News Briefs: March 28, 2014

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News Briefs

Today

Red Ride — The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross asks that military families consider donating their vehicles when they have a permanent change of station or buy a new car. Some of the proceeds from the vehicle donation will go to Red Cross assistance programs, such as the Armed Forces Emergency Services and Military Family Services. Please help with Red Cross’ continuous support for the military. Call 734-2101.

 Say “Cheese” — The Department of the Army official photo lab at Schofield Barracks has new hours. It’s now open weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (It’s closed for lunch, noon-1 p.m.)

VA Income Requirement — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is eliminating the annual requirement for most veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system to report income information beginning in March 2014. Instead, VA will automatically match income information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration.

Some veterans applying for enrollment for the first time are still required to submit income information. There is no change in VA’s long-standing policy to provide no-cost care to indigent veterans, veterans with catastrophic medical conditions, veterans with a disability rating of 50 percent or higher, or for conditions that are officially rated as “service-connected.”

Visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/cost or call (877) 222-VETS (8387).

SSA for VA — The VA announced the launch of a new process to expedite disability claims filed by veterans with a disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent & total (P&T). Under the new process, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from wounded warriors.

In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell SSA they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100 percent P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA notification letter.

Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm, or for more about SSA’s handling of wounded warrior’s disability claims, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.

31 / Monday

EEO on the Go — The Schofield Barracks Equal Employment Opportunity office moves to Fort Shafter, Bldg. S-330, Rm. 101. The new phone is 438-4962.

April

8 / Tuesday

Halverson

Halverson

IMCOM CoC — Lt. Gen. David Halverson assumes command of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, April 8, during a 10 a.m. ceremony on MacArthur Parade Field, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston. Halverson takes over for Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, who has served in the position since November 2011.

The public is invited.

Halverson’s comes to IMCOM from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., where he serves as deputy commanding general.

In addition to IMCOM commander, Halverson will take over the role of the Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

9 / Wednesday

LANPAC — Join the Association of the United States Army at the 2014 LANPAC Symposium’s Military Family Forum Trends and Reflections: Military Spouse Employment and Career Progression in the Online Era, 9:30 a.m-noon, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Free to all military spouses. Seating is limited; register at (703) 907-2404 or via email at familyprograms@ausa.org.

11-13 / Friday-Sunday

Interview with a Veteran — The University of Missouri-Kansas City will be conducting brief interviews with veterans at University of Hawaii-Manoa (Wist Hall), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in regards to how colleges/universities can be supportive in aiding them in academic pursuit. The information will be used to tell a national story of how colleges, employers and communities can focus their efforts and money to better support veterans.

Participants will receive a $25 gift card and the opportunity to participate in an online follow-up discussion and a $100 stipend. Visit http://veteraninstemhi.weebly.com/sign-up.html.

16 / Wednesday

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation — The Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board is hosting Sharon Senecal in a two-hour presentation of the “Four Generations in the Workplace,” 1 p.m., Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, 1790 Bougainvillea Loop. Visit www.honolulu-pacific.feb.gov to register.

26 / Saturday

Take it Back! — The Army Substance Abuse Program, in cooperation with state and federal agencies, conducts its annual National Take Back Initiative, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Anyone may turn in unwanted, over-the-counter and prescription medications to be disposed of properly.

Minimize medications cycling back into our communities or being thrown away into our landfills. Call 541-1930 or visit www.dea.gov.

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