Veterans Report - Week of April 30, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of April 30, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Tue May 01, 2012 2:20 pm

Veterans Report - Week of April 30, 2012

Find a Career at VA
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will add 1,900 mental health staffers to its workforce. The new employees will include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. If you are interested in serving through a job in its health care system, VA is hiring. This represents nearly a 10 percent increase in VA's total force. For more information visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Careers webpage at (
For more on similar veteran job initiatives and job search advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Obtaining Veteran Service Documents
Army veterans and family members are eligible to receive service-related documents for free through official sources. Soldiers who separated in October, 2002 or later can submit a signed Standard Form 180/Request Pertaining to Military Records ( ( ... rm-180.PDF) to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, ATTN: AHRC-PDR-V/ Department 420, 1600 Spearhead Division Ave., Fort Knox, KY 40122-5402. Soldiers who separated prior to October, 2002 should submit a signed SF 180 to the National Archives and Records Administration's National Personnel Records Center, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63132-1002, or telephone the NPRC at 314-801-0800. National Guard Soldiers should contact their State Adjutant General at their state's address found at ( Veterans can also access their information directly at eBenefits at ( . For more information, telephone the Army Human Resource Command at 1-888-ARMYHRC (276-9472).
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

VA Adds Therapists, Counselors
The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its mental health services to include professionals from two additional health care fields: marriage and family therapists (MFT) and licensed professional mental health counselors (LPMHC). The new professionals will provide mental health diagnostic and psychosocial treatment services for Veterans and their families in coordination with existing mental health professionals at VA's medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, and Vet Centers. For more information about mental health care that VA provides, visit VA's Mental Health webpage at (
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

State Veteran's Benefits Directory
Each state manages its own benefit programs. The following is a list of links to the websites for each of the individual states that offer veterans benefits. Be sure to take advantage of the benefits you have earned by clicking on the link to your State Department of Veterans Affairs. ( ... ctory.html) See what benefits your state offers.
GI Bill Benefits are worth up to $52,500. Don't wait to use the GI Bill. ( Find schools with VA-approved Programs.

FAQs on VA Home Loans
Why get a VA loan over other types? Simply put, a VA home loan allows qualified buyers the opportunity to purchase a home with no down payment. If you've used a VA home loan before, you can have previously-used entitlement "restored" one time only in order to purchase another home with a VA loan if the borrower has paid off the prior loan but still owns the property, and wants to use his entitlement to purchase a second home. ( ... See more questions and answers on
( ... Next Step: Connect with Lenders ready to help you purchase or refinance with your VA Loan

Obtaining a Joint VA Loan?
A husband and wife in search of a home loan through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should have no problem if one of the spouses is a veteran or other eligible party. But what if a veteran and non-veteran join together for the purpose of obtaining a VA loan? The VA or VA approved lender could still grant a loan, but depending on several factors, it could require greater qualifications. ( ... Get the full answer on the VA Loan Blog.

American Freedom Festival San Diego
The American Freedom Foundation announces its 3rd annual American Freedom Festival San Diego. The event will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the USS Midway Museum and will feature the legendary Three Dog Night with special guests, ?World Classic Rockers" -- featuring Journey, Boston, Santana, Steppenwolf, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. This annual concert will celebrate our veterans and men and women of America's armed forces at the Party of the Year while benefiting various organizations that serve and support veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors and their families throughout San Diego County. Tickets for the American Freedom Festival at the USS Midway Museum on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30pm are $25.00, $44.50, $59.50 and $74.50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets will be available through ( and ( For more information, please visit these websites or or call (619) 398-8241.
For more entertainment-related military news, visit the ( Entertainment Center.

Ryder Inc. Vet Employment Website
Ryder System, Inc., a commercial transportation company, has launched a new military recruiting website at ( to help veterans easily match their military skills with open positions at Ryder. At the new website, veterans can access an automated feature that enables them to search for jobs according to their specific Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) or Military Occupation Code (MOC). Approximately eight percent of Ryder's current U.S. Workforce is made up of military veterans, including employees who are actively serving in the National Guard and reserve.
For more on similar veteran job initiatives and job search advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Obama Signs Order on New GI Bill
<p>While at Fort Stewart, Obama signed an executive order that will require schools to provide information about dropout rates and financial aid possibilities as well as protect military personnel, veterans and their family members from shady recruiting practices. The executive order "will make life a whole lot more secure for you and your families and our veterans," Obama said, "and a whole lot tougher for those who try to prey on you."</p>
<p><a href="">Read the full article</a>.</p>

Get Tickets for the GI Film Festival
The award-winning GI Film Festival (GIFF), the nation's military film festival, offers 42 film screenings, with movies representing every branch of the military and spanning five wars. The event will be held in Washington DC May 14 to 20. Exciting events have been scheduled for EVERY day at the festival. On Thursday May 17, GIFF will provide an advanced screening of Universal Pictures' BATTLESHIP, directed by Peter Berg. Actors from Lifetime's Army Wives will be on hand to receive "GI Family Award" on Military Spouse Appreciation Night, May 19. Get a 20% Military Discount by Entering MIL12 at Checkout. ( See movie times, events and buy tickets.

7th Annual MilBlog Conference
Join us for the 7th Annual MilBlog Conference, coming up soon at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, VA. The Annual MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for the military blogging community, which is comprised of active-duty service members, veterans, military spouses, military parents and military supporters. ( Get more information and register today.

