Commander
Robert Sweeney
WWW.NYLEGIONPOST16.ORG
50 Fifth Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803


ATTENTION 100% Disabled Vets.  Your income level has been increased to $81,340
!!

Purpose: To provide real estate tax exemption for any honorably discharged veteran who
is 100% disabled, a resident of the Commonwealth and has a financial need.

Veteran’s eligibility criteria:

Served in the military honorably
Served during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs The following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service:
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Navy Expeditionary Medal.
Must have a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability rating by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs or as the result of military service the veteran is blind or
paraplegic or has sustained the loss of two or more limbs
Blind: Visual acuity of three-sixtieths or ten two-hundredths, or less normal Vision
Paraplegic: The bilateral paralysis of the upper or lower extremities of the body
Must be a resident of the Commonwealth
Must occupy the real estate as his/her principal dwelling
Dwelling is owned solely by the veteran or as an estate in the entirety
Must prove financial need:
Veteran must prove financial need according to the criteria established by the State
Veterans Commission if their annual income exceeds $81,340

Applicants with an annual income of $81,340 or less are given a rebuttal presumption to
have a need for the exemption

**Upon the death of a qualified veteran, tax exemption may pass on to the unmarried
surviving spouse if financial need can be shown.  Legislation:  Constitution: Article VIII,
Section 2(c) (Establishes requirement to prove “Financial Need”)

Statute: Chapter 89, Title 51 Chapter 89, Title 51 (Amended)

Procedures: Chapter 5, Title 43


How is financial need established?  An applicant whose gross annual income exceeds
$81,340 will be considered to have a financial need for the exemption when the applicant’
s allowable expenses exceed the applicant’s household income. The applicant’s monthly
household expenses will be calculated to include a cost of living allowance and
dependent’s allowance.

What happens after the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs certifies a “financial
need” for the Disabled Veterans Tax Exemption and eligibility criteria has been verified?  
The Board for the Assessment and Revision of Taxes will grant the tax exemption. Cases
that have been granted tax exemption will be reviewed periodically (every 5 years) to
determine continued need for exemption from certain real estate property taxes.  



Click here for      PDF  Exemption instructions


Click here for     APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM REAL PROPERTY TAXES



2011-06-06 The Latest VA Burial Benefits Information


Here are the latest rules and benefits available to veterans as of January 2011.  Click
below and print the PDF document.  The first eleven pages has the important information.

Pages 12 through 16 are lists of the VA National Cemeteries.

The closest VA Cemetery to our area  is
                                         
Calverton National Cemetery
                                            210 Princeton Boulevard
                                                 Calverton, NY 11933
                                               Phone: 631-727-5410
.  Pictures and info at the bottom of this page.  
Click here to  Link to PDF of Current Burial Benefits



2010-12-24 New diseases that are related to Agent Orange exposure

This information has been publicized already, but it is worth repeating.

The VA has added new diseases that are related to Agent Orange exposure, which is a "given" if you served in Vietnam
in any area. They do this from time to time but they never tell anyone who is not in the loop.  This latest adjustment has
them proactive and the VA reaching out to veterans who might be eligible for additional benefits.  For those of you with
VA disability ratings, it opens up the opportunity to get your rating at 100% or more if you fall into these new categories
and you have a form of "unemployability" factored in to your rating.

This could be vital if you pass away unexpectedly and may determine whether your dependents will be eligible to
continue certain benefits after your passing.  We're not spring chickens anymore and it's time to get your affairs in order
if need be.  Parkinson's Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, and the two forms of leukemia (hairy cell and chronic B cell)
are added now.  In addition, they mention chloracne, soft tissue sarcoma, and several others.

I would urge any of you who might just think you have a claim or qualify to follow up on it and ask if nothing else next
time you see your health care provider.  If you don't do it for yourself, do it for your family so they can receive the
benefits you earned for them with your service to this country.



