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December 2013: The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a fraud alert about a marketing scam that is targeting veterans who misdial the VA National Call Center (800-827-1000) or the GI Bill Call Center (888-442-4551) phone numbers. It is possible that other VA and related phone numbers might be subject to similar scams.
A marketing company created two phone numbers that differ from the real VA numbers by one digit. If a veteran misdials and calls the bogus number, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain sensitive personal data, to include credit card information.
Please note that the VA will never ask for credit card or banking information over the phone.
The two bogus numbers are 800-872-1000 and 888-442-4511.
For a list of toll-free VA phone numbers, go to the VA’s Inquiry Routing & Information System webpage.
(END OF FRAUD ALERT)
Washington Department of Veterans'
Assistance with VA benefits, State & County veterans' benefits.
Enrollment in Washington State Soldiers' Homes in Orting,
Retsil, and Spokane.
Able to take on full fiduciary responsibility for veterans who have
been legally ruled incapable of handling their own finances.
Referrals and counseling for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Veterans Estate Management Program.
King County Veterans' Program
Assistance to veterans, their spouses, and their children age 18 and under.
Job placement, referral,
testing, counseling. Assistance for rent, food, utilities. Long- and
short-term transitional housing. Individual and
family mental health counseling. All assistance requires at least 181
days of honorable, active-duty service. Financial assistance requires
county residency. Trauma services for families of veterans with PTSD.
"Veterans Incarcerated Program" can help veterans in jail (but not in
prison) with treatment, housing, employment upon their release. (In the same building as DSHS.)
Seattle Vet Center (Veterans' Readjustment Counseling Center)
Mental health assessment, readjustment Counseling for Vietnam-era
veterans and other veterans of periods of armed conflict.
Counseling for vets and their family members.
groups such as stress, self-esteem. Long-term focus
groups, couples, communication, psychotherapy, special population
groups (ethnic and sexual minorities). Referrals for
government benefits including Veterans' Affairs.
Referral services for homeless vets.
Federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office
8 am-4 pm M-F.
To qualify, VA must be able to find a record of the person in VA's
database. Provides provides copies of certain military
records (including statement of service) and provides letters to verify
whether or not a veteran is
receiving VA benefits. For assistance with filing and checking
on claim statuses, Veterans' Service Offices are located on the 10th
floor. For direct assistance with disability information and to file
claim for elderly and/or homeless veterans, elderly veterans may call Erika Hoppe,
Elderly and Homeless Veteran Outreach Coordinator at 206-220-4186.
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
8am – 4:30pm M-F.
For homeless and other veterans with mental health problems or substance abuse
problems. Provides psychological and
psychiatric health-exams, treatment, referrals to appropriate VA and
Also housing referrals (transitional and long-term), access to government
VA Puget Sound Telehealth Services
Nurse-staffed telephone-only service link offers health advice to veterans
and answers their health questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
University of Washington Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress,
At least through 2015, this program has a federal
grant to conduct research and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD). Because they receive funding for their research, they are able to
offer no-cost services to eligible individuals who are experiencing
trauma-related problems. Individuals who are 18 years or older may be
eligible for this research study that offers 10 weeks of counseling or
counseling plus medication. For more information, call 206-685-3617 or visit website
2101 Chapel Plaza Court; Suite 107; Columbia, MO 65203
VA Home Loan specialists. This is a for-profit company. Normally we don't list those, but as far as we can tell, they have an
very positive reputation: the closest to a negative we've heard of is someone complaining they couldn't get him a loan, so we figure
this is worth a listing.
Washington State has put out a big veterans' guide in the form of a PDF file. This is particularly useful for information like how to contact a wide variety of veterans' organizations (American Legion, VFW, but also lesser known groups like Paralyzed Veterans of America, Wounded Warrior Project, Black Veterans of America, etc.)
Veterans who were involved in the military (especially the Navy) between 1940 and 1970 are at an increased risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Several rather similar web sites address this. The information on most of these sites is generally good, but the proliferation of these similar sites is because they are being well paid to channel business to lawyers. We originally listed the first three of these sites that approached us, but some people have been confused by this (seeing as the sites do not disclose how they are financed), and we are no longer listing such sites.
If you are looking online for information on mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses, be very wary of giving your personal information to such sites. If you are seeking a lawyer, we strongly recommend that you do so through more normal channels rather than place yourself in a position where lawyers who have paid for leads will try to contact you. See http://www.mesothelium.com/affiliate-signup.jsp for an example of such an "affiliate" program as presented to the webmasters who can profit from it. You can learn more about such sites by typing "mesothelioma affiliate" and/or "mesothelioma scam" into any good search engine.
There appear to be several very good finance-related articles for veterans on moneygeek.com. Just to be clear: they approached us, and unlike most for-profit organizations that do that, it looked like their content was pretty worthwhile and they do not appear to have a hidden agenda. Most of this is pretty basic, but sometimes pretty basic is what you need. If anyone has further feedback about moneygeek.com, we'd be interested in hearing. Email us.
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