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One-Day Estate Planning Clinic for Veterans on Oct. 24 9-4 @ UW Seattle School of Law

The WA Vets Will Clinic, a nonprofit clinic that serves veterans of Washington are providing estate planning documents at no cost to veterans across the state during the month of October. There are five clinic locations statewide during the month of October.
The Clinic in Seattle will be held on Saturday October 24th from 9am-4pm at the University of Washington School of Law. Free parking is available for all veterans.

Registration for the 2015 Clinic is open at (full details and disclaimers on the website). Attorneys will use the online registration to prepare draft documents. The veteran will then be scheduled for a one-hour meeting with an attorney on Saturday, October 24. Changes to the documents will be made on-site. The documents are printed, signed and notarized at the clinic. The veteran walks out with a complete set of documents at no cost. To obtain these documents privately, the average cost is $500-$1000. The majority of Washingtonians do not have estate planning documents so the clinic provides a much needed resource.
Veterans of any military branch can receive a free set of estate planning documents (a will, advance health care directive and power of attorney) on Saturday, October 24 from the Washington Veterans Will Clinic. To qualify, the veteran needs discharge papers (DD 214), proof of Washington residency and assets less than $500k ($1 mil if married; spouses are included at the clinic).

Please pass the word to any veterans you know about this great resource. For further information or questions, please contact the North Sound clinic at or 425-610-6355.

WVWC Flyer 2015


You understand that you share a unique bond with other veterans of overseas conflicts and those who wear this country’s uniform. Regardless of what conflict you’ve served in – from World War II to the present day Global War On Terror, you can join with others who feel the same. Join the VFW. You’ve earned it.

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  • The camaraderie and fellowship that comes with being part of the nation’s largest group of combat veterans
  • Assistance securing the benefits you’re entitled to as a veteran
  • Discounts on numerous insurance and health care plans


  • Become an annual member of the VFW for only $35* per year. (*May vary according to state of residence.) (First year is free at Post 2713, call 206-935-4352 to find out more)
  • Make a one-time payment to become a Life Member of the VFW, or take advantage of our 12-month installment plan.


  • If you are a U.S. citizen who has served honorably in the Armed Forces and has served in an overseas conflict, you are eligible to become a member of the VFW
  • You can join us even if you are still serving in the military. The VFW counts over 75,000 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members among our ranks

Humana Veterans Inititive and the VFW

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the nation’s largest organization of war veterans as well as the oldest major veterans’ organization in the U.S. As part of this agreement, Humana becomes the exclusive national Medicare Advantage (MA) plan carrier for VFW.

“Veterans’ health and wellness concerns continue to remain a top priority for VFW”
Humana can now market MA health plans to the organization’s 700,000+ members and their spouses who are eligible for Medicare, and provide guidance for those who will be aging into Medicare.

“Humana has long been dedicated to providing high quality health care coverage to our nation’s veterans,” said Tim McClain, President of Government and Other Businesses for Humana. “Our agreement with VFW is yet another step in furthering our commitment to providing veterans with the tools, information and support they need to achieve lifelong well-being. We understand the unique needs of the veteran community and our 25-plus years of experience with Medicare programs will enable us to help many senior or disabled VFW members and their spouses.”

“Veterans’ health and wellness concerns continue to remain a top priority for VFW,” said Bob Greene, VFW Quartermaster General. “Through this agreement with Humana we will be able to make quality health care more accessible and affordable to our valued members.”
As part of the agreement Humana will offer numerous services to VFW members, which will provide better access to health information. These will include:

Hosting Medicare seminars during the upcoming Medicare Annual Election Period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7).

Conducting educational seminars throughout the year to inform VFW members of all their Medicare options.

Providing VFW members with Humana’s unique access to Medicare Advantage information and enrollment capabilities by incorporating web-based tools, in-home appointments, call centers, educational seminars, and self-enrollment.

Humana Veterans efforts span a variety of initiatives that support veterans, including:

Making significant progress on its pledge to hire 1,000 military veterans and/or their spouses by late 2014. Humana has hired approximately 800-plus veterans and/or their spouses since August of 2011.

Building a partnership with the MilSpouse eMentor program, which provides advice and support to military families through mentor relationships.

Donating $1 million to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a national program that offers cutting-edge training in entrepreneurship and small-business management at no cost to post-9/11 veterans.

About Humana Veterans
Humana Veterans, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a subsidiary of Humana Inc. The company was formed in 2007 to develop solutions to veterans’ health care issues. It provides an organizational structure that is flexible, agile and responsive to the emerging requirements of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the veterans who rely on VA services.

About Humana
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at, including copies of:

Annual reports to stockholders

Securities and Exchange Commission filings

Most recent investor conference presentations

Quarterly earnings news releases

Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls

Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors)

Corporate Governance information


Humana Corporate Communications
Alex Kepnes, 502-580-2990

Dana Walker

1SG, USA, Retired

Regional Manager Region 6 | Veterans Initiative

AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT and WA



Deadline for Retroactive Stop Loss Pay now 10/21/12

The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of servicemembers whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP.

To receive this benefit, those who served under stop loss must submit a claim for the special pay. Throughout the year, the services have been reaching out to servicemembers, veterans and their families through direct mail, veteran service organizations, and the media. But there is still money left to be claimed, and the deadline is approaching. The average benefit is $3,700.

For more information please visit the DOD website.

Veterans committee leaders all open to VA cuts

The top leaders of the House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees are willing to cut funding for the Veterans Affairs Department in hopes of averting across-the-board cuts in federal spending.

Read more at the Army Times…

Now that you have read the article here is a directory to tell your Congressional Leadership how you feel.

House of Representatives             Senate            White House


Military retiree benefits vulnerable as Congress struggles to cut debt

As Washington looks to squeeze savings from once-sacrosanct entitlements like Social Security and Medicare, another big social welfare system is growing as rapidly, but with far less scrutiny: the health and pension benefits of military retirees.

Military pensions and health care for active and retired troops now cost the government about $100 billion a year, representing an expanding portion of both the Pentagon budget — about $700 billion a year, including war costs — and the national debt, which together finance the programs.

Making even incremental reductions to military benefits is typically a doomed political venture, given the public’s broad support for helping troops, the political potency of veterans groups and the fact that significant savings take years to appear.

But the intense push in Congress this year to reduce the debt and the possibility that the Pentagon might have to begin trimming core programs like weapons procurement, research, training and construction have suddenly made retiree benefits vulnerable, military officials and experts say.

Read more…