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Frank LevingstonUnited States’ Oldest WWII Veteran Dies at 110

Frank Levingston, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran died at the age of 110 at Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Read more »

65th Infantry Regiment receives Congressional Gold Medal

65th Infantry Regiment receives Congressional Gold MedalPuerto Rican Soldiers who fought with the 65th Infantry Regiment through America’s conflicts going back to World War II were presented the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony on Capitol Hill, April 13.  Read more »

Crow Tribe Elder Dies at 102

Joseph Medicine CrowJoseph Medicine Crow, an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow Tribe, has died.  He was 102.  Read more »

Alyce Dixon, the oldest female Veteran, passes away

Ms. Alyce DixonThe oldest female Veteran, the high-spirted, fun-loving, amazing local celebrity, Alyce Dixon, died peacefully in her sleep at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Community Living Center.  She was 108 years old.  She is well-known in the community for her elegant sense of style, her long repertoire of eyebrow-raising jokes and very strong opinions.  She credits her long life to sharing and caring.  Read more »

Doris Miller VA Medical Center officially debuts

American flags along the Avenue of Flags are reflected on a photograph of Doris Miller during a ceremony to rename the Waco veterans hospital to the Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.02/19/2015 — Waco native and World War II hero Doris Miller’s name adorns a city recreation center, a YMCA facility, a cemetery and a former elementary school in the Waco area.  But to his family and the scores of residents and Veterans he has inspired, the renaming of the Waco Veterans hospital after Miller by far is the greatest tribute.

“It’s a tremendous honor for the entire family for him to be recognized in this way,” said Sherri Miller, whose father, James, was Doris Miller’s younger brother.  “Recognition in some areas has been slow in coming, but the city of Waco has always been very generous because he was a native son here.  This puts it more on a national level; for it to be a federal facility that now bears his name is a tremendous honor.  We’re very humbled and very appreciative of this recognition.”  Read more »

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI)

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) should also remember the soldiers and sailors who are currently serving and the Veterans who have served our country.  This history of serving dates back almost two hundred years to the last battle of the War of 1812, where Filipino sailors, or “Manilamen”, under Jean Baptiste Lafitte came to aid of General Andrew Jackson to defend New Orleans from British invasion in 1815.  During this time, we have thirty-one soldiers and sailors awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to coverage, control health care costs and improve health care quality and care coordination.  What are some things you should know?  How does it impact your VA Benefits?

WWII Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund

The President of the United States signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009, authorizing the release of a one-time, lump-sum payment to eligible World War II (WWII) Philippine Veterans.  These payments are to be made through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from a $198 million appropriation established for this purpose.  Applying for this benefit will not affect other existing Veterans benefits.

Additional Information:

Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Points of Interests

1)  The Manila Regional Office is doing its best to process each application accurately and timely.  Two months after the law was passed, VA established an adjudication process, payment system, accounting system, and payment delivery system to successfully issue the first FVEC payment on April 8, 2009.  The claims process is provided below:

  a.  Each application was submitted to the Manila VA Regional Office via a VA Form 21-4138, and was examined for eligibility based on the criteria established in “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” HR 1, Sec. 1002, the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Fund.

  b.  All applications received by the Manila VA Regional Office were verified and a receipt confirmation was sent back to the applicant.  If any development was necessary to determine FVEC eligibility, a Veterans Claims Assistance Act (VCAA) letter notice was sent to inform the claimant of the necessary evidence needed to complete the claim.  If you have questions concerning FVEC benefits, or would like more information about VA benefit programs and how to apply, various options are available.

  • Contact VA on the Internet at http://iris.va.gov and submit an on-line inquiry.
  • United States residents may call VA at 1-800-827-1000.
  • Philippine residents within Metro Manila may call 632-528-2500.
  • Philippine residents outside Manila may call 1-800-1888-5252.
  • If you use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the number is 1-800-829-4833 (United States residents only).

  c.  Once all of the evidence and service verification is received and reviewed, a decision is made.  Concurrently, a notification letter is sent to the claimant, to explain the reasons and basis used to determine the decision.

2)  As of February 1, 2016, there were 3 (reopened) FVEC claims pending.

3)  As of February 1, 2016, 42,755 applications were processed:  9,306 approved for $15,000 based Veterans, 9,654 approved for $9,000, and 23,795 applications disapproved.

4)  To date, over $225 million has been awarded to eligible Filipino Veterans.

5)  As of February 1, 2016, the Manila RO has received more than 4,566 NODs on FVEC denials.

