VA Benefits Bulletin - August 2019



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VA Benefits Bulletin

August 2019
GI Bill Back To School

Go back to school with the GI Bill!

It's that time again! VA education benefits help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members with needs like paying college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling. Learn how to apply for and manage the education and training benefits you've earned.

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Did you know that VBA is on Instagram?
Follow us today @vabenefits for the latest benefits information, Veterans' profile features and stories, VBA job openings, local and regional events, and other relevant Veteran content.

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VA Updates the Rating Schedule for Some Disabilities

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On August 11th, VA updated portions of the rating schedule that evaluate infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies. By updating the rating schedule, Veterans now receive decisions based on the most current medical knowledge of their condition.
Claims filed on or after August 11th will be rated under this new rating schedule. Claims pending prior to the update will be considered under the old and new schedules and whichever criteria is more favorable to the Veteran will be applied.

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Get a new disability rating in the last 2 years?

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If so, you may be eligible for Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI). Zero percent ratings are considered new ratings and are eligible. However, increases to existing ratings are not. Premiums may be waived in case of total disability.

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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified VA responders. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Connect by calling 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1), text to 838255, or chat online.
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This free support is confidential, available every day, 24/7, serves all Veterans, all service members, National Guard and Reserve, and their family members and friends.

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