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VBA Education Service consolidating to two Regional Processing Offices by October 1, 2020

Dear Veteran Leaders,

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration’s, Education Service is reallocating the resources of its St. Louis Regional Processing Office (RPO) and redistributing its workload to the Buffalo RPO. This transition will not impact GI Bill students or the educational institutions they attend.

No action is required from the Veteran or dependent using his or her education benefits. Educational institutions will continue to submit enrollment [more...]

Posted: 05/18/20 18:21 by WNC MOAA under "Serious"

The Education Call Center (ECC) now has a dedicated phone line for GI Bill beneficiaries

The Education Call Center (ECC) now has a dedicated phone line for GI Bill beneficiaries who are a surviving spouse or child of an active duty Servicemember who died in the line of duty and need assistance with their education benefits.

Starting today, May 11, 2020, a child or surviving spouse can contact the ECC at 1-888-442-4551 and select Option 5. The ECC is available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

Posted: 05/11/20 16:48 by WNC MOAA under "Serious"

VA kicks off online campaign emphasizing mental health support

Goal is to build awareness of resources available to Veterans

WASHINGTON — In recognition of Mental Health Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the “Now Is the Time” campaign.

The focus is on getting Veterans the support they need from family and friends through professional mental health treatment.

“As VA’s health care environment continues to evolve, the department is working to serve as many Veterans as possible by reaching Veterans where they are, said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. [more...]

Posted: 05/11/20 15:15 by WNC MOAA under "Serious"

This Marine Widow Turned Tragedy to Triumph

From HuffPost - Dr. Vivianne Wersel, now head of WNC-MOAA's Legislative Affairs team, ensured that no service member's death is discounted.

When Vivianne Wersel was starting her career as an audiologist — a health care professional [more...]

VA Loan Information

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We realize you may be dealing with difficulties during the COVID-19 crisis. The Department [more...]