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VA Develops Mobile Application "Concussion Coach" To Help Support Treatment for Veterans Who Suffer From Mild to Moderate Concussions - To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed "Concussion Coach," a mobile application ("app") that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies. (9/16/14)
Steps for "Getting Your VA BAH & Book Money" On Time:
1. Register for classes as soon as possible (Autumn 2014 semester registration opened on April 21, 2014 and will continue through Aug 10, 2014); LATE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE ASSESSED AFTER AUG 10, 2014 (end of " On-Time" registration).
2. Immediately following registration, complete and submit the CSCC "Request for VA Certification" form - http://www.cscc.edu/_resources/media/services/pdf/veterans_form_certification.pdf and return it to the Veterans Services staff. This form may be dropped off (Union Hall, Room 48), faxed or scanned/email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Last Name, Cougar ID and TERM in the subject line of the email) that your registration is complete and you are requesting VA benefits.
3. Certification forms are now required for EACH TERM that you are requesting benefits!
4. If any registration changes are made following notification of the Military & Veterans Services Dept. notification is required by contacting us at email@example.com (as detailed above).
5. If you have changed your major (Program of Study), please ensure that your official major is changed with the Office of Records & Registration (614-287-5353), then complete the Columbus State "Request for VA Certification" form which can be downloaded from the Columbus State web site. The completed form must be returned (scanned/emailed, faxed or dropped off) to the G.I. Bill Office (Union Hall, Room 48) immediately following the completion of registration before VA enrollment certification can take place. Non-receipt of this form will delay or prevent benefit processing and payments.
Any changes to your registration for Autumn 2014 term made on or after Sunday, Aug 10th and following VA certification processing (receipt of the VA email notification that your enrollment has been certified) will delay benefits payments and may also cause over/under payments, being dropped from classes, and indebtedness to Columbus State and/or the VA.
Please make sure your account balances reflect paid (a zero firstname.lastname@example.org (as detailed above).
Burn Pit Registry...
The VA is collecting info on service members who believe they experienced harmful environmental effects to their health from exposure to burn pits in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Currently, the VA says that research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from expo-sure to burn pits, in which a variety of waste from human to chemicals, petroleum and discarded food were burned. But it is also studying the issue and plans to continue doing so. To that end, the agency is seeking information from veterans who believe such exposure has compromised their health.
Veterans can also file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe were caused by exposure to burn pits. The claims will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
According to the VA, veterans who were closer to burn pit smoke or exposed for longer
periods may be at greater risk. Health effects depend on a number of other factors,
such as the kind of waste being burned and wind direction. Toxins in burn pit smoke
may affect the skin, eyes, respiratory and cardio-vascular systems, gastrointestinal
tract and internal organs. Most of the irritation is temporary and resolves once the
exposure is gone. This includes eye irritation and burning, coughing and throat irritation,
breathing difficulties, and skin itching and rashes. The high level of fine dust and
pollution common in Iraq and Afghanistan may pose a greater danger for respiratory
illnesses than exposure to burn pits, the VA said.
The online registry and additional information are at:
FRAUD ALERT: Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller's information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.
The numbers to be avoided are:
800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)
VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation, and will provide additional information and guidance as necessary.
Attention G.I. Bill Students! The Ohio Residency Verification Sessions are conducted each semester to assist students in a redetermination of their current residency status with Columbus State Community College. A student's residency status is initially determined by information he or she provided on his or her application for admission to Columbus State Community College. Please be advised that fee payment deadlines cannot be waived or extended for a student whose residency status is being reviewed. Students must make full payment of all tuition (including non-resident of Ohio fees) by the appropriate deadline date to avoid being dropped for non-payment of fee.
The Columbus State Veterans Organization (CSVO) will be holding informational membership meetings on Tuesday 21 Jan 2014 & Thursday 23 Jan starting at 2:00 p.m. The meetings will be held in DE 156, please bring a resume if you plan on running for an office. You can email email@example.com with any questions.