VA Fully Developed Claims
VA Vet Centers and PTSD Claims
How a VSO can assist in the tragic circumstances of a service member death
The afternoon was the most difficult and inspiring portion of the training. Gold Star families told their stories and spoke about how VSOs and other organizations helped them through the pain of losing a loved one in service of the country. The family of USMC Captain Eric A. Jones started the amazing Heroes in Transition non-profit to honor their son who lost his life in Afghanistan. HIT's four part mission is to assist with home modifications, sponsor PTSD assistance dogs, support transition therapy and provide assistance for military families in need. It was a stark reminder of how much military families participate in the service of this nation and how strong they can be even when the service requires they make the ultimate sacrifice.
For more on this important and inspiring organization, click here.
Every time I gather with my fellow service officers, I learn something new. Today I learned interesting techniques for speeding up the VA disability and pension claims process - mainly that the VA now accepts fully developed claims for both disability and pension - something we can use in the district to help our veterans. We also learned that Vet Centers can help upgrade military discharges by providing, when appropriate, testimony about how mental health issues can quickly turn a strong performing soldier into one who earns a less than honorable discharge.
We have a difficult job, but a rewarding one. To be thanked by the family members of a fallen marine was humbling. We owe our veterans and their families all the effort we can muster because their job is often far more difficult.