Archive for October, 2012
Now if the actuaries were to project these costs out for the next 50 years, the length of time a young disabled soldier will live from this day forward, we may then get a grasp on the real cost of war.
Veterans Compensation Benefits Rate Tables – Effective 12/1/11
Basic Rates – 10%-100% Combined Degree Only
Rates (No Dependents): 10% – 20%
30% – 60% 30% – 60%
70% – 100% 70% – 100%
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10% – 20% (No Dependents)
30% – 60% Without Children
Veteran Alone $389 $560 $797 $1009
Veteran with Spouse Only $435 $622 $874 $1102
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $472 $671 $936 $1176
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $509 $720 $998 $1250
Veteran with One Parent $426 $609 $859 $1083
Veteran with Two Parents $463 $658 $921 $1157
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $42 $56 $71 $84
70% – 100% Without Children
Veteran Alone $1,272 $1,478 $1,661 $2,769
Veteran with Spouse Only $1,380 $1,602 $1,800 $2,924
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $1,466 $1,701 $1,911 $3,048
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $1,552 $1,800 $2,022 $3,172
Veteran with One Parent $1,358 $1,577 $1,772 $2,893
Veteran with Two Parents $1,444 $1,676 $1,883 $3,017
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $99 $112 $127 $141
30% – 60% With Children
Veteran with Spouse & Child $469 $667 $931 $1169
Veteran with Child Only $420 $601 $849 $1071
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $506 $716 $993 $1243
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $543 $765 $1055 $1,317
Veteran with One Parent and Child $457 $650 $911 $1145
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $494 $699 $973 $1219
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $23 $30 $38 $46
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $74 $99 $124 $148
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $42 $56 $71 $84
70% – 100% With Children
Veteran with Spouse & Child $1,459 $1,692 $1,902 $3,037
Veteran with Child Only $1,344 $1,561 $1,754 $2,873
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $1,545 $1,791 $2,013 $3,161
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $1,631 $1,890 $2,124 $3,285
Veteran with One Parent and Child $1,430 $1,660 $1,865 $2,997
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $1,516 $1,759 $1,976 $3,121
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $53 $61 $69 $77
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $173 $198 $223 $248
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $99 $112 $127 $141
1. Rates for each school child are shown separately. They are not included with
any other compensation rates. All other entries on this chart reflecting a rate
for children show the rate payable for children under 18 or helpless. To find
the amount payable to a 70% disabled veteran with a spouse and four children,
one of whom is over 18 and attending school, take the 70% rate for a veteran
with a spouse and 3 children, $ 1,565, and add the rate for one school child,
$173. The total amount payable is $1,738.
2. Where the veteran has a spouse who is determined to require A/A, add the
figure shown as “additional for A/A spouse” to the amount shown for the proper
dependency code. For example, veteran has A/A spouse and 2 minor children and is
70% disabled. Add $99, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran
with dependency code 12, $1,512. The total amount payable is $ 1,611.
To find out how to use these rate tables CLICK HERE.
For prior rate tables on this topic choose
one: 12-1-2009 12-1-2008 12-1-2007 12-1-2006 12-1-2005 12-1-2004
12-1-2003 12-1-2002 12-1-2001 12-1-2000 12-1-1999.
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For additional historic rate charts on this topic CLICK HERE.
Jose M. Garcia PNC
National Service Officer
Catholic War Veterans,USA
Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
In God We Trust
The exponential increase in the rate of military and veteran suicides in the past year is not a sideshow to our war on terrorism, it is a war of its own, a war against a terrorized psyche.
Approximately 7000 veterans and active duty military service members have cashed in their mortal lives in the past couple years. For each combatant killed in action 25 are dying by suicide.
“The dog barks and the caravan passes.”
In a new-found healthy and supportive environment of, “support the troops,” contrary to the Vietnam war where the suicides were off the charts, (111,000 est.), the dominant culture has not yet penetrated the impact of 4-5 tours of duty for these young warriors. Neither have the clinical mental health professionals. They may understand the symptoms,but few have discerned the full impact of multiple deployments.
