Copyright@August, 2016  Updated 09-04-2018
The American Legion Is dedicated to a single
purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with
respect and dignity.

We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans andtheir families
can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting
for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and
educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of
veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Copyright@August, 2016  Updated 09-04-2018
The American Legion, approved by an act of
congress, is a   social and armed forces. The organization
was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after
World War I,.. The group has nearly 3 million members in
over 14,000 Posts worldwide.

A Post is the basic unit of the American Legion and
usually represents a small geographic area such as a single
town or part of a county.

A Post is used for formal business such as meetings and  
a coordination point for community service projects.  A Post
member is distinguished by a navy blue garrison cap with
gold piping.

NY Legion Post 50 of Pelham, New York,
Westchester County
was established in  October 1923 ,  
dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead
high-quality lives with respect and dignity.We accomplish this
by ensuring that veterans and their   families,  can access the
full range of benefits available

We are a small post, we do not even have a building, and yet
we support a Boy Scout Troop  (1), we have scholarships,
sponsor  Boys State, and promote Americanism . We
participate in several military ceremony. In short, we are a
little post with a big agenda.

ATTENTION 100% Disabled Vets.  Your income level has been increased to $81,340 !!

Purpose: To provide real estate tax exemption for any honorably discharged veteran who is 100% disabled,
a resident of the Commonwealth and has a financial need.

Veteran’s eligibility criteria:

Served in the military honorably
Served during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs The
following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or
Navy Expeditionary Medal.
Must have a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs or as the result of military service the veteran is blind or paraplegic or has sustained the loss
of two or more limbs
Blind: Visual acuity of three-sixtieths or ten two-hundredths, or less normal Vision
Paraplegic: The bilateral paralysis of the upper or lower extremities of the body
Must be a resident of the Commonwealth
Must occupy the real estate as his/her principal dwelling
Dwelling is owned solely by the veteran or as an estate in the entirety
Must prove financial need:
Veteran must prove financial need according to the criteria established by the State Veterans Commission if
their annual income exceeds $81,340

Applicants with an annual income of $81,340 or less are given a rebuttal presumption to have a need for the

**Upon the death of a qualified veteran, tax exemption may pass on to the unmarried surviving spouse if
financial need can be shown.  Legislation:  Constitution: Article VIII, Section 2(c) (Establishes requirement to
prove “Financial Need”)

Statute: Chapter 89, Title 51 Chapter 89, Title 51 (Amended)

Procedures: Chapter 5, Title 43

How is financial need established?  An applicant whose gross annual income exceeds $81,340 will be
considered to have a financial need for the exemption when the applicant’s allowable expenses exceed the
applicant’s household income. The applicant’s monthly household expenses will be calculated to include a
cost of living allowance and dependent’s allowance.

What happens after the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs certifies a “financial need” for the
Disabled Veterans Tax Exemption and eligibility criteria has been verified?  The Board for the Assessment
and Revision of Taxes will grant the tax exemption. Cases that have been granted tax exemption will be
reviewed periodically (every 5 years) to determine continued need for exemption from certain real estate
property taxes.  

Click here for      PDF  Exemption instructions


2011-06-06 The Latest VA Burial Benefits Information

Here are the latest rules and benefits available to veterans as of January 2011.  Click below and print the
PDF document.  The first eleven pages has the important information.

Pages 12 through 16 are lists of the VA National Cemeteries.

The closest VA Cemetery to our area  is
Calverton National Cemetery
                            210 Princeton Boulevard
                                 Calverton, NY 11933
                               Phone: 631-727-5410
.  Pictures and info at the bottom of this page.  
Click here to  Link to PDF of Current Burial Benefits

2010-12-24 New diseases that are related to Agent Orange exposure

This information has been publicized already, but it is worth repeating.

The VA has added new diseases that are related to Agent Orange exposure, which is a "given" if you served in
Vietnam in any area. They do this from time to time but they never tell anyone who is not in the loop.  This latest
adjustment has them proactive and the VA reaching out to veterans who might be eligible for additional benefits.  
For those of you with VA disability ratings, it opens up the opportunity to get your rating at 100% or more if you
fall into these new categories and you have a form of "unemployability" factored in to your rating.

This could be vital if you pass away unexpectedly and may determine whether your dependents will be eligible to
continue certain benefits after your passing.  We're not spring chickens anymore and it's time to get your affairs
in order if need be.  Parkinson's Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, and the two forms of leukemia (hairy cell and
chronic B cell) are added now.  In addition, they mention chloracne, soft tissue sarcoma, and several others.

I would urge any of you who might just think you have a claim or qualify to follow up on it and ask if nothing else
next time you see your health care provider.  If you don't do it for yourself, do it for your family so they can receive
the benefits you earned for them with your service to this country.

