain policies, pay claims, and answer calls from Service members, Veterans and their beneficiaries.
- Overpayments: If you have a VBA debt and need temporary financial relief, contact the Debt Management Center (DMC) at 800-827-0648 to request assistance. The DMC can stay or suspend collection activity on your account until April 1, 2019.
- VA Community Care and Hardship: There are options for Veterans who suffer from difficult financial circumstances and struggle to pay VA copayments. More information is available at https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/revenue_ops/Financial_Hardship.asp. For a myriad of focused financial assistance and hardship services, visit https://www.va.gov/finance/policy/vfffa.asp.
We also encourage you to visit the following resources from other federal agencies and organizations that may provide helpful information and financial services to support you during this time:
- Office of Management and Budget: You can find important unemployment insurance resources for Federal Agencies and Employees at this site including the following:
- Thrift Savings Program (TSP): Employees can refer to the TSP publication, effect of non-pay status on a TSP account, or contact their agency representative for information about obtaining a loan from a TSP account: tsp.gov.
- Treasury.gov: See these FAQs for furloughed employees: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/266/Frequently-Asked-Questions-for-Furloughed-Employees_2018-12-20.pdf.
- Mymoney.gov: This website serves as a one-stop shop for federal financial literacy and education programs, grants and other information: https://www.mymoney.gov/Pages/default.aspx
- 1-800-FED-INFO: If you have a question about federal agencies, programs, benefits or services related to financial literacy and education, trained specialists can answer your question in English or Spanish, or refer you to the agency that can help.
- Office of Personnel and Management (OPM): Visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/guidance-for-shutdown-furloughs.pdf for furlough guidance from OPM.
- Department of Labor: It is possible that furloughed employees may be eligible for unemployment compensation. State unemployment compensation requirements differ, and some states require a one week waiting period before an individual qualifies for payments. This DOL website provides links to individual state offices: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/UnemploymentBenefits/Find-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx
- Bank & Credit Union Support: Many credit unions and some banks are offering furloughed federal workers no-interest or low-interest loans during the shutdown. Contact them for information.
- Helpwithmybank.gov: This site helps you find answers to your questions regarding national banks, federal savings associations, and credit cards. Also see this sample letter for creditors and mortgage companies: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/sample-letters-for-creditors-and-mortgage-companies.doc
- MilitarySaves: A component of America Saves and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign, this organization seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.
VBA is honored to continue serving you–our Veterans, dependents, and survivors–during these difficult times. I will continue to work with our entire network of VBA staff and partners to support you in the best way possible to address your needs and concerns to fulfill our vital mission.
MinnesotaHelp.info (for Veterans) www.minnesotahelp.info
Contacts information and services for Veterans Topics: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Benefits, Education, Health and other insurance. Hospitals and Clinics, Housing, Jobs, Mental Health
Helpful Crisis Line Confidential help for veterans and their families
County Veterans Service Officers Local help for veterans and their families
Military One Source Department of Defense confidential help with military life
Not sure what you need? Specialists are also available by phone Veterans Linkage Line 888-546-5838, Senior LinkAge Line 800-333-2433, Disability Hub MN 866-333-2466
NRD Highlighted Programs for our Military Veterans and families www.Nrd.gov The National Resource Directory and the Office of Warrior Care Policy engage with programs for Service Members and Veterans across the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other U.S. Government agencies and associated organizations. Find Information by Category: Benefits & compensation, Education & Training, Employment, Family & Caregiver Support, Health, Homeless Assistance, Housing, Military Adaptive Sports Programs, Other Services & Resources, Transportation & Travel
American the Beautiful – The National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass www.access_pass_application.pdf Also includes an application for mail order sales of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass
The 23rd Veteran Mission, 23rd Veteran assists veterans in their transition from military to civilian life. Through our innovative positive reconditioning program, we help veterans live happier, healthier lives.
Depression is common among our returning veterans with over 130,000 veteran suicides since 9/11. In 2012, it was estimated that 22 veterans a day commit suicide. 23rd Veteran was created with that shocking statistic in mind.
23rd Veteran is a groundbreaking program working to help veterans adjust back to the civilian world. A nonprofit organization headquartered in Minnesota, 23rd Veteran has created a model which uses brain science, evolutional theory, positive trigger re-association, and positive psychology to assist veterans leaving the military and those who never properly transitioned. We also provide training to businesses and communities who want to create a more positive environment for our returning veterans.
23rd Veteran offers services to veterans and civilians.
23V Recon: This unique 14-week program works to recondition our veterans to live happy, successful lives.
Combat Stress Seminars: 23rd Veteran offers seminars and training to businesses and communities who want to create a better environment for veterans. Seminars include a breakdown of how brains change in combat, what veterans bring home with them, and how businesses and communities can create a more positive environment for our veterans.
23rd Veteran aims to offer our program in every state where veterans are in need. We expect our program to drastically improve the negative symptoms of PTSD including depression, substance abuse, homelessness, divorce, and suicide.
Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB)
Mission: To enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
We define enrichment as creating quality relationships and experiences that contribute to life satisfaction and overall well-being. The concept of enrichment consists of three core components—health, people, and purpose—that comprise a rich life.
- Health: Creating frequent opportunities for team members to connect through fitness, sports, and recreation to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
- People: Creating authentic connections (defined as genuine, quality, supportive relationships that generate mutual trust and accountability), reflected in an increased number of close relationships and improvements in teammates’ sense of belonging, purpose, and community engagement.
- Purpose: Engaging members in meaningful team and community-based experiences such as leadership and service that, beyond physical and social activities, renew self-identity and purpose in life.
We accomplish our mission via our two core programs: our Chapter and Community Program and our Eagle Leadership Development Program.
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Aunt Bertha is a free website for all of your social service needs. Whether you need help finding a pantry, transportation, medical care, housing. Or more – use Aunt Bertha to find programs and resources across the U.S.
Tricare’s New Dental & Vision Plan – FEDVIP – Requires Action in (November 2018)
You must take-action to have the new insurance in 2019. You must sign up during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season (12 Nov 2018 – 10 Dec 2018) to have Federal coverage in 2019. Website: https://tricare.benefeds.com/InfoPortal/indexAction
Minnesota GI Bill
Expansion to include license and certification. See attachments for official language.Send Veterans with questions to 888-LinkVet (546-5838) Applications and website:https://mn.gov/mdva/resources/education/minnesotagibill.jsp
Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs Benefits
Please see the link below on BENEFITS here in Minnesota. I ran a crossed it after a conversation from the Veteran Employment Resource Group met. http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/State__Territory_Benefits/Minnesota.html