Chapter 1069's Veterans Service Officer (VSO):
Dwight Winkler's - Veteran's Benefits Information Page:
[posted on: 2-26-2015] [page updated on: 9-19-2017]

Despite his recent retirement from his County VSO position in 2014, Dwight Winkler, VVA Chapter 1069 lifetime member, is still helping and providing veteran related benefits information to our chapter members. He still "sets up shop" (photos below) at all of our chapter meetings, and will usually give a brief presentation during the meeting along with a related handout or two.

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This page is being provided by the chapter for posting of any veteran related information or handouts that Dwight would like to pass onto the chapter. This page also includes information that Dwight had collected while he was in his VSO position. The chapter and its membership would like to thank Dwight for his continued help with various Veteran's related issues, Veteran's Claims, and Veteran's Benefits information.


Dwight Winkler - VETERANS' HELP CONTACTS:



Dwight Winkler - VA/VETERANS NEWS:


* ALERT - VA Is Updating All Disability Ratings Criteria for Each of the 15 Body Systems - 2017
[posted on: 9-19-2017]

It appears that the VA is currently in the process of updating/changing/modifying the disablility ratings criteria for each of the 15 body systems! This is the criteria that is then used to either approve or disaprove a veterans disability claim. The VA's various reasons/explainations for the updating process is "VA’s continued commitment to improving the delivery of disability compensation benefits to Veterans and modernizing our systems" and "VA is updating the entire rating schedule to more accurately reflect modern medicine". Note that the first body system for which they have completed the update process, is the ratings criteria for Dental and Oral Disability claims.

However VETERAN BEWARE - The resultant ratings criteria changes may or may not be of benefit to the Veteran. As one VA official ( DONNA STRATFORD ) stated, "Veterans with a current rating will not see the ratings change unless they file for an increase. As the new rating standards go into place, it is important for Veterans to know what the new criteria is for their condition. If it will not work out to their advantage, they should NOT request an increase. Your Veteran Service Organization or Service Officer can review your current condition and provide advice on whether to file a new benfits claim or not."

Use the link below to read the original story on the VA's "VAntage Point" webpage. The original story is titled: "VA updates rating criteria for dental disabilities". Note that there are also many viewer Questions & Answers posted at the bottom of this webpage! You will also find Donna Stratford's comments here.

CLICK HERE to read the story

Use the link below to see the VA's schedule for updating all Disability Ratings. You will not only be able to see the terminology/names used for all 15 Body Systems defined by the VA, but more... This is a very interesting webpage, as you can actually open and read the detailed criteria document for each Body System. Just click on the link to the far left of each document title.

CLICK HERE to View the Schedule webpage

Use the link below view the entier "Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Dental and Oral Conditions, webpage.

CLICK HERE to view the Schedule


* Veterans Crisis Line to Open Third Call Center in Topeka, Kansas, 2017
[posted on: 9-19-2017]

WASHINGTON - Today (9/13/2017), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is opening a Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) call center in Topeka, Kansas, the third such center nationwide, and expects to hire 100 employees to staff the center, located on the campus of VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System.

CLICK HERE to read the official VA News Release


* VA Unveils Claims Submission Option That Promises to Complete Claims within 30 Days
[posted on: 9-12-2017]

WASHINGTON - Today (Sept 7, 2017), as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for Veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to Veterans and their families.

CLICK HERE to read the official News Release


* VETERANS SUMMIT - VICTORIA TX - THUR, AUG 31, 2017
[posted on: 8-7-2017]

*** SUMMIT CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE HARVEY ***

Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex
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Click image to visit Complex website

Blake Farenthold, Congressman for the 27th District of Texas, will be hosting his annual Veterans Summit in Victoria, Texas, on Thursday, August 31, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. There will be a series of breakout sessions to discuss how to access veteran education benefits, an update on the VA choice program, how to file a disability claim with the VA, and an overview of local services and events for veterans. Many vendors will also be in attendance. The event will be held at the Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex, 7403 Lone Tree Road, Victoria, Texas 77905.

CLICK HERE for Google Map showing location of Complex

The Emcee for the event will be our chapter President, Leonard Sternadel. Our chapter Service Officer, Dwight Winkler, will give a presentation called "VA Claim Filing Made Easy", in which he will explain the basic 4 steps in filing a VA claim. Use the link below to either View or Print his presentation handout.

CLICK HERE to View or Print Dwight's Presentation Handout (pdf file)

CLICK HERE to View or Print Dwight's Presentation Handout (jpeg file)

Again, Blake Farenthold is the U.S. Congressman for the 27th district in Texas, which includes a large part of South Texas encompassing San Marcos to Victoria to Corpus Christi to Wharton. Farenthold provides many services for the Veterans living in this part of Texas.

CLICK HERE to View or Print the Veterans Summit Flyer (pdf),


* VA SEC TO DECIDE BY 11/1/2017 ON POSSIBLE ADDITIONS
TO THE AGENT ORANGE PRESUMPTIVE DISEASES LIST
[posted on: 8-7-2017]

Dwight wanted to pass on this story that he found in the August 4, 2017, online issue of the VVA Web Weekly publication. As reported August 3 by Tom Philpott for Stars and Stripes, VA Secretary Shulkin has announced he will decide "on or before" Nov. 1, 2017 whether to add to the Agent Orange presumptive list bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson-like symptoms, without diagnosis of that particular disease. But hypertension (high blood pressure) and stroke also might be embraced, or ignored, as part of the current review. Use the link below to read the entire story.

Of interest is the discussion from those VA officials who feel that maybe Vietnam Veterans should not be eligible for compensation for certain diseases after having left Vietnam longer than say, 30 or more years.

EXCERPT FROM ARTICLE:
"Principi (VA secretary in President George W. Bush’s first term) said it doesn’t seem fair that an elderly Vietnam veteran can begin receiving more disability compensation for heart disease at age 75 or 80, than a young Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran receives, who loses a leg in battle. Principi said he wants “common sense” changes to the Agent Orange law so that, for example, diseases on the presumptive list are deemed service connected only if diagnosed within 30 years of a Veteran exiting Vietnam."

