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Benefits Bulletin April 2021

o Upcoming learning and development opportunities to include Spring Regional Quarterly Accreditation Training

o Legislative updates on several issues including:

    -Veteran Focused Provisions of the American Rescue Plan

    -SAVE LIVES Act That Allows VA to Vaccinate All Veterans, Spouses and Caregivers

o Nashville Regional Office resumes pre-determination hearings

o NVLSP representation and success update

Benefits Bulletin May 2021

o Upcoming learning and development opportunities to include Spring Regional Quarterly Accreditation Training

o VA updates on several issues including:

    -Expanding Eligibility and Access to VA Home Loan Program

    -Application information for Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)

o Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans & Nehmer Special Review

o Tips for How VSO's Can Assist VA in Expediting Compensation and Pension (C&P) Examinations

Benefits Bulletin June 2021

o Upcoming learning and development opportunities to include Quarterly Accreditation Training

o  Veteran Benefits updates on several issues including:

           - Extention of time for transitioning servicemembers to apply for Veterans' Group Life Insurance

           - Extention of judicial review to adverse decisions made by VA's Program of Comprehesive Assistance for Family Caregiver.

o Tip for How VSOs Can Use VBMS to Track VA Claims Development

Benefits Bulletin July 2021

o Upcoming learning and development opportunities to include Quarterly Accreditation Training

o Veteran Benefit updates on several issues including:

            -Discharge Status Reviews for Post-9/11 Veterans

            - Overview of VHA's Administrative Review Process

            - Ensuring availability of judicial review to adverse decisions made by VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

o Tips for How VSOs Can Use Partial Rating Decisions to Speed the Delivery of Benefits

Benefits Bulletin August 2021

o Veteran Benefits updates on several issues including:

            - VA Assistance to Help Avoid Eviction

            - Presumptive Service Connection for Respiratory Conditions for Gulf War Veterans

o Quality Review Highlights including:

            - Lack of Veteran or Claimants Signatures

            - Do Not Package Intent to File and Application for Benefits on the Same Day

o Fact Sheet on New and Examded Benefits Designated to Suport Veterans During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    

Benefits Bulletin September 2021

o Tennessee Housing Development Agency Rent Relief and Utility Assistance

o Veterans Benefits updates on several issues including:

            - VBMS Update Release Notes-POA Electronic Notification

            - Pension Management Center Updates:

                    -Template Incompetency Notice Response

                    - Template Attendant Affidavit

o Quality Review Highlights including: 

             - Lack of Veteran or Claimant Signature

o Publication of VA's 2021 Federal Benefits Handbook for Veterans,  Dependents and Survivors