NEW 2010 Federal Benefits for Veterans



Veterans Pension Program



Veterans Benefits Websites

Appeals http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Commission http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Draft National Plan http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Veterans Enterprise http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm
Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
Clarification in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html
Classified Records Amer Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html Comp
Disab Assoc w/ the Gulf War Service http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6%20/ch07.doc
Compensation Rate Tables http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va.gov/
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
Due Process http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc
Duty to Assist http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
Environmental Agents http://www1.va.gov/environagents/
Environmental Agents M10 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO
DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC and http://www1.va.
gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1158
See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM
(DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC
Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE http://www1.va..
gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206 Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1.
va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf OR, http://www1.va..gov/opa/vadocs/current_benefits.htm
Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms/
General Compensation Provisions http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html
Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm
Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf
Gulf War Subject Index http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A
Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q & As http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf
Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc
Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/
HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index.htm
Ionizing Radiation http://www1.va.gov/irad/
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/
M 10 for spouses and children < http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007
M10 Part III Change 1 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008
M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKC/PART4/S4_130...DOC
Mental Health Program Guidelines http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth.va.gov/
NASDVA.COM http://nasdva.com/
National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva.com/
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.
gov/regs/38cfr/bookc/part4/s4%5F124a.doc
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/
Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www.1010ez..med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/
Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders http://www1.va.
gov/resdev/funding/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf
and, http://www1.va.gov/padrecc/
Peacetime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?
dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1131
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death http://www.access.gpo.
gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html and, http://www.access.gpo.
gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapterii_.html
and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteriii_.html
Persian Gulf Registry http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1003
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7,
2005: http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1232
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.
gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002,
Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf
Phase I PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004
Phase II PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005
Policy Manual Index http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm
Power of Attorney http://www.warms.vba..va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch03.doc Project 112 (Including Project
SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/
Prosthetics Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/
Public Health/SARS http://www..publichealth.va.gov/SARS/
Publications Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4
Publications and Reports http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm
Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html
Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html
REQUEST FOR AND CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM CLAIMANT'S RECORDS http://www.forms.va.
gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 http://www1.va.gov/rac-
gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/ReportandRecommendations_2004.pdf
Research and Development http://www.appc1.va.gov/resdev/programs/all_programs.cfm
Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl
Part 18
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl
Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http://ecfr.
gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl
Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also § 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed
illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl Title 38 PART 4--
SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
c=ecfr&sid=ab7641afd195c84a49a2067dbbcf95c0&rgn=div6&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.2&idno=38
Title 38 § 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on un employability of the individual. PART 4 SCHEDULE
FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart General Policy in Rating http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.1..96.11&idno=38
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims http://www.vetapp.gov/
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%
206.pdf
VA Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html
VA Health Care Eligibility http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp
VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF) http://www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html
VA Life Insurance Handbook Chapter 3 http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm
VA MS Research http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/
VA Office of Research and Development http://www1.va.gov/resdev/
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp
VA WMD EMSHG http://www1.va.gov/emshg/
VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va..gov/oig/hotline/hotline3 .htm
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba.va.gov/
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/
VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13 http://webmaila.juno.
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VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: // www.publichealth.va.gov/
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans Health http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp
Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc
VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html
Wartime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:
+38USC1110
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey http://www.wri.med.va.gov/
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/
What VA Social Workers Do http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3
WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion.org/va1.html



2010-08-09  VA rule on Agent Orange, heart disease due soon

A new compensation rule for Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemias
should be out within 30 days, based on a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Veterans Affairs Department officials had missed a 90-day deadline set by Congress to publish the compensation rule,
saying they had to wait for a review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

But several veterans advocacy groups argued that the required review was negated in light of the mandatory deadline,
and the court agreed.

The ruling is important because a projected 200,000 veterans can’t receive benefits until VA publishes the rule, and
because the onslaught of veterans claiming benefits for ischemic heart disease — common among older Americans —
is expected to bog down the benefits claims process for everyone. Veterans groups have said VA adjudicators need to
begin work on those claims as soon as possible.


2010-08-08  VA Simplifies Benefits Application Again


As part of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki's effort to streamline access to benefits, VA officials have
removed the signature requirement for veterans who electronically submit an online 10-10EZ "Application for Health
Benefits."

"This singular action will reduce days, if not weeks, for veterans who apply online to access their hard-earned medical
benefits and upholds the promise to reduce access barriers to needed care for this nation's veterans," Secretary
Shinseki said.

Previously, veterans filling out the online application were required to print a copy, sign it and send to their local medical
center or wait for a copy to be mailed to them for signature and mailing before enrollment into the VA health care system
could occur.

For additional information, go to this VA website or call VA's toll-free number at 877-222-VETS (8387). The online form
is available here.



2010-07-23  Grand Opening for new Vet Center  

We attended the grand opening at the new Vet Center at 314 East Johnson Highway in Norristown..  The goal for this
center is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help
them make a satisfying readjustment to post war civilian life.  It is open to vets from Vietnam to the current conflicts in
Iraq and Afghanistan.  The staff is as follows:


Deborah Jessman LSW - Team Leader                           215-823-5800x17053
Allison Stanco MS, NCC Readjustment Counselor         215-823-5800x17052
Allan Schweizer M Ed LMJJ Readjustment Counselor    215-823-5800x17054
Tiffany Johnson Readjustment Counselor Assistant        215-823-5800x17053
                 Frequently Asked Agent Orange Questions


What is Agent Orange?
When and where was Agent Orange used in Vietnam?
What are the long-term effects of exposure to Agent Orange?
What can concerned Vietnam veterans do?
What can a veteran expect from this examination?
How does a veteran benefit from taking VA's Agent Orange Registry examination?
Can Vietnam veterans get medical treatment for Agent Orange-related illnesses?
Do Vietnam veterans get disability compensation for Agent Orange-related
illnesses?
What about illnesses not listed above?
What about birth defects in children of Vietnam veterans?
Is additional information available?

Diabetes linked to Agent Orange exposure

What veterans will be affected when this condition is added as a presumptive
condition for those exposed to herbicides/dioxins?
What does "presumptive condition" mean?
VA has recognized a number of conditions for "service-connection" based on evidence of an association with Agent
Orange (or other herbicides used in Vietnam)
Must I have served "in-country" Vietnam to be eligible?
What does "in-country" mean? What if I served in support of operations in Vietnam, for example, on board a ship in the
Gulf of Tonkin?
Will private medical records be accepted as proof of my diabetes? Will I be required to undergo a VA examination?