We are roughly a year back from the many deployments and great work completed by Soldiers of the Vermont Army National Guard. How is everyone doing? Have you gone over your checklists and noticed anything you overlooked? If eligible, have you signed up for the Burn Pit Registry?
The recent PACT Act legislation hopefully encouraged many of you to complete the process and file with the VA to ensure you are taken care of should any issue arise. If you have filed, and are receiving Compensation and Pension, please be aware the income is reportable on the Vermont Homestead Exemption as nontaxable income under part b. “Social Security, SSI, Disability, railroad retirement, Veteran’s benefits, taxable and nontaxable” if you are filing. Please note your annual benefits statement may not accurately reflect what was paid out over the year if you had changes in rating, dependent status, or any other events which affected your payable amount.
The Outreach Team is currently attempting to converse with Vermont Legislature on this issue as there is no documentation provided from the VA accurately stating what amount to report to Vermont for this document.
Having covered that the unseasonably warm weather has everyone out being active but a quick glance will show you that many organizations do not have their spring calendars completed yet. With that in mind I wanted to give everyone a quick list of where to look for a few spring/summer activities.
- Vermont Adaptive has activities such as Paddle Sports, Mountain biking, and even Beeper Baseball. Check out their website for a complete list of activities and guidance on how to sign up.
- Lake Champlain Dragon Boats promote breast cancer awareness with their Dragon Boat Festival held every summer. You can sponsor, paddle, or volunteer simply by going to their website and signing up! It would be great to see the TAG beating the drums for a VTARNG team!
- America The Beautiful Pass covers entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service and also standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers. The Cost is Free for current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force, as well as Reserve and National Guard members. It is available through the USGS Online Store.
- Green Mountain Passport is free admission to Vermont State Parks, Historic Sites, and events which are fully State sponsored. To be eligible you must be a veteran of the uniformed services and pay a one time fee of $2.00 at your local City or Town Clerk’s Office.
- Warriors Soar has their 2023 Cape Cod Golf Classic on May 22nd at the Pocasset Golf Club. Sign up is available at their website.
- Vet Tix secures tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities across the nation. They have provided over 15 Million tickets to Military, Veterans, and families. Simply sign up through their website to start the process.