Veterans Report - Week of April 21, 2014

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Veterans Report - Week of April 21, 2014

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Veterans Report - Week of April 21, 2014

What Do MOH Recipients Get?
On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant White will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions. Earning the MOH will entitle White to privileges and benefits for the rest of his life. ( ... rdees-get/) So what are the perks of earning the MOH?
( ... rdees-get/) Read this week's Military Advantage to learn more.

Army Museum Educates Soldiers
The U.S. Army Finance Corps Museum, located at Fort Jackson, S.C., is part of the overall Army program to inform finance Soldiers about the significant historical events and objects that are part of their branch heritage. Although museum tours are essential to exposing FM students to the history and artifacts of the Finance Corps, the ( Finance Corps Museum website, has brief exhibit displays by topic, a historical timeline, a Finance Corps heritage and values video, an activation of the Finance Corps video, and links to documents. More links and items will be added in the future. Also, the Financial Management School's milBook page provides a link to the official ( U.S. Army Finance Corps Museum blog.
For more on Army history, visit the ( Army birthday page.

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Help Support's 8-bit Salute is proud to announce that it is ( ... antID=1198) supporting the third annual 8-Bit Salute, a 24-hour video game marathon run by Operation Supply Drop. The marathon directly supports service members by raising money for specialized care packages. For our part in the marathon, editor Stephen Bajza will be playing and live-streaming 24 straight hours of "Titanfall" for the Xbox One on May 17th. For assistance in completing the full 24 hours, has the honor of playing alongside a squad of Army Special Forces for the duration of the marathon, as well as various other service members and veterans. To help support this effort, ( ... antID=1198) check out's page on Operation Supply Drop, and see ( ... alute.html) this article for more details.

France Preps for D-Day's 70th Anniversary
Stars and Stripes reports that France is preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. An official ceremony marking the anniversary will bring together heads of state from the major combatant nations on June 6 at Sword Beach. Dozens of other commemorations and events are being planned across Normandy to mark the anniversary, including concerts, films, fireworks displays and parachute drops. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial contains the graves of 9,387 Americans, most of whom were killed in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. For more information on the cemetery, visit the American Battle Monuments Commission website at (
For more on D-Day, visit the ( ... =dday_main) D-Day section.

Report Looks at Nation's Health
The nation's health is improving in more than half of the critical measures that are known to have major influence in reducing preventable disease and death, according to a new ( ... pdate.aspx) report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are 14 health indicators that have either been met or are improving in this first third of the decade, including: (1) fewer adults smoking cigarettes; (2) fewer children exposed to secondhand smoke; (3) more adults meeting physical activity targets; and (4) fewer adolescents using alcohol or illicit drugs. The report, Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators: Progress Update, is available on the website at ( ... pdate.aspx)

S. Carolina Law Helps Ease Transition
South Carolina is making it easier for military men and women who drove military trucks and are leaving the military to get a civilian driver's license for commercial vehicles. While the military applicants will not have to pass the skills test for operating vehicles more than 26,000 pounds in gross weight, they will have to pass all other knowledge tests and meet federal regulations before getting a commercial license. Active duty military personnel may apply while still in uniform or within 90 days after their separation of military service. Application forms are available on the ( ... TestWaiver) South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website and must be signed by the applicant's commanding officer. For more information, visit the South Carolina ( DMV website.
For more veteran job news, job postings and transition advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

VA Improves eBenefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to enhance the VA/Department of Defense online portal, ( ... its.portal) eBenefits with a new self-service feature that automates the processing of disabled Veterans' requests to add family members or change their statuses. Called the Rules Based Processing System (RBPS), veterans who have at least a 30-percent VA disability rating can use eBenefits to request a change in family member status to: (1) add a spouse; (2) add a dependent biological child or stepchild; and (3) add a child (age 18 to 23) who is enrolled in an educational institution approved by VA. VA will still manually process paper requests for dependency changes, as well as online requests that do not meet all of the automation criteria.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

VA Offers Dental Insurance for Vets
The U.S. Government has authorized a national dental insurance program for veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs health care and individuals enrolled in VA's CHAMPVA program. Premium rates will vary depending on your geographic region and the plan option you select. There are three options that are available: basic, enhanced and comprehensive. These plans range from about $8 for the basic up to about $27 for comprehensive. For more information, visit the Delta Dental website at (
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Freedom Hunters Seeking Donations
Freedom Hunters is a national volunteer non-profit organization that sends wounded service members, Gold Star family members, children of the deployed, and service members returning from war on no-cost hunting, fishing and shooting adventures. Last year Freedom Hunters held over 500 adventures, and has set a goal of providing 750 adventures in 2014. The organization is looking for donations of any items that can be used in upcoming live auctions, silent auctions, raffles or as door prizes. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these events will be used to send wounded service members, Gold Star family members and children of the deployed on outdoor adventures. for more information contact Chris Miller at (
For more family support resources, see this ( ... vices.html) Family Center.