CLICK HERE to read the entire story on the Stars & Stripes Website,


* JOHN MITERKO - 85TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE - SUMMARY REPORT
[posted on: 4-2-2017]

John Miterko, our Texas Veterans Advocate, has released his 85th Texas Legislature Excutive Summary report for distribution to all Texas VVA chapters. This same report will be presented at the April 15, 2017 VVA Texas State Council (TSC) meeting. John does a great job of keeping all Texas Veterans up to date on what's happining in the Texas Legislature with respect to Texas House & Senate Bills that are related to Veterans benefits and other Veteran-related issues.

In this particular report, some of the topics includes the following items:

CLICK HERE to View or Print Miterko's Report (PDF doc)

RELATED WEBLINKS:

The Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations (TCVO) purpose is to present a unified position to governmental entities for the benefit of veterans - past, present and future. The Coalition does not act as a body politic unto itself, but rather concerns itself with matters relating to veterans that are shared with its member organizations for the benefit of knowledge. Member organizations share their experience and backgrounds for the betterment of all veterans.

CLICK HERE to Visit the TCVO website

VVA Chapter 915 is located in the Austin area. John Miterko is the Membership Chairperson for the chapter. This is an interesting website that you should visit. There are lots of interesting topics that appear when you click on the "TOPICS & HELP" link that's located at the top of the homepage.

CLICK HERE to Visit VVA Chapter 915 website

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. There is lots of information regarding the Hazlewood Act on VVA chapter 915's website. Use the link below to visit their webpage that's specific to the Hazlewood Act.

CLICK HERE to Learn all about the Texas Hazlewood Act

VVA Texas State Council (TSC) is comprised of 37 member chapters in the State of Texas. Organized in the early 1980's as a non-profit veterans service organization under Vietnam Veterans of America and Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(19) as a result any donations to the State Council are tax exempt.

CLICK HERE to Visit the TSC homepage

The Lone Star Veterans Association is a non-for-profit organization that is dedicated to assisting returning veterans and their families in making a successful transition from the military to civilan world. Founded by veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, they provide career transition, social programs, peer mentoring, PTSD support, family events, community service projects, and advocacy on behalf of the Post 9/11 military generation. The Lone Star Veterans Association operates in the Greater Houston Area and is the largest Iraq and Afghanistan veteran organization in the state of Texas. Lone Star Veterans Association strengthens the post 9/11 veteran community in Houston, Texas by connecting veterans to resources, opportunities, and other veterans.

CLICK HERE to Visit the Lone Star Veterans Association


* VA COSTS COULD BALLOON WITH 'CHOICE' REFORM AND NEW 'AGENT ORANGE' AILMENTS
[posted on: 3-13-2017]

VA Secretary David J. Shulkin announced this week that his priorities for improving services to veterans include expanding their access to private sector health care in part by asking Congress to remove two irksome cost controls.

Shulkin is said to be weeks away from deciding if hundreds of thousands more Vietnam War veterans will be eligible for VA compensation and health care for new illnesses linked Agent Orange and other herbicides used in the war.

"It doesn't take much imagination to realize how broad it would be and the costs involved" if Shulkin, backed by staff work, decides high blood pressure is a service-connected condition for Vietnam veterans, said Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.), ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

"I trust the secretary. I know he'll do what's best for veterans," said Walz. "But I think we put him in a very difficult position" where a decision to add high blood pressure to the list of presumptive conditions would also force him to ask for billions of dollars more to process claims, award compensation and provide care for a condition common in any adult population, or else cut back on other VA services.

The Defense Department estimates that 3.4 million service members deployed to Southeast Asia from 1964 through 1975. If 75 percent are still alive and, based on age, two thirds have high blood pressure, that's almost 1.7 million more veterans potentially filing new compensation claims.

Click on the link below to read the full article on the Military.com website

CLICK HERE to read the full article on the Military-Dot-Com website


* VA Secretary Nominee, David Shulkin says... "VA Will Not Be Privatized"
[posted on: 2-6-2017]

David Shulkin, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, said at his confirmation hearing Wednesday that he would seek “major reform and a transformation of VA”, but "would not privatize the federal health care system for veterans". Use the link below to read the complete story.

CLICK HERE to read the full story on the Washington Post website


* TEXAS VETERAN BENEFITS & DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR 2017 IN TEXAS
[posted on: 1-20-2017]

Texas State Veteran's Benefits & Discounts for 2017:
Use the link below to visit the Military-Dot-Com Webpage for a compiled list of all the various Veteran's Benefits & Discounts available in the State of Texas for 2017.

CLICK HERE for a compiled list of Benefits & Discounts

The Veterans Land Board (VLB) Texas State Cemetary Program:
The VLB Texas State Veterans Cemeteries are hallowed grounds that are an expression of our respect for the Texas men and women who have served our nation with distinction, and are special resting places, close to home, where friends, family and fellow Texans can honor Texas Veterans. Use the link below to visit the VLB webpage that describes the program.

CLICK HERE to learn about the VLB Cemetery Program

There are 8 VLB Texas State Veterans Cemetery Locations:
The Texas state cemeteries are built through a partnership between the State of Texas and the federal VA, and are managed by the Veterans Land Board. Use the link below to visit the VLB webpage that shows the location and description of each cemetery.

CLICK HERE for information about the VLB Cemetery Locations

The Veterans Land Board (VLB) Veterans Homes Program:
The VLB Texas State Veterans Homes provide affordable, long-term nursing care for Texas Veterans. Use the link below to visit the VLB website that describes the program.

CLICK HERE to learn about the VLB Veterans Homes

The Texas Veterans Commission
The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans of the Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I. The TVC purpose has always been to act as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation's armed forces. Use the link below to visit the Texas Veterans Commission website for more information on any of the above mentioned Veteran programs.

CLICK HERE to visit the TVC Website to learn about Veterans Programs

Military and Veterans Discount Center (MDVC) Website
MVDC has close to 20,000 business locations in Texas that have discounts for military personnel and veterans. In addition to businesses providing discounts, the state of Texas also provides discounts for those that have served. To find business discounts in your area, go to the website and enter your zip code & category in the search box provided.

