Armed Forces News

Victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael will receive priority in claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced. Based on a decision by the Board of Veterans Appeals, veterans who live in parts of Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia that have been designated as disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would qualify. The priority, known as an advancement of docket (AOD), applies to counties affected by Florence from Oct. 1, 2018 until March 31, 2019. For counties affected by Michael, the dates are Nov. 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. A list of all affected counties is available online at