OKMULGEE – On October 12, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma will host a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Presumptive Conditions Campaign Event focused on identifying and assisting the nation’s veterans. Muscogee and eastern Oklahoma, who may have suspected disabilities and might be eligible to apply for a VA pension.
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.
The event will take place at the Muscogee Nation Tribal College Student Center, 2170 Raven Circle, rooms 107 and 108 in Okmulgee on October 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tribal veterans officers and other knowledgeable advocates will be present to help complete VA claim paperwork. Muskogee VA regional office staff will review applications onsite in hopes of same day approval and Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System and Oklahoma Health Care System City VA will be on hand to enroll any veterans not currently enrolled in VA health care.
Information and assistance on veterans benefits will be available from local veterinary centers, the State Department of Veterans Affairs, Advocacy Services, and Tribal HUD-VASH for Homeless Veterans, as well as respective tribal services.
This event is free and lunch will be offered to participants.
In partnership with tribal communities, VA has hosted numerous disability registration application events for Indian Country veterans over the past four years. The event in Okmulgee is the first in Oklahoma for fiscal year 2023. Tribal communities in several states have already confirmed their future participation in VA “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home” campaign events.
VA realizes that this initiative has had 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 veterans across Indian Country 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 compensation benefits when a veteran dies of these alleged disabilities.
Veterans are requested to bring documents, if available, including medical records/medical evidence; any document providing historical or military information necessary for the disability they are claiming; discharge or separation papers – DD 214 or equivalent; and dependent records. The documents will help expedite and process claims faster and more efficiently.