Veteran Report - Week of October 06, 2014

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Veteran Report - Week of October 06, 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:31 pm

Veteran Report - Week of October 06, 2014

Final Rule on Protected Vets
The U.S. Department of Labor has published a final rule that reduces reporting requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors who hire and employ veterans under provisions of the ( Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. Under this final rule, the department will receive valuable information on the number of protected veterans employed by federal contractors and the job categories in which they work. The term "protected veterans" includes: disabled veterans, veterans who served on active duty during a war or campaign for which a campaign badge was authorized, veterans who were awarded an Armed Forces Service Medal and recently separated veterans. The final rule was published in the Federal Register and is available ( online.
For more veteran job news, job postings and transition advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Veterans Benefits Explained
In addition to the pensions and benefits to which you may be entitled because of both public and private employment, you may also be eligible for certain benefits based on your military service. ( ... Learn more.

Chart a New Course with American Commercial Lines
American Commercial Lines is committed to keeping our country on the move by safely transporting commerce on our inland waterways, and we take pride in employing those who have served our nation with honor. We offer a multitude of career opportunities in which military veterans are able to transition their hard-earned experience and excel in an environment that encourages both career and personal growth. ( ... Learn more.

New Boots for Marines
The Marine Corps is buying boots with up to twice the operational lifespan over the current option provided to new recruits. The Rugged All-Terrain boot (RAT boot) will be the boot of choice in sea bags for incoming Marine Corps recruits starting Dec. 1, 2014. Each sea bag will come with two pairs of boots, one for hot weather and one for temperate weather. The boots weigh the same as their predecessor, the Marine Corps Combat Boots, but have a longer lifespan. The new boots also offer greater traction with a redesigned sole that replaces an older treaded sole. The Marine Corps is buying approximately 40,000 boots in all, half of the hot weather variant and the other half of the temperate weather variant.
For more details on the boot change, see this ( ... boots.html) KitUp article.

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VA Updates Disability Claims Form
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form. The new form will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and provide information that is necessary to process their claims and appeals. The new regulations go into effect in late March 2015. The updated process also includes standardizing the traditional informal claims process by employing a new "Intent to File a Claim" process which gives the veteran or survivor one year to compile the necessary documentation or evidence to support the claim while preserving an effective date of claim. More information about VA Forms ( 21-526EZ, ( 21-527EZ, ( 21-534EZ or VA Form ( 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement, may be found at VA's eBenefits website at ( or the VA Forms webpage at (
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

TRICARE to Snail Mail Notifications
Tricare is moving many of its notifications from postal mail to an online system, the agency announced Oct 1. The change will be effective immediately, according to a release from Tricare, and will impact notices about changes to coverage and Tricare eligibility, it says. That means if, for example, your coverage is pulled for any reason you will not receive a notice about it in the mail. Instead, you will receive an email or mailed post card asking you to log-in to the Defense Department's online benefits system, ( ... 9mmj2z0s_4) milConnect, to read your change notice. ( ... -away.html) Read the full article on SpouseBuzz.

Military Health Review Shows Mixed Results
This week, DoD released the results of a much-anticipated review of the Military Health System (MHS). Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered a review of access, quality and safety of care within the MHS in the wake of the VA's health care scandal. Overall the report's results are mixed.
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VA Awards Adaptive Sports Grants
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the award of approximately $8 million in grants to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled veterans and disabled servicemembers of the Armed Forces. Adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for persons with disabilities. Funding may be used for such things as training, program development, recreation therapists, coaches, sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation and other activities related to program implementation and operation. The grants will be distributed to 69 national, regional and community programs serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa. Information about the awardees and details of the program are available at the VA Adaptive Sports Program webpage at (
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Pets for Patriots
The nonprofit organization Pets for Patriots partners matches veterans (active duty, reserves or retired) with at-risk shelter pets. "At-risk" shelter pets are the dogs less likely to be adopted. Dogs adopted in the Pets for Patriots program may be eligible for training as an aide dog or therapy dog. To some veterans, especially those with physical or mental wounds, owning a pet may be the difference between life and death. Persons who participate in the program and rent an apartment may need to clear the adoption with their landlord. For more information and to find a participating shelter, visit the Pets for Patriots website at (
For more on pets and the military, visit the ( Pet Corner.

