VA has announced that service members and Veterans can connect to the Veterans Crisis Line
using these simple words. The Siri function on Apple’s iPhone and the Google Assistant function on Android phones now automatically dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline which also serves the Veterans Crisis Line, even if the number (1-800-273-8255) is not saved in the phone’s contact list. Callers will need to Press 1 in order to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
“Suicide prevention is VA’s top clinical priority, and we are working to reach Veterans where they are to help save lives,” said Dr. Keita Franklin. “The new feature on Apple and Android devices enables service members, Veterans, and their families to get quicker access to our network of certified crisis responders.”
Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans when mental health or related issues — such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, and homelessness — reach a crisis point.
Did you miss the Veterans’ Group Life Insurance application deadline? Having trouble finding coverage from a private insurer due to your health? Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance may be just what you need.
The Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI) program was established in 1951 to meet the insurance needs of certain veterans with service connected disabilities. S-DVI is available in a variety of permanent plans as well as term insurance. Policies are issued for a maximum face amount of $10,000.
Who Can Apply for S-DVI?
You can apply for S-DVI if you meet the following 4 criteria:
You were released from active duty under other than dishonorable conditions on or after April 25, 1951
You were rated for a service-connected disability (even if only 0%)
You are in good health except for any service-connected conditions
You apply within 2 years from the date VA grants your new service-connected disability.
Note: An increase in an existing service-connected disability or the granting of individual unemployability of a previous rated condition does not entitle a veteran to this insurance.
VA launched a new update
for the appeals status tracker and now Veterans with a compensation appeal can view their past and current appeals issues, receive alerts for deadlines when action is required, preview the next events in their timeline, and see estimates of how long it will take to reach those events.
The new tool, designed with help from Veterans, is an effort to improve data and provide transparency.