Category Archives: Veterans

VA extends temporary hardship suspension for benefit debts

Aug. 29, 2022
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is extending our financial hardship suspension on benefit debts, meaning that Veterans who request assistance will not have to pay benefit debts until Dec. 31.
This relief option, which was established to help Veterans through the COVID-19 pandemic, had been set to expire on Sept. 30. Benefit debts include debts related to disability compensation, non-service-connected pension, and education benefits.

Beginning in September, debt notification letters will be mailed to affected Veterans notifying them of the extended hardship suspension option, as well as extended debt repayment plans, waivers and compromises.
“Helping Veterans manage, pay off, and — in some cases — eliminate their debt is one of our top priorities,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Extending this hardship suspension is a key part of that critical effort, and it will help ease the burden for Vets who are living with
debt.”
In recent years, VA has made real progress toward helping Veterans manage their debts. These efforts include:
Canceling copayments for medical care and pharmacy services from April 6, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021, which saved more than 1.5 million Veterans approximately 1 billion dollars.
Publishing a final rule that reduced the number of Veterans referred to credit agencies by 99%, meaning that medical debt will no longer impact those Veterans’ credit scores.
Transitioning from a complex paper application to enhanced online tools where Veterans can learn about what they owe and apply for relief.
Improving the review process for debt forgiveness by implementing a simpler income threshold to qualify for relief.
Streamlining the Veterans Health Administration debt waiver process for medical debts, requiring less paperwork for Veterans while expediting processing times and expanding relief eligibility.
Transferring education tuition and fees debt responsibility from Veterans to schools in January 2021.
Establishing a phone hotline in October 2021 for Veterans Health Administration clinicians to call on behalf of Veterans who appear to be experiencing significant anxiety related to their benefit debt.
Temporary eliminating the requirement for a Financial Status Report to receive a hardship determination.
Veterans and beneficiaries can manage their debt online, or call 800-827-0648 with questions regarding benefit overpayments.
For information about medical care and pharmacy copayment debt, Veterans and beneficiaries can contact the Health Resource Center at 866-400-1238.

Free PSU Military Appreciation Football Tickets

Free PSU Military Appreciation Football Tickets

Beginning at noon (Eastern Standard Time) on Sept. 13, military members, veterans and their families can request tickets on a first-come, first-served basis to the Nov. 12 game and tailgate. 

You will be able to request up to 4 free tickets to the 12 Nov 22 Penn State v. Maryland game, 4 free Tailgate Party tickets and free parking passes.

Please visit the link below. This webpage contains the link to request the tickets. Again, you cannot request tickets until September 13 at noon.

https://militaryappreciation.psu.edu/2022/08/31/seats-for-servicemembers-football-ticket-request-portal-to-open-sept-13/

Thank you for your service

Veterans Events

 
We are back to face-to-face events for 2022! See our schedule of upcoming Vet Cafe’s and other Veterans events below.   All events are free for all Veterans, any era, any service branch.
Friends and family are welcome.  
All events are at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA, unless otherwise noted.   SPACE IS LIMITED, please RSVP.  
2022 EVENTS   Friday, September 16, 6 PM – 8 PM   MIA/POW Day Dinner and Ceremony  
CLICK HERE TO RSVP        
Thursday, October 20, 8 AM – 10 AM   Veterans’ Café Breakfast and Conversation  
CLICK HERE TO RSVP        
Thursday, November 10, 5 PM – 6 PM   Veterans’ Day Watchfire Ceremony  
CLICK HERE TO RSVP  

For more information please contact:   Jeff Hawks Director of Education and Veterans Outreach Army Heritage Center Foundation eddirector@armyheritage.org 717-258-1102   PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING OUR SPONSORS WHO MAKE THESE EVENTS POSSIBLE             www.vet-cafe.com   What’s your story?  

Healing Heroes 5K Run/Walk & FUN Run – York, PA

                                                
 Saturday, October 22, 2022                     

10:00AM 5K / 10:45 1 Mile Fun Run

WHO:  Runners of all ages.  Gather your family, friends and co-workers.  Walkers are also invited to participate using the same course. The course is stroller and wheelchair accessible. 

WHAT:  5k Run/Walk Benefits Healing Heroes, Inc

Healing Heroes Inc is a non profit that provides healthy outlets for our veterans, first responders and their families through physical and emotional activities such as horseback riding, horsemanship and fitness.

WHERE: John Rudy Park York, PA. The course will be in the park.  This run/walk will be in the grass area or choose the paved walkway.

WHEN: Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

8:30 a.m. – Registration begins

10:00 a.m.– 5K Run begins

10:45 a.m. – 1 mile Fun Run/Walk

Awards immediately following 5k

ADDRESS: 
400 Mundis Race Road York, pa 17406

QUESTIONS: Call Tia Long-717-487-4134

healingheroesinc@gmail.com

HOW: Complete the form below and submit appropriate amount.

