VA Will Assist Native Veterans In Applying for Benefits
March 16, 2018
The Navajo Nation is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Tribal Government Relations to offer Navajo veterans the chance to apply for benefits.
The first dates announced are March 20, 2018, at the Many Farms Chapter house and March 21, 2018, at the Tselani/Cottonwoods Chapter house. Applications will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
The two events in Begay’s chapters mark the start of “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing Benefits Home,” which is a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which focuses on identifying and assisting veterans who may have presumptive disabilities and may be eligible for a VA pension claim.
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.
According to the VA spouses of veterans may also be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits. DIC benefits are granted when a veteran dies as a result of presumptive disabilities.
During the event health information and other benefits will be available.
The VA will have staff on hand to review claims. The goal is to complete the claim the same day.
For more information about the event contact Lorae Homana Pawiki with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Tribal Government Relations at 928-776-5306.