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Veterans Report - Week of May 21, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Tue May 22, 2012 10:29 am

Veterans Report - Week of May 21, 2012

Detroit VA Conference and Hiring Fair
The National Veterans Small Business Conference is coming to Detroit's Cobo Center June 26-29. A "VA for Vets" Hiring Fair will be held June 26-28 during the conference for veterans looking for careers in the public and private sectors. This year's conference will also include an open house June 26-28 that gives veterans the chance to learn the wide range of resources available to help them with their own businesses. Also available will be the VetGovPartner online platform, which enables identifying business opportunities. For more information, visit the National Veterans Small Business Conference website at ( Information and registration for the hiring fair is available at VA for Vets' Veteran Hiring Fair Detroit webpage at (http://www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit) www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit.
For job fair listings across the nation and civilian job guides and tips, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

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VA Grant in Utah
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $12.4 million for the state of Utah to construct a new Veterans home in Ivins City. VA's grant will cover approximately 65 percent of the estimated $19 million cost of the project. VA operates a major medical center in Salt Lake City, with seven outpatient clinics and three Vet Centers across the state. For more information about Utah's Veterans assistance, visit the ( Utah Department of Veterans Affairs website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

A Look at Memorial Day
Memorial Day is observed annually in the United States on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day originated in the 1860s to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. For more information on Memorial Day, including instructional resources, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Memorial Day webpage at (, the U.S. Memorial Day website at (, the website at (, and the U.S. Center for Military History website at ( ... ys/memday/)
For more on Memorial Day 2012 and related events, visit the ( Memorial Day page.

Troops Not Seeking Help
More than 60 percent of troops who believe they have post-traumatic stress are not seeking treatment through the military, according to spouses surveyed in a recently released report. The nonprofit Blue Star Families found that only 35 percent of servicemembers displaying symptoms of PTS sought military medical treatment," while others "sought civilian treatment or ignored their symptoms." Such fears were compounded by the belief that soldiers seeking treatment are not able to do so privately. Eighty-six percent of family members said that "lack of confidentiality" led soldiers to avoid treatment. Fifty-eight percent ignored the symptoms that their families had observed. The report is available ( ... ive-Report) online and at (
For more military family resources and support programs, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

Give Back with Bands for Freedom
Show support to our military personnel past and present by purchasing a Bands for Freedom wristband. Proceeds go to the Veterans Wellness Program and donates part of proceeds to Stars for Stripes Foundation. ( Buy a Bands for Freedom wristbands now.
The Veterans Wellness Program (VWP) is a Medical service program designed to provide the means for qualified Veterans who suffer from the unseen wounds of war, such as insomnia, anxiety, and Depression. The VWP will assist with Physical and mental assessments, Psychological counseling, anger management courses, treatments for substance abuse, health education, including exercise and nutrition plans for each individual Veteran. Visit ( to learn more and purchase your wristband.

Over 1 Million Vets Can Help You Land a Job
Visit the ( Veteran Career Network to connect with Veterans who can help you land your next job or take your career to the next level. Search over 1 million veterans by company, government agencies, career fields, industries or locations. ( Start now.
Visit the ( Careers Channel to search for jobs seeking your military training and experience.

2012 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates
The overall average military Basic Allowance for Housing rates across the country increased over the last year. The 2 percent increase cannot be tied to any single factor. BAH rates are based on the combination of local costs for rent, utilities and renter's insurance for various housing types. Any fluctuation of one or more of those factors in a given location will affect BAH rates for that location. ( ... View 2012 BAH Rates.
( ... View 2012 Military Pay Charts to see what you'd make with a promotion or at your next duty station.

The National Memorial Day Concert
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) presented the 'National Memorial Day Concert, a Night of Remembrance' live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 27, 2012, 8-9:30 p.m., Eastern Time, on most PBS stations. In addition to performances by some of the world's biggest stars, acclaimed actors will present personal stories of love and sacrifice submitted by viewers through the concert's "Virtual Wall of Remembrance." The concert will also be broadcast to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. Please consult your local television listing for exact air dates and times. For more information, visit the ( National Memorial Day Concert website.
For more on Memorial Day 2012 and related events, visit the ( Memorial Day page.

