Service Officer

Fellow Service Officers,

Effective May 1, 2021,

Ms. Dawn M. Thomas will become the American Legion Department Service Officer for Georgia.

Her contact information is as follows:

Dawn M. Thomas

Department Service Officer

404-929-5345

Dawn.Thomas5@va.gov

I know she will be a tremendous asset in the position! Please give her a warm welcome.

Attached is the latest Service Officer Contact roster with the updates you have recently sent me.

It has been a pleasure to serve as your Department Service Officer (for over 3 years now).

Please continue to do great things for Georgia Veterans and the American Legion as a whole.

Thanks,
Mark

Mark D. Demers, MBA, CM

Veteran Appeals Officer/

American Legion Department Service Officer

Georgia Department of Veterans Service

1700 Clairmont Road

Decatur, Georgia 30033

If you have members that want to be an accredited representative with a Veterans Service Organization (VSO), they can apply for employment with GDVS when vacancies become available. GDVS Field Offices and the Appeals Division are accredited to file  claims for veterans with POA with: Georgia Department of Veterans Service, American Legion, VFW, American Red Cross, American Ex-POWs, Jewish War Veterans, Retired Enlisted Association, and Fleet Reserve Association.  GDVS files all claims and appeals for the American Legion in Georgia. Other states and departments do things differently.

Other VSOs within the State of Georgia file claims for veterans: AMVETs, DAV, Wounded Warrior etc. so you may be able to apply for employment with them and become accredited with them .

Another way is to become a CLAIMS AGENT. This is INDIVIDUAL accreditation and you would be filing claims for Veterans UNDER YOUR OWN NAME not the American Legion. See attached for how to become a CLAIMS AGENT. Training is on your own. There are services that train claims agent for a fee such as:  https://www.longtermcarelink.net/va_accredidation_training_and_test.htm

 

Thanks,

Mark

 

Mark D. Demers, MBA, CM

Veteran Appeals Officer/

American Legion Department Service Officer

Georgia Department of Veterans Service

SERVICE OFFICERS TOOLKIT (webpage links)

VA HEALTHCARE

(1) Healthcare Eligibility

(2) MyHealthyVet

(3) Enroll in VA Healthcare

(4) Healthcare Co-Pay Schedule

(5) Prescription Co-Pay Schedule

(6) Mission Act

(7) VA Tele-health

(8) Tele-Health Fact Sheet

(9) VA Community Care

(10) Community Care Eligibility

(11) Community Care Billing

(12) Community Care Urgent Care Providers

(13) VA Urgent Care Locator

(14) Emergency Medical Care

(15) VA Medical Facilities in Georgia

(16) Women Healthcare Programs

(17) Mental Health Services

(18) VA Caregiver Program

COMPENSATION

(1) VA Welcome Kit

(2) VA Claims Process

(3) VA Compensation Tables

(4) Schedule for Rating Disabilities

(5) Compensation Benefit Rates

(6) VA Presumptive Conditions

(7) Blue Water Navy Act Fact Sheet

(8) Special Monthly  Compensation Fact Sheet

(9) Special Monthly Compensation Rate Table

(10) DBQ Fact Sheet

(11) DBQ Forms

(12) Incarceration Fact Sheet

(13) Active Military Service and VA Compensation Rule

(14) How the VA Determines Effective Dates

(15) NEXUS Letters

APPEALS

(1) Appeals Modernization Act (AMA)

(2) Appeals Modernization Fact Sheet

(3) VA Appeals Process

SURVIVOR / DEATH BENEFITS

(1) Planning Your Legacy

(2) Survivors Pension

(3) How to Calculate Survivors Pension

(4) Aid and Attendance (Pension)

(5) Survivors Pension Rates

(6) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

(7) Burial Eligibility

(8) Schedule A Burial

(9) State Memorial Cemeteries

(10) Military Funeral Honors

PENSION

(1) VA Pension Information

(2) Veterans Pension

(3) How to Calculate Pension

(4) Pension Rates

AMERICAN LEGION TFA / NEF

(1) Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA)

(2) TFA Application Form

(3) National Emergency Fund (NEF)

(4) NEF Application Form

HOMELESS VETERANS RESOURCES

(1) 90 Works (Southern GA)

(2) National Coalition of Homeless Veterans

(3) Veteran Empowerment Organization

(4) Hope Atlanta

(5) United Way Critical Needs Guide

(6) United Way 211 Program

(7) American Legion Homeless Taskforce

(8) VA Homeless Resources

(9) VETLANTA

RECORDS REQUEST / VA DEBT MANAGEMENT

(1) Request DD-214 / Military Records

(2) Request Service Treatment Records

(3) Debt Management – If You Owe

(4) Submit a Waiver

(5) Financial Status Report

(6) Submit a Compromise

CRSC / CRDP DISCHARGE UPGRADES

(1) Discharge Upgrade

(2) DD Form 293

(3) Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

(4) Apply for CRSC

(5) DD Form 2860 (CRSC)

(6) Concurrent Retired Disability Pay (CRDP)

VA NURSING HOME OPTIONS

(1) VA Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, ans Home Health Care Info

(2) Geriatrics and Extended Care Home Page

(3) Community Learning Centers (VA Nursing Homes)

(4) Residential Settings and Nursing Homes

(5) Geriatrics and Extended Care Worksheets and Handouts

(6) Caregiver Self Assessment

(7) Veteran Shared Decision Making Worksheet

(8) VA Geriatrics and Extended Care Co-pays

(9) Application for Extended Care Services

STATE NURSING HOME OPTIONS

(1) Georgia War Veteran Homes

(2) Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home – Augusta

(3) Forms – Augusta

(4) Georgia War Veterans Home – Milledgeville

(5) Forms – Milledgeville

(6) Eligibility Criteria

ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOMES

(1) Gulfport Campus

(2) Washington Campus

(3) How to apply

VA EDUCATION PROGRAMS

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT (VR&E)

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN SERVICES (GDVS)

(1) Claims Help

(2) Appeals Help