- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dear Sgt. Shaft:

My name is Jim Schwartz. I work for TRICARE For Life in the Priority Benefits Department. I have recently read your last article from Mary W. in Toledo and thought that I might be able to help. Could you provide me with contact info for Mary or give her mine? I will see what we can to help her out.

Jim Schwartz
TRICARE for Life
Priority Benefits Administrator
Phone 608/301-2409
Fax 608/301-2430

Dear Jim:

Thanks for willingness to help. I shared your information with Mary, and I’m sure that this will be helpful to many of my other readers.

Shaft notes

• Do you know children of veterans that could benefit from an educational scholarship?

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending their country by providing educational scholarships to their children.

Here is the eligibility criteria:

* Dependent son or daughter of a U.S. soldier, sailor, Airman, Marine or Guardsman who has been killed or permanently disabled (100 percent VA disability rating) as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).

* High school senior or graduate, or registered as a full-time undergraduate and under the age of 26.

More information can be found by contacting Adam Morgan at 800/475.6620 or Adam.Morgan@FreedomAlliance.org.

• The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now offering a new program called “1 Student Veteran” to provide direct assistance to student-veterans who are experiencing problems accessing their GI Bill or other earned benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“This partnership with the VFW will ensure student-veterans are provided with the necessary support needed to gain access to their earned benefits and navigate the complex education claims process,” said Michael Dakduk, executive director of Student Veterans of America (SVA). “I am very proud of our continued partnership with the VFW, an organization dedicated to the success of student-veterans.”

Any student-veteran who is experiencing difficulty in accessing their GI Bill or other VA benefits, or believes they have been wrongfully denied these benefits, can now e-mail the VFW at 1studentveteran@vfw.org. VFW National Veterans Service staff will acknowledge receipt of each inquiry within 24 hours during the workweek, then either intervene with the VA on behalf of the student-veteran or recommend other courses of action.

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