Veterans Report - Week of May 28, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of May 28, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Mon May 28, 2012 11:25 am

Veterans Report - Week of May 28, 2012

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Military Associations: Right for You?
There are many organizations and associations available to help members of the military during and after their service to the country. These associations not only encourage and spur camaraderie, they also offer incredible benefits for their members. Some provide advocacy, help you network and access job opportunities, tap into benefits at a reduced cost, lobby congress concerning issues vital to military life, or find support for you and your family in times of war and peace. ( ... See all the advantages of belonging to a military association.

5 Hot Jobs for Ex-Military Personnel
The US military is arguably the best-trained workforce in the world, and personnel who leave military service have skills that translate to virtually any career. Take a look at five popular jobs that give the men and women who've served our country an opportunity to make a difference and move up -- Information Technology Specialist, Police Officer, Math or Science Teacher, Entrepreneur & Civilian Public Service. ( ... Get the full story on
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The Veterans Benefit Calculator is designed to quickly and easily connect you with your benefits based on your service and duty status. ( ... Get started finding your Federal and State benefits and Special Military Discounts.

Deal of the Week: Disneyland Discount
Disneyland Resort Offers 3-Day Hopper Promotion to eligible military personnel and their spouses for $99. Certain restrictions apply and there is a maximum number of tickets that can be purchased. ( ... Get this deal.
( See all Military Discounts.

Gene Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress
A new research study has found that a genetic variant associated with an enhanced capacity for emotional memories is also linked to increased susceptibility to post-traumatic stress. The scientists examined the DNA of a large group of Rwandan refugees, all of whom had experienced multiple traumatic events during their country's civil war, and found that those carrying the variant are twice more likely to suffer from PTSD than those who do not. The article is available on the ( ... l.pdf+html) website of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
For more on PTSD and links to support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

Ordering Grave Marker Medallions
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has introduced a new form -- VA Form 40-1330M -- for use solely to order a medallion that can be affixed to grave markers at private cemeteries. The new VA Form 40-1330M, Claim for Government Medallion, can be ( downloaded. The older form, VA Form 40-1330, remains in place to order a traditional government headstone or marker. More information about the medallion or headstones and markers is available at the ( VA website. Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from VA's Burial and Memorial Benefits webpage at ( or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

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. Even if you've used a VA 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.

VA Agreement Signed in Alaska
A Memorandum of Understanding between 14 Alaska Native tribal health programs and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will allow Alaska veterans to receive health care services in tribal clinics in various parts of Alaska and not have to travel to Anchorage or Seattle to receive services. Under the agreement, the VA will reimburse the participating health care entities for the services. A list of the tribes and tribal organizations that have signed the agreement is available on the ( ... d937da975a) website of Alaska Senator Mark Begich.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Memorial Day Discounts
Many discounts are being offered for servicemembers and veterans in honor of Memorial Day, which will take place this year on Monday, May 28. Some of these discounts will be good beyond Memorial Day -- to keep up with these major Memorial Day discounts, visit the ( ... 072&rank=2) Memorial Day discount page.

VA Taking Applications for VRAP GI Bill
Unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 can now apply for the new Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), which allows qualifying veterans to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the full-time Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty rate of $1,473 per month. For more information, visit VA's ( VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011 webpage or call VA's call centers toll-free at 800-827-1000. Veterans may also access the VRAP application online through ( eBenefits and visit nearly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers across the nation for assistance. To find the center nearest you, visit America's ( Service Locator. For more information about the Department of Labor's Veterans programs, visit the ( VETS webpage.
For more on military education programs and benefits, visit the ( Education Center.

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VA, DoD Adopt Common Dictionary
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have partnered with 3M Co. to adopt a common vocabulary of terms and a structured data system for their joint digital health record under development. Under a mutual agreement, the VA and DOD have adopted 3M's Healthcare Data Dictionary of thousands of medical terms and concepts, and 3M has agreed to freely distribute an open source version of its data dictionary. The agreement may accelerate Electronic Health Record adoption across the country and help achieve a common language for health care.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

'Taps' Marks 150th Anniversary
Stars and Stripes reports that "Taps," the national song of remembrance played at the end of military funerals and memorial services, recently turned 150. Daniel Butterfield, an 1849 Union College graduate from Utica who became a general in the Union Army, created the tune that was first played in July 1862 during the Civil War. Today, there are not enough buglers to play "Taps" at funerals due to military budget cuts, along with the loss of large numbers of Korean War and World War II veterans. To fill this need, Bugles Across America, a volunteer group, plays "Taps" at military funerals when the military cannot provide a horn player. For more information, visit the Bugles Across America website at (
For more on Memorial Day, visit the ( Memorial Day section.

