On May 10, 2018, the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Navajo Nation will host a claims event focused on identifying Native veterans with presumptive disabilities. These conditions may qualify for VA compensation payments.
A presumptive disability is a condition that the VA presumes are related to military service, although the condition may first appear after discharge from the military.
Throughout 2018, the VA is launching a nationwide campaign to roll out veteran disability enrollment claim events collaboratively with 21 tribal communities. The campaign, titled “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home” occurs in St. Michaels, Arizona. Tribal communities in eleven states have already confirmed their participation.
The VA expressed in a news release that they realize reaching these veterans could have a direct, tangible impact on the lives of thousands of previously unreached veterans and their spouses. This will help the 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 New Mexico VA Health Care System, VHA Vet Center, VBA Native American Direct Loan Program, Arizona Department of Veterans Services, and others. VA will have staff on hand to review claims on the spot, with the goal of completing the claim same day.
The claims event is free.
“Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home”
Date and Time:
Thursday, May 10, 2018 – 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm
St. Michaels Chapter House
Bldg. 29A South Cress Road
St. Michaels, AZ 86511