       Check/Money order payable to Healing Heroes, Inc

Mailed to: Stellar Fitness/Tia Long-50 N. Northern Way York, pa 17402

5k Entry Fee: $25 if registered by Oct. 9th to receive a Healing Heroes

5K shirt. The fee for entries received after Oct. 9th, including

Race Day, is $30 T-shirts available while supplies last. Size requests will be honored to the best of our ability but size may be substituted.

1 Mile Fun Run Fee: Event is for kids & those who don’t want to run or walk the 5k. if registered by October 9th $15.  The fee for entries received after Oct. 9th including race day is $20.   T-shirts and Awards are not included for this event.  

5k AWARDS: Medal will be presented to Overall Male and

Female Champion. Medals presented to top three (3) Male and three

(3) Female finishers in each of the following age backets: 14 and under, 15-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69
years, 70+ years.

RESULTS: Finish line and timing service by Pretzel City Sports.
Race Results posted on http://www.pretzelcitysports.com

Veterans Leadership Program – Virtual Lunch & Learn

Veteran Suicide Prevention Symposium – September 8, 2022

AMVET Riders – Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 24th- BIKE NIGHT at Quaker Steak – 1411 Kenneth Rd. York, PA

FOOD, FUN and BIKES

Friday, August 26th – Battlefield H-D BIKE NIGHT

Visit Battlefield Motorcycles

5:00pm – 8:00pm Food, Vendors, Music (Schizophonic) and Fun. Proceeds benefit For the LOVE of a Veteran

Saturday, August 27th Doc’s Birthday Ride to Bill’s- 

We had a BLAST last year! Looking forward to this year!

We will meet at John’s Diner at 8:00 am for breakfast and head out about 9:30 for a scenic ride to Bill’s Old Bike Barn. It will be about 2 1/2-hour ride to Bill’s with a few stops. We will hang out at Bill’s till ready to go (you can’t see everything in one day and they close at 3:00pm). After Bill’s we will have a late lunch/ early dinner somewhere (undecided at this time).  We will ride home with a final stop at Whistle Stop for ice cream (Enola).  ALL ARE WELCOME

Saturday, August 27th- CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT benefits Selfless Service

If you are looking for a good time, a good cornhole tournament and to benefit a GREAT cause, please check this out!!

Saturday, September 10th- Hudsen Memorial Ride – ​

Chapel Church 3050 Cape Horn Rd. Red Lion, Pa 

Saturday, September 10th- Outsiders of West Reading Trophy Party

May be an image of text that says 'Outsiders of West Reading's 26TH ANNUAL TROPHY PARTY AND PIG ROAST Saturday September 10th, 2022 1pm 6pm Trophies awarded for: Furthest Distance Club Most Represented Club Furthest Distance Rider both Male & Female 50/50 Raffle $20 in advance $25 at the door *includes platter and beverages Grill and then Chill Lounge 400 Woodward St. Reading, PA 19601 Contact info: President Pac Man 610 587 9038 Vice President Jay +Jay- 806 231 3967 Instagram: Outsiderspa We reserve the right tO refuse entry.'

Food, Fun and Brother & Sisterhood!! See 

www.facebook.com › outsiderspaOutsiders Pa – Facebook

for more details

Saturday, September 10th- Veterans Family Day – Family Fun for ALL

Saturday, September 10th- Jason Frye Memorial Ride

Help support the Jason Frye Memorial Fund

Saturday, Sept 17th – Ride to Flight 93 National Memorial (6424 Lincoln Hwy. Stoystown, PA 15563)

DATE CHANGED – It’s more fitting to do this ride closer to 9/11 so we don’t forget

All are invited to join this ride to Flight 93 National Memorial Ride. We will have breakfast at John’s Diner in New Cumberland at 8:00am and start ride around 9:30am. It is 128 miles without toll roads (2.5 hours) with stops. We will enjoy time at the memorial and have lunch in the area. We will plan to ride back around 4:00pm. We should arrive home around 6:30. The only cost is for food, fuel and donation for memorial (not required). Please let me know if you are planning to ride. Want to get a count for restaurant(s).

Even Further DOWN the ROAD

Saturday, September 24th- RIDE for SCOUTING – Appalachian H-D (get it scheduled)

Sunday, September 25th  – ALEX’S CHILI COOKOFF  3:00pm – 6:00pm @ Greystone Public House

I know this family and ask for any support that you can give to this event. Please check out the website at alexsmithfoundation.org/alexs-chili-cook-off for more information.​

Sunday, September 25th- Franklin Graham’s GOD LOVES YOU’22 

Grand Stage York Expo Center @ 4:00pm check out website to register or volunteer (godlovesyoutour.com)

2022 VA Community Mental Health Summit

Apply for VA Health Care

Free tax preparation training for Veterans and their spouses!