CLICK HERE to visit the MVDC Website


* VA TO PROVIDE DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR CAMP LEJEUNE SERVICEMEN
[posted on: 1-15-2017]

WASHINGTON - January 13, 2017, 11:28:00 AM – VA PRESS RELEASE - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Use the link below to read the entire Press Release, which includes a list of the eight presumptive diseases.

CLICK HERE to read the complete VA News Release

* Veterans Crisis Line Improves Service with New Call Center Opening in Atlanta
[posted on: 12-20-2016]

WASHINGTON - VA News Release - The Department of Veteran Affairs cut the ribbon today (12-20-2016) for its new Veteran Crisis Line (VCL) satellite office in Atlanta allowing the life-saving hotline to expand capacity by nearly 600 Veterans each day essentially doubling VA's ability to help Veterans in need. As a part of the MyVA initiative, the largest restructuring in the Department's history, improvements of the VCL are a key priority, with the goal of providing 24/7, world-class suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to Veterans, service members and their family members across the globe.

CLICK HERE to read the complete VA News Release

* New Regulation Decreases Cost of Outpatient Medication Copay for Most Veterans
[posted on: 12-12-2016]

Washington - VA News Release - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans' outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions. VA currently charges non-exempt Veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of outpatient medication, and under current regulations, a calculation based on the medication of the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI-P) would be used to determine the copayment amount in future years. Click on the link below to View the complete News Release on the VA website.

CLICK HERE to read the complete VA News Release

CLICK HERE to see all Recent VA News Releases


* VA National Cemeteries Now Offering Pre-Need Eligibility Determinations
[posted on: 12-10-2016]

Dwight has just alerted us of a Dec 8, VA News Release that states that all VA National Cemeteries are Now Offering Pre-Need Eligibility Determinations for Veterans. That is, a Veteran can now find out before dying, if he/she is eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.

Use the link below to read the full News Release on the VA website. Note that the News Release includes a link to the Application Form.

CLICK HERE to read the complete VA News Release

CLICK HERE to see all Recent VA News Releases

Use the link below to either VIEW or PRINT the VA application form. It is titled: "APPLICATION FOR PRE-NEED DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR BURIAL IN A VA NATIONAL CEMETERY"

CLICK HERE to VIEW or PRINT the Application Form


* MyVA311: One number to call to reach VA
[posted on: 12-10-2016]

Dwight has alerted us of a recent VA improvement to their customer service program by introducing a new single phone number to call to get you quickly connected with the right VA department. And as Dwight stated in his email - WE HOPE IT WORKS! Dwight would also like to hear from those members who will or have already used this new phone number, and let him know how well, or not so well, the new system worked.

When VA Secretary Bob McDonald first started evaluating business and customer service practices across VA to improve the Veteran experience, the need for a revamped phone system was clear. Instead of navigating dozens of automated phone trees with no guarantee of success, Veterans needed one place to call to get connected to the right place quickly. VA is introducing 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a go-to source for Veterans and their families who don’t know what number to call. This new national toll-free number will help eliminate the feeling of frustration and confusion that Veterans and their families have expressed when navigating the 1000-plus phone numbers that currently exist.

Use the link below to read the full report on the VA website.

CLICK HERE to read the complete VA story


* VA Blood Pressure Study on Vietnam Era Veterans - Nov 2016
[posted on: 12-10-2016]

Dwight has alerted us of a recent November 2016 VA Blood Pressure Study on Vietnam Era Veterans. Dwight pointed out that the extracted text below shows that there may be a possible presumptive link for Vietnam Veterans Benefits availability.

VA researchers found a link between service-related occupational exposure to herbicides and high blood pressure (hypertension) risk among U.S. Army Chemical Corps (ACC) Veterans, a group of Veterans assigned to do chemical operations during the Vietnam War. Researchers also found an association between military service in Vietnam and hypertension risk among these Veterans.

VA will review the results from this research, along with findings from other similar studies and recommendations from the recent National Academies of Science report on Veterans and Agent Orange, when considering whether to add hypertension as a presumptive service condition for Vietnam Veterans.

Use the link below to read the full report on the VA GOV website.

CLICK HERE to read the complete VA story


* VA Partners with Prostrate Cancer Foundation to Expand Clinical Research
[posted on: 12-10-2016]

Dwight has sent us an email regarding this latest VA News Release and says that this announcement is very important because prostate cancer is one of the 38 presumptive cancers! He also says that Approximately 12,000 Veterans Are Diagnosed Annually with Prostate Cancer!

WASHINGTON - As a national leader in oncology advancement and as the largest integrated healthcare system in the nation, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced an important and substantial partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to prevent, screen and promote research to speed the development of treatments and cures for prostate cancer among Veterans. Announcement of the partnership was made during Launch Pad: Pathways to Cancer InnoVAtion, a joint VA/PCF summit held today that brings together world-class oncology experts, corporate and nonprofit partners to discuss research, big data, technology and clinical solutions to advance screening, diagnostics and care coordination for cancer and to promote the implementation of best practices across the VA healthcare system. Use the link below to read the entier VA News Release.

CLICK HERE to read the complete VA News Release


* VA Could Expand Agent Orange (AO) Benefits to Vietnam Veterans
[posted on: 11-18-2016]

A new study could pressure VA to expand Agent Orange benefits. More than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, research is still showing the effects of the herbicide Agent Orange. Trump's new VA secretary will decide if thousands more Vietnam War veterans ... those with bladder cancer, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism or Parkinson's-like symptoms should be eligible for VA health care and disability pay because of research associating the ailments with possible exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides used in the war. Use the links below to read two different articles on this subject - both are worth reading.

Article Title: Trump’s VA Chief to Decide on New Agent Orange Ailments
Read an Article on the Military.com Website

Article Title: New Study Could Pressure VA to Expand Agent Orange Benefits
Read an Article on the Propublica Website


* WIRELESS CELL PHONE CARRIERS OFFER DISCOUNTS TO VETERANS!
[posted on: 9-22-2016]
[updated on: 10-20-2016]

Various wireless cell phone carriers have started offering plan discounts to Veterans. We have listed below those carriers and the associated stores who have given our membership the discount. We hope this will help others to apply for their discount. You may also CLICK HERE to visit a webpage on the Military Benefits website that has a list of wireless cell phone carriers that are offering discounts to Veterans.

