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Originally published: 2012-10-17 17:15:49
Last modified: 2012-10-17 17:16:40

Veterans' Corner 10.18.12

Mike Halus / (averycountyveterans@gmail.com)

Watch out for scammers trying to rip off veterans
Some people who claim they want to help military veterans get their veterans benefits may actually be out to rip them off. State and federal officials have reported hearing from veterans who have lost hundreds of dollars to scammers who promised to help them navigate the VA benefits process. In most cases, the Veterans Administration (VA) must accredit people in order to represent veterans seeking benefits, and they aren’t allowed to charge any money for their services unless they’re helping to appeal a VA decision. You can search for accredited help on the VA’s website, or contact an accredited veterans service organization like the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs for free help.

VA, DOD to fund $100 million PTSD and TBI study
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense announced recently they are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Two groups, The Consortium to Alleviate PTSD and the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium will be jointly managed by VA, and by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, on behalf of the DOD. Read more by clicking to http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117933.

VA Approves $28 million in grants for homeless veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced it has approved $28.4 million in grants to fund 38 projects in 25 states and the District of Columbia that will provide transitional housing to homeless veterans. Among these 38 projects, 31 will provide temporary housing to homeless veterans with the goal that they will retain the residence as their own. Thirty-one of the grants were awarded through VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program's (GPD) “Transition in Place” model. The program allows veterans the opportunity to take over payment of a lease instead of moving out after using VA services. GPD helps close gaps in available housing for the nation's most vulnerable homeless veterans, including women with children, Native American tribal populations and veterans with substance use and mental health issues. For more information, click to http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117926.
Note: Those without computers can go a library for computer assistance.
For VA questions, call Georgia Henry at (828) 733-8211.
Comments and suggestions on the Veteran’s Corner can be emailed to Mike Halus at (averycountyveterans@gmail.com)