Oasis Group Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Compensation and Pension FAQs

This page will answer questions on Compensation and Pension Benefits along with Educational Benefits to veterans and spouses.  We have tried to answer the most commonly asked questions here.  If you have a question that is not answered here or need more information, please contact us.

DOES THE OASIS GROUP CHARGE FOR ITS SERVICES?

Absolutely not. The OASIS Group will never charge for its services.  On occasion OASIS Group is asked to review documents by veterans. We request that these are accompanied by a postage paid envelope so that we may return the documents to the individual.

DO I HAVE TO GO TO THE EXAM? WHY AREN'T MY MEDICAL RECORDS ENOUGH?

Of course the answer is “yes, you should (have) to go the exam”.  Your service records are for treatment purposes,and the VA examination is not.  The service records are sometimes sufficient, but the VA examination is specifically designed to assign a current diagnosis and access the level of disability.   The examination will measure your disability in terms of how the VA laws work.   If you do not go to the VA examination VA is required to use whatever medical evidence is at hand but it is often lacking vital information to assign a disability level.  Additionally, a thorough pre-discharge examination may bring to light a condition(s) that you did not realize could be considered a service-connected disability.

I HEAR THAT THE VA IS BACKED UP AND TAKING MONTHS AND EVEN YEARS TO DECIDE CLAIMS. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE THEM TO MAKE A DECISION AND NOTIFY ME?

That’s right, and there is nothing in the works to suggest the slow processing will improve in the foreseeable future.  Plan your personal finances accordingly.  When your claim is finalized, any monies due you from the VA will be retroactive.  Short answer – don’t spend it until you see it.

WHAT IS COMBAT RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION (CRSC)?

CRSC is a monthly entitlement that allows eligible military retirees to recover some or all of their retired pay that is offset by their VA disability compensation.  To be eligible you must have 20 years of service with a combat – related VA disability(s) of at least 60% from June 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003 and 10% from January 1, 2004, or be in receipt of a Purple Heart with a combined 10% evaluation from June 1, 2003.  The military makes the determination as to what “combat – related” disabilities are based on the VA diagnostic codes used on the rating decision.  The CRSC benefit is non taxable as are all VA benefits.

HOW DOES A DIAGNOSIS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS AFFECT MY SECURITY CLEARANCE?

The military makes every effort to consider the stresses of combat when reviewing for security clearances.  A diagnosis of PTSD does not preclude security access.  The Americans with Disability Act allows for employment with all types of disabilities, however, employers all have their own criteria when it comes to security issues.  The best advice would be if you have a diagnosis of PTSD and asked to acknowledge it up front as most security is based on honesty and integrity.

HOW MUCH OF MY DONATION ACTUALLY GOES TO HELP SOLDIERS?

100% of your donation goes to O.A.S.I.S. programs.  There are no salaries, expense accounts or any expenditure that is not directly in support of O.A.S.I.S. seminars. Your donation may be tax deductible (consult your tax preparer for advice).

IS THERE A CHARGE FOR ATTENDING O.A.S.I.S. SEMINARS?

There is never a charge for O.A.S.I.S. seminars or for telephone/e-mail questions.

I AM NOT AN “OPERATOR”, MAY I ATTEND AN O.A.S.I.S. SEMINAR?

Absolutely, our program will assist any member of the Armed Forces, current, former or retired.

I ACTUALLY DON'T HAVE ANY 'DISABILITIES', SO I DON'T NEED TO DO THIS NOW, RIGHT?

Residuals of old injuries as well as recurring medical problems constitute disability for VA compensation purposes.  A condition incurred in service which is now seemingly insignificant such as an old fracture or a sinus condition can result in immediate or future compensation.

 Education Benefits FAQ

HOW CAN I COMPARE THE DIFFERENT GI BILLS AND DECIDE WHICH IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Choosing between GI Bill programs is made easier by visiting our GI Bill benefits calculator, which shows what each GI Bill program has to offer you. Get more information at the following link: http://newgibill.org/get_answers#57

I HAVE USED PART OR ALL OF MY EDUCATION BENEFITS. WHAT IS MY ELIGIBILITY FOR POST-9/11 GI BILL?

Veterans transferring into the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) will generally receive 36 months of educational assistance, approximately 4 academic years’ worth of an education. A veteran who used benefits from one of the older GI Bill programs will likely have additional education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  See more at the following link: http://newgibill.org/get_answers#59

HOW DO I TRANSFER MY EDUCATION BENEFITS TO MY SPOUSE OR DEPENDENT?