(AT&T WIRELESS CELL PHONE CARRIER)

Qualified active duty military, reserves, national guard, VETERANS, and spouses of active duty and deceased service personnel can receive a 15% discount on your monthly AT&T wireless service. Spouses, VETERANS, national guard, and reserves can enroll at a local AT&T store or participating dealer. (1) Bring one of the identification options listed below and (2) Show the representative your appropriate Military discount code, also listed below.

REQUIRED VETERAN ID OPTIONS:

MILITARY DISCOUNT CODES:

Use the link below to VIEW or PRINT the AT&T webpage that describes the discount. It might be a good idea to take a printed copy of the page with you when you go visit your local AT&T store when asking for your 15% VETERANS discount.

CLICK HERE to View or Print the AT&T webpage

THE SMALL PRINT:

The additional disclaimer information below was taken off the AT&T website and does apply to this discount program.

15% Service Discount: Available to (a) qualified government employees providing valid government employee ID card or current paystub; (b) qualified military veterans providing either a Department of Defense Form DD214 indicating an honorable discharge, or a valid retired military ID or current AMVETS membership card; and (c) qualified spouses of active duty or deceased military service personnel providing a valid Department of Defense sponsorship card. Eligible individual must take personal liability for his or her account. Eligibility for discount ceases when individual is no longer qualified. Discount applies only to the monthly service charge of qualified voice and data plans. Not available with unlimited voice plans. For FamilyTalk, it applies only to the primary line. For all Mobile Share Advantage plans, applies only to the monthly plan charge for the data allotment of qualified plans, not to additional monthly device access charges. Additional restrictions apply. May take up to 2 bill cycles after eligibility is confirmed and will not apply to prior charges. Applied after application of any available credit. May not be combined with other service discounts. Offer available only in AT&T and authorized dealer retail stores and is subject to change. Visit a store or contact AT&T at 800.331.0500 with questions.

BELOW - AT&T STORE LOCATIONS WHERE OUR MEMBERSHIP HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING THE DISCOUNT:

attstore-ganado

Above photo shows the location of the AT&T store in Ganado, Tx. Bob S. and Jimmy N. have gotten their discounts at this store. The ladies in the store were very friendly and glad to help. They said that other members from the chapter should come by to get their discount. Valid Veteran IDs used at this store were either (1) a DD-214 or (2) a cell phone picture of a valid VA card.

AT&T Store in Ganado
202 S. Third St.
Ganado, Tx 77962

attstore-elcampo

Above photo shows the location of the AT&T store in El Campo, Tx. Rusty B. and Frank K. have gotten their discounts at this store. Valid Veteran IDs used at this store were either (1) Drivers license with the VETERAN stamp, (2) VVA membership ID card.

AT&T Store in El Campo
3604 W Loop Suite D
El Campo, Tx 77437


* THE VA IS NOW TAKING HEALTH BENEFITS APPLICATIONS BY PHONE!
[posted on: 9-20-2016]

Veterans can now apply for Veterans Affairs health benefits over the phone. The VA published a final regulation on Monday (Sept 12, 2016) that allows former service members to complete VA health care applications by calling 877-222-8387. The line is manned by VA employees who walk the veterans through the process, including providing them information on copayment requirements and third party insurance. Use the first link below to read the article on the 'Military.com' website. Use the second link to read the benefits application details on the VA website.

CLICK HERE to read the article on the Military-Dot-Com website

CLICK HERE to get the details on the VA website


* ONLINE EXCHANGE SHOPPING FOR 19 MILLION VETS EYED IN 2017
[posted on: 8-24-2016]

The Defense Department’s Executive Resale Board voted unanimously last week to recommend that military exchange services (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) open online discount shopping to 19 million honorably discharged veterans starting in late 2017. The plan to extend shopping discounts to include most American veterans has two purposes; The 1st purpose is to reward them for their service with product savings that, on average, should be 20 percent over commercial department stores, when military exemption from state and local sales tax part of the discount. The 2nd purpose is to increase exchange revenues to offset worrisome declines recently due to the sharp drawdown in active duty forces, base closures particularly overseas, elimination of on-base tobacco product discounts and reduced margins from selling cheaper gasoline on base. Use the link below to read the full story on the 'Military.com' website:

CLICK HERE to read the full story


* DISABLED VETERANS COMPENSATION BENEFITS TO INCREASE NEXT YEAR
[posted on: 8-15-2016]

Disabled veterans are eligible to receive an increase in their benefits next year. The Veterans' Compensation COLA Act of 2016 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase, as of Dec. 1, the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses. The amount of the increase will be equivalent to the increase provided under Title II of the Social Security Act (more information is shown below). The precise amount of the adjustment will not be known until the end of the calendar year. Click on the link below to read the full article on the Military.com website.

CLICK HERE to Read the Article

For Your Information ... The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs that provide benefits based on disability: the Social Security disability insurance program (title II of the Social Security Act (the Act)) and the supplemental security income (SSI) program (title XVI of the Act). If you're interested, you may read more about the "TITLE II — FEDERAL OLD–AGE, SURVIVORS, AND DISABILITY INSURANCE BENEFITS" Act, which sets the government guidelines for the amount of the Benefits increase. Use the link below to view/read the document on the '.GOV' website.

CLICK HERE to read the "Title II of the Social Security Act" Document


* DAV MOBILE UNIT IS COMING TO EL CAMPO ON 8-22-2016
[posted on: 8-5-2016]

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Mobile Unit (Mobile Service Office - MSO) will be in El Campo on 8/22/2016 at the El Campo Fire Department, 220 Merchant Street, El Campo, Texas (see map link below), from 9AM until 5PM, to help veterans and their families obtain the services and benefits they have earned. DAV membership is NOT required to obtain these services. Bring your identification information, social security number, and all other pertinent documentation regarding your military service. Use the link below to learn more about the DAV and DAV's Mobile Service Offices (MSOs) and the mobile services they offer to veterans.