Grant/Denial Data as of February 1, 2016
  11/01/201512/01/201501/01/201602/01/2016
Original FVEC Claims Received 42,755 42,755 42,755 42,755
Claims Granted ($9,000) 9,652 9,654 9,656 9,656
Claims Granted ($15,000) 9,306 9,306 9,306 9,306
Total Grants 18,958 18,960 18,962 18,962
Claims Denied 25,797 25,795 23,793 23,793
Total Approved ($9,000) $86,856,687 $86,874,687 $86,892,687 $86,892,687
Total Approved ($15,000) $139,099,517 $139,099,517 $139,099,517 $139,099,517
*FVEC Appropriation Balance (FUNDS AVAILABLE for NEW CLAIMS per FSC Website) $56,161,001 $56,167,001 $56,158,001 $56,158,001
FVEC Apeals Data
FVEC Appeals11/01/201512/01/201501/01/201602/01/2016
NODs Received 4,566 4,566 4,566 4,566
Appeals Granted 494 495 495 495
Appeals Denied 1,254 1,254 1,255 1,256
Total Appeals Decision 1748 1749 1750 1751
Appeals Grant Rate 28.3% 28.3% 28.3% 28.3%
Appeals Pending NOD Stage 3 3 1 1
Appeals Pending F9/Substative Appeal 7 5 4 4
Appeals Pending Remand 43 42 42 40
Appeals Pending Hearings 0 0 0 0
Appeals Pending at BVA 8 11 10 11
Total FVEC Appeals Pending (Sum of Columns 9 to 13) 61 61 57 56
Average Days Pending Appeal at BVA 160 160 160 160
Number of Appeals Overturned by BVA 4 4 4 4
Pending FVEC Reopened
FVEC Appeals11/01/201512/01/201501/01/201602/01/2016
Number Reopened Claims Pending 4 2 2 3
Status 3 cases awaiting for NPRC service verification and 1 case awaiting for microfiche from WNRC 1 case awaiting for NPRC service verification and 1 case awaiting for microfiche from WNRC 1 case awaiting for NPRC service verification and 1 case awating for microfiche from WNRC 1 case awaiting for NPRC service verification, 1 case awaiting for microfiche from WNRC and 1 case pending scanning

Action Plan as of February 1, 2016

National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)/Department of the Army
Cases Pending Appeal:  35
Status:  Awaiting response on the request for service verification from NPRC & Department of the Army
Action Taken:  Response to follow-up email sent July 22, 2015:  NPRC has reviewed some of the requests and send 9 to DA and other cases reviewed will be referred to DA within the next few days.  Expected completion by NPRC and transmittal to DA is 2 weeks; Follow-up sent to NPRC on 01-02-2016; received 1 negative certification on 01-15-2016
Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA)
Cases Pending Appeal:  4
Status:  Appeals received by BVA awaiting decision
Action Taken:  Email sent 07/16/2015 to BVA point of contact to expedite processing of appeal-Response/Action:  Follow-up email sent 12/02/2015 to BVA to request for expeditious processing
Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA)
Cases Pending Appeal:  7
Status:  Appeal certified pending receipt by BVA
Action Taken:  Appeal has been certified awaiting receipt of appeal by BVA in VACOLS-Response/Action:  Email sent 12/02/2015 to BVA to request for expeditious processing; received response 12/23/2015; 6 cases pending BVA activation of appeal and 1 currently with Judge for decision
Compensation Service
Cases Pending Appeal:  1
Status:  Pending Statement of the Case for forfeiture case
Action Taken:  Email sent 09/18/2015 to Compensation Service to inquire who can prepare the Statement of the Case for the forfeiture case-SOC for review and final revision
VA Regional Office (VARO) Manila
Cases Pending Appeal:  6
Status:  Pending response to Supplemental Statement of the Case (SSOC)
Action Taken:  Email sent 09/18/2015 to Compensation Service to inquire who can prepare the Statement of the Case for the forfeiture case-SOC referred to Comp Service for approval
VA Regional Office (VARO) Manila
Cases Pending Appeal:  1
Status:  Pending verification of appellants identity
Action Taken:  Pending field exam request-Mindanao case-assigned for 02/04/2016
VA Regional Office (VARO) Manila
Cases Pending Appeal:  1
Status:  Pending verification of death of appellant
Action Taken:  Veterans Service Representative sent an inquiry 09/18/2015 to SSA to verify death of appellant. Follow-up sent 01/22/2016

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