VFW Bringing Veterans Benefits Expertise to Korea
WASHINGTON – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is flying in a team of benefits experts next week to help transitioning service members and other eligible beneficiaries better understand and file claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The team will kick off their seven-day series of veterans benefit workshops at Yongsan Garrison on Wednesday.
“More than 1,000 active-duty service members begin transitioning out of the military while serving in Korea,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “But despite having five vibrant VFW Posts supporting local troop and family programs, the peninsula lacks VA-accredited veterans service officer support, which can make a huge difference in the successful transition back into civilian life. We’re looking to change that,” he said.
Three VA-accredited VFW service officers will be accompanied by VFW leadership to host the benefits workshops at the following locations:
• May 16: Yongsan Garrison Dragon Hill Lodge, starting at 9 a.m.
• May 17: Camp Walker Evergreen Club, starting at 1 p.m.
• May 18: Camp Carroll Community Activity Center, starting at 1 p.m.
• May 19: Songtan Pacific Hotel (VFW District Meeting), starting at 2 p.m.
• May 20: Osan Air Base Enlisted Club, starting at 2 p.m.
• May 21-22: Camp Humphreys Warrior Zone, starting at 9 a.m. both days.
The VFW should be able to file benefits claims on the spot for veterans (with discharges other-than-dishonorable), retirees, and service members who are within six months of separation or retirement. VFW can also provide status updates to current beneficiaries in coordination with VA. “We also invite anyone with additional questions, or who might want to know how they can get more involved with the VFW, to come out and meet the team,” said the VFW national commander. “By bringing in some of our best accredited representatives, we hope to better serve tomorrow’s veterans as well as build greater rapport with our VA and Defense Department partners in South Korea,” said Harman.
If you are interested in filing for VA benefits onsite, please bring the following:
• Photo ID
• Medical records for any potential service-connected health care conditions (military or civilian)
• Any prior-service DD-214s or proposed date of separation from the military
• Bank account information, such as a cancelled check (required for VA direct deposit)
• Dependent spouse or child information
The VFW is a congressionally-chartered veterans service organization recognized by VA for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits. Its nationwide cadre of nearly 2,000 VA-accredited service officers are stationed at every VA regional office, the VA Board of Veterans Appeals, two dozen active-duty military installations, and inside VA health care facilities, as well as many state and county offices. In 2017 alone, VFW service officers helped more than 500,000 beneficiaries to recoup $7.7 billion in earned benefits. By law, VFW claims assistance is provided to all veterans at no cost and under no obligation.