CLICK HERE to View or Print the Map

CLICK HERE to read more about the DAV MSOs


* VFW 2016 CONTEST - WIN FREE TRIP TO VIETNAM
[posted on: 8-5-2016]

Here's an opportunity for any Purple Heart recipient in our chapter to win a free trip to Vietnam! In the August 2016 issue of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) magazine, there was an advertisment for a VFW contest being held in 2016, whereby you could win a free trip to Vietnam on April 20-May 3, 2017. Eligibility requires the applicant be a Purple Heart recipient in the Vietnam War. Note that the veteran applicant does not need to be a VFW member. Use the link below to View or Print the contest entry form.

CLICK HERE to View or Print the Contest Entry Form


* DELL COMPUTERS OFFERS DISCOUNT TO ACTIVE MILITARY
[posted on: 6-22-2016]

Dell has a program called "Military + Dell" that offers a 10% discount on select PCs, to active service members. Use the link below to access the "Military + Dell" webpage to read the details about the program.

CLICK HERE to visit the "Military + Dell" Webpage

Senate Rejects/Defeats a Program to Privatize Military Commissaries
[posted on: 6-14-2016]

commissary

Dwight wanted chapter members to be aware that there is an ongoing effort to privatize military commissaries, similar to the current effort to privatize the entire VA health system. It appears that for now, a program to test the viability of the privatization of the commissaries has been stopped. Most likely there are varying views by veterans on these privatization of these various government programs. Your best bet is to be well informed on these issues and to make sure you read about both the pros and cons of the issues at hand for these privatization efforts.

The latest news is that Senators moved Tuesday (6/14/2016) to stall an effort to privatize commissaries. In a 70-28 vote, senators voted to defeat a proposal by the Senate Armed Services Committee to conduct privatization pilot programs at commissaries at five major installations, similar to what that committee proposed last year. Use the link below to read the full article regarding this move. Several other links are provided so that you can become more informed regarding both the pros & cons of these privatization movements.

CLICK HERE to Read the Article on the Military.com website

BAS changes could ease effects of proposed commissary price increases

Commissaries Need Taxpayer Funds

Combat Veterans Get Telephonic Health Care Application Option
[posted on: 3-17-2016]

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has amended its enrollment regulations to allow Veterans to complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed paper application. The change is effective immediately for Combat Veterans and will be effective July 5, 2016, for all Veterans.

CLICK HERE to Read or Print this Particular VA NEWS RELEASE (PDF File)

If you're also interested in what other News Releases have recently been published by the VA, click on the link below. It will take you to the VA's webpage that lists all the latest VA News Releases.

CLICK HERE to see the Latest VA News Releases

Veterans with Incomplete Health Care Applications Receive Additional Year to Enroll
[posted on: 3-8-2016]

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on March 7, 2016, it will extend the healthcare enrollment application period for one year to approximately 545,000 living Veterans that have pending incomplete enrollment applications. “Fixing the Veterans enrollment system is a top priority for VA. This is an important step forward to regain Veterans’ trust and improve access to care as we continue the MyVA Transformation,” said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson. “We’ve got a lot of work left to do, but this is a big step in the right direction to restore the data integrity of our enrollment system,”

Much thanks to chapter member and TSC (VVA Texas State Council) Secretary, Stephen Brady, for sending this information to our chapter. Click on the link below to VIEW or PRINT the actual VA Press Release.

CLICK HERE to Read or Print this Particular VA NEWS RELEASE (PDF File)

If you're also interested in what other News Releases have recently been published by the VA, click on the link below. It will take you to the VA's webpage that lists all the latest VA News Releases.

CLICK HERE to see the Latest VA News Releases

* VA MAKES CHANGES TO VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM.
[posted on: 12-7-2015]

VA has again made changes to the Veterans Choice Program and they say these changes Remove Barriers and Expands Access to Care. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today (News Release December 1, 2015) announced a number of changes to make participation in the Veterans Choice Program easier and more convenient for Veterans who need to use it. The move, which streamlines eligibility requirements, follows feedback from Veterans along with organizations working on their behalf. “As we implement the Veterans Choice Program, we are learning from our stakeholders what works and what needs to be refined,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “It is our goal to do all that we can to remove barriers that separate Veterans from the care they deserve.” To date, more than 400,000 medical appointments have been scheduled since the Veterans Choice Program went into effect on November 5, 2014.

Under the old policy, a Veteran was eligible for the Veterans Choice Program if he or she met the following criteria:

Under the updated eligibility requirements, a Veteran is eligible for the Veterans Choice Program if he or she is enrolled in the VA health care system and meets at least one of the following criteria:

Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program or wanting to know more about it, can call1-866-606-8198 to confirm their eligibility and to schedule an appointment. For more details about the Veterans Choice Program and VA’s progress, visit the link below for more information.

CLICK HERE for more information on the updated Choice Program

VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel
Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

[posted on: 6-19-2015]

The VA has announced that Air Force personnel that were exposed to Agent Orange on C-123 aircraft are now eligible to file for compensation claims. They should contact a Veteran Service Officer to file the proper paperwork. Regards, Dwight Winkler

WASHINGTON - VA NEWS RELEASE - 06/18/2015 10:35 AM EDT - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).

CLICK HERE to read the entire VA News Release

VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM CHANGES 40-MILE RULE
[posted on: 4-24-2015]
MESSAGE FROM THE INTERIM UNDER SECRETARY FOR HEALTH
April 24, 2015

One of the biggest lessons we've learned over the past year is the importance of listening to the Veterans we are here to serve. The feedback we received from Veterans and our partners on how we were calculating the distance between a Veteran's residence and the nearest VA medical facility to determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program has led to a change that could potentially double the number of Veterans who are eligible to receive care through this new program.

We will change the calculation from straight line distance to driving distance. This change means that Veterans who live less than 40 miles by straight line distance from the nearest VA medical facility, but must drive more than 40 miles to get there, will now be eligible for the Veterans Choice Program. Under the previous straight line distance calculation, these Veterans would not be eligible for the program unless they had been waiting for a VA appointment longer than 30 days from their preferred date or the date determined to be medically necessary by their physician.

The policy change will be made through regulatory action that will be published in the Federal Register today, April 24, 2015. VA will send letters notifying the Veterans who will now be eligible for the Veterans Choice Program under the revised mileage calculation beginning Saturday, April 25, 2015. The mapping tool used to calculate the 40 miles will be a commercial product that is consistent with VA's beneficiary travel program.

