Veterans Report - Week of June 04, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of June 04, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:03 am

Veterans Report - Week of June 04, 2012

Benefit Calculator: Find Military Benefits In One Place
The Benefit Calculator is designed to quickly and easily connect you with your benefits information based on service and status. Find Federal Benefits, State Benefits, National Guard State Benefits, Special Military Discounts and More. ( ... Find Your Benefits Now.
( Visit the Benefit Channel to access Pay Charts, TRICARE information, BAH, Survivor Benefits, Vet Benefits and more.

Veterans Groups Plan Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals recently halted a revamping of the Dept. Of Veterans Affairs' mental health system. According to court documents, veterans wait an average of more than four years to fully adjudicate a claim for mental health benefits. Two veteran advocacy groups, Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth, plaintiffs in the case, will appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but they said the ruling means access to VA mental health care will continue to be inadequate while the case is still pending before the courts. A brief of the case is available ( ... -16728.pdf) online.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program assists veterans who are enrolled in a VA-approved program of education offered by a Community College or Technical School. The program pays up to 12 months of payments at the full-time Montgomery GI Bill--Active Duty rate (currently $1,473 per month). To participate, the veteran must be (1) at least 35 but no more than 60 years old, (2) unemployed, (3) gave an other than dishonorable discharge, (4) not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program, (5) not be in receipt of VA compensation due to un-employability, and (6) not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program. The program begins July 1, 2012. For more information, visit the ( Veterans Retraining Assistance Program webpage.
For more on military education programs and benefits, visit the ( Education 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.

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. What if I'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.

Who Decides if I Qualify for a VA Loan?
When you apply for a VA loan, it's the lender who makes the decision whether you're approved or not. The VA gives the lender flexibility to approve or deny applicants based on a set of straightforward guidelines. Lenders will sometimes have additional requirements. ( ... Get more information on

Financial Tips for PCSing estimates that during a Permanent Change of Station -- or PCS -- servicemembers spend an average of $1,725 in non-reimbursable costs. When you consider that most military personnel make PCS moves about every two to four years, that adds up to a substantial amount of money. To minimize your exposure in a move, you must understand what the military and Uncle Sam will cover. ( ... Get Financial Tips for PCSing on

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

Getting Army Military Records
The first choice for servicemembers and others to obtain records should be to follow the guidance on the ( U.S. Army Human Resources Command website. Information normally releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act are name, position, title, work phone number, salary, awards, decorations and the official military photo. Information NOT releasable include home address and telephone number, date and place of birth, Social Security number, race, religion, citizenship, marital status, dependency, disciplinary actions, reasons for termination, misconduct and performance ratings. For more information, visit the ( U.S. Army Human Resource Command FOIA webpage.
For more on military records and other military benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Connecticut Vet Hall of Fame
Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz has encouraged all citizens to consider nominating distinguished veterans who have made significant contributions to their communities after leaving military service to the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame. Nomination packets must not exceed five (5) 81/2" x 11" pages and must be received by September 3, 2012 at the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, ATTN: Veterans Hall of Fame, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. For more information, visit the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs website at (
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

VA Teams with Red Cross
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the American Heart Association have entered into a formal agreement to raise awareness of heart disease and strokes among women Veterans and Servicemembers, and wives of Veterans and military members. VA will focus on educating women Veterans about their risks for cardiovascular disease through the use of "Go Red For Women" online resources. These include "Go Red BetterU," a free online nutrition and fitness program and "Go Red Heart Match," a database that allows women to connect with others who share similar experiences. For more information, call the VA at 1-800-827-1000, visit VA's Women Veterans Health Care webpage at (, call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit at (
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Docs Test New Therapy for PTS
Doctors at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina are experimenting with new approaches to help soldiers who are battling Post-Traumatic Stress. This new form of PTS therapy, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, uses electrical pulses. A veteran sits in a chair and they think about the event that made them feel so out of control while in the war zone. While that is happening, electrical pulses trigger feelings of control inside the veteran's brain. This type of therapy is in its early stages, but doctors at the VA Medical Center say the results are encouraging. For more information, call the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center at (888) 878-6884 or locally at (843) 577-5011.
For more on PTSD and links to support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

Rating Vet's Charitable Organizations
As an increasing number of our servicemembers return home and transition to civilian life, it is especially critical that charitable organizations supporting them act as good stewards of the American people's goodwill and generosity towards our veterans. If you are considering giving to a charity that supports veterans, visit Charity Watch at ( or Charity Navigator at ( to learn more about your different giving options. Both sites rate charities using a variety of performance metrics, including financial performance, accountability and transparency.
For more military family resources and support programs, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

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VA Chairman Talks Vet Jobs and War
Congressman Jeff Miller, R-FL, the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committeerecently joined the Editor's desk to talk about the state of the VA, veteran hiring, the war in Afghanistan, and the upcoming presidential election.
( ... e-war.html) Check out this week's Editor's Desk Podcast.

VA Center Launches PTS Study
Researchers at San Diego's U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital are launching a five-year study to see if the strongest post-traumatic stress therapy can be used on heavy drinkers at the same time to help them overcome alcoholism. A study of 339 San Diego veterans showed that 19 percent reported a combination of PTSD and substance abuse. People in the San Diego veterans community say it may be much higher, as high as 50 percent. VA data for Vietnam veterans shows that 60 percent to 80 percent of those seeking PTSD treatment have alcohol use problems. For more information, call the VA San Diego Health Care System at toll-free at (800) 331-8387 or locally at (858) 552-8585.
For more on PTSD and links to support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

Answering VRAP GI Bill Questions
The GI Bill experts from the House Committee on Veterans Affairs staff recently participated in a LIVE Question and Answer session to help veterans and program administrators better understand the new ( ... ll-update/) VRAP GI Bill. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP GI Bill) is designed to retrain and educate assistance for unemployed veterans who are no longer eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. VRAP offers up to 12 months of education benefits worth as much as $17,600 ($1473 a month) in education benefits.
The transcript of the event can be found in the ( ... i-bill-qa/) Military Advantage blog.

VA Continues Gulf War Study
For the third time since the 1990-1991 Gulf War, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers are contacting Gulf War-era Veterans as a part of a long-term study of their health. For the "Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans," researchers want to learn about how the health of these Veterans has changed over time, and about the natural history of long-term conditions like unexplained multi-symptom illnesses. Researchers began contacting participants at the end of May 2012. Veterans were previously contacted for surveys in 2005. For more information, visit VA's ( ... low-up.asp) Gulf War Follow-Up Study webpage.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

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Save up to 60% on a selection of shoes, accessories and more for men, women, and kids. ( Get this deal.
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Social Security for Wounded Warriors
Social Security's Wounded Warriors Initiative is for servicemembers who become disabled while on active duty on or after Oct. 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel, including dependent children and, in some cases, spouses, may be able to receive benefits. For more information, read the publication ' ( Military Service and Social Security' or visit the Social Security Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors webpage at (
For more military family resources and support programs, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.
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