Veterans Report - Week of March 24, 2014

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Veterans Report - Week of March 24, 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:48 am

Veterans Report - Week of March 24, 2014

Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic kicks off March 30 in Snowmass, Colo. The five-day Clinic consists of downhill and cross-country skiing, adaptive-sports workshops and educational classes, plus sponsored and self-directed activities, all aimed at providing opportunities for disabled veterans. Learn about the Clinic and how you can get involved at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic website at (http://www.wintersportsclinic.va.gov) www.wintersportsclinic.va.gov.
For more military news, visit the (http://www.military.com/daily-news) Military.com News Center.


Report on Gulf War Illnesses
The (http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/2012 ... _Final.pdf) 2012-13 Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force Report (PDF) details the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) improvements in health care and services for 1990-91 Gulf War Veterans. Visit VA's Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses webpage at (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar) www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar to learn more about Gulf War Veterans' illnesses and VA benefits.
For more on veteran benefits programs, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


A Look at Dietary Supplements
A recent article in Nutrition Journal suggests that people looking to take a dietary supplement already have somewhat of a healthy eating pattern with regular exercise in their routine. Supplements may be necessary if adequate nutrition is not available through food due to reasons such as medical conditions that affect the digestive system, food allergies, intolerances, or being on a medically supervised special diet with food restrictions. Otherwise, having a well-balanced dietary pattern with a variety of foods is adequate and more effective than taking supplements. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) removed Jack3d and Oxyelite Pro, along with 17 other supplement brands, from the retail stores on military bases because the real ingredient in these supplements was the synthetic drug 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA). DMAA has been linked to severe side effects like heat injuries, seizures, brain hemorrhages, and heart problems. Visit (http://hprc-online.org/dietary-supplements/opss) Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS) to get the latest tools and resources to help you make a wise and informed decision when purchasing supplements.


Tax Season Tips for Military Families
As April 15 nears, we invited Navy veteran and financial advisor Cmdr. Todd Severance from the Echelon Group to join us, and offer his tax tips for servicemembers, military families and veterans. (http://podcasts.military.com/2014/03/mi ... -tips.html) Visit this week's Military Benefits Podcast for more.


American Legion World Series to be Televised
Together, The American Legion and the Shelby (N.C.) Baseball World Series Committee have inked a five-year contract that will expand the viewership of the American Legion World Series (ALWS) to nearly 80 million viewers. Starting with the 2014 ALWS, the championship game will be televised live by ESPNU. The last time a Legion World Series championship game was live on TV was 35 years ago. All games leading up to the championship event will still be live streamed on ESPN3. Events surrounding the ALWS are still in the planning stages.
For more military-related entertainment news, visit the (http://www.military.com/off-duty) Military.com Off-duty section.


Hiring Conference Coming in May
Whether you are a veteran or wounded warrior looking for a job or an employer looking for qualified candidates, the Department of the Navy's 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference is the place to be May 28-29 in Raleigh, N.C. The first day, May 28, is employer-focused, with sessions designed to share best practices and innovative ways to recruit, hire, train and retain our nation's wounded warriors and veterans. Day two, May 29, features a career fair for employers to connect with veterans and wounded warriors. For more information and to register, visit the Department of the Navy's 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference website at (http://www.navsea.navy.mil/WWemployment/default.aspx) www.navsea.navy.mil/WWemployment/default.aspx.
For more veteran job news, listings and resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.


$100k Family Protection: Only $7 a Month
Protection for less. Get $100,000 in coverage from only $7 a month. (http://www.military.com/insurance/?lpid ... rvr0324.nl) Could your family afford their lifestyle if something happened to you?


Human Error Caused Legionella Outbreak
The American Legion reports that a series of emails obtained by CBS News shows that top executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Pittsburgh knew that a deadly outbreak of Legionella bacteria was caused by human error -- more than a year before action was taken to warn patients. During a Feb. 5, 2013, congressional hearing, VA officials from the Pittsburgh facility testified that the hospital's water system was responsible for the spread of Legionella that took the lives of five patients and made 16 more seriously ill. The American Legion's System Worth Saving Task Force visited the Pittsburgh VA hospital in September, 2013 to evaluate its health-care quality and learn what responses were taken to eliminate the Legionella outbreak. The report can be downloaded from the (http://www.legion.org/publications/2181 ... are-system) American Legion website.


VA Loan Limits Are Up for 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has updated its 2014 VA loan limits effective February 28, 2014. For most areas, the limit is still $417,000, unless listed as a high-cost county where limits are higher. (http://www.military.com/money/va-loans/ ... rvr0324.nl) The limits are in place for the remainder of 2014.


House Holds VA 2015 Budget Hearing
The U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently held a hearing on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2015. The hearing, held by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, heard from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and three of his lieutenants: Under Secretary for Health Robert Petzel, Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey and Stephen Warren, head of VA's information technology office. Submissions and a recorded webcast of the hearing are available on the (http://veterans.house.gov/hearing/us-de ... -year-2015) U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs website.


