VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card
The application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans. Only veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service. This new card may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard paper DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services offered to veterans. Veterans who served in the armed forced, including the reserve components, and who have a honorable or general discharge, may apply for a VIC.
To request a VIC, veterans must visit https://www.vets.gov
, click on "Sign In" in the top right hand corner
and establish an ID.me account. Once the veterans has verified their identity they may request
a VIC by clicking "Apply for the Veterans ID Card."
VA Changes How Local Veterans Get Free Flu Shots
In recent years, Minnesota veterans enrolled for VA health care have been able to get their annual flu shots, either at the VA's Medical Centers or Community Based Outpatient Clinics or at special events set up in communities throughout the state, which for McLeod County veterans included the Hutchinson National Guard Armory.
This year, the VA will no be bringing flu shots to Hutchinson or any other community events, because the Department of Veterans Affairs has teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able to walk into any Walgreens to receive a vaccination at no cost.
Veterans wishing to receive the vaccination at Walgreens simply need to present their Veteran Health Identification Card and photo ID at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination.
In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine, Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient's electronic medical record.
Veterans getting vaccinated outside the VA or through Walgreens are asked to tell the VA about it at their next appointment.
New Property Tax Exclusions for Surviving Spouses of Military Veterans
There has been some changes to the laws regarding property taxes in Minnesota. Surviving spouses of certain military veterans who have died after December 31, 2011, may be eligible for some property tax exclusions.
Contact your local veteran service office or assessors office to see if you qualify for the exclusion.
McLeod County Veteran Services can be contacted at 320-864-1268
McLeod County Veteran Services on Social Media
McLeod County Veteran Services can now be followed on both Facebook
. In an effort to help more veterans we will post updates on veteran benefits and upcoming events that may be of interest to veterans each week. We invite everyone to like our pages to receive these timely updates.
Veteran Diseases Associated with Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water
(Effective March 14, 2017)
The Department of Veterans Affairs assumes that certain diseases can be related to a Veteran's qualifying military service. We call these "presumptive diseases." VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply systems at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.
The presumptives apply to active, reserve and National Guard service members with a minimum of 30-days (cumulative) service at these locations between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.
Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases:
Adult Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia & Other Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and Parkinson's Disease
Veterans who served in these areas during the designated periods are eligible for certain medical benefits under the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. VA is reimbursing certain veteran's family members for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses related to a number of covered conditions.
See more at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp
VA Medical Center Announces New Tiered Copayments for Outpatient Medications
In order to help reduce outpatient prescription costs to most Veterans, the VA Medical Center will
use a three-tier system for non-service connected prescription medications, effective February 27, 2017
. The new tiered system will eliminate the formula that has been used in the past to calculate future rate increases for
VA prescription medications. The new tiers are as follows:
Tier 1 (Preferred Generics) $5.00 for a 30-day supply
Tier 2 (Non-Preferred Generics) $8.00 for a 30-day supply
Tier 3 (Brand Name) $11.00 for a 30-day supply
Veterans who are receiving prescriptions for a service-connected disability and Veterans in
Priority Group 1 will continue to receive their prescriptions at no cost.
LSS is Searching for Volunteers in McLeod County for a New Veteran Program
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is seeking volunteers to assist families who care for veterans at home. Volunteers will be trained on providing caregiver support and respite care to veterans.
Volunteers will be eligible for a monthly stipend and an education grant.
For more information on becoming a volunteer contact Sarah Doering at 320-221-4513