Oklahoma City VA Health Care System
VA and Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Host Presumptive Conditions Event
On April 17-18, 2018, VA and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma will host a Presumptive Conditions Campaign Event focused on identifying and assisting Veterans across Seminole Nation and Oklahoma who may have presumptive disabilities and who might be eligible for a VA pension claim. A presumptive disability is a condition that VA presumes are related to military service, although the condition may first appear after discharge from the military. These conditions may qualify for VA compensation payments.
Throughout 2018, VA is launching a nationwide campaign to roll out veteran disability enrollment claim events collaboratively with 20 tribal communities. The campaign, titled “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing Benefits Home” kicks off March 21 in Navajo Nation and tribal communities in eleven states have already confirmed their participation.
VA realizes that reaching these veterans could have a direct, tangible impact on the lives of thousands of previously unreached veterans and their spouses. This will help VA enhance and improve the experience for all Veterans and their families.
“With the focus on veterans with presumptive disabilities and those who are pension eligible, VA is hopeful we can help Indian Country veterans access the full range of benefits they have courageously earned through their service,” said Stephanie Birdwell, director, VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations.
In addition, spouses may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) when a veteran dies as a result of these presumptive disabilities.
During the event, health information and other benefits will be available provided by both OKC and Muskogee VA Medical Centers, Muskogee Veterans Benefits Administrations Regional Office, the State Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled Veterans of America, local Vet Centers and Tribal Veteran Service Officers who will be on site to assist with filling out claims paperwork.
Services offered for this two-day event range from various Service Officers filling out disability claims, VBA Regional Office staff reviewing claims on the spot with the hope of possibly approving several claims on the spot, with other agencies on site to provide program services available for which you might be eligible for. Both medical centers will also be on hand to enroll any Veterans who currently are not enrolled in the Veterans Health Care System.
The event is free and lunch will be provided. Contacts are Mary Culley, VA Tribal Government Relations Specialist at (405) 626-3425, Mary.Culley@va.gov and Galen Greenwalt, director, Veterans Affairs Department of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, (405) 234-5242, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.