Veterans Report - Week of May 19, 2014
New Law to Protect Job-Seeking Vets
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed a military employment anti-discrimination bill into law -- the first of its kind in the country. The bill makes it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire an applicant because of their status as a U.S. Military veteran, National Guard member or reservist. The new law also requires the Indiana Civil Rights Commission to address any alleged violations and the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs to distribute information notifying veterans of this practice. For more information, contact the (http://www.in.gov/dva/) Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs at 317-232-3910 or toll-free (in-state) 1-800-400-4520.
American Legion Band to Tour
The Holland (Mich.) American Legion Band will travel to Europe in early June for a whirlwind tour of concerts to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Among the storied places they will play include: Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Carentan, Saint-Lo, the Normandy American Cemetery and several towns in the Netherlands. Willard G. Leenhouts Post 6 of Holland, which received its initial charter in June 1919, formed a musical group that included Legionnaires and community members -- a mix that persists to this day, with usually around 85 performers for the big summer concert series. The band also performs year-round at veterans homes and military funerals. For more information, visit the Holland American Legion Band website at (http://www.hollandlegionband.org/) http://www.hollandlegionband.org and (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holland- ... 9200976211) Facebook page.
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Troops May Opt-In for New Retirement Plan
Current military members and retirees are to be "grandfathered" from any retirement changes that the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommends to Congress next February. But, current members shouldn't let that dampen their interest in the commission's final recommendations, because any retirement reforms will likely include an "opt-in" feature. Many currently serving members will get the chance to choose to switch to a more modern, less generous retirement plan. Who would do that? If past behavior is a reliable guide, thousands will.
(http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2 ... ment-plan/) Read this week's Military Update on the Military Advantage blog.
Participate in the National Memorial Day Parade Virtually
The National Memorial Day Parade is the largest Memorial Day event in the country taking place on Monday, May 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. Each year the parade welcomes more than 300,000 spectators and 4,000 participants to honor our military veterans, both past and present. To take part in the parade virtually, visit (http://www.virtualbootsontheground.com/) http://www.virtualbootsontheground.com.
French Village Memorializes B-17 Crew
The people of Avord, France, dedicated a memorial May 8, 2014, honoring the crew of a U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress shot down during World War II. The B-17, nicknamed the Georgia Rebel II, crashed at about 12:00 p.m. April 28, 1944, on a mission bombing a Nazi German-occupied airfield, Avord Air Base, located in the middle of France. The dedication ceremony included a church service, wreath-laying ceremonies, an exhibition on the 1944 bombardments, and dinner. Family members from three of the crew members attended.
(http://www.military.com/video/search?vsk=B-17) Visit Military.com for more information on the B-17 Flying Fortress.
Exchanges to Honor Vietnam Veterans
As Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day draw near, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will honor Vietnam War veterans by giving shoppers a chance to share memories and stories of sacrifice with a virtual (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aafespa/1 ... 2/sizes/l/) Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance. Through May 30, Exchange shoppers are invited to share memories of their service in Vietnam or recognize the sacrifices of friends and families through the Exchange's Facebook page at (http://www.facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PX) www.facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PX or Twitter at (https://twitter.com/exchange_STYS) twitter.com/exchange_STYS. Current and former military members and their families and friends can add their stories and remembrances to create the virtual wall. Additional information and instructions are available at the Exchange's Patriot Family Connection website at (http://www.shopmyexchange.com/Community/patriotfamily/) www.shopmyexchange.com/Community/patriotfamily.
Navy Nurses Visit Veteran Nurses
Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) Nurse Corps officers recently visited the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, Washington as part of their week-long commemoration of the Navy Nurse Corps 106th birthday. The nurses met and mingled with retired Navy nurses. The Navy Nurse Corps birthday also coincides with National Nurses Week, annually recognized and celebrated May 6 to May 12 commemorating the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing. On May 13, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Naval Appropriations Bill that authorized the establishment of the Nurse Corps as a unique staff corps of the Navy. For more information on the Navy Nurse Corps, visit the (https://www.nko.navy.mil/login/index.htm) Navy Nurse Corps official homepage on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO).
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Naval History and Heritage Command
The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. Naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions through our nation's history, and supports the Fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus. For more information, visit the NHHC website at (http://www.history.navy.mil) www.history.navy.mil.
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New Online College Tool
To help servicemen and women efficiently navigate their college search, Milwaukee-based startup Home Front Alliance recently launched an online college matching and connection tool called The Edge CCT. According to its founder, the new college connection tool is the first of its kind built especially for the military. The Edge CCT consists of a database of more than 3,000 two- and four-year nonprofit colleges and universities across the country. Each school has its own profile page. From admissions information to campus services and undergraduate degree offerings, institution profiles give users a good first impression of school cultures and missions. To identify schools that match their interests and aspirations, individual users first create their own profile on The Edge CCT. For more information, visit The Edge CCT website at (https://www.theedgecct.com/) https://www.theedgecct.com.