You are eligible to transfer benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if you meet one or more of the following program start date requirements:

You are a member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) and were in the service on 1 August 2009 or joined after that date.

You are a Uniformed Service member of the Public Health Service (PHS) and were in the service on 1 August 2011 or joined after that date.

You are a Uniformed Service member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and were in the service on 1 September 2011 or joined after that date.

If you meet one of the above program start date requirements, you must also meet one or more of the following requirements:

1. You have at least six years of service in the Uniformed Services on the date you elect to transfer the Post-9/11 GI Bill program and agree to serve an additional four years in the Uniformed Services from that date.

2. You have at least ten cumulative years of service in the Uniformed Services (active duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of election, are precluded by either standard policy (service or DoD) or statute from committing to four additional years and agree to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute.

3. You have become or will become retirement eligible during the period from 1 August 2009 through 31 July 2012 and agree to serve an additional period of service as outlined below. A Service member is considered to be retirement eligible if he or she has completed 20 years of active Federal service or 20 qualifying years as computed pursuant to section 12732 of title 10 U.S.C. Requirement #3 and its associated subparagraphs (a) through (d) will no longer be in effect on 1 August 2013.  On or after that date, all Service members must comply with requirement 1 or 2 above.

For individuals eligible for retirement on 1 August 2009, no additional service is required.

For individuals eligible for retirement on 1 August 2009, and before 1 August 2010, 1 year of additional service is required.

For individuals eligible for retirement on or after 1 August 2010, and before 1 August 2011, 2 years of additional service is required.

For individuals eligible for retirement on or after 1 August 2011, and before 1 August 2012, 3 years of additional service is required.

http://newgibill.org/get_answers#60

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE $1,200 BUY-IN FOR MGIB (CHAPTER 30)?

Any veteran who paid the $1,200 buy-in for MGIB (Chapter 30) and elects to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) will be refunded the buy-in.  http://newgibill.org/get_answers#67

WHEN DO POST-9/11 GI BILL BENEFITS EXPIRE?

Veterans and spouses who qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) have up to 15 years to use their new education benefits. The clock for using education benefits starts immediately after the veteran’s last active duty stint of 90 consecutive days and did NOT reset when the new GI Bill was passed. Children of veterans who use transferred benefits have until they are 26 years old.

http://newgibill.org/get_answers#236

IS MY SPOUSE ELIGIBLE FOR THE MONTHLY STIPEND OR THE BOOKS AND SUPPLIES STIPEND?

If you are currently service on active duty, then your spouse is eligible for the books and supplies stipend, but not the monthly living stipend (because Service member and spouse already received BAH). Only children are eligible for the monthly living stipend and/or the books and supplies stipend while the member is serving on active duty.  If you are not currently serving on active duty, then both your spouse and children are eligible for the monthly living stipend and/or the books and supplies stipend.

http://newgibill.org/get_answers#233

HOW DOES THE GI BILL BENEFITS APPLY FOR PART-TIME STUDENTS?

All GI Bill benefits are prorated for part-time students. The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) prorates the monthly living allowance and annual book stipend for part-time student.  Part-time students will have their living allowance prorated based on how many classes they are taking.

http://newgibill.org/get_answers#49

HOW CAN I STAY UPDATED ON CHANGES TO THE NEW GI BILL?

Become an IAVA Member Veteran and receive important updates via email. Membership with IAVA is free and it only takes a minute to sign up. Click here to join. You can also follow @newgibill on Twitter for the latest GI Bill news.  http://newgibill.org/get_answers#167

HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY EDUCATION BENEFITS?

To apply for your GI Bill benefits visit our “Getting Started Checklist.” It will take you through steps to determine which benefit is right for you, apply and receive your money in a timely fashion.

http://newgibill.org/get_answers#224

AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION?

To be eligible to apply for the program you must have a service-connected disability rated at a minimum of 10%.  This allows you to apply for the program.  To be found entitled, you must meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who will make an entitlement determination based upon your employment handicap of which your service connected disabilities must contribute significantly.

Keep in mind; this is an employment program-not an education program.  Education may be indicated in order to insure you are competitive in the employment market.

This program pays for all books, tuition, fees, and pays a monthly subsistence allowance based upon rate of attendance and how many dependents you claim.

http://newgibill.org/get_answers#233

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