Military Minute

Nolan County Veterans Service Office 235.2214
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2.14.15
The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. Tax filing software is provided through MyFreeTaxes.com and powered by H&R Block. It is the only online initiative allowing free federal and state prep and filing in all 50 states and DC to qualified Veterans, active-duty military, their families and all other qualifying taxpayers who earned $60,000 or less in 2014 to file. It's sponsored by the Wal-Mart Foundation, in partnership with Goodwill, United Way and National Disability Institute. # Army Pvt. Jacob J. Cuellar has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He is the son of Amanda Alvarado of Roscoe and a 2014 graduate of Roscoe Collegiate High School.

2.14.15
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. However, this does not include living expenses, books, or supply fees. At the time of entry into active duty, a Veteran must have designated Texas as their Home of Record or entered the service in Texas or was a Texas resident. Other conditions do apply. Check with your higher education institution Veteran counselor for complete details. # Army Pvt. Monique L. Ortiz has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. She is the daughter of Nora Ortiz of Roscoe and Pete Ortiz of Shallowater and is a 2014 graduate of Snyder High School.

1.16.15
I was visiting with Nolan County Veterans Service Officer Robert McBride about those who may have received a Veterans Choice Card from the US Dept of Veterans Affairs pertaining to health care. This card by itself does not give you permission to seek healthcare anywhere you coose. If you choose to use this program, you must first call the number on the card and enroll in the program. If you do not and try to use the card like an insurance card for healthcare outside the VA, you will incur a bill that the VA will not pay. If you want to use this temporary program, call 1.866.606.8198 for more information. The Nolan County Veterans Service Office contact number is 235.2214 and the Veterans Service Officer is Robert McBride. # Air Force Airman 1st Class Cecilio Morado has graduated from basic military training at Lackland, San Antonio. Morado is the son of Martina and Emiliano Morado of Snyder. If you missed any of this broadcast, check Military Minute online at KXOX.net.

1.16.15
If you are registered within the VA West Texas Healthcare system, you should be receiving your personalized Veterans Benefits Handbook, which will outline the benefits you are entitled to based on your current disability rating. This can save you time when you are questioning if you are eligible for a specific benefit. You can verify your possible eligibilty by your handbook, and then you can call the VA if you need additional information or assistance. And for those Veterans that have still not enrolled in the VA Healthcare System, it would greatly be in your favor. You earned your benefits, and you must use them, because in some cases, if you don't use, you lose. To enroll, do so in person at the Abilene or Big Spring location, whichever is closest to your home. Register as an "intake." If you choose Abilene, it can provide most basic services or obtain additional clinical help through videoconferencing with Big Spring. The VA toll-free number is 1.800.472.1365.