Meeting Notes

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March 16, 2023


Veteran Affairs:   

For information about caregiver support log on to the support site at

To apply for the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers. Go to the website for further information.

Service Officers Report: There are new eligibilities that have that have been added to the PACT Act. Contact a Service Officer if you need assistance concerning Camp Lejeune. Their services are free. Lawyers can get a percentage of your retro check for their services if you sign a contract.

The suicide and crisis number is 988.


Agent Orange information 


Veterans who are required to submit a co-pay amount for medication and are classified under the Agent Orange category are eligible for reimbursement. Contact your V.A. facility on how to be compensated for your co-pay amount.

Copays depend on your disability rating, income level, and  military service record. There are 8 priority groups in the VA health care system. If you have a service-connected disability at 50% or more you won’t pay copays for any types of care, tests, or medications. 

If you have a service-connected disability rating of 10% or higher You won’t need to pay a copay for outpatient care.

If you don’t have a service-connected disability rating of higher than 10%,  you may need to pay a copay for outpatient care for any condition not related to your military service. You won’t need to pay any copays for X-rays, lab tests, or preventive tests and services or immunizations.

If your medical files are through the V.A., the claims process will be easier. Medical records through a private physician will need to be submitted to the V.A. for the processing of claims. 

Membership: Five new locations have been added for exposure to Agent Orange. They include any US base in Thailand January 9,1962-June 30, 1976; Laos December 1, 1965-September 30, 1969; Cambodia April 16, 1969-April 30, 1969; Guam & American Samoa January 9, 1962-July 30, 1980; Johnson Atoll January 1, 1972-September 1977.  

Good of the Order: Bloomingdale VFW Post 7539  has worked with the Veterans Administration in providing assistance to Veterans in need. 

Now you can help in our ongoing effort to serve those who have served us.

Contribute just $5.00 a month to Bloomingdale VFW 7539 to help provide food and other needed items to Veterans in need.

The link is:

Veteran Information:. Veterans who are in critical need of assistance will be given the highest prority in the processing of their claims.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a change in the law to allow veterans to go back and re-file a claim if you can prove your eligibility.  

There is now form DD 214-1 for those who have served in the National Guard or the Reserves.

Illinois bill 101.0262 passed which will enable a veteran with a 50%  or greater disability, to get license plates for free. You will have to present proof of eligibility.

FYI: You can file an initial claim (that has not been previously decided by the V.A.), by submitting Form  21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits. 
The National Archives will digitize the list of Blue Water Navy ships.
Information and resources on the Blue Water Navy Act, eligibility, and how to file a claim, can be found online. 

  For a listing of Illinois State V.A. benefits available please check the website:


If you live in the Bloomingdale Township Senior Center area and need a walker, wheel chair or other items, contact them. There is no cost for these items.

Membership: Members who have not paid their membership dues will be removed from our roster. Make sure to submit your DD214.

An online App for your smart phone,VFW mobile recruiter is available for those wishing to join VFW Post 7539.
Go to the App store and get the App. 
Make sure you put in our Post number 7539 to join. 


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