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The Vermont Veterans Outreach Program staff have very diverse backgrounds and many of them have served in the different branches of the military. Their commonality is that they know what our veterans are facing every day. The Vermont Veterans Outreach Program has a proven track record in getting the job done helping our veterans receive the services they need and have earned for their service to our country.
Burn Pit Registry Link: https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/#page/home
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.