Military Pay Charts
With basic pay and 70 types of special pays and allowances, including BAH, military pay is customized to your situation. Changes in pay grade, duty status, your military occupation, duty station, or deployment status can have an impact on your pay. ( ... See 2012 Pay Charts, Flight Pay, Basic Housing Allowances, Advance Pay Enlisted Breakouts and more.

VA Draft Report on Women Vets
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released for public comment a draft of its strategic report to address key issues facing women veterans. The plan outlines steps for improvements to care and services for women veterans. The public notice and instructions for how to submit comments will be posted at at ( The draft written report will be open for comment for 30 days, and responders will have a number of options to provide both electronic and written feedback. Readers will also be able to participate in a public discussion board at the ( ... 15-general) Women Veterans Task Force Draft Strategic Plan webpage. To view the report without making recommendations, visit the ( ... icPlan.PDF) VA website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Study Highlights Help for Caregivers
One of the major complaints from caregivers is that they have no one to turn to and no real help. They become exhausted and display symptoms of Secondary Trauma Stress (STS), or Secondary post-traumatic stress (SPTS). A new study from the University of Syracuse's Institute for Veterans and Military Families suggests that treating the family members for their STS will make the living environment better for veterans and increase the chances of success in treatment. And abstract of the study is available on the ( ... i_2004.pdf) Syracuse University website.

Study Looks at Brain Diseases
A recent study of a degenerative brain disease in athletes has found the same condition in combat veterans exposed to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. The researchers also discovered what they believe is the mechanism by which explosions damage brain tissue and trigger the wasting disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.). An abstract of the study is available on the peer-reviewed journal ( Science Translational Medicine website.

VA Father's Day Essay Contest
In honor of Father's Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is holding an essay contest that asks for stories about fathers who have served in uniform. Selected entries will be published on VAntage Point. To enter, please send a photograph of you and your Veteran to ( by Monday, June 4, 2012. For more information, read the ( ... who-serve/) VAntage Point blog.

Mental Health Related Hospitalizations
Mental illness ranks as the leading cause of hospitalization for active-duty troops, according to a report published by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) in the April issue of its Medical Surveillance Monthly Report. The report found that troops seeking help for mental health problems ranked third in outpatient visits in all treatment categories. The report is available on the ( Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center website.
For more military news, visit the ( News Center.

Play Military Trivia and Win an iPod
Think you know military history and trivia? Test your knowledge with our Trivia Challenge. Here's how you win: For each question you answer correctly you'll receive one point, and for each point you'll earn an electronic raffle ticket. At the end of the month we'll have a random drawing of all the tickets and pull out one to determine the winner. Play as little or as much as you'd like during the month, but the more questions you answer correctly, the greater your chances of winning. ( Play Now.

10 Happiest Companies for Veterans
What are the "happiest" companies out there for veterans who are looking to transition to a civilian job? CareerBliss has come up with a fresh top-10 list for 2012, with companies that specialize in technology high on the list, including Dell, 3M and Verizon Communications. For a rundown and discussion of the list, visit the ( ... orveterans) Vet Jobs blog.

Operation Honor Wall
The Yellow Ribbon Registry Network recently launched "Operation Honor Wall" at ( The Honor Wall is a virtual memorial where grateful Americans can log on and post a message in honor of those who gave their life in defense of our freedoms, or to recognize Veterans, survivors or those who continue to serve. Your honor message can be posted at the Operation Honor Wall website at ( and by Facebook or Twitter.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Congressional Hearing on VA Prosthetics
The Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently held a hearing to examine VA's current capabilities to provide state-of-the-art care to veterans with amputations. The Committee heard testimony concerning VA's proposal to change procurement processes for prostheses, potentially hindering a veteran's ability to acquire the latest prosthetic and corresponding care and support. A webcast of the hearing along with opening statements is available on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs website at ( ... rosthetics) ... rosthetics.
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.

Army Reviewing Diagnoses
Stars and Stripes reports that the U.S. Army has launched a review of its handling of post-traumatic stress and other behavioral health evaluations at all of its medical facilities since 2001. The review is in response to fears that some soldiers had their diagnoses reversed because of concerns about the cost of treating them. The announcement follows disclosures that some soldiers diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder had that finding rejected during subsequent evaluations at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.
For more on PTSD and links to support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

Tips on Your Credit and a Mortgage
Even with interest rates at historic lows, there can be a big difference in your rate if you have good credit and not-so-good credit. How much? The difference over the lifetime of a 30-year, $200K mortgage can be $67K. That's a serious chunk of change. For tips on how to manage your credit to get a better rate on your mortgage, see ( ... tgage.html) this money article.
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