Veterans Report - Week of April 16, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of April 16, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:52 am

Veterans Report - Week of April 16, 2012

Iowa Plans Parade for OIF/OEF Vets
Iowa is planning a big parade in June to welcome home thousands of veterans of the Iraq war while honoring Iowa men and women who have served in past wars. "The upcoming parade will be held at 10 a.m. On Saturday, June 30 in downtown Des Moines, beginning at the foot of the Iowa Capitol and ending at the Veterans Memorial - Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center," says retired Col. Robert King, who is heading the parade planning at the request of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Details of the parade are currently being worked out, and an announcement will be later this month.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Getting Out? Consider USMC Reserve
The Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) Active Reserve (AR) enables separated Marines to stay in the Marine Corps. Active Reserve Marines are stationed all over the country, including on Marine Corps bases. They are eligible to serve in billets such as drill instructor duty or recruiting duty and are able to deploy. Marines in the AR program also receive active duty pay, benefits and retirement benefits. To be eligible for the AR program, active duty Marines must be within six months of their expiration of active service date, be eligible for reenlistment and be willing to serve in an MOS required by the AR program. If you are interested in continuing your service with the Active Reserve program, contact your local prior service recruiter or call MCRC at (703) 432-9857.
For job listings across the nation and civilian job guides and tips, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Army Band Concerts in DC
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington Twilight Tattoo in Washington, DC has announced its summer season. The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," will hold its sunset military pageant consecutive Wednesdays on Summerall Field from April 25 to June 27 and on Whipple Field from July 11 to August 29. No tattoos will be held on the Wednesdays of June 13 or July 4, although there will be a tattoo on Tuesday June 12. The Twilight Tattoo begins at 7 p.m., but static displays relating to military history will be on view beginning at 6 p.m. All events are open to the public. For more information, visit the ( Twilight Tattoo 2012 website, the U.S. Army Band ( "Pershing's Own" website, and the ( Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps website.
For more entertainment-related military news, visit the ( Entertainment Center.

Featured Employer: AT&T Hiring Military
AT&T is hiring veterans and transitioning servicemembers. ( ... Visit the AT&T Veteran Talent Portal to apply for jobs, translate your military skills and network with other veterans. In the military, you contributed to a disciplined, motivated and successful team. You'll be right at home with AT&T. We continuously recognize the contributions of our armed forces. In every area of AT&T, you'll find retired military and active reservists who made the transition to civilian life. ( ... Visit the AT&T Veteran Talent Portal Now.

Deal of the Week: Lenovo Military Tough
PCs for DOers in the field, abroad or at home. ( Veterans, Military Personnel, & Family save up to 35% on Lenovo PCs, including the award-winning ThinkPad.

Featured Job: Careers with the TSA
Make a world of difference to the traveling public and protect our nation's transportation infrastructure. ( Join our team and help TSA secure freedom of movement.

Funerals for Homeless Veterans
More than 150,000 homeless veterans in the U.S., many whose remains are unclaimed at their death, risk burial in paupers' graves. Through the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program. Dignity Memorial funeral and cemetery providers provide preparation of the body, transportation, clothing and coordination of the funeral service. The Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program now operates in 35 cities and has conducted more than 1,000 services for homeless veterans across the United States since its inception in 2000. For more information, contact a Dignity Memorial Service Provider by using the 'Find a Provider Box' on the ( ... Dignity Memorial website.
For more on memorial benefits, visit the ( Military Memorial Benefits page.

Are You Eligible for a VA Home Loan?
In order to obtain a VA home loan, you must first fill out VA Form 26-1880, the request for your Certificate of Eligibility. This certificate is issued only through the Veterans Administration, and is the first step towards applying for your loan. Veterans, active duty, guard or reserve, and military spouses potentially qualify for this certificate. Keep in mind that the Certificate of Eligibility, while necessary, only allows an eligible individual to apply for a home loan; it does not guarantee a loan approval. Eligibility for the Certificate is based on an individual's (or a spouse's) military service. ( ... Get specifics on
( ... Next Step: Find lenders ready to help you use your VA Home Loan

Prep Before Enrolling in College
The Post-9/11 GI Bill and recent drawdown's in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a flood of veterans headed to college. Roughly 416K veterans are currently using the GI Bill to prepare for their civilian careers. This number is sure to increase in the coming year -- unfortunately, the failure rate among student veterans is also likely to increase. In many cases veterans are finding that thier academic skills have gotten a bit rusty since high school. Fortunately, there are programs that can help vets refresh or build thier academic and study skills. This means that student vererans can protect their benefits and time by taking remedial or college prep courses before they go back to school.