VA Facebook Reaches Milestone
The primary Facebook page for the Department of Veterans Affairs has amassed more than 200,000 "fans." The milestone was achieved less than three years after the creation of VA's office of online communications, which oversees all social media programs. VA has over 150 Facebook pages, most of which belong to individual VA medical centers, with a combined subscribership of more than 440,000 fans. Also, VA maintains an extensive social media presence with 70 Twitter feeds, the VAntage Point blog, a YouTube channel with over 400 videos, and a Flickr page containing over 12,000 photos. To access and connect to VA's social media sites, visit ( VA's Social Media Directory.
To keep up with the military and social media, connect with the ( Facebook page.

National Memorial Day Observance
The annual National Memorial Day Observance is scheduled for May 28 at Arlington National Cemetery. A full honor wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns, to be followed by an observance program in Arlington's Memorial Amphitheater. Both programs are free and open to the general public. Attendees are encouraged to be at the Tomb of the Unknowns or seated in the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m. Free parking is available for vehicles in the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor's Center parking lot from 8 a.m. To 1 p.m. A free shuttle service will provide transportation to Memorial Amphitheater beginning at 8 a.m. Walking to the amphitheater is prohibited. For additional details, call the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at (202) 685-4645.
For more on Memorial Day 2012 and related events, visit the ( Memorial Day page.

Counseling for Veterans
If you have ever deployed in combat, you may qualify for counseling services at your local Vet Center. Individual, group, and family counseling are available in facilities away from big hospitals, and 70% of the support staff are veterans themselves. For more information, and to find a Veterans Administration Vet Center near you, visit VA's Vet Center webpage at (
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

National Veterans Golden Age Games
More than 700 Veterans will travel to St. Louis, Mo., May 31 - June 5 to compete in the 26th National Veterans Golden Age Games. Hosted by the St. Louis VA Medical Center, the competition features sports such as swimming, cycling, golf, track and field, bowling, table tennis and others, totaling 14 competitive events. Events are open to all U.S. military veterans age 55 or older who are currently receiving care at any VA medical facility. For more information about the National Veterans Golden Age Games and other VA national rehabilitation programs, visit the National Veterans Golden Age Games website at ( .
For military-level fitness programs and tips, visit the ( Daily PT blog.

Featured Employer: General Dynamics
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( ... Visit the General Dynamics Veteran Talent Portal to apply for jobs and get dates and information on hiring events.

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VA Grant in Pennsylvania
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $350,000 to construct a new meal delivery system at the Pennsylvania Veterans home in Scranton. Pennsylvania operates six state Veterans homes. These homes are residential care facilities offering medical, dental, pharmacy and rehabilitation services and social activities. Veterans age 55 and older, discharged from active military service under honorable conditions, may apply for admission. The age requirement is waived for disabled or homeless Veterans needing long-term care. For more information about Pennsylvania state Veterans homes, visit the ( ... stem/11925) Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Watch Clips from "Red Tails"
Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard lead a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II. Italy, 1944: As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky? even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history. ( ... Watch clips, play the Dogfight game and more on

VA Awards Wisconsin Grant
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $300,000 for maintenance and repair of the water tower at the Wisconsin Veterans home in King. VA operates three major medical centers in Madison, Milwaukee and Tomah, 18 outpatient clinics and four Vet Centers across the state, and a national cemetery. Information about the Wisconsin state veterans homes can be obtained from the ( Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs website or by calling (715) 258-5586.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Navy Safe Harbor Seeks Volunteers
The Navy Safe Harbor Anchor Program matches a Sailor returning to his or her local community with a mentor that will provide local support and assistance. The program is designed to help transition wounded warriors back into the civilian sector. Navy Safe Harbor is the Navy's lead organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their family members by providing a lifetime of assistance. Navy Safe Harbor is continuously looking for senior mentors to volunteer to be a part of the Anchor Program to support wounded warriors transition from the active service to the civilian communities. To learn more about being a mentor, contact the coordinator at 703-692-2186, visit the ( Navy Safe Harbor website or email inquiries to (
For more military family resources and support programs, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

