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I think it is very appropriate to list the official email address for the current Secretary of Veteran's Affairs, the Honorable Secretary Robert A. McDonald, who has vowed to personally get involved and make necessary corrections to the deteriorating VA System and veterans all over are reporting positive changes to personal issues they have encountered.

Should any US Veteran seeking assistance with their Disability or VA Program issues, after exhausting all other avenues, contact Secretary McDonald directly at the following:

PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS -

robert.a.mcdonald@va.gov
FYI I sent 3 emails to the SECVA the first one I got an immediate response. 2nd and 3rd emails were just followups to the first. I still have no answer to my concern about HISA and aids and devices provided to disabled vets here in PI. But I will keep trying

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Used a few of your posts and started a new thread-VA Admin comments.

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For those receiving Disability and Retirement see 13
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VA Begins "Summer of Service" to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans

05/26/2015 11:19 AM EDT


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new nationwide initiative designed to build upon its existing partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans in their communities. The Department is renewing its commitment to Veterans and embarking upon a 'Summer of Service' that seeks the help of citizens across the country to honor that commitment.

Though the above official statement does not directly affect those of us here in the Philippines, it does reaffirm the VA's commitment to all veteran's and the programs that effect us. All the negative press from the past few years against the Veteran's Administration has certainly forced the VA to make several positive changes to their old policies. Eventually these positive changes and new policies will have to filter down and will certainly affect ExPat Veteran's living overseas. The overseas ExPat community is too large for the VA to ignore.
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FYI, Health care changes are afoot. This is not concrete yet but this could be effective as early as Oct 1, 2015. I got this info from my local RAO today.

"During a teleconference this past Friday, we became aware of several changes which will affect a large portion of the veteran population here in the Philippines. Please as you read the following, keep in mind these changes are not coming from VA Manila, but rather the VA Administration in DC. VA Manila is trying hard to provide the best care and benefits that they are funded for. Many of you will be upset with what you are about to read but you should place the blame where it belongs. Mr. & Mrs. Congressman. The folks we elect to watch out for our interests in Washington.

The Changes;
Current plans call for the implementation of the Foreign Medical Plan (FMP) to replace the current VA Health Care system we are serviced by, effective 1 October 2015. Many are not familiar with this program but it has been being used throughout the world for years. Basically its a medical program for traveling veterans and those who like us live outside the U.S. Both programs require that you only be treated for service connected disabilities.

The basic differences between what we now have and the FMP are;
1. You can go to any provider you chose as long as they are not banned from the program by FMP
2. You must pay the treatment bill up front and request reimbursement from FMP.
3. If you can get the provider to file the forms and wait for the payment good on you, but if not you must file the forms and wait for your money. The FMP site advertises that the wait for reimbursement is 45 days. As with Tricare, you will receive a check. Being able to cash that could be a concern as the usual 25 day wait period may apply.

As there will be no available local assistance with filling out the forms, the RAO is self-educating its staff on the FMP and the claim forms and will provide assistance in these areas.

Please don't flood us with questions on this. Hold your questions as the terms of the program are still under discussion between FMP and VA and some parts of the program may change and make your questions un-needed.

We simply want to make you aware that things are going to change. Also we can make a few suggestions on how you can prepare for the changes.

1. Try to set aside a medical emergency fund in the event you need hospitalization.
2. Keep in mind that if you are TRICARE eligible, you may be able to use that as your medical care for your disability.
3. Set aside funds for a flight to Guam to get VA funded care for service connected disabilities.
4. Begin looking at other locally available health care programs like PhilHealth.

As we have mentioned before the travel reimbursement program which VA Manila has been paying kinda without authorization will also be ending
on Oct 1 2015.
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If this pushes through, I would keep enough cash on hand to get by for double the processing time. I doubt that the FMP is ready for the inundation of claims that will occur as a result of this action. Now might be a good time to be writing letters to your Congressman and Representative on your viewpoints on this. Since the elections are upcoming, it might get their attention.

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China Territorial Claims Page 7
GI Bill Transfer to Family member Rules Pag 25
VARO Manila Update Changes to Veterans Services page 43
Veterans compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act of 2015 page 64
TRICARE Overseas Program page 99

As Jon mention in his post this comes from Vicki Randall the Clinic Manger.
I for one welcome the FMP the only drawback for some is you must pay upfront.


https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...F-Edition2.pdf

I want to share with you some info so you don't need to scour the VA site about the FMP
Handbook
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...-121009web.pdf

Brochure
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...MPBrochure.pdf
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