Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Department of Veterans Affairs is My Hero...Hopefully.

I've spent eight years in the Army Reserves and the way things are done generally never make sense. Over the years, I've found myself asking my buddies, "why the hell are we doing this?" or "wouldn't this make more sense if we did it this way?" But that is where the suggestions usually stop. No one listens to us, the higher-ups are stuck to their traditional ways, and everyone ends up pissed off. Welcome to the Army.

But the year is 2009, veterans are now in positions to have their voices heard, common sense seems to come into play, and issues are being dealt with accordingly. The main issue now: Education benefits. Veterans are enrolled into college and still have not received any of their benefits, they are maxing out their credit cards, and some have even dropped out. This is unacceptable and finally the VA has put together a plan to get emergency money to veterans.

"Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today announced further outreach to Veteran-students eligible for a special emergency payment of their education benefits. Veterans can now apply online beginning Oct. 2. Veteran-students can also request courtesy transportation to VA regional benefits offices."

Here is a list of the Regional Offices:

Easter Area Offices:

Baltimore Regional Office (Baltimore, MD) Boston VA Regional Office (Boston, MA) Buffalo Regional Office (Buffalo, NY) Cleveland Regional Office (Cleveland, OH) Detroit Regional Office (Detroit, MI) Hartford Regional Office (Newington, CT) Indianapolis Regional Office (Indianapolis, IN) Manchester Regional Office (Manchester, NH) New York Regional Office (New York, NY) Newark Regional Office (Newark, NJ) Philadelphia Regional Office and Insurance Center (Philadelphia, PA) Pittsburgh Regional Office (Pittsburgh, PA) Providence Regional Office (Providence, RI) Togus VA Medical/Regional Office Center (Augusta, ME) White River Junction Regional Office (White River Junction, VT) Wilmington Regional Office (Wilmington, DE)

Southern Area Offices:

Atlanta Regional Office (Decatur, GA) Columbia Regional Office (Columbia, SC) Huntington Regional Office (Huntington, WV) Jackson Regional Office (Jackson, MS) Louisville Regional Office (Louisville, KY) Montgomery Regional Office (Montgomery, AL) Nashville Regional Office (Nashville, TN) Roanoke Regional Office (Roanoke, VA) San Juan Regional Office (Hato Rey, PR) St. Petersburg Regional Office (St. Petersburg, FL) Washington D.C. Regional Office (Washington D.C., DC) Winston-Salem Regional Office (Winston-Salem, NC)

Central Area Offices:

Chicago Regional Office (Chicago, IL) Des Moines VA Regional Office (Des Moines, IA) Fargo Regional Office (Fargo, ND) Houston Regional Office (Houston, TX) Lincoln Regional Office (Lincoln, NE) Milwaukee Regional Office (Milwaukee, WI) Muskogee Regional Office (Muskogee, OK) New Orleans Regional Office (New Orleans, LA) North Little Rock Regional Office (North Little Rock, AR) Sioux Falls Regional Office (Sioux Falls, SD) St. Louis Regional Office (St. Louis, MO) St. Paul Regional Office (St. Paul, MN) Waco Regional Office (Waco, TX) Wichita Regional Office (Wichita, KS)

Western Area Offices:

Albuquerque Regional Office (Albuquerque, NM) Anchorage Regional Office (Anchorage, AK) Boise Regional Office (Boise, ID) Cheyenne VA Medical / Regional Office Center (Cheyenne, WY) Denver Regional Office (Lakewood, CO) Fort Harrison Medical and Regional Office (Fort Harrison, MT) Honolulu Regional Office (Honolulu, HI) Los Angeles Regional Office (Los Angeles, CA) Manila Regional Office (0930 Manila, PI) Oakland Regional Office (Oakland, CA) Phoenix Regional Office (Phoenix, AZ) Portland Regional Office (Portland, OR) Reno Regional Office (Reno, NV) Salt Lake City Regional Office (Salt Lake City, UT) San Diego Regional Office (San Diego, CA) Seattle Regional Office (Seattle, WA)

I plan on applying online tomorrow for my payment. You can do so also at: http://www.va.gov/

Good luck! And let’s be honest for a minute, expect something not to go right. Expect your check to come a day late or your records not to be on file…something, anything. You’ve been in the Army, you know to expect the worse but hope for the best. While some say this plan came to let be grateful it came at all.

On a more personal note, this semester is kicking my ass. I was enrolled in five classes but recently withdrew from one. I had to quit one of my jobs (which I couldn't afford to do) just to have enough time to do my homework. I have a three day drill this weekend, a test on Monday, I need to get a tutor for German because I failed my first test, and my credit card is maxed out because I had to buy school books. Awesome! I need you Department of Veterans Affairs.

1 Comments:

Blogger lela said...

Kate, when life is the busiest, just hold on and take one thing at a time....and good luck on that test!

10/03/2009 11:35:00 AM  

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