Aug 28 2008

News Release for Veterans

The Virginia Department of
                 Veterans Services      Picture (Metafile)       

900 East Main Street Richmond, VA   23219


Virginia Department of Veterans Services and IRS partner to help veterans

RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the IRS have teamed up to ensure that all Virginia veterans receive their economic stimulus payments.  According to the IRS, nearly 124,000 VA and social security benefit recipients have not filed for the economic stimulus rebate. 

Congress passed and President Bush signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 earlier this year.  The Act provides for economic stimulus payments to be made to more than 130 million American households.

Even if you were not required to file a 2007 tax return, you are still eligible for a payment if you have at least $3,000 in qualifying income.  Qualifying income includes earned income, social security benefits, certain veterans benefits, and nontaxable combat pay.

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services has representatives at 21 locations across the state.  Additionally, DVS representatives visit more than 70 additional locations every month. 

DVS representatives help veterans and their families file for federal and state veterans benefits.  They will also assist veterans with completing and submitting IRS Form 1040A so they can receive their economic stimulus payment.  The stimulus payments may be for up to $300 for an individual, $600 for a married couple filing jointly, and an additional $300 per child for eligible children under age 17.

Visit www.virginiaforveterans for the location of a DVS office near you.  For more information about the economic stimulus payment, visit or call the IRS hotline at 1-866-234-2942.

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DVS Location    Phone Number   

Alexandria      703-813-1374   
Amelia  804-356-3955   
Big Stone Gap   276-523-1411   
Bristol 276-466-2212   
Cedar Bluff     276-963-5054   
Charlottesville 434-295-2782   
Danville        434-836-8447   
Front Royal     866-895-5025   
Hampton VAMC    757-728-7210   
Hampton 757-825-7893   
Lynchburg       434-947-6727   
Norfolk 757-858-6148   
Portsmouth      757-953-6205   
Quantico        800-925-0640   
Richmond (McGuire VAMC) 804-675-6546   
Roanoke 540-857-7102   
Salem VAMC      540-982-2463 ext. 3557 
South Hill      434-447-3231   
Staunton        540-332-7840   
Tidewater       757-455-0814   
Wytheville      276-228-5211   

Anne Atkins
Director of Communications
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
804 371-0441

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Aug 27 2008

Reminder: Posts Need to File IRS Income Statement

(Modified for general release from information posted on VFW North Carolina.)

The U S Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now requires, under the Pension Protection Act of 2006, that all tax-exempt organizations file income statements each year .

1- If your post earns over $25,000 in gross income during your fiscal year, you must file an IRS Form 990 (which you should already have been doing, anyway!). Keep the same fiscal year you have been using in the past, be it the calendar year, the VFW accounting year (1 July-30 June) or the Department's fiscal year (1 June-31 May).

2 – If your post earns $25,000 or less each year, and you have access to the Internet, go to where you will find instructions on how to login and file your own post Form 990N Electronic Postcard. You may use whatever fiscal year you want, but for simplicity purposes, we suggest 1 July-31 June, because 1 July is the date that you transfer your Post Dues Reserve each year to the Post General Fund, and that will remind you to file. The IRS Internet site will not let you file the Form 990N until after the end of your fiscal year.

3 – If your post earns $25,000 or less each year and you do not have access to the Internet, contact your District or Department to determine the proper procedure. There is no paper form that you can file with the IRS. If you do not file a Form 990 or 990N each year, your post will lose its tax-exempt status!!!

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Aug 27 2008

109th National Convention Buddy Poppy Winner

National Buddy Poppy Contest Winner
109th National Convention
Orlando, Florida
August 16-21, 2008

Category 1 – Public Promotion of Poppy Campaign

Third Place – John Lyon Post No. 3150, Arlington, Virginia

Congratulations to Ladies Auxiliary 3150

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Aug 26 2008

Convention 08: Thank You Troops

During the recent National VFW Convention, UAW and GM offered convention attendees a chance to thank our troops:

You can view the other 145+ video messages here.

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Aug 25 2008

WWII Ground Combat Infantrymen Eligible for Bronze Star Medal

"Infantrymen who served in ground combat during World
War II between December 7, 1941 and September 2, 1945, are eligible to
apply for a Bronze Star Medal (BSM), according to the U.S. Army Human
Resources Command. Approval is virtually guaranteed for those recipients
of the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB) or the Combat Medic's Badge
(CMB). Army regulations that govern this award may be found in AR
600-8-22, Military Awards.

Next of kin may apply for the posthumous award(s). If the veteran has
previously received a BSM during combat for a specific act of bravery,
he or his next of kin is still eligible to apply for a BSM."

Find out more here

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Aug 25 2008

VA News – Week of August 25 & Sept 1, 2008

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Aug 23 2008

109th Patriotic Rally Orlando

How many Comrades do you recognize that marched in Orlando.  Wish you were there!

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Aug 22 2008

Vets Visits on TV – August 2008


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Aug 22 2008

Many Veterans Still Eligible for Stimulus Payment

One in four veterans are still eligible to receive their economic stimulus payments. In July, the IRS estimated that 5.2 million of the 20 million American veterans and Social Security beneficiaries eligible to receive stimulus checks had not yet filed for the stimulus payment.

Basic Eligibility Requirements
  • You have, or your family has, at least $3,000 in qualifying income from, or in combination with, Social Security benefits, certain Veterans Affairs benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits and earned income. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not count as qualifying income for the stimulus payment.

  • You and any family members listed on your tax return have valid Social Security numbers.

  • You are not a dependent or eligible to be a dependent on someone else's federal tax return. (The same must be true of any family members claimed on your return.)

For those who do not normally file a tax return, the IRS has prepared an 8-page informational package that includes instructions, a sample Form 1040A and a blank Form 1040A — everything needed to file a tax form today. Package 1040A-3

The agency also reminded people that it has more than 400 local Taxpayer Assistance Centers operating normal business hours Monday through Friday. These centers can provide assistance to retirees and veterans trying to receive their payments. A list of addresses and office hours can be found at Contact My Local Office.

Payments are based on 2007 tax returns being filed this year. People must file by Oct. 15 in order to receive a payment in 2008. Those who do not file a tax return to obtain their stimulus payment this year may still receive their stimulus payments by filing a 2008 tax return next spring, but then their stimulus payment would be based on their 2008 qualifying income.

(Information compiled from Press Releases)

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Aug 22 2008

Convention 08: Patriotic Rally Parade

The following is raw, unedited video from the 109th VFW Convention Patriotic Rally Parade.

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