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VA and Elks Lodge will host a Veterans Benefits event in Miami, Okla. | Services

MIAMI, Okla. – On May 20, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Elks Lodge in Miami, Oklahoma, will host a presumptive conditions campaign event focused on identifying and assisting veterans in northeast Oklahoma who may have suspected disabilities and may be eligible for a VA Pension Application.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Miami Elks Lodge located at 401 S. Main Street.

This is only the second such in-person event VA has hosted nationwide since the pandemic began.

A presumed disability is a condition that VA says is related to military service, although the condition may first appear after discharge from the military. These conditions may be eligible for VA compensation payments.

Working with 24 tribal communities, VA is rolling out Disability Application Events for Indian Country Veterans. This campaign, entitled “Your service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home,” began last year in Lawton, Oklahoma. Tribal communities in several states have already confirmed their participation in future events.

VA realizes that this initiative can have a direct and tangible impact on the lives of thousands of previously unreached veterans and their spouses.

“With a focus on veterans who are presumed disabled and those who qualify for a pension, VA hopes we can help Indian Country veterans access the full range of benefits they have bravely earned through their service.” , said Stephanie Birdwell, director of the VA Tribes Office. Government relations.

Additionally, spouses and widows/widowers may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Benefit (DIC) when a Veteran dies as a result of these alleged disabilities.