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May 2020 Archives

HONORING THOSE WHO GAVE ALL WHILE SERVING OUR COUNTRY

Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave all while serving our country. We remember those who served and who gave their last full measure of devotion to ensure that the freedom this country offers to all, would be passed on to future generations.

Advanced Designation of a Representative Payee

Social Security now offers beneficiaries the option to advance designate a representative payee. Advance Designation allows for an individual to designate up to 3 individuals who would serve as their representative payee if the situation arises where the individual could no longer manage his or her own money. Social Security states, "If you become unable to manage, or direct others to manage your benefits in the future, you will have peace of mind knowing that someone you trust may be appointed to manage your benefits for you."

Collection of VA Debts During COVID-19

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act required the Education Department and Treasury Department to pause debt collection for those type of debts owed to the Federal government. However, the Act did not do the same for those who owe a debt to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

ADVOCACY GROUPS PUSHING FOR FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ACTIVATED DUE TO COVID-19

National Guard troops may be activated on federal orders, commonly known as Title 32. Under 32 U.S.C., a state's governor is authorized or directed by the President of the United States to mobilize or activate the National Guard. The duties are performed under state control, but with pay and benefits provided by the Federal Government. This means that National Guard troops may be entitled to federal benefits, such as financial aid, health care, retirement points, education benefits, and possibly death gratuity.

Community Outreach during COVID-19

On March 13, 2020, Governor Kay Ivey declared an official State of Emergency in Alabama. Similarly, Mayor Sandy Stimpson followed suit by declaring a Public Health Emergency for the City of Mobile. Although Governor Ivey has now eased some of the restrictions surrounding businesses and daily life in Alabama, many of those in the Mobile area might still be needing assistance as the economic impact of a pandemic continues to take a toll. Below is a list of some of the different charities and services that are being provided in the Mobile area for those struggling during COVID-19.

New Law Protects Student Veterans During COVID-19

President Trump signed the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act on April 28. This new law is aimed at protecting educational benefits of those Veterans currently enrolled in school or vocational rehabilitation. There are three main ways the new law should positively impact Student Veterans:

IRS SETS MAY 5, 2020 DEADLINE FOR VETERANS REGARDING THE STIMULUS BENEFIT

Veterans receiving disability compensation who do not earn enough income to file tax returns annually have until May 5, 2020 to apply for the Coronavirus stimulus benefit. Many of these Veterans do not have direct deposit information on file with the IRS and so the IRS has requested that these Veteran's apply for the benefits directly by May 5, 2020. The IRS is also requesting information from these Veterans regarding dependents to determine if those veterans are entitled to the additional $500 payment per dependent, in addition to the $1,200 individual stimulus payment.

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