Month: November 2014

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION: NABVETS REGION VIII QUARTERLY CONFERENCE

Over 100 Veterans Received Assistance with Their Claims

(Fayetteville NC): NABVETS congratulates the Region VIII Commander, Richard D. Kingsberry and the Command Council members for a well-attended Region VIII Quarterly Conference.

On October 25, 2014, NABVETS Region VIII held its Quarterly Conference in Fayetteville North Carolina. Region VIII includes the states of Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington D.C and West Virginia.

Regional Quarterly meetings are critical and important venues for developing and implementing strategies to grow chapters, recognize and define leadership and build trust and camaraderie among the Regional Command Councils.

National Commander Kornegay says that the Conference “was attended and one that will be remembered in Fayetteville for years to come, by member’s and other veterans from across the State.”

Director Cheryl Rawls the VA Regional Director at Winston Salem, NC was a special guest speaker and gave a stirring and energetic speech on the status of claims in her VA Region.   She also provided valuable information on how Veterans and VSO’s can assist in the processing of the Veterans’ claims.  Director Rawls specifically recommended that NABVETS Claims VSOs use the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) to file claims as the FDC has a priority within the VA and, consequently, will likely provide veterans with a quicker decision on their claim.

Director Rawls also brought several veteran service representatives; who proceeded to process claims, on the spot, for over one hundred veterans.

Ronald McDaniel was also a guest speaker. He is from the Fayetteville Vet Center and spoke on the History of the Vet center, why it was established, and why combat veterans, active duty soldiers and their families should use the Vet Center’s in their communities.

NABVETS greatly appreciates both Director Rawls and Mr. McDaniels for speaking at the conference.

And, in the tradition of a Region VIII Quarterly Meeting, a delicious southern feast – that included barbeque (vinegar) based, baked chicken, barbeque baby back ribs and the trimmings – was enjoyed by all.

Some Commander’s from Region VIII received certificates of appreciation from the National Commander and some members received their Silver-Life Time Certificates.

According to National Commander Kornegay, he greatly “appreciates all that [NABVETS members} do, and [he is] confident that if we commit ourselves to NABVETS, this organization will grow and be the best veteran service organization in the country.”

“There Is Power in Unity”

VA CLAIMS BENEFITS – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

AFRICAN AMERICANS, PROSTATE CANCER AND AGENT ORANGE

FACT: Veterans who develop prostate cancer and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service do not have to prove a connection between their prostate cancer and service to be eligible to receive VA health care and disability compensation.

Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate, a small gland in the male reproductive system. Some men may have urinary problems, but some men don’t have symptoms early on. If you have any health concerns, talk with your health care provider. The greatest risk factor for prostate cancer is increasing age. Other risk factors include having a father or brother with the disease and being African American. Prostate cancer is often first detected with a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test or digital rectal exam. Talk with your health care provider about your risk and the pros and cons of screening.

To learn more about your rights as a veteran and to learn more about treatment, visit a local Veterans Administration medical facility or call the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) at 1-877-NABVETS or email at info@nabvets.org. VA Benefits Available to veterans and their family members:

  • Veterans with prostate cancer who were exposed to herbicides during service may be eligible for disability compensation and health care. Veterans who served in Vietnam, the Korean demilitarized zone or another area where Agent Orange was sprayed may be eligible for a free Agent Orange registry health exam.
  • Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of prostate cancer may be eligible for survivors’ benefits.

A 2013 study conducted at the Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University found that Veterans exposed to Agent Orange are not only at higher risk for prostate cancer, but they are more likely to have aggressive forms of the disease.

Read the abstract for the publication, Agent Orange as a risk factor for high-grade prostate cancer.  View more research on health effects of Agent Orange. – See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/prostate_cancer.asp#sthash.nNuThXQY.dpuf