One-time payment set for veterans

By QCS Staff

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall announced Tuesday that New Mexico will benefit from over $4 million through the Veterans Administration as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a press release.

The recovery funding will be used at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and for improvements at the Santa Fe and Fort Bayard veterans’ cemeteries.

In addition, New Mexico veterans may also be eligible to receive a $250 one-time payment, the release said.

The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in will receive almost $3.3 million dollars for renovations and upgrades. The Santa Fe Veterans Cemetery will receive $571,655 and Fort Bayard Veterans Cemetery will receive $16,739 for improvements.

Also as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the VA will make a one-time payment of $250 dollars to eligible veterans and survivors to alleviate the effects of the current economy, according to the release.

The VA estimates $700 million in payments will be made nationwide, with payments beginning in June.

To be eligible for the $250 payment, VA beneficiaries must have received compensation, pension, dependency and indemnity compensation, or spina bifida benefits at any time between November 2008 and January 2009.

No application is necessary and the VA will use its existing payment records to determine eligibility to the $250 payment, the release said.
Beneficiaries will receive their payments in the same way (either by direct deposit or mail) they receive their monthly VA benefits.