We moved swiftly to implement the Veterans Choice Program, which is truly an asset, after it was authorized by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. Changing the distance calculation will ensure that more Veterans have access to the care they need when and where they want it. We will continue to make improvements to the Veterans Choice Program as needed. Since it went into effect on November 5, 2014, more than 45,000 appointments for care have been scheduled.

The value of feedback from Veterans and our partners on how we are doing is immeasurable. In this case, it allowed us to make a change that will be in the spirit of the law signed by President Obama last August and improve access for Veterans. We must continue to listen to Veterans and use their feedback as a source of guidance as we work to expand timely access to high-quality health care.

Thank you for all you do every day to honor and care for Veterans.
CAROLYN M. CLANCY, MD

Click on the link below to View or Print the official VA Fact Sheet that explains in more detail eligibility changes that have just been made to the VA Veterans Choice Program. The Fact Sheet contains background and summary information, along with a Frequently Asked Questions section that answers questions about the Choice Program and the changes to the 40-mile rule.

CLICK HERE to View or Print VA Fact Sheet


VA ELIMINATES NET WORTH ELIGIBILITY FACTOR
[posted on: 3-19-2015]
The VA has eliminated Net Worth as a Health Care Eligibility factor. It used to be if a veteran had assets of over $80,000 (excluding certain personal assets, like your homestead) the veteran was not eligible to access the health care benefits. Now the VA will only consider a Veteran's gross household income and deductible expenses from the previous year. The VA has estimated an additional 180,000 Veterans will become eligible for reduced costs of their health care services over the next five years. This will not affect Vietnam veterans who served in Vietnam between 1/9/1962 and 5/7/1975 as they were already exempt from the Net Worth factor.


Dwight Winkler - Meeting HANDOUTS:


September 13, 2017 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page 1
(1) BENEFITS CONTACT INFORMATION
Page 2
(2) PBS SERIES ON VIETNAM
(3) DISASTER STEPS
(4) VA UNVEILS CLAIMS SUBMISSION OPTION THAT PROMISES TO COMPLETE CLAIMS WITHIN 30 DAYS

View or Print the September 2017 Benefits Handout


August 16, 2017 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page 1
(1) BENEFITS CONTACT INFORMATION
Page 2
(3) BABE RUTH, LOU GEHRIG AND MOE BERG
(4) NEW SENIOR CITIZENS TRAVEL PROGRAM
(5) NEW BOOK - BRUTAL BATTLES OF VIETNAM
(6) NEW UPCOMING PBS SERIES ON THE VIETNAM WAR
(7) VA SECRETARY TO DECIDE ON NEW PRESUMPTIVE DISEASES
Page 3
(8) VETERANS SUMMIT PRESENTATION - VA FILE CLAIMING MADE EASY

View or Print the August 2017 Benefits Handout


July 12, 2017 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page 1
(1) BENEFITS CONTACT INFORMATION
Page 2
(3) YOUR INPUT WORKED!
(4) FREE LEGAL ADVICE
(5) RULES FOR SALUTING THE US FLAG
(6) VA CAREGIVER SUPPORT
Page 3
(7) APPRAISAL APPEAL
(8) VETERANS EXCHANGE ONLINE SHOPPING
(9) POSITIVE MARINE CORPS QUOTES

View or Print the July 2017 Benefits Handout


June 14, 2017 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page 1
(1) BENEFITS CONTACT INFORMATION
(3) DISABILITY COMPENSATION
Page 2
(4) MEDICARE CARD UPDATE
(5) VA HOTLINE
(6) VA BUDGET CUTS
Page 3
(7) FRAUDULENT VA CHOICE PROGRAM PHONE NUMBER
(8) VA LAUNCHES PHYSICIAN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
(9) OTHER BENEFITS
(10) SOURCES
Page 4
(11) HOW TO CONTACT U.S. SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN FARENTHOLD

View or Print the June 2017 Benefits Handout


May 10, 2017 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Pages 1,2
(1) BENEFITS CONTACT INFORMATION
(2) EXEMPTIONS INFORMATION REGARDING EVERYONE'S 2017 APPRAISAL NOTICE
Page 3
(3) DWIGHT'S 2017 APPRAISAL NOTICE DATA (with markups)
Page 4
(4) EXEMPTIONS CHART for VARIOUS WHARTON COUNTY TAX JURISDICTIONS (with markups). PAGE ALSO INCLUDES LINKS TO VARIOUS WHARTON COUNTY CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT (CAD) WEBPAGES.

View or Print the May 2017 Handout

The links below will take you to various Wharton County Central Appraisal District (CAD) webpages.

Wharton CAD (Central Appraisal District) Homepage

Wharton CAD Interactive Map

Wharton CAD Property Search

Wharton CAD Exemptions Chart

Wharton CAD Online Protests page


April 12, 2017 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
(2) PAYMENT OF BENEFITS
Page-2
(3) SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO OVERHAUL APPEALS PROCESS
(4) FOUR NEW TESTS FOR ELEVATED PSA LEVELS

View or Print the April 2017 Handout


March 8, 2017 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
(2) NEW VA SECRETARY SWORN IN
Page-2
(3) YOUR VOICE DOES COUNT & THE TOXIC EXPOSURE ACT OF 2015
(4) PRESUMPTION ESTABLISHED FOR MARINES AT CAMP LEJEUNE
(5) MORE BUSINESSES OFFERING VETERAN's DISCOUNTS
Page-3
EXPLAINATION OF DISTRIBUTION OF VA BENEFITS AND SERVICES FOR WHARTON COUNTY
Page-4
CHART SHOWING DISTRIBUTION OF VA BENEFITS AND SERVICES FOR 2005-2015 FISCAL YEARS FOR WHARTON COUNTY

View or Print the March 2017 Handout


February 8, 2017 Meeting Presentation:

NOTICE: For the Feb 8 meeting, a special presentation was given to the membership. Winkler had been working on and had prepared a dedicated Agent Orange Town Hall presentation, and used this particular meeting to have the chapter membership critique it. The AO presentation/handout will be given at an upcoming Agent Orange Town Hall meeting, scheduled for March 18, 2017, in Victoria, Tx. VVA Chapter 1069 is one of the main sponsors and organizers for the event.

