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Dakota County Post Service Officer’s Association Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, #420, West St. Paul, MN 55118-4772 Phone: 651-554-5601 Fax 651-554-5839 firstname.lastname@example.org August 2010 Newsletter ***ASSOCIATION MEETING*** In 1984, former Mississippi Congressman G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery revamped the GI Bill. The Date: August 31st, 2010 (5th Tuesday) Montgomery GI Bill assured that VA home loan Time: 7:00 p.m. guaranty and education programs continued to Place: South St. Paul VFW work for veterans of the post-Vietnam era. 111 South Concord Exchange South St. Paul, MN In 2009, GI Bill benefits were updated once again. (651) 455-1505 The new law gave veterans with active duty service on, or after, September 11, 2001, enhanced This is a tremendous opportunity learn about the educational benefits to cover more expenses, services provided by your local service officers and provide a living allowance, money for books and meet your fellow veterans. the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children. VA CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY OF GI BILL MEDICATION CO-PAY INCREASE FOR SOME VETERANS With the 66th anniversary of signing the GI Bill into law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Effective July 1, the Department of Veteran Affairs announced it has issued more than $3.6 billion in charge for a 30-day or less supply of medication the bill’s newest manifestation, the Post-9/11 GI provided on an outpatient basis for treatment of a Bill. Benefit payments under the bill, implemented non-service connected condition will increase from last year, have gone to more than 285,000 people $8 to $9 for veterans who generally have higher and their educational institutions. incomes and no service connected disabilities, which are referred to as Priority Groups 7 and 8. On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt The charge for a 60-day supply of medication will signed the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of be $18 and for a 90-day supply will be $27. 1944, commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights. The Veterans Administration, as it was known at Veterans in Priority Groups 2 through 6 will not be that time, was responsible for carrying out the impacted by this change and will continue to pay law's key provisions for education and training, $8 for each 30-day supply or less supply of loan guaranty for homes, farms or businesses, and medication provided for a non-service connected unemployment pay. condition unless otherwise exempted. Priority Group 2-6 veterans will also continue to have a cap Before World War II, college and homeownership on the amount they can be charged in a calendar were, for the most part, unreachable dreams for year of $960. the average American. Thanks to the GI Bill, millions who would have flooded the job market Veterans who have an injury or illness connected opted for education instead. with their military service resulting in a disability rated 50 percent or greater and enrolled in Priority In the peak year of 1947, veterans accounted for Group 1 are exempt from this co-pay. 49 percent of college admissions. By the time the original GI Bill ended, July 25, 1956, 7.8 million of the 16 million World War II veterans had participated in an education or training program. MEDALLION FOR Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained MARKING VETERANS' GRAVES IN from national cemetery offices, www.cem.va.gov PRIVATE CEMETERIES or by calling VA regional offices at (800) 827-1000. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a veteran. EVENTS For veterans not buried in a national or state For a list of veteran and family related events veteran’s cemetery, or those without a government in communities around Minnesota, please visit grave marker, this option highlights their service www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org along with and sacrifices for our country. http://calendar.mdva.state.mn.us/CalendarNOW.a spx. The new item can be furnished instead of a traditional government headstone or marker for veterans whose death occurred on or after November 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private DAKOTA COUNTY FAIR cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. Veterans buried in a private cemetery are entitled to either a government-furnished grave marker or the new medallion, but not both. Veterans buried in a national or state veterans cemetery will receive a government headstone or marker of the standard design authorized at that cemetery. When: August 9 – 15, 2010 The medallion is available in three sizes: 5 inches, Where: 4008 – 220th Street West 3 inches and 1 ½ inches in width. Each bronze Farmington, MN 55024 medallion features the image of a folded burial flag adorned with laurels and is inscribed with the word Gate admissions: "Veteran" at the top and the branch of service at the bottom. Monday 12:00 p.m. thru 10:00 p.m. Next of kin will receive the medallion, along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private Tuesday – Saturday cemetery to affix the medallion to a headstone, 7:00 a.m. thru 10:00 p.m. grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover. Sunday 7:00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m. Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible Military Day is Wednesday, August 11th. dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Other burial benefits available for all As a thank you for serving our country, there is eligible veterans, regardless of whether they are FREE admission and FREE parking for all buried in a national cemetery or a private military personnel, veterans and their families with cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential proof of service. Memorial Certificate and a government headstone or grave marker. For more information, please visit www.dakotacountyfair.org. The new medallions will be available only to veterans buried in private cemeteries without a government headstone or marker. Families of eligible decedents may also order a memorial headstone or marker when remains are not available for interment. HISTORIC FORT SNELLING DAKOTA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICE There are plenty of exciting reasons to visit Fort Snelling this summer and if you are a veteran, they The staff at Dakota County Veteran Services have added another. While supplies last, each provides advice and assistance for veterans or their veteran visiting will get a free limited edition pin families filing claims for state and/or federal commemorating your service. Identify yourself as benefits, social security supplement income a veteran when you enter Fort Snelling to receive benefits, and other public and private programs. this pin. Our mission is to act as an advocate and provide For more information, please visit resources to the veterans of Dakota County, their www.historicfortsnelling.org. families and survivors by assisting them in getting the benefits they are entitled to under the law. For questions, please contact the West St. Paul office from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are available in Apple Valley and SERVING YOU Hastings by appointment only. Please call BETTER SURVEY (651) 554-5601 to schedule an appointment at any of these locations. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has Please visit Dakota County’s website at launched “Serving You Better”, which is a survey to www.co.dakota.mn.us as it offers citizens assist the Minnesota Department of Veterans additional ways to learn about county government Affairs to better understand how Minnesota issues. Visitors can also sign up to receive updates veterans use MDVA’s services and programs. via e-mail. The online survey is short and anonymous. To sign up to receive e-mail updates or to be Veterans, current service members and families removed from this service, please go to are encouraged to participate. To take the survey www.co.dakota.mn.us/eNews. visit, please visit www.MinnesotaVeteran.org and click on the “Serving You Better Survey” button. BLUE STAR MUSEUMS The Dakota County Historical Society announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Blue Star families and more that 600 museums across America offer FREE admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2010. The Blue Star Museums program applies to both the Dakota County Historical Society/Lawshe Memorial Museum located at 130 Third Avenue North, South St. Paul and The LeDuc Historic Estate located at 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings. For museum hours and locations, please visit www.dakotahistory.org. The complete listing of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov.
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