Minnesota Vet Preference Employment Act
The Minnesota Legislature has sent Governor Mark Dayton a bill that would allow employers to set a hiring preference for veterans and some of their spouses. The measure passed unanimously in both houses. The bill allows private employers to express a hiring preference for all veterans, and spouses of veterans who have died or have a service-related disability. Gov. Dayton is expected to sign the bill, though the governor has not yet indicated his position. About 2,700 troops are expected to return to the state over the next few weeks, and about 20 percent of them will be looking for jobs, according to the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs.
For more on similar veteran job initiatives and job search advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

9 Tips for Buying a New Car
Recent government reports estimate the average family devotes over 14% of disposable income to automobile expenses. As a major part of your budget, it's important to consider your purchase carefully. For tips on how to make the right choose when it comes to getting a car, check out ( ... w-car.html) this article.

$400k Coverage for $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.

Reconnect with Military Buddies
<p>Check out the Buddy Finder to search over 20 million military records -- Search by name, pay grade, job code, age or installation. <a href="">Find old friends and reconnect today</a>.</p>

Congress May Split on TRICARE Fee Hikes
The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel has declined to give the Obama administration new authority it sought to phase in ( ... anges.html) higher TRICARE fees on military retirees over the next four years and to peg future TRICARE fee hikes to medical inflation nationwide. However the House did not include language that would block the Department of Defense from using existing authority to raise co-payments on prescription. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), ranking Republican on the armed services' subcommittee on military personnel, told Military Update's Tom Philpott, "Between now and the end of the fiscal year, I hope we can convince the House to accept some adjustments in premiums for TRICARE, because it's just unsustainable right now." For more details, (,15240,244414,00.html) read the full article on

License Fees Waived for Vets in Florida
A new law in Florida waives the initial license fee, initial application fee and initial unlicensed activity fee for many state board licenses for veterans returning from service, provided the veteran applies for licensure within 24 months of being honorably discharged. The law will apply to more than 20 professions under the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's jurisdiction, including construction, real Estate, certified public accountants and cosmetologists, as well as businesses under DBPR's Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Division. The military fee waivers will go into effect October 1, 2012. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Business Regulation website at (
For more on similar veteran job initiatives and job search advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

New Clinic for Arizona
The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected the developer to build a new health care clinic in Gilbert, Arizona. The project will create 423 construction jobs, with an opening set for the spring of 2014. Construction of the two-story building, covering 60,000 square feet of space, will add specialty care services including audiology, radiology and dental to the existing services. This project will also improve access to primary care services, and includes nearly 500 additional parking spaces. For more information on VA Health Benefits, visit VA's Health Benefits webpage at ( To locate the nearest VA facility or Vet Center for enrollment and to get scheduled for care, Veterans can visit VA's website at (
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Deal of the Week: Food & Beverages
Visit the Discounts Channel to get deals and discounts on food and beverages -- ( ... browse coupons now.
( See all Military Discounts on

Vet Hiring Program in Charlotte, NC
Veterans 4 Ventures, a joint effort of local business and community leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, is meant to connect vets with companies looking to hire, retrain those workers and equip some with the skills to start their own businesses. The initiative is targeting 30 to 50 veterans with experience in computer programming, engineering and technology project management to fill jobs in five local businesses. To learn more, contact Rod Garvin at the Charlotte, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce at (
For more on similar veteran job initiatives and job search advice, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Compensation for Vietnam Veterans
Nearly 2.6 million Americans who served in Vietnam are eligible for compensation if they suffer from one of 16 ailments. Some are fairly common, like Type II diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and prostate cancer. The Agent Orange law, passed in 1991, states that a military person who was in Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 and has been diagnosed with one of the named conditions qualifies for disability benefits. These payments can range up to $2,673 a month for 100 percent disability. There is no need for proof of actual exposure to Agent Orange or other poisons. For more information, visit VA's Agent Orange webpage or contact your local or state office of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Featured Job: Careers in Government
Hundreds of job openings in Government are listed on Save time and apply to jobs that are seeking your military experience and background. ( ... Search Now.
Need federal job seeking advice? ( ... Here are 10 Steps to Getting Hired by Uncle Sam.

VA Research Improves Lives
For nearly nine decades, VA Research has been improving the lives of all generations of Veterans. In 2011 alone, researchers found important new clues that will help prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease; assist victims of sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress; and advanced the understanding, prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses. Through the Million Veterans Program at (, VA aims to build one of the world's largest databases of genetic, military exposure, lifestyle, and health information, with the goal of providing medical care that is personalized to the genetic makeup of individual veterans. To learn more about VA Research, visit VA's Research and Development webpage at ( .
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Women Veterans Conference in Tucson
The 4th Annual Arizona Military Women Veterans' Conference, sponsored by the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services, will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave., in Tucson. A free lunch will be served. To register, visit the 4th Annual Arizona Military Women Veterans' Conference webpage at ( or contact the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services at (602) 255-3373. Registration is limited.

Triple Bonus for VA Eligible Borrowers
Three bonuses for VA loan borrowers make for one sweet home-buying opportunity: 1) Reduced Home Prices 2) Historically Low Interest Rates 3) Zero Money Down. According to the S&P indices, today's home prices are what they were in early 2003. It's hard to predict when prices will go up. But, the housing price graph that's been on a down slope since 2006 may be bottoming out. ( ... Get the full story on
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