Severance pay can be taxed
October 9, 2012
Taxes Can Be Taken Out Of A Vet’s Severance Pay
Dear Sgt. Shaft:
Where can I find this Supreme Court ruling stating that taxes
aren’t supposed to be taken out of separation pay?
Via the Internet
I have checked my sources, and they all tell me that there is no such
Supreme Court Ruling on this issue.
• Kudos to the Department of Veterans Affairs for leading the
nation in breast cancer screening rates and outperforming non-VA health
care systems in breast cancer screenings for more than 15 years, with 87
percent of eligible women receiving mammograms in the VA health care
system in fiscal year 2010.
In comparison, in 2010, the private sector screened 71 percent of
eligible women, Medicare screened 69 percent and Medicaid screened 51
percent, according to Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set,
a tool used by more than 90 percent of U.S. health plans to measure
performance on important dimensions of care and service.
"We’re proud of our great record on breast cancer screenings
and treatments," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said.
"We’ll continue to work to improve access and coordination of care
for women Veterans."
Since 2000, the number of female veterans using VA health care has
more than doubled, from nearly 160,000 to more than 337,000 in fiscal
year 2011. As the number of women veterans increases rapidly, VA not
only focuses on improving access to breast screenings and coordination
of care, but also trains providers in the latest breast exam
VA provides mammograms for all veterans, with 45 facilities providing
services on-site utilizing digital mammography.
Some facilities offer mammograms to walk-in patients and same-day
ultrasounds.VA also offers mobile mammography in some areas of the
country. This mammogram technology-on-wheels allows women veterans in
rural areas to get screening mammograms and have their mammograms read
by a VA breast radiologist, without traveling far from home. All this
improves access for more than 337,000 women VA health care users.
"VA is different from other health care systems in that we serve a
female population that is spread across the continental United States,
located in both rural and urban areas," said Dr. Patricia Hayes, chief
consultant for VA’s Women’s Health Services. "Because of
that, we have to be creative and innovative about the way we provide
screenings, track a woman’s mammogram results and breast cancer
care, and train our providers in the latest diagnostic techniques and
breast cancer treatments."
In many cases, VA is using technology to bridge the distance between
providers at facilities in its 21 regions throughout the nation. VA uses
simulation technology to train VA providers in the latest breast exam
VA is also developing a breast cancer clinical case registry to track
when a provider orders a mammogram, the results of the test and the
follow-up care provided. The system will improve care coordination and
help VA track and study breast care outcomes throughout VA. It is
expected to be available in 2013.
These efforts in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment are part of a
larger VA initiative to enhance all health care services for women
veterans. Women make up 6 percent of veterans who use VA health care,
but they are expected to make up a larger segment of all VA health care
users in the future. VA is preparing for this increase by expanding
access to care, enhancing facilities, training staff and improving
services for women.
Expanded outreach to women veterans is another goal in the
initiative, and VA’s Women’s Health Services regularly
creates posters and messages to educate women veterans about key
women’s health issues.
In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, VA
reminds patients and providers about the importance of early
For more information about VA programs and services for women
Veterans, visit: www.va.gov/womenvet and www.womenshealth.va.gov.
• Other efforts by the VA include two U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs public awareness campaigns designed to help veterans
who seek mental health care assistance.
These efforts have received 43 industry and association awards for
communication and design excellence.
"We are pleased that these campaigns have been recognized for
creative and design excellence," Mr. Shinseki said. "More importantly,
they have been effective in helping us address two of our highest
priorities — mental health care and suicide prevention."
The Veterans Crisis Line and Make the Connection campaigns strive to
reach veterans and their families and friends wherever they are. Using
state-of-the-art online and communications tools, the campaigns have
increased awareness of critical VA resources available to veterans and
their families and friends dealing with crises or other mental health
The Veterans Crisis Line has released three PSAs that collectively
earned 570 million television impressions since March 2011. The last two
PSAs have consistently ranked in the top 5 percent of PSAs tracked by
Nielsen. Additionally, through its suicide prevention outreach plan, VA
is creating a network of collaborating partners to spread the word,
strategically placing advertising, rebranding the website and developing
new collateral materials.
More than 650,000 callers have called the crisis line and over
440,000 of these callers have identified themselves as veterans or
family members or friends of veterans. There have been more than 23,000
rescues of actively suicidal veterans to date.
Make the Connection is a new, online tool to help veterans and their
friends and family members find resources for overcoming life’s
challenges and living well. The website, MakeTheConnection.net,
has information on a variety of experiences and challenges, such as
sleeping trouble, transitioning to civilian life, loss of a loved one
and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Since its launch in November 2011, the website has received more than
1 million visits, and the videos have been viewed over 3 million times.
In addition, Make the Connection recently launched a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VeteransMTC), which became
the fastest-growing community in the government/military space to date,
reaching more than 836,000 "likes" in three months.
• Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box
65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446
or email email@example.com.