New VA Grants for Homeless Programs
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the award of $207 million in SSVF grants that will help 70,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 82 non-profit agencies and include "surge" funding for 56 high need communities. Under the terms of the SSVF grants, homeless providers offer veterans and their family members outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in receiving other public benefits. Community-based groups can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs. For more information, visit the VA Homeless webpage at ( and VA's Supportive Services for Veteran Families webpage at (
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Vets Turn to Farming
Several program and organizations exist to aid veterans who want to turn to farming. The National Farmer Veteran Coalition at ( offers a small grant program that purchases agricultural equipment for farmer/veterans. Its Homegrown by Heroes marketing program helps farmer veterans put a label on the goods they sell. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) "2501 Program" enables community groups to work with fledgling farmers to own and operate their own farms or ranches. For more information, visit the USDA website at ( Other organizations include the ( ... 3final.pdf) Farm Bureau, ( Ag Warriors, the Growing ( Warriors Project, ( Warriors That Farm, ( ... 5942616220) Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture, the ( Veterans Farmers Project, and the ( USDA.
For more veteran job news, job postings and transition advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Women Vets in Transition
Women veterans are underserved. A new report shows that women veterans' health, economic and social needs are not being met by a support system designed for male veterans. ( ... Read more.

Uber Seeks 50K Vets for UBERMilitary
Uber, the ride-sharing company, has started a new initiative, UBERMilitary. The company hopes to recruit 50,000 veterans, military members and their spouses to become Uber drivers over the next 18 months. Representatives from the company will visit veteran job fairs, offer recruitment bonuses and waive city fees and deposits for veterans. Uber runs a background check on its driver applicants, and puts them through an online training course. Uber takes a 20 percent cut of the driver's gross earnings (the drivers pay for gas, insurance, and maintenance themselves). For more information, visit the ( UBER Blog and the ( Uber Military webpage.
For more veteran job news, job postings and transition advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

New Memorial for Veterans
America's 4 million disabled veterans are now bring honored with the dedication of the nation's first memorial specifically designed for them. The 2.4-acre American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial at 150 Washington Ave. in Washington, D.C was officially dedicated with a public ceremony Oct. 5. For more on the memorial, visit the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial's dedication page at (

New Vet Help Line in Michigan
The state of Michigan has formally launched a help line that military veterans can call at any time to get assistance about their government benefits and services. The Veteran Resource Service Center is a partnership between the state Veterans Affairs Agency and the United Way's 211 phone system. Veterans who want help navigating various government agencies are encouraged to call 1-800-MICH-VET during business hours and 211 after hours and on the weekends.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

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Oak Ridge Boys to Help Veterans
The American Legion and Grammy Award-winning artists, The Oak Ridge Boys, are uniting to raise awareness and support for needs of U.S. military veterans, including better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), help with the VA benefits process, and education and career opportunities for those who served our nation in uniform. The Oak Ridge Boys will participate in a national fundraising and awareness campaign to support the detection and treatment of mental health issues among veterans, 22 of whom are lost each day to suicide. The American Legion has conducted an extensive focus in the last four years to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). VA estimates that upwards of 20 percent of veterans from the recent wars are confronting PTSD.
For mental health guides and tips, visit the ( ... d-wellness) Mental Health and Wellness section.

Veterans at Increased Risk for Skin Cancer
A new study suggests that U.S. military personnel deployed overseas during the past decade have increased risk factors for skin cancer. Only 22% of veterans reported being made very aware of the risks of skin cancer, compared with 41% who reported not being made aware at all. Dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Powers highlighted a ( prior retrospective review of tumor registries showing that the melanoma incidence increased from 1990-1994 to 2000-2004 among white active-duty military personnel and that rates were significantly higher among those 45 years or older. An abstract of the prior study is available on the website at (

Technology to Accelerate Your Career Transition
With the current job market more competitive than ever, it is important to use all the resources and tools available to you in your career search. Looking for the right job can take up as much time as being employed full time. With current work responsibilities and competing personal responsibilities, taking advantage of transition tools electronically can help you manage everything on your plate. For more on how you can use technology to aid your job search, see ( ... ition.html) this article.

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