Read the ( ... ou-enroll/) Military Advantage blog to learn how to ensure you are ready to go to college -- before enrolling.

Study Finds PTSD Gene Link
Stars and Stripes reports that a recent study has identified the genes that are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). "The existence of a study population with clear genetic links, common family histories, and exposure to a single trauma allowed researchers an unusual opportunity to distill information about genes' role in PTSD," said UCLA psychiatrist Armen K. Goenjian, who led the study. An abstract of the study is available in the April 5, 2012 online edition of the ( ... 2712001115) Journal of Affective Disorders.
For more facts on PTSD from's Ms. Vicki, visit the ( ... urces.html) Spouse and Family Center.

Study Looks at Alert Fatigue
Clinicians and information technology system designers at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis have been studying new models of electronic medication alerts as they look to combat alert fatigue, a condition that causes prescribers to tune out critical warnings. The study that is said to be the first in-depth examination of how clinicians react to medication alerts generated by electronic health records (EHR) systems. An abstract of the study is available in the ( ... 5/abstract) April 2012 issue of the International Journal of Medical Informatics.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments; communication difficulties; and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Signs and symptoms begin to show up early in life from one to three years of age, but the average age of diagnosis is five years. The Army has a partnership with respite care providers to allow parents and caregivers of a person with autism time take a break. Also the Department of Defense's Exceptional Family Member Program, a mandatory enrollment program, works with agencies to provide medical, educational and community support services to families with special needs. For more information, visit the ( STOMP Project website, the ( ... ILE:HOME:0) Exceptional Family Member Program website, and the ( ... ECTION=all) Mayo Clinic's Autism webpage.
For more military family resources and support programs, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

Grant Awarded in Mississippi
The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected a company for landscaping site improvements at the Biloxi Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Miss. Landscaping will consist of trees, shrubs, sod, and walkways, as well as covered walkways and new roadways. Most of the landscaping will take place in the central lawn area of the campus, which includes a fountain in the center. Landscaping is scheduled to be completed in winter 2012. Sixty-seven jobs will be created by this project.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

DANTES Credit-by-Examination
The DANTES "Credit-By-Exam" is a program that gives you the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. Find out how Credit-By-Exam tests can help you save money and time and help you ( ... ogram.html) achieve your education goals.
Next Step: It's important to compare schools to make sure it meets your specific requirements. ( Search for schools now.

$400k Coverage as Low as $1.50 a Day
How much are you paying for your VGLI? ASMBA offers veterans a better alternative to VGLI for less. You could provide $400k coverage for your loved ones for as low as $1.50 a day. Or customize your own coverage for less. ( Get a free quote now.

Confidential Help for Veterans
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring responders. Call 1-800-273-8255, chat online, or text 838255 any time, day or night. For more information, visit the ( Veterans Crisis Line website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Grants for Sports Programs
Community-based organizations that create or expand Paralympic sports and physical activities programs for disabled veterans are eligible for $1.6 million in grants from U.S. Paralympics. The Olympic Opportunity Fund offers grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to projects that "increase the number and quality of opportunities for physical and visually impaired veterans to participate in physical activities." For more information, visit the ( U.S. Paralympics website or call Tim Willis, USOC manager of Paralympic Grants, at 719-866-4536.
For military-level fitness programs and tips, visit the ( Daily PT blog.

SVA Shuts Down Chapters
Stars and Stripes reports that Student Veterans of America has shut down chapters at 40 for-profit colleges after discovering that many of the groups were member-less fronts used to promote the schools as "veteran friendly." The organization has 417 campus chapters and said it would not name the for-profit schools pending further investigation. Student veterans who believe they are being exploited or misrepresented by their school - regardless of the type of institution - should contact national SVA officials at the Student Veterans of America Website at (
For more on military education programs and benefits, visit the ( Education Center.

Military Education Benefits User's Guide
Military service offers several education benefits, but trying to use them can be confusing. This compact users guide from will help you use your education benefits wisely and get the most bang for your benefits buck - Tuition Assistance, TA Top Up, Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Federal Student Aid & Scholarships. ( ... View the online user's guide now.
Next Step: It's important to compare schools to make sure it meets your specific requirements. ( Search for schools with VA-Approved Programs Now.

Veterans Needed in Milwaukee
The Milwaukee VA medical center is asking veterans to help build the world's largest medical database. The effort is the "Million Veteran Program" sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program's goal is to collect blood samples and medical histories from a million vets nationwide, and eventually, make the information available to researchers. For more information, call the Milwaukee VA Medical Center at (414) 384-2000 and visit VA's ( Million Veteran Program webpage.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.
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