“Understanding is the booby prize.” Werner Erhard
Tons of veterans have shared with me how well clinicians understand what many veterans of combat call the “checklist PTSD” therapy. They have a good fund of knowledge about the litany of symptoms, but often lack the bonding ability to lead them out of the nightmarish morass of somatic hell. I do not fault them. They cannot be expected to go to the depths of existential pain that is the burden of many returning veterans. Only their comrades can go there.
A former Army combat platoon leader in Vietnam, Bill Black, observes, “this lack of bonding moves the veteran into isolation and knowing that no one is touching his/her environment, they just stop listening.”
Lydia Brewer, who assists in managing a website, (LivingWithPTSDwives.yuku.com), for the wives of veterans for the past 11 years, indicates , “they know the problems they have right up front, because of the screening process and all the outreach programs.” She states, “that has a paradoxical component in that unlike you guys who had a healthy dose of repression and denial, but still maintained some hope for your future, these young soldiers are told upon mustering out that they are damaged goods which may well interfere with some natural hope for the future.”
“One who reaps the wind, sows the storm.” With upwards of 50,000 troops rotating to polite society in the next two years, we have yet to see the eye of the storm, in all its manifestations of adaptive behavior and all too frequent career ending self destructive habits.
Again Bill Black asserts, “the national discussion of employment, the economy and abortion relegate veteran suicides to a side show.” With fewer that 1% of the nation serving in the Armed Forces, the lowest since WWI this topic of suicide makes headlines and dies there for lack of resonation in the community.
These veterans are returning to a nation in angst and a house divided. A well trained soldier is skilled, not just in the art of warfare, but in the unseen talent of absorbing the dangers of their entire milieu, both physical and mental. It is a survival trait.
One may assert that the collective mental apparatus of one nation under God, has gone askew. Short of autocratic rule few see this pugilistic mindset that permeates the land coming into a state of equilibrium in the near future.
The soldier is but the new canary in the mine shaft–first to feel, first to manifest the symptoms of a democracy at risk. A sovereignty that has sold its soul to global and corporate interests, with us as the cops. A Republic yes, but a divisive populace that mimics the very fragmented nation states that they were fighting to stabilize.
In many respects the polarity experienced from the day they kiss American soil, mirrors the chaos of the enemies turf. Separating these worlds is a daunting task for any sentient being. We owe them more mature governing, and much more truth.
Electing to serve your nation in the Armed Forces is not just a job, it is the adoption of an identity, a replacement of the self for a mission that embodies the assumed unified cause of your mother country. That unified mission, upon return to civilian or state side duty is vacant in our nations leaders. We are subsumed with greed and self serving motives, leaving the submerged identity of the sailor, soldier, Marine with few causes to adopt. So they isolate in an uncanny way just like the veterans of Vietnam.
They begin their daily lives to the cacophony of waring political parties and their assigns, knowing full well that this drama of fools and court jesters is playing to an Al Jezzera audience every day and assisting in the recruiting of more insurgents. We owe them more maturity.
The transitioning veteran is queried incessantly by the red and blue state mavens, many wanting to use them for political gain. They isolate.
“We have met the enemy and the enemy is us.” Military suicides beg for a national debate, the nature of which a repressed populace in disconnect about the nature of war is ill prepared. I suggest we prepare before entering the next war, or we will have a social fabric so frayed that it will take decades to heal.
It is this writers belief that the death instinct is a primary inherent form of aggression that we are born with…a desire to unbind all connections and return to a null peaceful state where one can begin anew. The multiple tour veteran has little opportunity to renew–ergo, the internalized aggression. Ironically the canary is mirroring our nations aggression turned inward.
Why is this not worthy of a national debate?
“Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken from the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks. They were remolded; and they were made over; they were made to ‘about face’, to regard murder as the order of the day. They were put shoulder to shoulder, and through mass psychology and they were entirely changed. We used them for a couple of years and trained them to think nothing at all of killing or of being killed. Then suddenly we discharged them and told them to make another ‘about face. This time they had to do their own readjusting without mass psychology, without officers aid and advice, without nation wide propaganda. We didn’t need them any more so we scattered them without speeches or parades. Many, too many of these fine young boys are eventually destroyed, mentally, because they would not make that final, ‘about face’ alone.” This was written by Smedley D. Butler, Major General United States Marine Corps. Two -time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He was referencing soldiers in World War l ! The, “war to end all wars.”
Ignoring this national epidemic is form of suicide.
