Subject: [CVA] Emergency VA checks
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I am forwarding the most recent information regarding emergency advance
payments available to those still awaiting payment.  Please keep in mind
these are advances on any future payments.  If you have questions please go
to <>  for a list of Q&A.  


Not everyone is on this list so please pass the word along.  


Cheryl Goodson

The Florida State University

Office of the Registrar/Veteran Affairs

A3900 University Center

P.O. Box 3062480

Tallahassee, FL 32306-2480

(850) 644-1252 fax (850) 644-1597



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Contact: Katie Roberts

Sept. 30, 2009
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Secretary Shinseki Announces Ability to Sign Up for Emergency Education
Benefit Payments on VA Web-Site this Friday

Vans to Help Veteran-Students

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today announced
further outreach to Veteran-students eligible for a special emergency
payment of their education benefits. Veterans can now apply online beginning
October 2nd. Veteran-students can also request courtesy transportation to VA
regional benefits offices.

"Our Veterans went the extra mile for their country," Shinseki said. "One of
our top priorities in transforming VA is to be, first and foremost, the
advocate for Veterans."

Last week Shinseki announced that on Friday, Oct. 2, VA's 57 regional
benefits offices will begin providing on-the-spot emergency payments up to
$3,000 to students who have applied for their education benefits but who
have not yet received a government payment.

Citing the distance many Veterans would have to travel to apply in person at
a VA benefits office, Shinseki announced Veterans can also apply online at <> , starting Oct. 2.  The online application
will guide Veterans through the process to supply needed information.
Shinseki noted that online applicants will receive their emergency payments
through the mail after processing. 

"VA is adapting to meet the financial needs of our Veteran-students who are
on campus," Shinseki said. "They should be focusing on their studies, not
worrying about financial difficulties."

Students without their own transportation can also request free van service,
provided by volunteers, to carry them to the nearest benefits office.  To
obtain this service, Veterans would have to call their nearest VA medical
center and ask for the "Volunteer Transportation Coordinator."
Transportation will be on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.
Veterans can find a map and list of medical centers at 

Whether traveling by personal vehicle or volunteer van, VA officials suggest
students check their mail boxes and banking accounts before leaving home,
since some Veterans will find their checks have already arrived. VA would
like to recognize the volunteers and Veterans Service Organizations for
partnering with us in ensuring that student Veterans' needs are met.

The emergency checks are an advance on each student's education benefits,
and the amount will be deducted from future benefits payments.  Checks will
be written at the regional offices for Veterans who bring a photo ID and
evidence of their enrollment.  VA officials emphasize that $3,000 is the
maximum payment, with many Veterans receiving smaller payments based upon
their likely monthly education benefits.

A map and list of the participating VA regional benefits offices is
available on the Internet at . The most
updated information regarding VA issuing emergency checks will be available
VA's web site <>  starting October 1st.

 Applications from approximately 25,000 Veterans are currently being
processed for Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit payments to students or


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