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VA Launches Hotline to Answer Questions on VA Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new hotline — 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) — to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans.The hotline is staffed by knowledgeable VA employees who can provide information about benefits including health care services for women.

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A Call To Action

If you wear glasses and take prescribed medications and pay for them with your personal funds, this wake-up call is for you. As a veteran, you are entitled to have an eye exam every two years at Vision Center and glasses if necessary. In addition to this,

The Veteran Administration Health Care System’s Pharmacy will mail your medications directly to you for nine dollars per prescription.

For this to happen, you must go to the VA clinic at the back of the hospital and register for this benefit. Take your DD214 with you and any of your military IDs. Do this, and if you have an ailment of any kind, tell the attendant and request an appointment to have it looked at

About Face, Inc., Appeal to the wives and families of veterans to help your special Vet. to register now. It is rumored that there are cuts coming, and it is most advantageous for you to have signed-up than not.

Now, what’s left is the eligibility process, “the means test” see if you are qualified. We have provided this test for you. Please take it, just follow the instructions, and answer the questions. Go For It Today!
 

VA Outperforms Private Health Care in Breast Cancer Screenings

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2011)- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is
recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October by asking all female Veterans to talk with their health care providers about appropriate breast cancer screenings, such as regular mammograms.

"The Department of Veterans Affairs has an outstanding breast screening program," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "I urge all women Veterans to talk to their providers during Breast Cancer Awareness Month about receiving the appropriate screening."

Although October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, VA wants women to focus on their health all year round. For more information about women's health topics. Visit  www.womenshealth.va.gov   and click on "Wellness & Healthy Living."
 

Primary Health Care for Veterans in St. John, USVI

Primary Health Care is now available to veterans living on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is offering primary care, labaratory and x-ray services at the Myra Keating Community Health Center on St. John. This is by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

What this means is that veterans will not have to travel to St. Thomas, but get treated where they live. Wanda Mims. The Director of the VA Caribean Healthcare System, says "this is possitive." Sydney Flax, the President of About-Face, Inc. also welcomes this new service. Veterans can enroll, call 1-800-449-8729 ext. 31158 or contact us.

Benefits for Veterans with Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans (VA) is expanding support nationally to caregivers of Veterans with Alzheimer’s disease. A pilot program of the REACH VA (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health in VA) program showed great success in reducing stress on caregivers while improving care outcomes for the Veterans.

Eye Care Service Now Available to VI Veterans

Eye care service, including eye-wear is now available to VI Veterans. You can access this service through a voucher system. You must first be enrolled with the VA. To have your eyes checked. Call your community VA clinic at (340) 774-6674 on St. Thomas and (340) 778-8883. on St. Croix. Need help? Call us at (340) 775-6292

Home Depot Offers Veteran Discounts

Home Depot participates in the Veteran's Discount Program. To see other participants check the Veterans Resources page.

Priority Group 8 Enrollment Relaxation Changes

VA eligibility rules changed on June 15, 2009, making it easier for more Veterans to enroll in VA’s health care system. Under this new regulation, VA relaxed income restrictions on enrollment for health benefits. While this new provision does not remove consideration of income, it does increase income thresholds.

A web–based calculator is available for Veterans to enter their income information, dependents, and zip code to assess if their income would fall within the proposed income threshold adjustments.

Veterans are encouraged to contact VA’s Health Resource Center at 1–877–222 VETS (8387) or visit the VA health eligibility website for more information.

Virgin Islands Veterans State Benefits

  • Homestead Tax Exemption of up to $650.00 from the Real Property Tax Bill is offered to Veterans who occupies their primary home.
  • Veterans home/land Loan is offered to Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands. This loan is a maximum of $95,000.00 at a low rate of 4%.
  • Free Tuition is offered for attendance at local public educational institutions and at the University of the Virgin Islands. This program is for Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.
  • Free Tuition is offered for attendance at the University of the Virgin Islands to participate in the CELL program (Community Engagement & Lifelong Learning). This program is for Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.
  • Decedent's Estates and Fiduciary Relation (Veterans Guardianship).
  • 10-Points Preference added to Veterans score on Local Civil Service Examinations. 15-Points for Disabled Veterans.
  • Administrative Leave for Military Burial Attendance (with prior notification.
  • Administrative Leave for temporary participation in military exercises.
  • A Free Burial Plot, in Local Cemeteries is offered to Veterans who are residents and entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.
  • Opportunity to acquire a Taxi Medallion for Veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.
  • Free Emergency Ambulance Service to all Veterans residing in the Virgin Islands.
  • Free License Plates to all Veterans residing in the Virgin Islands.
  • Assistance with off island travel for non service connected Veterans with VA medical appointment.
  • A maximum of $ 3,500.00 is reimbursed for burial of veterans who entered the Armed Forces while residing in the Virgin Islands.

St. Croix

Tel: 340-773-6663
Fax: 340-692-9563  

The State Office of Veterans Affairs

This office is responsible for providing information, and providing Virgin Islands veterans with benefit and entitlement assistance.

The Department of Veterans Affairs was created on March 10, 1955 through the enactment of Bill No. 21 Act No 8, by the first legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Division was organized by Executive order No.195-1987 and Act No. 5265, The Government reorganization and consolidation Act of 1987. Renamed the division to “The Office of Veterans Affairs” and placed it under the Governor.

This office provides the following benefits only to Virgin Islands Veterans, and is not to be mistaken for those benefits due to all veterans from the Veterans Administration.

Contact the office, on St. Croix Call 773-6663, and on St. Thomas 774-6100