ARMED FORCES NEWS
VA ISSUING NEW ID CARD
November 12, 2004

 


Because identity theft is the major fraud reported by Americans in 2003, the Department of Veterans Affairs has designed a new identity card for veterans that will safeguard confidential information. The card, known as the Veterans Identification Card, will have veterans' photos on the front and identify them as enrollees in the VA's health care system. The card includes the words "service connected" under the photo if the veteran has a service-connected disability. Veterans should request the new card at their local medical center. Processing will take five to seven days once eligibility is verified. The VA said it hopes to complete the conversion to the new card by mid-November. Existing cards will remain valid until veterans receive their new cards.
 

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ACCELERATED CR FOR 28,000 UNEMPLOYABLES MULLED
December 24, 2004

 


Lawyers at the Defense Department are reviewing the fiscal 2005 defense authorization act to determine if a provision to restore full concurrent receipt of military retired pay and Veterans Administration disability compensation to 100-percent disabled retirees in January might apply to 28,000 retirees who have less than 100-percent disabilities but are rated as unemployable. Last year, Congress voted to phase out the ban on concurrent receipt for retirees with 20 or more years of service and disability ratings of 50 percent or higher. The 2005 act eliminates the phase out period for retirees with "disabilities rated as 100 percent." At issue is whether this applies only to retirees with disability ratings of 100 percent, or includes retirees rated as 100-percent unemployable. A decision at DoD is expected within three weeks. January checks, meanwhile, will exclude the 28,000 unemployables who have less than 100 percent disability.
 

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