Arizona LD1 Cocchiola opens discussion: U.S. military veteran issues
Nothing is too good for our Arizona veterans! These are our men and women who have placed themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom and our very way of life.
I am happy to report that after earlier confusion, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that qualifying U.S. military veterans who get VA benefits will automatically receive their COVID-19 stimulus checks, even if they did not receive social security or file tax returns. There had been some concern that some veterans would not receive their stimulus checks because they did not receive social security or file all their tax returns. All glitches have been fixed or prevented regarding this potential problem, but I assure you, I will stay on top of this!
One of the most important means of financial assistance to those in Arizona who have served in the armed forces is the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund. Established by the Arizona Legislature in 2007, the fund provides financial assistance to the families of currently deployed service members and post-9/11 Military and Veteran Families for hardships caused by the service member’s deployment.
On April 23, 2018, amendments expanded the MFRF program to include Pre-9/11 applicants who meet the qualifying MFRF criteria. Donations to the Pre-9/11 MFRF program and are asking donors to mail donations via check. I will do everything in my power to make the citizens of Arizona aware of this program and encourage them to support it however they can!
Changes in Military retirement programs for many of our nation’s service members in the form of a new, blended retirement system. Those who joined the military after January 1, 2018 were automatically enrolled in the Blended Retirement System (BRS). One serious flaw with the former plan (the Legacy Plan) was that exiting the military before reaching 20 years of service meant leaving with no military retirement benefits. I will fight for those who have served in uniform to receive as many retirement benefits as possible.
Caregiving for Arizona Veterans
There is a great need for education in Arizona as to just who qualifies as a caregiver. It can make quite a difference in the benefits received. Often people do not think of themselves as caregivers when the guidelines state that wives, husbands, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, partners, and friends of veterans manage a wide range of caregiving responsibilities and are eligible for compensation. I will promote an education program that will be vital to all caregivers receiving the benefits due to them.
Nothing – let me repeat – NOTHING – is too good for our veterans! I am profoundly thankful for and support our men and women in uniform. I know that so many of you fine people in Prescott, to Prescott Valley, to Cordes Lakes, to Black Canyon City to Kirkland and so many more places in Legislative District 1 are with me. Vote for Ed Cocchiolla, Republican candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives, and you will be voting for supporting Arizona’s veterans!
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