Tune in now on The American Heroes Network for their new episode “National Service Programs for All Veterans” on the Voiceamerica Variety Channel.

The National Service Programs operates a nation-wide network of 77 service offices from Guam to Puerto Rico. Over 73,000 veterans and dependents receive expert assistance in obtaining well deserved benefits and you don’t have to be an MOPH member to receive the help you need.

Patriot James G. Richards (Jim) is a native of Western Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) with a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California…. Lieutenant Colonel Richards entered the Army in 1969 thru the ROTC program at IUP and culminated at Fort Meade Maryland in 1989 as the Chief Aviation Resource Management Director that evaluated aviation programs for reserve and National Guard units from Virginia to Maine. His assignments included: Air Cavalry pilot in Vietnam, helicopter instructor pilot at Fort Rucker Alabama, Armor Company commander Germany, Air Cavalry Troop commander at Fort Campbell Kentucky, Army Aviation Staff Officer at the Pentagon and Aviation Officer at Fort Meade Maryland…. His military decorations include: Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal w/3 OLC, the Air Medal (22nd award) two with V devise for heroism and the Army Commendation Medal. He also has the Master Army Aviator Badge and the Army General Staff Badge.

The NSP operates a nation-wide network of 77 service offices from Guam to Puerto Rico. Over 73,000 veterans and dependents receive expert assistance in obtaining well deserved benefits from the VA from MOPH’s service staff comprised of 140 trained and accredited National Service Officers (NSO’s), managers, and assistants. In addition to its paid staff, the Order has a dedicated corps of volunteer Department and Chapter Service Officers who also provide assistance to veterans
 In the 12 months of FY 2012, MOPH NSO’s obtained nearly $298 million in VA benefits for their clients, submitted over 21,000 claims to the VA, processed 272 appeals, appeared at 170 hearings, and made over 2,700 outreach visits to Vet Centers, Hospitals, and MOPH chapters. These numbers do not reflect the contacts and visits made by MOPH volunteer Department and Chapter Service Officers.
 The MOPH Service Program also provides expert legal opinions and representation for veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). And only MOPH represents any veteran regardless of membership or affiliation. The MOPH does not accept government funds for any case brought to appeal.
 When not assisting veterans directly, MOPH National Service Officers are required to attend local VA training, successfully complete an on-the-job Training Program, and one week of annual training in order to maintain their accreditation.
 The MOPH is proud of its NSO designated veterans case management system (VCMS). Its web-based client database, automated VA forms, and reports provide for rapid client response and excellent case oversight.
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