VFW   Post 433

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If you are a US military veteran who received an overseas campaign or expeditionary medal we would like to invite you to join VFW Post 433.  We are a community based organization committed to serving the veteran and active military community.  To learn more about us please join as at one of our evening socials held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at our at Post at 400 Lakeland Avenue in Sayville.  We’d love to meet you.  For more information you can also call us at 631-589-9674
or email us sayvillevfw@gmail.com


                Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption

On January 8th, 2015 the Sayville School Board passed the New York State Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption, which will go into effect for the 2015-2016 School Year. A representative from VFW Post 433 met with Mr. Ronald Devine, Tax Assessor for the Town of Islip and he provided the following information about the exemption 

The Tax Assessor's Office is aware of the school district vote. In follow-up they will be sending out a letter to all veterans who are currently registered with them. (if you have never filed for the prior Veterans' Real Estate Tax Exemption you will not receive a letter and will need to contact them to do so). There are two categories of veterans exemptions. One requires no action on the part of the veteran. The new tax reduction will be applied automatically. The other type requires an application for Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption. This will require a copy of the DD214. If the veteran has a service connected disability, be prepared to prove the level of disability. It is our understanding that the widows of veterans are eligible for this exemption, however if you have never filed you will need to do so.

If you are not sure if you need to file an application, you may call their office at 631-224-5585. They are very accommodating, and will look up your records and let you know right away.

It is very important to note that this process must be done by March 1st to be in time for the 2015/2016 school year. That date is not as far away as one might think, especially for the snow birds.

This is all the information VFW Post 433 has on the Veterans Tax Exemption. If you have any question, please call the Tax Assessor's Office at the number above. Please do not call VFW Post 433 as we have no other information to provide.




           VFW POST 433 Receives Grant from John C Dunphy Foundation

Thursday, October 9, 2014, Joan Furey, Commander of the VFW Post 433 located in Sayville held a general meeting for the benefit of their membership.

Just prior to discussing the official business of the evening, Commander Fuery announced that in attendance was a special guest, Karlyn Grasso (Financial Advisor and Public Relations Director of the John C. Dunphy Private Foundation.)

Karlyn proudly acknowledged the Veterans and expressed, from her heart of hearts, her personal appreciation and the appreciation our community shares for our Vets.

Karlyn recognized the efforts of the Veterans to raise funds used to support other Veterans in need.

Knowing whole heartedly that now is the time our Vets need support, Karlyn expressed the will of the John C. Dunphy Private Foundation as a friend to the VFW and presented a check in the amount of $10,000 dollars.

God  bless America, our Veterans and all active service personnel.


Backlog of Disability Claims Reduced by 34 Percent since March
93 Percent of Claims Over One Year Old Completed 

WASHINGTON (Nov. 7, 2013) –The Department of Veterans Affairs has made significant progress in reducing the backlog of disability compensation claims – from 611,000 to 400,835 or 34 percent -- since peaking in March.  Concurrently, VA improved the accuracy of disability ratings, and provided hundreds of thousands of claims decisions to Veterans who have waited the longest.

“Veterans shouldn’t have to wait for the benefits they’ve earned,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.  “This has never been acceptable, but we are executing our plans and moving in the right direction to meet our 2015 goal of eliminating the backlog.  We still have more work to do, but we are making clear progress and no one is more committed than our VBA employees, more than half of whom are Veterans themselves.”

Since the VA launched the initiative to eliminate the oldest claims first, claims processors at the 56 regional offices of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) have been focused on claims that had been waiting longer than one year.  As of Nov. 4, VBA has completed 93 percent of these older claims, resulting in over 476,000 decisions for Veterans since the initiative began on April 19.  The proportion of claims decisions that resulted in benefits being granted remained on par with historical averages—between 65 and 70 percent.

At the same time, the accuracy of rating decisions has improved.  The three-month average for decision accuracy when evaluating a complete claim file is 90 percent -- a 5 percentage point improvement since 2011, and a 7 percentage point improvement since 2010.  The three-month average accuracy for rating individual medical conditions inside each claim has climbed three points to 96.7 percent since December 2012.

VBA also directed 20 hours of mandatory overtime per month for claims processors, and worked with the Veterans Health Administration to place VA physicians in regional offices to review medical evidence to help speed decisions.  Mandatory overtime was halted during the government shutdown in October, but has been re-established and will continue through Nov. 23.  VBA anticipates mandatory overtime to continue in 2014, based on available funding.  Optional overtime for claims processors will remain in effect.

“I am grateful to our employees, many who have been working long periods of overtime since May, for their great dedication in helping our Veterans get the benefits they’ve earned,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey.  “I talk to them every day and they are committed to building on their record-breaking progress, helping transform the VA into a paperless system, and ending the backlog for good.”

In the coming months, VBA will continue its effort on further reducing the backlog, focusing on those claims that have been pending the longest.  VBA will also continue to prioritize disability claims for homeless Veterans, those experiencing extreme financial hardship, the terminally ill, former Prisoners of War, Medal of Honor recipients, and Veterans filing Fully Developed Claims (FDC).  Filing an electronic FDC is the quickest way for Veterans to receive a decision on their compensation claim (http://www.benefits.va.gov/fdc/). 

Regardless of the status of their compensation claims, Veterans who have served in combat since Nov. 11, 1998, are eligible for five years of free medical care from VA for most conditions.

Veterans can learn more about disability and other Veterans benefits on the joint Department of Defense/VA web portal eBenefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov


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