COVID-19 UPDATE: Our physical office locations are open again, but with the following COVID SAFETY protocols in place:

Category Archives: Veterans Services

VA HUDSON VALLEY WALK-IN COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS

The VA Hudson Valley Health Care System is hosting walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics on Wednesday, February 17th and Friday February 19th. The clinics will be held at the Montrose Campus, located at 2094 Albany Post Road in Montrose NY, and at the Castle Point Campus, located at 41 Castle Point Road, in Wappingers Falls NY, -->

NEW CONDITIONS ADDED TO AGENT ORANGE PRESUMPTIVE LIST

Vietnam Veteran Cap, Ribbons & American Flag On Camouflage Uniform

Agent Orange (AO) was a tactical herbicide used by the military to clear vegetation and leaves during operations primarily in the Vietnam War. Veterans exposed to AO may have certain related illnesses, some of which can be presumptively linked to service for VA disability benefits purposes. Recently, three new conditions were added to VA’s list -->

BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW AFFECTING VETERAN SERVICES & BENEFITS

Recently, three bills from the 116th Congress concerning services and benefits available to Veterans were signed into law. These bills comprise of H.R. 1812: Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act, H.R. 2372: Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act and H.R. 6168: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020. H.R. 1812 The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act amends -->

NEW YORK STATE VETERANS BENEFITS & THE RESTORATION OF HONOR ACT

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has several benefits available to eligible Veterans after their discharge. Some of these benefits include healthcare, disability compensation, educational, housing, employment, and memorial services. Benefits available through the VA are considered federal benefits. In determining a Veteran’s eligibility for benefits the VA may consider a combination of factors including -->

National Veterans and Military Families Month

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day,” on November 11, 1919, in conjunction with the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congressed passed a resolution designating an annual observance and in 1938, November 11th became a national holiday. The name was officially changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954, -->

VA PLANS TO OUTSOURCE ALL COMPENSATION AND PENSION EXAMINATIONS

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides tax-free monthly disability benefits to qualifying Veterans that become sick or injured as a result of active military service. Once a claimant files for VA disability benefits the claim goes through numerous steps before VA renders a decision. After VA receives a claim and conducts an initial -->

VA TO RESUME IN-PERSON COMPENSATION & PENSION EXAMINATIONS

Due to COVID-19 and the resulting declaration of a national emergency, in-person compensation and pension (C&P) examinations were suspended in April 2020. While the VA resumed some in-person examinations starting on May 28, 2020, it has continued to expand in-person examinations based upon local COVID-19 risk assessments. According to the VA, starting on September 24, -->

Registration for Economic Impact Payment for Qualifying Veterans Reopened until Sept. 30th

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been offering tax help for individuals, businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and others, affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) this year. This includes Veteran’s receiving certain VA benefits. Earlier this month the IRS has reopened the registration period for qualifying Federal benefit recipients. Individuals who receive benefits, including but not limited to, -->

VA MODIFICATIONS TO COPE WITH EFFECTS OF COVID-19

covid-19 virus

The President declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency in early March 2020. The effects of COVID-19 have been changing the way individuals interact and our Country operates in all aspects of life on a daily basis. While businesses deemed essential remain open, most states have implemented some type of social distancing protocol and non-essential -->

Veteran Resources for COVID-19 information

As of March 26, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), reports 68,440 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. These cases include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases. More information about COVID-19 is available at https://www.cdc.gov/. In response to COVID-19, Federal and State governments have been enacting provisions affecting individuals and -->