— For decades, the public drinking water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Countless Veterans were unknowingly exposed to these chemicals. A new Department of Veterans Affairs rule makes it easier for Veterans to receive service connected disability compensation for diseases resulting from this exposure. The VA now presumes that eight medical conditions are the result of past service at Camp Lejeune. DO I QUALIFY FOR THE PRESUMPTION? If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune for …

— For veterans and active duty members of the military who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or …

— by  Darrell Eickhoff, USAF ret and member of AARP SC executive council AARP has undertaken the initiative to determine how AARP should honor and support our veterans and their families. A kickoff meeting was held in Washington, DC 0n October 3 & 4, 2016. South Carolina was one of nine states asked to participate in a pilot project due largely to AARP SC’s past efforts in veteran programs. Other states participating are: AL, AZ, KY, MI, MT, NC, TN, and …

— Maryland State Delegate Barbara Robinson has recognized AARP Maryland for its commitment to honoring all U.S. military personnel who served during the Vietnam War. Under the leadership and initiative of volunteer and Baltimore resident John Henkel, AARP Maryland has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense and presented more than 600 Vietnam and Vietnam-Era veterans with an official Welcome Home lapel pin and Presidential Proclamation honoring their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation.

— The barriers for Colorado’s military veterans to receiving the health care they need can seem daunting. And so the Veterans Administration has tried to be among the leaders in pushing telehealth services across the frontier of acceptance in Colorado and across the rural and frontier West. The early evidence is in black-and-white photos of 1950s-era VA psychologists in Nebraska trying a “two-way television link” for mental health counseling. Trace from there a direct line to the Eastern Colorado VA in …

— Tallahassee, Fla. – AARP Associate State Director Colleen Krepstekies, an officer in the Florida National Guard, has been promoted to major after years of service on active duty with the U.S. Army and a return to service for the Florida National Guard. Krepstekies, 44, was recognized this week at the Florida Governor’s Mansion by friends and former colleagues from the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA).  In a brief ceremony at the mansion Wednesday,  Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin,  U.S. Army …

— VirginiaNavigator, a statewide non-profit that provides free web-based resources for older adults, people with disabilities and their families, announced today the launch of the newest addition to its family of websites: VeteransNavigator.org. The comprehensive website – designed to serve and help Virginia veterans – was made possible thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. “Virginia is home to over 800,000 veterans and the need for veteran’s services – and easy connection …

— 11/9 SCAM ALERT Veterans Day is prime time for bogus charities, who like to claim they are benefiting our nation’s veterans. Scammers often use sound-alike names (or invent authentic “organizations”) to solicit funds. Before donating, authenticate charities by checking names and reputations at give.org or www.charitynavigator.org. On Veteran’s Day we should be honoring our veterans, not lining the pockets of scammers who use their name so disrespectfully. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop …

— In the “how low can you go” category, scammers often target veterans – either in direct scams offering bogus services, or in charity scams that closely mimic the names of legitimate organizations helping veterans and military families. Warn your loved ones of these top tricks: Bogus sales – A scammer claiming to be a deploying service member posts a large ticket item on a classified ad website that he needs to sell right away and at a steep discount. The …

— Silver Spring, MD — American Heroes Channel (AHC) has teamed up with AARP on a unique collaboration, kicking off this Veteran’s Day with the premiere of the all-new special, THE BATTLE I’LL NEVER FORGET. Produced exclusively for AHC by AARP Studios, THE BATTLE I’LL NEVER FORGET examines some of the most critical conflicts in American history, told first-hand by the heroes who fought on the ground, in the sky, and on the seas. Anchoring AHC’s annual DUTY, HONOR, COURAGE programming …