Veteran Service Story
-- Frequently Sought Information --
Veteran Service and Medical Records
The armed services usually transfer service and medical records of separated personnel to the National Archives (part of the Library of Congress) ten years after the service member separates/retires. To obtain copies of these records go to the National Archives to request the copies. Our experience has been that separation papers (DD-214) are often mailed to the requestor in as little as two weeks.
Correction of a Service Record including DD-214
Each of the armed services is responsible for correcting any unjust errors or omissions in service records including separation papers. The repository (usually the National Archives) has no authority to change such records. Therefore, to change a service record the requestor must go to the individual service. This page gives more information DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents
Submit a Claim to the VA Online
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is trying to make it easier for veterans to file claims for service connected disabilities. You can submit a claim online at this location Apply for Disability Compensation
Department Service officer
The VFW is divided into Departments which match up with the states within the United States. The Department of Nevada covers all of the State of Nevada.
Each Post has a volunteer Veterans Service Officer to assist veterans in beginning their claim. The Department has a professional Veterans Service Officer who has an office in the VA to track and deal with any additional requirements a claim may generate on the claimant. VA Form 21-22 allows you to appoint a Veterans Organization as your representative. DO NOT include a persons name or title as any unavailability of that person can stall your claim but DO put in the Service Organization so that whoever takes the job can continue working with your claim.
The Appointed Representative is where any VA Forms to be filed should be sent. An original is a copy which is signed AFTER the copying process. Two originals of each completed form should be sent to the Appointed Representative and one original should be kept by the claimant. If you live in Nevada and chose the VFW as your Appointed Representative, that representative would be the VFW Department of Nevada VSO whose contact information is:
- Denise Estes
- VFW Department Service Officer
- VFW Service Office
- 5460 Reno Corporate Drive, Room 103
- Reno, NV 89511
- Phone: (775)321-4885
- Fax: (775)321-4889
- Email: email@example.com
Identifying your Spouse to the VBA
The Veterans Benefits Administration infamously denies survivor benefits to spouses not previously identified to them by the veteran. The form for "registering" your spouse with the VBA is VBA-21-686c. Our experience is that it is wise to keep two "originals" (signed by the veteran) in the veteran's files and mail the third to the VBA or take it to the Veterans Benefits office at the VA Regional Medical Center. If you are enrolled in eBenefits, you can also identify your spouse online. The Las Vegas VBA address is:
- Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
- 6900 N. Pecos Road, First Floor - Room 1C301
- North Las Vegas, NV 89086
- Phone: (800) 827-1000
- Business hours - 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday
- (Closed Federal holidays)
Explore the VA Online
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is is implementing a new web portal to help veterans and their families find out about services availble from the VA. You can learn more at this location Explore the VA
-- In the News --
VARO Finally Gets Director
The VA has picked a new Director for the VA Regional Office (VARO) which oversees all of Nevada. The director will assume her duties sometime before the end of September.
VFW Sues VA
May 8, 2015: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Disabled American Veterans filed a joint lawsuit yesterday to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to change a new claims submission procedure that was created solely to benefit the VA, not veterans.More here
VA Disarming Vets
The Daily Caller reports that the VA is improperly reporting Vets to the FBI as ineligible under Federal Law to own or possess a firearm. The news story is available here. The Daily Caller
VARO Reno Acting Director Quits Nevada
The VA has announced the Acting Head of the Reno VA Regional Office is quitting the Reno job and returning to full time at the Boise VARO. The news story is available here. Review Journal
GAO Report on VA Information Security
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a Report to the Chairman, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, House of Representatives dated November 2014 and entitled GAO-15-117 INFORMATION SECURITY VA Needs to Address Identified Vulnerabilities. The report is available here. link
VFW Issues Report on VA Crisis
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) published their report on the Phoenix Valley VA Healthcare System scheduling scandal in September 2014. Here is the report: "Hurry Up and Wait". We believe our readers can read and reach their own conclusions as to the veracity, applicability and utility of the report.
VA IG Publishes Report
The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Veterams Affairs published the final IG report on the Phoenix Valley VA Healthcare System scheduling scandal on August 26, 2014. Here is the report: VAOIG-14-02603-267.pdf. We believe our readers can read and reach their own conclusions as to the veracity, applicability and utility of the report.