You can view the promotional webpage that our chapter has created for the event, using the link below. You can also view or print the both the AO presentation/handout and the promotional flyer for the event, using the two additional links shown below.

Visit the AO Town Hall promo page

View or Print the AO Town Hall Presentation/Handout

View or Print the AO Town Hall promo Flyer

Jan 11, 2017 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
(2) VA PARTNERS WITH PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION
Page-2
(3) BLOOD PRESSURE STUDY AND VIETNAM ERA VETERANS
(4) ONE NUMBER TO CALL TO REACH THE VA (1-844-698-2311)
(5) VA NATIONAL CEMETERIES OFFERING PRE-NEED ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS
(6) NEW REGULATION DECREASES COST OF OUTPATIENT MEDICATION
Page-3
(7) NEW VETERANS CRISIS CALL CENTER OPENING IN ATLANTA
(8) VA INSURANCE POLICIES
(9) NO CALL LIST
(10) FREE TAX SERVICES
(11) AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) FORM 1095
(12) ELECTRICAL PROVIDERS

View or Print the January 2017 Handout


Nov 9, 2016 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
(2) WIRELESS CARRIERS SALUTE YOUR SERVICE
(3) TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) IMPROPER TESTING BY THE VA
Page-2
(4) COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) 2017
(5) POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA)
(6) AGENT ORANGE NEWSLETTER
Page-3
(7) VETERANS DAY FREEBIES

View or Print the Nov 2016 Handout


Oct 12, 2016 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
(2) AT&T SALUTES YOUR SERVICE
(3) NATIONAL AUDIOLOGY AWARENESS MONTH AND TINNITUS CLAIMS
Page-2
(4) FLU SHOTS AND WALGREENS PHARMACIES
(5) TAX STATEMENTS AND EXEMPTIONS
(6) IN-HOME HEALTH SERVICES
Page-3
(7) INCREASED SOCIAL SECURITY ADMIN (SSA) BENEFITS FOR VETERANS

View or Print the Oct 2016 Handout


Sept 14, 2016 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
(2) MEDICALLY RELATED TRAVEL, LODGING, AND PER DIEM
(3) VETERAN ID CARD
(4) CAR RENTAL DISCOUNTS
(5) VIETNAM SPECIAL EDITION #3-MEDALS OF AMERICA CATALOG
(6) FREE TRIP THROUGH VFW'S "RETURN TO VN" DRAWING
(7) POTPOURRI OF INFORMATION

View or Print the Sept 2016 Handout


July 13, 2016 Meeting Handout (2 pages): (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
(2) VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PRIORITIES GROUPS
(3) POTPOURRI OF INFORMATION
(4) DISTRIBUTION OF VA EXPENDITURES FOR 2005-2015 YEARS
Page-2
(5) VA EXPENDITURE DISTRIBUTION COMPARISON CHART FOR WHARTON, JACKSON & COLORADO COUNTIES

View or Print Page-1 of the July 2016 Handout

View or Print Page-2 of the July 2016 Handout


June 8, 2016 Meeting Handout (2 pages): (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
(2) VA INQUIRY ROUTING & INFORMATION SYSTEM (IRIS)
(3) 24/7 VETERANS CRISIS LINE (VCL)
(4) VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PRIORITIES GROUPS
(5) POTPOURRI OF INFORMATION
Page-2
(6) OTHER DISCOUNTS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
(7) NOTICE OF APPRAISED VALUE NOT TAX STATEMENT
(8) YOUR VOICE COUNTS

View or Print Page-1 of the June 2016 Handout

View or Print Page-2 of the June 2016 Handout


May 11, 2016 Meeting Handout (3 pages): (Handout topics listed below)

Page-1
(1) CONTACT INFO
- Contact Info: Dwight Winkler
- Contact Info: Don Montoya, Wharton County Veterans Service Officer
- Contact Info: Vanessa Hicks-Callaway, New Veterans Advocate in Congressman Blake Farenthold's office, Victoria, Texas.
(2) IOM UPGRADES PARKINSON'S DISEASE SYMPTOMS AND HYPERTENSION
(3) VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PRIORITIES GROUPS
(4) POTPOURRI OF INFORMATION
Page-2
(5) PRIORITY ONE BENEFITS
(6) PRIORITY TWO BENEFITS
(7) OTHER DISCOUNTS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
(8) TAX STATEMENTS ARE OUT OR GOING OUT
Page-3
(9) HAVING FUN BY CONTACTING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) - A brief tutorial by Dwight that describes the actual audible menu options that you will hear on the phone when you call the VA for help.

View or Print Page-1 of the May 2016 Handout

View or Print Page-2 of the May 2016 Handout

View or Print Page-3 of the May 2016 Handout


April 13, 2016 Meeting Handout: (Handout topics listed below)

- Contact Info: Dwight Winkler
- Contact Info: Don Montoya, Wharton County Veterans Service Officer
- Contact Info: Vanessa Hicks-Callaway, New Veterans Advocate in Congressman Blake Farenthold's office, Victoria, Texas.

(1) IOM Upgrades Bladder Cancer and Hypothroidism
(2) Veterans get Telephonic Health Care Application Option
(3) Backlog of VA Claims is Down
(4) New/Updated Veterans Health Benefits Handbook is now Available
(5) The Various; VA Health Care System Priorities Groups

View or Print the April 2016 Handout


March 9, 2016 meeting handout: (Handout topics listed below)

- Contact Info: Dwight Winkler
- Contact Info: Don Montoya, Wharton County Veterans Service Officer
- Contact Info: Vanessa Hicks-Callaway, New Veterans Advocate in Congressman Blake Farenthold's office, Victoria, Texas. To see photos of Vanessa at our chapter's last meeting held in February, CLICK HERE

(1) You Should Have Received - Your Summary of Benefits
(2) You Should Have Received - Your Affordable Care Act (ACA) Form 1095
(3) VA Drops Net Worth as Eligibility Factor to Join VA Health Care System

View or Print the March 2016 Handout


February 10, 2016 meeting handout:

