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Posted by Randy on 2013/10/15 7:39:42 (403 reads) News by the same author

There are many programs that Veterans are eligible for due to their service to our country. Often there is confusion about how these veteran programs interact with other civilian programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.

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Millions of veterans and their families—our nation’s greatest heroes—are eligible for Veterans Benefits but do not take advantage of them. Why? Many reasons, including confusion over the benefits available, eligibility requirements, and the complexity of the application process itself.

Benefits available to veterans and their families include:

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Disability Compensation
Employment & Training
Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Special Monthly Compensation
Survivor Benefits
Veterans Health Care
Veterans Life Insurance
Burial and Memorial
Death Pension
Educational
Vocational training
Drug and alcohol dependency programs
Homeless Veterans programs
Home loan programs
Free transportation to and from VA facilities where available

The VFW can discuss the different benefit programs available to veterans, and their families . 660-359-2078

VA Travel Reimbursement

Reimbursement for mileage or public transportation may be paid to the following:

Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated at 30% or more; Veterans traveling for treatment of a service-connected condition;
Veterans receiving a VA pension; Veterans traveling for scheduled compensation or pension examinations; Veterans whose income does not exceed the maximum VA pension rate;
Mileage Reimbursement is at the rate of 41.5 cents per mile. These mileage subject to a deductible of $3 for a one way trip, $6 for a round trip, with a maximum of $18 per or the amount after six one-way trips (whichever occurs first) per calendar month. However, these deductibles can be waived if they cause a financial hardship to the veteran.

The deductible is also waived for veterans traveling for scheduled compensation or pension examination Fact sheets appropriate for Veterans include:

Employment Resources:
Resources that assist veterans, including those with disabilities, are available from the VA.

Cash Resources:
Social Security provides cash benefits to people with disabilities and people often misunderstand how, or if, these programs impact each other.

TRICARE: If you are eligible for TRICARE you and your family may still be able get assistance through Medicade.

Emergency Care at non-VA facilities maybe reimbursable under certain conditions. This is a safety net for veterans who need emergency care due to a service-connected disability or for veterans who have no other means of paying a private facility emergency bill.

If the person is not eligible to have the VA pay for the emergency services they should see if Medicaid is an option. Medicaid can pay medical bills back up to 90 days from the date of application for coverage.

Please call the VA at 1800-525-1483 ext. 55555 for authorization for care within 24 hours of treatment. The hospital, and a family member both need to call. It's best for billing purposes if the admissions person in the Emergency Room calls right then.


The VA, and Kansas City Vet Center have programs that provide free screening for Traumatic Brain Injury and free counseling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for eligible veterans. The Vet Center has a councilor who comes to Trenton every month. For information call 660-359-2078

Disability Resources :

Many Veterans with disabilities are on waiting lists to receive assistance with modifying their home because of their disability, such as installing a wheel chair ramp or Vehicles. To find out if you qualify call your VA hospital and ask for adaptive housing.

Aging and Independent Living Resources :
There are many resources available to help aging Veterans stay healthy and independent in their home. These resources include VA programs such as VA pension, Aid & Attendance and Housebound program, Veterans Homes as well as civilian resources through Medicaid like Community care and Home Services, and Senior Centers.

Free Automobile License Plates Veterans who have service-connected disabilities, or in need of adaptive equipment. Disabled Veteran specialty license plates are available to eligible applicants at no fee (limit one set per applicant). To qualify for Disabled Veteran specialty license plates, you must be a Missouri resident who has served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.

In addition, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart recipients, Military Retirees, Former POWs and widows of former POWs qualify for Free Special Automobile License Plates.

Free Fishing & Hunting License

Any honorably discharged resident veteran having a service-related disability of 60% or more, or who was a prisoner of war during military service, may take fish, live bait, clams, mussels, turtles and frogs without permit (except trout permit or daily tag in areas where prescribed), and may take wildlife as provided in Chapter 7 without permit (except deer and turkey hunting permits and the Migratory Bird Hunting Permit as prescribed); provided, while hunting or fishing s/he carries a certified statement of eligibility from the Veterans Administration.

The VA also has a mobile clinic that travels to Trenton every Tuesday. It Parks in the Wright Memorial Hospital parking lot on the east side.
To make an appointment or ask a question call 1 800-525-1483 extension 55417

The shuttle buses, and vans are made possible by generous donations by people and businesses who value our Veterans. All drivers for our VA shuttle services are unpaid volunteers.
The VA shuttle dispatch phone number is: 1 816-922-2449 leave your name, last four, phone number, and date and time of needed ride.

All printers, computers, software, and other supplies to process Veterans claims are all donated items. Without your help and support none of this would be possible.

If you are not enrolled in the VA I would ask that you please do so as soon as possible to help yourself, but more importantly the future of the VA. The VA receives it's funding by head count. The more Veterans enroll, and get just a physical once a year to stay active count.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, or receive free confidential help on your VA questions or paperwork call Wayne Kleinschmidt VSIO at: 660-359-2078 Monday to Friday 8:00 to 5:00 pm.

These two phone numbers are used in the case of an emergency. The care facility, and Veteran or family member need to call to get care approved. If these numbers are not called the VA can refuse to pay the bill.

Monday - Friday 8-4 : 1800-525-1483 extension 52891

After hours: 1800-525-1483 extension 55555

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