Accelerate disability benefits claims processing for Purple Heart Medal recipients

Secretary Wilkie testifies that VA will accelerate disability benefits claims processing for Purple Heart Medal recipients

WASHINGTON — Today at a congressional hearing VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced that effective in April, it will provide priority disability benefits claims processing for the initial claims from discharged combat Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

Secretary Wilkie announced his decision at a hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies.

“Those who hold the Purple Heart, the recognition of wounds taken in battle, will now receive priority consideration when it comes to claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Secretary Wilkie.

The Veterans Benefits Administration will amend its priority processing categories to include initial claims received from Purple Heart recipients on or after April 1, 2019.

Purple Heart recipients are already treated on a priority basis at VA hospitals and are exempt from co-payments for their medical care.

The Purple Heart award is the oldest U.S. military decoration and is awarded to U.S. service members for wounds suffered at the hands of the enemy. General George Washington awarded the first purple-colored heart-shaped badges to soldiers who fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. In 1932, it was revived to commemorate Washington’s 200th birthday.

Wild games at Military pricing

Wild Fans,

Good afternoon!  We just recently added 3 more games at Military pricing ($59 Lower Level Corners) so wanted to pass along to you all. 


To get access to the 3 games (March 11 vs. San Jose, March 14 vs. Dallas and April 2 vs. Winnipeg), click on the link below and scroll down until you see “KFAN MILITARY NIGHTS”……then simply click “Buy Tickets”.




Please share this with your personal network.  If anyone prefers to order over the phone, I’m more than happy to assist!





Matt Sayre |  Senior Account Executive

Minnesota Wild Hockey Club

317 Washington Street | Saint Paul, MN 55102

T: 651-312-3479 |  E:



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Kristin Beck
National Veterans Advocacy Group Representative

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)  is committed to serving our veterans. Although our membership is restricted to combat-wounded men and women, we support all of our veterans. Our current initiatives for veterans include consistently assessing the needs of our members and disseminating relevant information to them to address their needs and advocate on their behalf. We are always seeking to increase our membership by reaching out to more combat-injured and encouraging them to join MOPH. We also welcome feedback and ways to better serve our members.

Minnesota House Veterans Affairs Committee meeting for Surviving Spouses benefits

Hearing for Surviving Spouses Tuesday March 5th


Tuesday, March 5th at 2:30pm in Capitol 120, the House Veterans Affairs Committee will be hearing HF 204 & HF 205. Combined these two bills would accomplish the CTF’s top priority in keeping surviving spouses in their homes by eliminating the 8 year limit, make the benefit transferable one time to a new home, and move the due date for the application of the exclusion.

Attendance has been way down this year at the committees but I am hoping we can get a crowd together for this hearing. I have lined up three surviving spouses to testify and it would be great if your organizations could be there to lend your support. I plan to leave the Veterans Services Bldg. at 1:45pm and all are welcome to join me on a walk over through the tunnels.

Please spread the word and lets fill the room with hats for the surviving spouses who have given so much. Hope to see you all Tuesday.

Feel free to forward this message as you see fit. Questions can be sent to



Trent C Dilks

Legislative Director | Director of Transportation|  

Disabled American Veterans, Dept. of Minnesota

20 West 12th St., 3rd Flr, St. Paul, MN 55155

O: (651) 291.1212 C: (651) 788.3186

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program—also referred to as Chapter 31—can help. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for VR&E benefits and services, like help exploring employment options and any required training needs. In some cases, your family members may also be eligible for certain VR&E benefits.