(1) VA Definition of Veteran
(2) Tax Services for Veterans
(3) Beware of IRS Impersonators
(4) Reforming The Veteran's Appeals Process

View or Print the February 2016 Handout


January 13, 2016 meeting handout:

(1) No Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) For 2016
(2) Bill Introduced For Emergency COLA For 2016
(3) No Increase In Pharmacy Co-Pays
(4) VA Plans Expanded Disability Benefits For Camp LeJeune Veterans
(5) Disability Compensation Is Non-Taxable

View or Print the January 2016 Handout


November 11, 2015 meeting handout:

(1) Summary of Benefits
(2) Walgreens Flu Shot
(3) VVA Life Membership
(4) Driver's License "Veteran" Designator
(5) Presumtive Diseases
(6) Local Amendments results
(7) List of Money saving discounts for American Legion members
(8) Tax exemptions

View or Print the November 2015 Handout


October 11, 2015 meeting handout:

1st Handout - Compensation for Veterans

(1) VA has added more ships that are eligible for Agent Orange compensation
(2) New Constitutional Ammendments will increase veteran benefits
(3) More information regarding "Percentages of Compensation"
(4) More information regarding "Amounts of Compensation"

View or Print the 1st October 2015 Handout

2nd Handout - Senior Living & Services for Veterans

(1) Nursing Home
(2) Provider Services
(3) Community Residential Care Home Program
(4) Respite Care
(5) Adult Day Care Services
(6) Helpful Websites & Phone Numbers

View or Print the 2nd October 2015 Handout


September 2015 meeting handout:

(1) Secondary-Service Connected Disabilites
(2) Can any veteran shop at a Commissary?
(3) Does a spouse of a veteran receive the veteran's disability compensation upon the death of the veteran?
(4) Request for Records

View or Print the September 2015 Handout


July 2015 meeting handout:

(1) VA Expands Eligibility for C-123 Veterans
(2) Resolution from Chapter 1069 to Reduce 40 Mile Criteria for Choice Card Program
(3) 100% Disability for Compensation Purposes Versus Individual Unemployability

View or Print the July 2015 Handout


June 2015 meeting handout:

(1) List of businesses that will be offering 10% discounts to Veterans on Veterans Day 2015
(2) Information about various birth defects that are recognized by the VA as connected to Agent Orange exposure
(3) Information about the " Honor Flight Houston" organization that flies veterans to Washington, DC to see their memorial
(4) Resolutions for the Toxic Exposure Act of 2015 and the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015

View or Print the June 2015 Handout


May 2015 meeting handout:

(1) VA Life Insurance
(2) Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grants
(3) Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant
(4) Temorary Residence Adaptations Grant (TRA), (5) Clothing Allowance.

View or Print the May 2015 Handout


April 2015 meeting handout:

(1) Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA)
(2) Automobile Assistance Program.

View or Print the April 2015 Handout


March 2015 meeting handout:

Dwight's handout for the March 2015 meeting includes information regarding VA disability compensation, specifically something called SMC - Special Monthly Compensation.

View or Print the March 2015 Handout


February 2015 meeting handout:

Dwight's handout for the February 2015 meeting includes information regarding VA's INDIVIDUAL UNEMPLOYABILITY (IU). IU is a benefit administered by the VA that is payable under certain conditions when a veteran has one or more SERVICE CONNECTED disabilities rated less than 100%. Read Dwight's handout using the link below for more details.

View or Print the February 2015 Handout


January 2015 meeting handout:

Dwight's handout for the January 2015 meeting includes information regarding the new VSO for Wharton County, a new Veteran's Support Group, a new counseling service, the VA Compensation and Pension service, and more.

View or Print the January 2015 Handout


November 2014 meeting handout:

At the November chapter meeting, Dwight gave a short presentation to the membership regarding VA benefits. He reminded the chapter to be sure and see him first regarding replacement medals or ribbons. He also stated that guidelines for the 40 mile travel reimbursement were forthcoming; that Liberty Tax Service would be helping veterans with their taxes; that Everyday Heroes would provide funding for ramps for wheelchairs and scooters (contractors for the construction are needed); he concluded with an overview of a handout sheet for Service Connected Disabled Veterans regarding benefits based on the percentage of disability. Click on link below to view or print the handout.

View or Print the November 2014 Handout

Visit the Texas Veterans Commission home page


October 2014 meeting handout:

Dwight's October 2014 meeting presentation includes (1) A Veteran's Burial Benefits - VA Form 21P-530, and (2) A Veteran's Pension - VA Form 21-534EZ. A general handout was provided to all members, along with two VA forms. One form was an application for applying for a VA Veteran's Burial benefits, the other form was an application for applying for a Veteran's Pension benefits. Use the links below to View or Print Dwight's meeting handouts or VA forms.

View or Print the October 2014 Handout

View or Print the VA Burial Benefits Form 21P-530 (PDF file)

View or Print the VA Pension Benefits Form 21-534EZ (PDF file)


September 2014 meeting handout:

Dwight's handout for the September 2014 meeting includes information regarding Accrued Benefits, Death Compensation and Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC).

View or Print the September 2014 Handout


April 2014 meeting handout:

Dwight's handout for the April 2014 meeting includes information regarding increased Social Security Benefits for those Veterans who were on active military duty between January 1957 to December 2001.

View or Print the April 2014 Handout


January 2014 meeting handout:

Dwight's handout for the January 2014 meeting includes information regarding Veteran Loans, Local taxes, Vehicle License Plates, Memorial Certificates, Military records, Medical claims, Agent Orange exams, COLA, and a whole slew of other veterans benefits topics. The handout also includes bunches of website links related to veteran's help and benefits. Click on the link below to view the handout information.

View or Print the January 2014 Handout


Dwight Winkler - INFORMATION:


Select Items Below to View or Print

New VSO Position Hired:

Dwight was also instrumental in hiring a new FULL-TIME Veterans Service Offcier (VSO) for Wharton County in 2014. More information reagarding the current new VSO (Starting in January 2015) can be found, on our website, using the link below.

Click Here to read about the new Wharton County VSO

Dwight's Contact Information:
Dwight Winkler
2254 CR291
East Bernard, TX 77435
ph: (979) 335-4464
email: lerwinkdd@aol.com

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