9 Areas to Lose R&R Leave and Danger Pay
Department of Defense officials are urging servicemembers to fully understand the Rest and Recuperation Leave Program (R&R) when deploying to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of operations. Starting June 1, nine countries in the theater of operations including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will not receive (http://www.military.com/benefits/milita ... r-pay.html) hostile fire/imminent danger pay. Thus, servicemembers who deploy on 365-day deployments or PCS to these nine countries after June 1 will no longer be eligible for the R&R program. USCENTCOM is developing options on how to best transition to an ordinary leave program. For more information, visit the Air Force Personnel Center website at (http://www.afpc.af.mil/) www.afpc.af.mil, or call AFPC's Total Force Service Center at (800) 525-0102.
(http://www.military.com/benefits/milita ... r-pay.html) Learn more about Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay.
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WH Urged to Create VA Commission
Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, president of the (http://www.moaa.org/) Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) wrote to President Barack Obama, urgently recommending he establish an independent, high-level commission to examine the VA health care system for the nation's veterans in the 21st century. MOAA's request is in response to recent reports that a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. was keeping two waiting lists for veterans seeking care. A 'secret' list allegedly was used to deny access to care for veterans so that overall numbers would look good. The list is alleged to have contributed to the untimely deaths of as many as 40 veterans. The VA Inspector General is investigating the charges.
(http://www.moaa.org/Main_Menu/Multimedi ... ssion.html) Read the full article on MOAA.
MOAA Counters Service Chiefs
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) asked the Military Officers Association of America to address a number of discrepancies between testimony provided by MOAA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a May 6 hearing. This week MOAA responded to the committee and addressed three key areas.
See MOAA's response at: (http://www.moaa.org/MRCountersServiceChiefs) www.moaa.org/MRCountersServiceChiefs.
Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?
June marks the start of Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean. Are you prepared? Personnel should have a number of things ready to go in case of an emergency, especially one that may require evacuation like a hurricane. Individuals and family members should have a firm plan in place of where to go, what to do, and what to take if they need to evacuate during a hurricane. Emergency kits should include enough food and water to last several days, necessary medications, and other items such as maps, tools, flashlights, and a first aid kit. Evacuees should also stay informed of up-to-date information regarding road and base closures, unsafe traveling conditions, and weather warnings. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane) Red Cross Hurricane webpage, the (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php) National Hurricane Center Hurricane Preparedness webpage, the (http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes) Ready.gov website, or the (http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurr ... pplies.asp) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
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American Legion PTSD/TBI Symposium
Continuing its efforts to raise awareness about servicemembers and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), The American Legion will conduct a symposium in June focusing on both injuries, as well as conventional and alternative treatments for each. The symposium, "Advancing Treatment and Care for Veterans with TBI and PTSD," will take place June 24 at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. Attendees of the symposium would include The American Legion's TBI/PTSD Committee, American Legion national and department leadership from the area, members of Congress, and researchers, clinicians and policy makers from both VA and DoD.
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Online VA Claims
Get step-by-step instructions for filing an electronic Fully Developed Claim for disability compensation on eBenefits. Watch the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) video on (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSzX029_ohA) YouTube.
Wyoming Offering In-state Tuition
Through a new state law, the University of Wyoming (UW) now offers in-state tuition to qualified military veteran students. To qualify for the new benefit, nonresident military veteran students must meet the following criteria: (1) be a veteran of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard; U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps; and National Guard or any reserve or auxiliary component; (2) apply to attend UW within one year of honorable discharge from military service; (3) provide evidence of taking steps to establish Wyoming residency. For questions about the new in-state residency qualifications or requirements, contact Marty Martinez, UW (http://www.uwyo.edu/vetservices/) Veterans Services Center (VSC) project coordinator, (307) 766-6909 or email (mailto:email@example.com) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steps Taken to Address VA Firestorm
The top official for veterans' health care resigned Friday, as the Obama administration and Congress begin to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans' hospitals nationwide. The House has scheduled a vote for Wednesday on legislation that would give Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki greater authority to fire or demote senior executives and administrators at the agency and its 152 medical Centers.
(http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014 ... storm.html) Read the full article on Military.com.
TRICARE Mental Health Benefit
TRICARE covers mental/behavioral health care that is medically or psychologically necessary. There are many different types of outpatient and inpatient mental/behavioral health care, and the coverage varies by the type of care. For more information about TRICARE's behavioral health benefit, visit the TRICARE Mental Health webpage at (http://www.tricare.mil/mentalhealth) www.tricare.mil/mentalhealth.
Keflavik Air Base Reunion 2014
Attention all service members and veterans who served at Naval Air Station Keflavik; the good people of Iceland will be hosting a reunion in your honor at NASKEF on September 4 - 7, 2014. The event will include tours of the local area and former air station and a gala/dinner. There is also an optional brunch to be held at the world famous 'Blue Lagoon.' The registration fee is $25 and the reunion/gala dinner is $60. Local tours, trips, hotels, and rental cars can be booked through www.keflanding.com or request more information through (mailto:email@example.com) firstname.lastname@example.org
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