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District 17 Service Officer Topics of Interest, October 31, 2023

VA reduces premium rates for Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance:  https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDAsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vbmV3cy52YS5nb3YvcHJlc3Mtcm9vbS92YS1yZWR1Y2VzLXByZW1pdW0tcmF0ZXMtZm9yLXZldGVyYW5zLW1vcnRnYWdlLWxpZmUtaW5zdXJhbmNlLyIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMzEwMTMuODQwMjE3OTEifQ.ohl_BrFUVrrorgzdRolWlWZSg5QO9hWzo0uMmjplV3I/s/211308122/br/227966666690-l 


Social Security Admin Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2024:  https://www.ssa.gov/cola/


The Veterans Administration will use the Social Security COLA increase for VA disability payments.


VA’s Million Veteran Program newsletter:  https://pqksbz0p.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.mvp.va.gov%2Fmautic%2Fr%2F9288eaaefc039dd314a27a7f4%3Fct=YTo1OntzOjY6InNvdXJjZSI7YToyOntpOjA7czoxNDoiY2FtcGFpZ24uZXZlbnQiO2k6MTtpOjUyNDt9czo1OiJlbWFpbCI7aToyMDY7czo0OiJzdGF0IjtzOjIyOiI2NTI5ZmNlMjMxMjdlMzQ5ODIxMzI3IjtzOjQ6ImxlYWQiO3M6NzoiNjQyODc2OSI7czo3OiJjaGFubmVsIjthOjE6e3M6NToiZW1haWwiO2k6MjA2O319%26/1/0100018b2d0582ff-cab7add0-2295-477e-a354-a592b5e7b65e-000000/M7XCfAh8mVk7k2H1SzMXjL_yGow=343 


Lawmakers push for burn pit benefits related to Kosovo deployments:  https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2023/10/26/lawmakers-push-for-burn-pit-benefits-related-to-kosovo-deployments/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mil-ebb&SToverlay=342f5a58-c37b-4142-b049-1f737335b507 


Veterans Will Soon Be Able to Get VA Health Care at 3 Military Bases in Kentucky, Oklahoma:  https://www.military.com/daily-news/2023/10/26/veterans-will-soon-be-able-get-va-health-care-3-military-bases-kentucky-oklahoma.html?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mil-ebb&SToverlay=342f5a58-c37b-4142-b049-1f737335b507 


A Letter From the Chairwoman, Texas Veterans Land Board — National Day of the Deployed:  https://medium.com/texas-veterans-blog/a-letter-from-the-chairwoman-national-day-of-the-deployed-7ea64f97a19a 


My HealtheVet’s 20th Anniversary:  https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/web/myhealthevet/ss20231027-my-healthevet-20-anniversary 


2023 Veterans Day Deals, Discounts and Freebies:  https://www.military.com/veterans-day/veterans-day-military-discounts.html?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mil-ebb&SToverlay=342f5a58-c37b-4142-b049-1f737335b507 


China fetes American veterans of World War II known as ‘Flying Tigers’:  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-air-force/2023/10/30/china-fetes-american-veterans-of-world-war-ii-known-as-flying-tigers/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mil-ebb&SToverlay=342f5a58-c37b-4142-b049-1f737335b507 


Bogus claims threaten to taint Camp Lejeune toxic water payouts to veterans:  https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2023/10/31/746288.htm



Bob Plummer

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Department of Texas District 17


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