TITUSVILLE — For those sending mail and packages to service members, this is the recommended dates for expected delivery before Dec. 25.
For Space Available Mail (SAM), the recommended date is Nov. 27, for Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) it is Dec. 4, for for first-class mail and Priority Mail it is Dec. 11, and for Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS) it is Dec. 18.
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Right now, congressional conference committee members are deciding which provisions will remain in the final version of S.B. 409 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA).
Senate Amendment 1972 to this bill would provide the life-saving care and benefits needed for Vietnam veterans suffering from bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism.
Take Action today to urge your senators and representatives to ensure Senate Amendment 1972 remains in the final version of the NDAA. Hold Congress accountable to do the right thing for our Vietnam veterans!
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Veterans receiving government benefits will see a cost of living increase take effect on Dec. 1, and will be reflected in the Dec. 31 payment.
This is equal to the increase granted for Social Security benefits, which will be 1.3 percent for 2021. The increase will be for wartime disability compensation, compensation for dependents, clothing allowance, and dependency and indemnity compensation to surviving spouses and children.
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TRICARE Open Season runs through Dec. 14.
This is the time when beneficiaries can enroll in or change their health care coverage. Any changes will go into effect on Jan. 1.
This year it is important to note that TRICARE Select Group A retirees will be required to pay an enrollment fee beginning on Jan. 1.
Beneficiaries must set up an allotment with their regional contractors for the enrollment fee to begin on Jan. 1. Individuals who do not set up their allotment by the deadline will be unenrolled due to nonpayment.
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Last week, the U.S. Army announced that it had reached a nationwide settlement in a case brought by veterans who received other-than-honorable discharges.
As part of the settlement, the Army agrees to review decisions of the Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB) issued on or after Oct. 7, 2001, for certain veterans with mental health conditions, including PTSD and TBI.
The Army will automatically reconsider all eligible ADRB decisions issued on or after April 17, 2011. Veterans who received a decision issued by the ADRB between Oct. 7, 2001 until April 16, 2011, will be permitted to file for reconsideration.
Get in touch with your veterans service organization for information on how to refile for reconsideration.
Charlie Castelluccio, a Titusville resident, is chaplain of northwest Pennsylvania’s 28th District of Veterans of Foreign Wars and is a member of Titusville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5958.