This ongoing struggle for full reconciliation and justice by retired Major Carter, does indeed seem to have merit. Until informed to the contrary by readers and/or other officials, I will continue to put this forth to cyberspace for the test of truth. Having been affected by Agent Orange myself, and knowing how long this battle has lingered for many, I am a bit sympathetic to the cause. Feel free dear readers to correct or refute Major Carter’s claims.
Today, an informed, expert opinion was published from yet another eminent scientist with an international reputation in Agent Orange issues. Dr. Dwernychuk firmly endorsed the opinions of Drs. Sinks, Berman, Goeppner and Stellman. These experts together have weighed in against the VA’s dismissal of C-123 aircrew exposure concerns, insisting that the airplanes left us exposed to dioxin. Along with the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America, these scientists are our A Team as we approach the VA.
Strategy: our approach has many facets. First, we are trying to get the first of our veteran’s claims approved, and then use it to help justify subsequent applications and appeals. Second, we seek the leadership from American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America in arranging a sit-down with Secretary Shinseki to ask him to use his authority to do what’s right…designate C-123 veterans to be presumptively exposed to Agent Orange. Chipping in here will be the Third Estate…Tom Philpott and others. Finally, because and new legislation could only come about long after we’re pushing up daisies, we need our legislators, the public and other veterans to help us advance claims by precedent-establishing court rulings (that means a three-judge BVA decision rather than single judge.)
The VA opinion Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk discusses is my own (attached)! On September 25 my own application for Agent Orange exposure benefits was turned down by the VA’s director of Compensation Services, Mr. Tom Murphy himself. That gentleman has maintained since our struggle began that C-123 veterans will not receive Agent Orange benefits…and he’s showing how determined he and the VA are to prevent our access to medical care.
Our veterans’ effort will continue to present scientific experts who oppose the VA’s position, written by Dr. T. Irons who started working for the VA last year after receiving a PhD…putting a background in fish toxicology to good use helping the VA deny C-123 veterans our Agent Orange benefits.
Wes Carter, Chair, C-123 Veterans Association
Mission Statement:VA Recognition ofAgent Orange Exposure by C-123 Veterans
To ensure that the Arizona veteran community is kept “up to date” on what is happening with the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, we are inaugurating this monthly update that we will send out to our veteran email list.
Please forward and share with any interested veterans.
MILITARY FAMILY RELIEF FUND
VETERAN DONATION FUND
· All Requests for Grant Proposals of five-thousand dollars or more must be submitted through the State of Arizona’s procurement system at www.procure.az.gov
· Your organization must first register in ProcureAZ before you can submit your grant request. For information contact Katherine Harding at (602) 234-8415, or e-mail LGgrants@azdvs.gov or 1-800-367-8939 (TDD).
ARIZONA STATE VETERAN HOME-TUCSON
ARIZONA STATE VETERAN HOME-PHOENIX
STATE VETERAN CEMETERY-SIERRA VISTA
CAMP NAVAJO PROJECT
VETERAN FRIENDLY CAMPUSES
As you can tell, we have a lot going on at the Arizona Department of Veterans Services. We look forward to our continued good relationship with our many partner veterans’ service organizations and with the Unified Arizona Veterans, the United Veterans Council in Southern Arizona, and the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in our continuing effort to complete our one big mission: Supporting Arizona’s Veterans.
Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
Many of the graduates of this program are from Tucson. I am fortunate to be one and to have served as a Mentor. Please keep these remarkable healing folks in your charitable giving file.
Open House for Supporters of
Vets Returning from Combat
A chance to visit with returning veterans and those
who have supported the Merritt Center’s training
for integration and civilian reentry with donations
At The Merritt Lodge in Payson, AZ
Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013 10am-4pm
Call 928-474-4268 information
The Merritt Center, a 501C3 organization, offers a free 4-weekend
educational program to returning combat vets. Stop in to hear the
stories of these veterans and those who have financially supported the
Program that allowed them to return “all the way home”. Tour the Lodge,
enjoy refreshments and listen to the musicians who have supported this
Veterans Program from the beginning in 2005. Talk with the Vet Mentors
who, after graduating from the Program return to give something back to
those just entering the Program. We are grateful for every donation to
keep this Program available to more and more vets.