Top Brass Continue to Push for Pay Caps
According to Tom Philpott, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been given an unusual and potentially powerful opportunity to persuade senators that the risk of reduced military readiness can be avoided. All seven of the nation's top four-star officers are to testify on May 6. They are expected to try to convince Congress to curb personnel costs in an effort to reduce the impact on weapons systems, training, and equipment. The JCS hopes to convince Congress that shield compensation from the effects of sequestration is creating a readiness dilemma.
( ... readiness/) Read this week's Military Update on the Military Advantage blog.

Tennessee Offers Vets In-state Tuition
Veterans who want to go to college in Tennessee will get help paying for it, even if they do not live in the state. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that would give out-of-state veterans, in-state tuition. It is called the Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act. The law applies to veterans eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits or Montgomery GI Bill benefits. Veterans also have to enroll in a college or university within two years of the day they are discharged. For more information, contact the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs at (615) 741-2931 or e-mail (
For more on military education benefits, visit the ( Education section.

Veterans Writing Project
The Veterans Writing Project helps veterans and their families write out their stories. Founded by a veteran, the organization's goals are literary, social, and therapeutic. Returning warriors have known for centuries the healing power of narrative. The organization gives veterans the skills they need to capture their stories and do so in an environment of mutual trust and respect. The organization's seminars are led by working writers who hold MA or MFA writing degrees and who are, more importantly, combat veterans. For more information, visit the Veterans Writing Project website at (

Month of the Military Child
Throughout April, military commands around the world are celebrating the contributions and sacrifices military children continue to make while their parent or parents serve the nation. Roughly two million military children in the United States are connected to the military through one or both parents, and the majority of that population is under 12 years old. To find out more information about Month of the Military Child and share stories, visit the Month of the Military Child website at (
For more family support resources, see this ( ... vices.html) Family Center.

Tips for Lifelong Caregiving
As the 2.6 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan join previous generations of veterans, it's clear that many of our veterans will require long-term caregiving support. Studies estimate there are 5.5 million military caregivers across the United States, with nearly 20 percent caring for someone who served in the military since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The personal impact of providing care is enormous, the physical and emotional toll can be substantial, and navigating through the policies and procedures of various government agencies can be overwhelming.
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has released a new resource to help all caregivers and their families with unmet legal and financial education needs. To learn more about Tips for Lifelong Caregiving, go to (

Congressional Fellowship Program for Vets
Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a survey suggests they rarely follow that advice with their personal staff. To boost those numbers, lawmakers announce a new fellowship program, the Veterans Congressional Fellowship, which is designed to enable veterans to translate skills acquired through military service into working for a legislative team on Capitol Hill. The first class of fellows will begin this summer. Under the program, veterans will be assigned to a lawmaker's office, where they will learn about the legislative process and how to assist constituents. The fellows will earn a certificate upon completing the program. For more information and to apply, visit ( ... ip-program) U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson's website.
For more veteran job news, job postings and transition advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Nuclear Forces Budget Hearings
Air Force Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, the assistant chief of staff, strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, testified recently before the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces along with other Department of Defense witnesses on the fiscal year 2015 Atomic Energy Defense and Nuclear Forces budget. Subcommittee members questioned Harencak on the life expectancy of the current intercontinental ballistic missile force and when the system would begin aging out. Gen. Harencak responded that the Minuteman III ICBM will be sustained through 2030, and added the force will be safe and effective until then. Witness statements from the hearing are available on the ( ... ear-forces) House Armed Services Committee website.
For more military news updates, visit the ( News Center.

Smithsonian Seeks Your Help
The Smithsonian is seeking your help as a National Audience Partner for the Raise It Up! Anthem for America event to be held on Flag Day, June 14, 2014. Anthem for America will be a live world-wide celebration when millions of Americans come together to commemorate the 200th birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner. A celebrity artist will lead Americans in a world-wide singing of the Star-Spangled Banner on the National Mall, steps from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814. As a partner, your organization's name will appear on the Raise It Up! Anthem for America website and in other materials supporting the project. For more information and to register, visit the ( Raise It Up! webpage on the Smithsonian website.
For more on Flag Day, visit ('s Flag Day page.

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Tops in Blue
Tops in Blue, the premier entertainment showcase of the U. S. Air Force, returns this year with its long-standing tradition of "family entertaining family," illustrating what has made Tops In Blue a "must see" event for more than 60 years. Representing a wide variety of career specialties, they are an elite group of the most talented non-professional entertainers from throughout the Air Force. The show is guaranteed to energize hearts and souls and remind each of us that we stand proudly for America, its people and its music. For more information and a schedule of upcoming performances, visit the Tops in Blue website at ( Follow the group on Twitter at ( or visit their Facebook fan page at (
For more military-related entertainment news, visit the ( Off-duty Center.

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