NEW 2010 Federal Benefits for Veterans

Veterans Pension Program

Veterans Benefits Websites

Appeals http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Commission http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Draft National Plan http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Veterans Enterprise http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm
Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
Clarification in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html
Classified Records Amer Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html
Comp Disab Assoc w/ the Gulf War Service http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6%20/ch07.doc
Compensation Rate Tables http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va.gov/
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
Due Process http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc
Duty to Assist http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
Environmental Agents http://www1.va.gov/environagents/
Environmental Agents M10 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315
TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC and http://www1.
See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc
URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC
gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206 Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http:
//www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf OR, http://www1.va..gov/opa/vadocs/current_benefits.htm
Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms/
General Compensation Provisions http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html
Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm
Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf
Gulf War Subject Index http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A
Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q & As http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf
Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc
Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/
HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index.htm
Ionizing Radiation http://www1.va.gov/irad/
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/
M 10 for spouses and children < http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007
M10 Part III Change 1 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008
M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKC/PART4/S4_130...DOC
Mental Health Program Guidelines http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth.va.gov/
NASDVA.COM http://nasdva.com/
National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva.com/
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/
Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www.1010ez..med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/
Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders http://www1.va.
and, http://www1.va.gov/padrecc/
Peacetime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death http://www.access.gpo.
gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html and, http://www.access.gpo.
and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteriii_.html
Persian Gulf Registry http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1003
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March
7, 2005: http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1232
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.
gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research
2002, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf
Phase I PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004
Phase II PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005
Policy Manual Index http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm
Power of Attorney http://www.warms.vba..va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch03.doc Project 112 (Including Project
SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/
Prosthetics Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/
Public Health/SARS http://www..publichealth.va.gov/SARS/
Publications Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4
Publications and Reports http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm
Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html
Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 http://www1.va.gov/rac-
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
Research and Development http://www.appc1.va.gov/resdev/programs/all_programs.cfm
Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17
Part 18
Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http:
Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also § 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to
undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl Title 38 PART 4--
Title 38 § 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on un employability of the individual. PART 4
SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart General Policy in Rating http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims http://www.vetapp.gov/
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%
VA Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html
VA Health Care Eligibility http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp
VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF) http://www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html
VA Life Insurance Handbook Chapter 3 http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm
VA MS Research http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/
VA Office of Research and Development http://www1.va.gov/resdev/
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp
VA WMD EMSHG http://www1.va.gov/emshg/
VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va..gov/oig/hotline/hotline3 .htm
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba.va.gov/
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/
VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13 http:
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: // www.publichealth.va.gov/
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans Health http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp
Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc
VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html
Wartime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey http://www.wri.med.va.gov/
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/
What VA Social Workers Do http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3
WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion.org/va1.html

2010-08-09  VA rule on Agent Orange, heart disease due soon

A new compensation rule for Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease,
Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemias should be out within 30 days,
based on a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Veterans Affairs Department officials had missed a 90-day deadline set by
Congress to publish the compensation rule, saying they had to wait for a
review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

But several veterans advocacy groups argued that the required review was
negated in light of the mandatory deadline, and the court agreed.

The ruling is important because a projected 200,000 veterans can’t receive
benefits until VA publishes the rule, and because the onslaught of veterans
claiming benefits for ischemic heart disease — common among older Americans — is expected to bog down the
benefits claims process for everyone. Veterans groups have said VA adjudicators need to begin work on those
claims as soon as possible.

2010-08-08  VA Simplifies Benefits Application Again

As part of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki's effort to streamline access to benefits, VA officials have
removed the signature requirement for veterans who electronically submit an online 10-10EZ "Application for
Health Benefits."

"This singular action will reduce days, if not weeks, for veterans who apply online to access their hard-earned
medical benefits and upholds the promise to reduce access barriers to needed care for this nation's veterans,"
Secretary Shinseki said.

Previously, veterans filling out the online application were required to print a copy, sign it and send to their local
medical center or wait for a copy to be mailed to them for signature and mailing before enrollment into the VA
health care system could occur.

For additional information, go to this VA website or call VA's toll-free number at 877-222-VETS (8387). The online
form is available here.

2010-07-23  Grand Opening for new Vet Center  

We attended the grand opening at the new Vet Center at 314 East Johnson Highway in Norristown..  The goal for
this center is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans in order
to help them make a satisfying readjustment to post war civilian life.  It is open to vets from Vietnam to the current
conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The staff is as follows:

Deborah Jessman LSW - Team Leader                           215-823-5800x17053
Allison Stanco MS, NCC Readjustment Counselor         215-823-5800x17052
Allan Schweizer M Ed LMJJ Readjustment Counselor    215-823-5800x17054
Tiffany Johnson Readjustment Counselor Assistant        215-823-5800x17053