Don't Waste Your VA Loan Benefit
Now is the time to use your VA Loan. You don't have to pay PMI or have a large down payment. Plus you can get financing up to $417,000. (https://secure.military.com/leads/VALoa ... rvr0324.nl) Use your VA Loan Benefit today.
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Featured Discount: Art.com 35% Off
Art.com is proud to offer an exclusive discount to members of the US Military and their families. (https://artdotcom.sheerid.com/) All eligible members receive 35% off any purchase over $30.


Sponsored Discount: Save an Extra 10% on PCs and Tablets
Because Dell appreciates everything you do for us, we would like to invite you to take advantage of exclusive military discounts on Dell PCs featuring 4th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) processors, electronics and so much more. (http://adfarm.mediaplex.com/ad/ck/12309 ... 51-16?mpt=[CACHEBUSTER]) Whether you're at home or abroad, soldiers save big with Dell.


CSC Committed to Hiring Veterans
Start your civilian career with CSC. As a business solutions leader they can provide endless opportunity and a career path that lets you choose where you want to be. (http://www.military.com/jobs-in/employe ... rvr0324.nl) Read More.


TRICARE Shutters Walk-in Service Centers
All stateside TRICARE walk-in service centers will be closing April 1. The closure of the 189 facilities is expected to save the Defense Department about $50 million a year, officials said. The TRICARE Service Centers, which handle about 137,000 visitors a month, are staffed by contractors and handle issues ranging from processing provider changes to billing problems. Patients with questions and concerns about their TRICARE services can visit the TRICARE website at (http://www.tricare.mil/) www.tricare.mil or call their toll free number at 1-877-TRICARE. (http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014 ... ril-1.html) Read the full story on Military.com.


Free Tax Preparation for Military
(http://www.military.com/money/personal- ... rvr0324.nl) Military personnel and their families have access to a variety of tax preparation and filing services for free.


American Legion Baseball Registration
Team registration for the 2014 American Legion Baseball season is currently available at the American Legion Baseball website at (http://www.baseball.legion.org/) www.baseball.legion.org. Any team that fails to register by May 15 shall pay an additional $200 to their respective American Legion department. And any team that fails to register by June 1 will not be permitted to play during the season. Coaches can use the same username and password from last year, and they can locate and renew teams and players from previous seasons. For questions or concerns, please email (mailto:baseball@legion.org) baseball@legion.org.
For more military-related entertainment news, visit the (http://www.military.com/off-duty) Military.com Off-duty section.


Register for the Legion's Legacy Run
Registration for the USAA-sponsored 2014 American Legion Legacy Run is available on the (https://www.legion.org/riders/registration) American Legion website. A printable registration form is available (http://www.legion.org/documents/legion/ ... 2014_2.pdf) online. Online registration ends August 9. The 2014 Run leaves Indianapolis Aug. 17 and will end up in Charlotte, N.C. -- site of the 2014 American Legion National Convention -- on Aug. 21. A route for the run is being finalized. Registration fees are $50 for riders, and $25 for passengers and supporters. The latter category is a new addition this year. The annual Legacy Run supports the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, which was established so the children of servicemembers killed on or after Sept. 11, 2001, have the opportunity to pursue a college education.


Space Command Addresses Challenges
Douglas L. Loverro, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, joined by Gen. William L. Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee's strategic forces subcommittee on the department's space program posture. "If potential adversaries are to challenge the United States, they must do so in the space domain," said Loverro. Testimonies and a video of the hearing are available on the (http://www.armed-services.senate.gov/he ... 03/12/2014) U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services website.
For more military news, visit the (http://www.military.com/daily-news) Military.com News Center.


Is it Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Sometimes the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder are obvious. Sometimes they are not so easy to see. Hear Veterans talk about (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/apps/AboutFace/q ... -ptsd.html) "How I knew I had PTSD" in the AboutFace videos that show how treatment turned their lives around. Following trauma almost everyone experiences some (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/problems/ ... trauma.asp) common reactions. If after the first few weeks your emotional reactions are getting in the way of your day-to-day life, talk to a counselor or your doctor.
For more PTSD information and resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/vetera ... rview.html) Military.com PTSD section.


Mandatory "Mail Order Meds"
About 500,000 military beneficiaries age 65 and older with chronic health conditions are being forced, starting this month, to have maintenance drug prescriptions filled by mail order rather than in local retail pharmacies. The (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricar ... -life.html) TRICARE For Life (TFL) (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricar ... ogram.html) Home Delivery pilot is a yearlong program required by law. Defense Department health officials project it will save the government $120 million per year in retail drug costs and save beneficiaries $28 million a year in lower drug co-payments. (http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2 ... e-elderly/) Read the latest 'Military Update' to learn more about the Home Delivery pilot program.
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