I eligible for outpatient treatment at the VA hospital?
VA "shall" within available appropriations, furnish hospital care and outpatient services,
and "may" furnish nursing home care, to any veteran for a service-connected disability
and to veterans:
who have a service-connected
disability rated at 50% or more,
who have a compensable
service-connected disability rated less than 50%,
whose discharge from
active military service was for a compensable disability that was incurred or
aggravated in the line of duty,
who are eligible for
VA compensation based on a disability incurred as a VA patient or vocational
who are former prisoners
who are veterans of
the Mexican border period or WWI, OR
who have incomes below the means test threshold
currently $ 30, 450 or less for a veteran with no dependents and
$ 34, 800 or less for a veteran with spouse or one dependent.
The VA "may" furnish
hospital care, outpatient services, and nursing home care to all other veterans to
the extent resources and facilities are available.
are the VA hospitals located in Florida?
are six VA hospitals located throughout Florida. They are: Gainesville, Lake City,
Bay Pines (St. Petersburg), West Palm Beach, and Miami.
my spouse dies while hospitalized in a Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) hospital
or nursing home, or in a nursing home under VA contract, will the VA help defray the
burial and transportation expenses?
Any veteran who served in the United States Armed Forces and who dies after being
properly admitted to a VA medical facility, a VA nursing home, or a private nursing
home under VA contract is entitled to burial benefits. Transportation allowance is
38 CFR 3.1605 (1)"
Can a widow
of a veteran who was drawing Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), and was
terminated due to remarriage be reinstated on the benefit if their current spouse
dies, or they get divorced?
widow becomes eligible to receive DIC benefits based on a previous marriage to a veteran
if the remarriage of a surviving spouse is terminated by death, divorce, or an annulment.
Certain evidence is required to establish the status of the surviving spouse as of
the date of death of the veteran. Resumption of benefits can only be made from October
1, 1998 even if the cessation of the relationship occurred prior to this date.
38 CFR 3.55 (a)(i)(ii)
do I get Certified Copies of discharge papers?
you have the original discharge paper you can take it to the Clerk of Circuit Court,
Recording Records and that office can make certified copies of you discharge papers.
The only catch is that the original must stay there. Also, there is a small fee involved
for the copies.
is an "Appointment of Service Representative" and why do I need one?
VA uses a VA Form 21-22 (Appointment of Service Representative) authorizing the claimant
to have professional representation in pursuing their claim with the VA.
38 CFR 1.525 (a)
I select a
as my representative, are there any charges or meetings I must attend?
selected to represent claimants before the VA must provide a statement that no charges,
fees or gratuities will be charged or accepted. Membership in the organization or
attendance at meetings is not required, but is permitted. 38 CFR 14.628 (e)(7)
was treated by the VA up north, why can't I be treated in Florida too?
amount of money allocated for treating veterans up North is frequently greater than
that in Florida, even though the number of veterans in Florida is increasing. Therefore,
VA Medical Centers (VAMCs)
in Florida often do not have resources to treat as many veterans as northern VAMCs
do. Florida VA hospitals may have to resort to a priority system to make sure all
service-connected disabled veterans get treatment first. Check with your nearest VAMC
to see if they'll treat you.
wish to file for Agent Orange Disease, what do I do?
should be receiving treatment or have a diagnosis of a specific disease or disability
as a result of exposure. You can take this information to your local representative
and they will help you complete the forms to apply to the VA. You may want to contact
the nearest VA medical center for information on the Agent Orange Registry.
there special points of contact at the VA Medical Centers for female veterans?
Florida, VAMC's have "Female Veteran Coordinators."
can I get an application for the
State Nursing Home
in Land O' Lakes, Florida?
Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs Office or County Service Office or call the
admissions office at the home. Phone #: (813) 558-5021.
much will my spouse receive under the Survivors Benefit Plan (SBP)?
maximum your spouse can receive is 55% of your gross retired pay. You should contact
the Military Retiree Annuitants finance agency for further information.
do I go for a military ID card?
the military installation nearest you. You need the "Pass & I.D." section. You may
need to acquire a letter of disability from the VA to establish eligibility.
state employees get administrative leave for appointments for their service-connected
employee who has been rated by the VA for a service-connected disability and who has
been scheduled by the VA to be re-examined or treated for such disability shall, upon
presentation of written confirmation of having been so scheduled, be granted administrative
leave for such re-examination or treatment without loss of pay, benefits or efficiency
rating not to exceed six calendar days in any calendar year. 60K-5.032(3)(I) F.A.C.
is eligible for non-service-connected (NSC) pension?
is a benefit payable by the VA to veterans discharged under honorable conditions who
have at least ninety days of service during a period or periods of war and are disabled
because of non-service-connected disabilities and whose income is below the allowable
38 C.F.R 3.3 (3)
I get married will my pension stop?
necessarily. If the pension being received is the "New Law" pension, the income of
the new spouse will affect the amount of pension payable unless the income is a welfare-related
38 C.F.R 3.3 (3)
there a listing of all the things I need to file a claim with the VA?
to the complexity of the VA system, the forms needed to file a claim vary. You should
contact your County VSO at (352) 754-4033 or call 1-800-827-1000 for assistance.
Florida Counties listing.
I change my address by calling the 1-800 number?
The call should be followed up by submitting a VA form 572 (change of address).
VA Home Page
or call Toll Free # 1-800-827-1000
What percentage of disability compensation rating, must I have in order to draw
additional allowance for dependents?
additional allowance for dependents is payable with a 30% or greater disability rating
for compensation benefits.
38 C.F.R. 3.4 (b)(2)
husband's health is very bad, and he can't leave home without assistance. Does the
VA allow any extra money for pension veterans who need help?
additional allowance for Special Monthly Pension (SMP) may be available at a housebound
or Aid & Attendance rate. The specific amount will depend on the level of disability
and the total countable family income
38 C.F.R. 3.351
can I get a Florida Disabled Veteran's ID card?
an application from the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA). The ID cards
are issued to Veterans who have been rated 100% Permanent and Total (P&T) service
connected disabled either by the VA or Department of Defense. (Permanency is determined
by not having a routine future examination scheduled by the VA.)
have an honorable discharge, but have never filed a claim with the VA, and recently
had an emergency room visit at my local hospital. Will the VA pay this bill?
the VA to be financially responsible for the hospitalization, the treatment must have
been for a service-connected condition, a disability for which the veteran was discharged
or released from the active military service, for disabilities associated with and
held to be aggravated by a service-connected disability, or for a veteran participating
in a rehabilitation program under 38 U.S.C. ch. 31. Get assistance before you need
it. Reimbursement for private hospitalization also requires that VA care was not available
and treatment was required due to a life threatening situation, and the VA is notified
within 72 hours by a physician.
38 C.F.R. 17.50b (a) (1) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v).
does the VA mean when they say I must have new and material evidence? I provided a
doctor's statement, isn't that new and material?
and material evidence means evidence not previously submitted to VA decision makers
which bears directly and substantially upon the specific matter under consideration,
which is neither cumulative nor redundant, and which by itself or in connection with
evidence previously assembled is so significant that it must be considered in order
to fairly decide the merits of the claim.
38 C.F.R. 3.156 (a)