EUFAULA, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Eufaula Indian Community of Oklahoma will host a presumptive terms campaign event on June 3. The event focuses on identifying and assisting veterans from the Muscogee Nation and Eastern Oklahoma who may have suspected disabilities and may be eligible to apply for a VA pension.
The event will be located at 800 Birkes Road in Eufaula and will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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, titled “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home,” began last year in Lawton, Oklahoma. This event was co-hosted by the Lawton Indian Health Service and the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. Tribal communities in several states have already confirmed their future participation.
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.