VA and Navajo Nation Host “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home”

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VA and the Navajo Nation will host a Claims Event focused on identifying and assisting Veterans eligible for a pension

News Release

VA Office of Tribal Government Relations



VA and Navajo Nation Host Presumptive Claims Event“Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home”

Event:

**“**Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home” – Claims Event

Dates:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location:

Chinle Chapter House

4600 Navajo Route

Chinle, AZ 86503

Background:

On June 14, 2018, VA and the Navajo Nation will host a Claims Event focused on identifying and assisting Veterans who may have presumptive disabilities and eligible for a VA pension claim. A presumptive disability is a condition that VA presumes are related to military service, although the condition may first appear after discharge from the military. These conditions may qualify for VA compensation payments.

Throughout 2018, VA is launching a nationwide campaign to roll out veteran disability enrollment claim events collaboratively with 21 tribal communities. The campaign, titled “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home” occurs in Chinle, Arizona. Tribal communities in eleven states have confirmed their participation.

VA realizes that reaching these veterans could have a direct, tangible impact on the lives of thousands of previously unreached veterans and their spouses. This will help VA enhance and improve the experience for all Veterans and their families.

“With the focus on veterans with presumptive disabilities and those who are pension eligible, VA is hopeful we can help Indian Country veterans access the full range of benefits they have courageously earned through their service,” said Stephanie Birdwell, director, VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations.

In addition, spouses may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) when a veteran dies as a result of these presumptive disabilities.

During the event, health information and other benefits will be available provided by the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Phoenix Regional Office (VBA Veterans Benefits Administration), the Vet Center, the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, and others. VA will have staff on hand to review claims on the spot, with the goal of completing the claim the same day.

The claims event is free. Contact Raymond Jones at 928-674-2529 and rjones1868@yahoo.com; or Ms. Alvira Teller at 928-674-2225 and ateller@navajo-nsn.gov; or Lorae HoMana Pawiki at 928-776-5306 and lorae.pawiki@va.gov for additional information.

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