VRAP GI Bill Applications
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) is now accepting applications. The program is designed to help provide training and education that will lead to high-demand jobs. Unemployed Vets age 35-60 are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit VA's Veterans Retraining Assistance Program webpages on the ( VA website and the ( GI Bill webpage.
Read more on the ( ... ll-update/) Military Advantage.

VA Video Earns Awards
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) high-tech platform to help Veterans find jobs, VA for Vets, recently earned awards from the advertising industry for a recruitment video that paid tribute to the nation's military. The Web Marketing Association recognized the recruitment video, "A Tradition of Serving Those Who Serve," with awards in three categories. The 2012 Telly Awards also recognized the video. To view the award-winning video, visit the ( ... spx?Vid=19) VA for Vets website.
To watch videos from every aspect of military life, from live combat footage to humor and human-interest stories, visit the ( Video Center.

VA Home Loan: Are You Eligible?
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.

Deal of the Week: National Parks Pass
Servicemembers (including activated members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their dependents can obtain the National Park's annual Pass ("America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass") for free beginning on Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2012.The pass waives parking and entrance fees (some limitations apply) for parks that charge. ( ... Get this deal.
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Featured Job: Security Clearance Wanted
Hundreds of top employers across the nation seek your military experience and security clearance. ( ... Search over 500 security cleared job openings listed on
Visit the ( ... rance-jobs) Security Clearance Job Channel to get Need-to-know info on your clearance ? how to maximize your earnings, simple steps to gaining clearances, benefits and more.

New License Plate in Wisconsin
Wisconsin women who have served in any branch of the U.S. military are eligible to apply for one of the new "Woman Veteran" license plates available through the state Division of Motor Vehicles. Fees for Woman Veteran plates include the basic annual vehicle registration fee -- currently $75 for many cars and trucks -- plus a $15 fee when new, non-personalized plates are issued. Funds collected from the $15 issuance fee are transferred to the Veterans Trust Fund at the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, visit the ( ... /index.htm) Wisconsin Department of Transportation website . An image of the new license plate is on the ( ... tplate.jpg) Wisconsin Department of Transportation website.
For more auto news, discounts for military personnel and care tips, visit the ( Auto Center.

U.S. Army Soldier Show
The 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show is for Soldiers, about Soldiers and produced by Soldiers. The 90-minute, Broadway-style show features songs and dance from a variety of musical genres including country, gospel, pop, rap, hip hop, swing and more. The show finds the most talented people in the Army and we borrow them from their units. It then assembles them and then creates a show around their talents. For more information, including the current tour schedule, visit the ( ... ldiershow/) 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show webpage.
For more entertainment-related military news, visit the ( Entertainment Center.

Counting Disability Pay in Divorce Legal
A disabled veteran has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider anew whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran's disability compensation in calculating spousal support. The petition also invites the justices to consider an issue that states are more sharply divided over: whether federal law bars state courts from considering VA disability benefits communal property to be divided in divorce like other marital assets.
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Managing Your Credit for Retirement
Most of us have dreams of a comfortable retirement, but debt and poor credit can put that dream in jeopardy. High levels of debt in retirement will drain money away from basic living expenses and poor credit can make it expensive to finance health care costs and other financing needs. To prepare yourself for retirement, follow some of these tips in ( ... ement.html) this article.

Discount "Battleship" Movie Tickets
Movie theaters across the country are offering discount tickets to military personnel for the new movie ( Battleship. The feature film from Universal pictures was shown earlier this month at the Sixth Annual GI Film Festival. For a list of participating theaters offering the military discount, visit the ( Battleship website.
For on on military movies and entertainment, visit ('s Under the Radar.
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