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10/10/2007

PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR:

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is conducting a nationwide effort to register Purple Heart recipients in the museum’s database. So far, 70,000 recipients have been registered since the Hall of Honor opened in New Windsor, NY in November, but organizers hope to enroll as many as 1.5 million, said Sergio Morales, a member of the museum’s board of directors. Hall visitors can access the list of Purple Heart recipients on the museum’s 15 computers that chronicle photos and stories about those who have earned the medal. The Defense Department does not keep an official database of Purple Heart recipients. Hall of Honor organizers hope their efforts will create as complete a list as possible of those who have earned the medal to ensure they are not forgotten, Morales said. To register with the Hall of Honor, recipients must prove they received the medal by submitting the appropriate official documentation, including a DD-214, DD-215, WD AGO-53-55, General Orders or a Letter of Transmittal. Hall officials also requested recipients send a written narrative of how they earned their medal, any newspaper articles written about them receiving the medal, and any photographs of them while in the service. Although it’s not required, recipients can also tape an interview at the Hall of Honor chronicling their service and the events that led to their Purple Heart. An unedited copy of the DVD is given to the recipient, while an edited version is kept at the Hall and stored with that individual’s record. Recipients can contact the Hall of Honor at (845) 561-1765 and 1-877-28HONOR, or on its website www.thepurpleheart.com. [Source: Navy Times Michael Hoffman article 27 Aug 07]

   
10/10/2007

COURT ORDERS VA TO AWARD 2 MONTHS OF ADDITIONAL
BENEFITS OR ADDITIONAL BENEFITS TO 25,000 VIETNAM VETERANS
WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on December 10, 2002 in one of NVLSP’s cases, Lisesgang v. Secretary, that the effective date for diabetes claims first filed between May 8, 2001 and July 8, 2002 should be May 8, 2001 or one year before the claim is filed, whichever date is later and not July 9, 2001 as the VA had directed. The VA estimates that there are 25,000 of these claimants. (Claims first filed earlier than May 8, 2001 are governed by the Nehmer case and the effective date should usually be the date the claim was first filed or May 8, 2001, whichever is earlier.)

Those affected are those Vietnam veterans or their survivors who first filed a claim for diabetes or death benefits related to diabetes between May 8, 2001 and July 8, 2002.

The VA is paying all new or pending claims in accordance with the ruling and was ordered to automatically reopen the cases and pay two months of additional benefits to 25,000 veterans who had been assigned July 9, 2001 as the effective date for the award of benefits due to diabetes. [more info]