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VA Extends Financial, Benefits, and Claims Relief to Veterans 

On April 3, VA announced a number of actions to provide veterans with financial, benefits, and claims help amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial relief actions include (until further notice) suspending all actions on veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department and suspending collection action or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts, as the veteran prefers.

For benefit debts, veterans can contact the VA Debt Management Center at
1-800-827-0648 to make arrangements.

For healthcare debts, veterans can contact the Health Resource Center at
1-877-222-8387 to make arrangements.
 
The benefits and claims relief actions include giving veterans the option to submit their paperwork late for the following actions: perfecting claims; challenging adverse decisions; submitting Notices of Disagreement; submitting Substantive Appeals; and responding to Supplemental Statements of the Case. Veterans requesting claim extensions can simply submit them with any late-filed paperwork and Veterans do not have to proactively request an extension in advance. For added convenience, VA will also accept typed/digital signatures instead of wet signatures on its forms. Those with questions can call 1-800-827-1000.
 
For veterans who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and need immediate action on their appeals, as opposed to a filing extension, the Board of Veterans' Appeals will Advance their appeal on Docket (AOD). 

Find out how to file for AOD and what documentation is required

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Information of Interests

Eight Ways to Avoid Fraud

Scammers use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. VA is actively working to protect Veterans, their survivors, and dependents from fraud, but the best line of defense against this criminal activity is you! Learn how to stay a step ahead of scams.

 

 

 

Blue Water Navy Benefits

As of Jan. 1, 2020, VA extends benefits to Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam, or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during a certain time period, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange. Learn what the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act means for you.

Training for a New Career

VA VR&E assists service members and Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment barrier prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers, or maintain a life of independence. Learn how the VR&E program can help you prepare for your future!

 

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Scam Alert

 

COVID-19 economic impact payment scams targeting taxpayers

 

 

 

What is Happening?

The Treasury Department and IRS announced that the automatic distribution of the upcoming economic impact payments has begun. These payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. You can learn if you are eligible and how any potential payment will be disbursed to you via the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

The IRS also urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams relating to economic impact payments. Criminals could exploit these confusing and stressful times to take advantage of taxpayers by committing fraud and identity theft.

Ways to spot a potential scam:

  • Usage of phrases like "stimulus check" or "stimulus payment." The official term is economic impact payment.
  • Being asked to sign over your economic impact payment in exchange for receiving additional funds.
  • Requests by phone, email, text or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information. Fraudsters may claim the information is needed to receive or speed up your economic impact payment.
    • The IRS will not call you asking you to verify financial information to expedite a payment.
  • Being asked by someone for personal information in order to get an economic impact payment faster by working on your behalf.
  • Being mailed a bogus check and asked to call or verify information online in order to cash it.

What Should I Do?

If you confirm you should receive an economic impact payment but you do not receive it by the time specified by the IRS and suspect fraud, give us a call. As a LifeLock member, you have the benefit of a dedicated U.S.-based Identity Restoration Specialist who can help investigate the situation. You should also report the scam to the FTC (www.ftc.gov/complaint).

Here are some proactive measures you can take to help avoid becoming a victim of scams related to your potential economic impact payment.

  • Be wary of any email, text, phone call, or social media request for money or other personal identifiable information in exchange for receiving your payment more quickly.
  • Never send money to someone else in the hope of receiving additional money. The scam artist may call this a deposit, an advance, or a processing fee. This is always the sign of a scam.
  • Never give your personal or financial information over the phone.

We know these unprecedented times are stressful but rest assured, we've got your back.

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For Veterans in Crisis or thoughts of Suicide

Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can contact the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, send a text message to 838255 or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.

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