Veterans Report - Week of June 11, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of June 11, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:25 am

Veterans Report - Week of June 11, 2012

Get VA Loan Eligibility Details
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. ( ... Get full details on
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Researchers to Meet on Gulf War Illness
During an upcoming meeting of the Congressionally-chartered ( Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (RAC-GWVI) in Boston, medical researchers will present new research findings related to Gulf War Illness (GWI). The committee is scheduled to meet June 18-19 at the Boston University Medical Center campus at 80 East Concord Street, Room 109, Boston, MA. An agenda of the meeting is available in a downloadable file on VA's ( Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses webpage.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

2012 Pay Charts: What Will You Make with a Promotion?
The President signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act into law that includes an across-the-board 1.6 percent pay increase for 2012. View the ( ... 2012 Military Pay Charts to see what you'd make with a promotion or at your next duty station.
Visit the ( Benefits Section to get information on TRICARE, Pay, BAH, VA Benefits, Veteran Benefits and more.

Employer Spotlight: General Dynamics
General Dynamics is in search of the best veteran talent. At General Dynamics you'll find vast opportunities, comprehensive benefits and mission-critical work that strengthen the nation as well as commercial and government enterprises around the world. ( ... Visit the General Dynamics Veteran Talent Portal to apply for jobs and get dates and information on hiring events.

Strong Response for New VA Benefit
Within two weeks of being announced, the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) has received over 12,000 online applications. The program allows qualifying Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to receive up to 12 months of education assistance. Maximum payments are equal to the full-time rate for the Montgomery GI Bill ? Active Duty, currently $1,473 monthly. For more information, read the ( ... -bill.html) VRAP GI Bill Factsheet or call VA National Call Center toll free at 1-800-827-1000. Veterans may also access the VRAP application online through ( eBenefits or sign-up at their local Career Center. Find your nearest Career Center at (
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

2012 Veteran Talent Index Results
The 2012 Veterans Talent Index is a comprehensive analysis of transitioning military service members, veterans and their employers. The three indices of the report include: 1) Veterans Career Confidence Index; 2) Veterans Job Search Activity Index; and 3) Employer Veterans Hiring Index. The May 2012 Veterans Talent Index report shows the confidence level for both employers and veterans has dropped over the past six months. ( ... See the results posted on

Over 1 Million Veterans 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.

Veterans Support Organization Investigated
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee recently joined with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) in sending two letters regarding the 'Veterans Support Organization' (VSO), addressing potential violations of federal law and abuse of tax exempt status by the 501(c)(3) organization. The first letter was sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, requesting an audit and, where appropriate, an investigation of the VSO for potential violations of federal law. The second letter was sent to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. The full texts of both letters are available on the ( ... cf3c933d14) U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs website. NOTE: VSO is usually associated with the term 'Veteran Service Organization' which refers to any veterans' service group. In this case VSO is the acronym for a specific charity organization named the 'Veteran Support Organization.'
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

VA's Fight Against Vet Homelessness
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will collaborate with the "100,000 Homes" Campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless Veterans this year. The campaign's national support staff will also work with VA to provide technical assistance to help communities reduce the amount of time necessary to house a single homeless Veteran. As a result, community organizations will be better able to utilize the ( Housing and Urban Development's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. For more information on VA's services for homeless veterans, visit VA's ( Homeless Veterans webpage.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

VA-DoD App Wins Award
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) coach mobile application has received an award for innovation in the advancement of telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association. PTSD coach provides education, symptoms-tracking tools, self-assessment and connections to support individuals with PTSD. The app is available for free download for both iPhone and Android devices. For more information on the PTSD Coach app, visit the VA's ( National Center for PTSD website. To download similar apps, visit the ( DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

2012 Vet Job Report, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities, has released its biannual Veterans Talent Index, a snapshot of the current veteran hiring landscape. The new report shows that while many companies recognize the importance of hiring veterans into the civilian workforce, an increasing percentage of employers sense that veterans are not prepared for their career transition. Only 39% of employers agreed that veterans or those with prior military experience are prepared for a career transition out of the military. To access Monster's comprehensive May 2012 Veterans Talent Index ( report, and to learn more about hiring veterans, visit's ( Veterans Employment Center at (

Army Twilight Tattoo in DC
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington's production of Twilight Tattoo combines the precision and discipline of the Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) with the orchestral sounds of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" and has a history reaching back hundreds of years. "Twilight Tattoo" is free and open to the public and scheduled to entertain thousands more every Wednesday night on ( ... erson-hall) Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia till the end of August, 2012. For more information and schedule details, visit the U.S. Army Military District of Washington's ( Twilight Tattoo website.
For more on entertainment and the military, visit ('s Under the Radar.

Flag Day, June 14
The United States of America adopted the national flag on June 14, 1777. When colors are passing, like a color guard, all military members are supposed to salute at the proper distances. After ceremonies, if colors pass it is important to still show proper respect. For more information on the United States flag and Flag Day, visit the ( Flag Day page, the ( National Flag Day Foundation website, (, and the ( ... _disp.html) Home of Heroes website.

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Thank Our Troops
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Hearing on VA Prosthetics
The Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations (O&I) of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently held an oversight hearing entitled, "Purchasing Perspective: VA's Prosthetics Paradox." VA's prosthetic acquisition process has been under the Subcommittee's microscope for more than a year. The Subcommittee took aim at the abuse in prosthetic contracting, VA's inability to audit prosthetic purchases, and a new policy for biologics, which sets the terms for the purchasing of biological-based medicines and procedures as prosthetic devices. Statements from and a webcast of the hearing are available on the ( House Committee on Veterans Affairs website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Featured Job: Aerospace & Defense Careers
The defense industry, including aerospace, is huge and complex. It serves both military and commercial markets. It designs, manufactures, and services everything from commercial planes to jet fighters to single-prop private planes and traffic helicopters and more. Top companies are looking for your military experience and background. ( ... See who's hiring now.

Airmen Restoring Historic C-47
Airmen and volunteers from the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Campbell, Kentucky are currently restoring a historically significant plane. The team is restoring the World War II-era C-47 Skytrain with the tail number 42-100828, which was used in major airborne and glider-borne missions throughout Europe. The C-47 was built in 1942 by the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, Calif. This particular aircraft participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. In July, 1982, it was taken out of service and placed in storage. It was eventually donated to the ( ... useum.aspx) Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum at Fort Campbell. For more information and a picture of the aircraft, visit the ( ... 963f4.html) Fort Campbell Courier website.

VA for Vets Hiring Fair
The Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a 'VA for Vets' Hiring Fair and Open House during the National Veterans Small Business Conference June 26-28 in Detroit, Michigan. Veterans will have 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 networking and identifying business opportunities with more than 400 government procurement decision makers in attendance. For more information, visit the 'VA for Vets' Hiring Fair webpage at (http://www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit) www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit . For more information on the conference, visit the National Veterans Small Business Conference website at (
For job fair listings across the nation and civilian job guides and tips, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Law Ensures College Credit for Service
Stars and Stripes reports that a new Oklahoma state law will allow Oklahoma colleges, university and technology centers to provide academic credit to a military veteran honorably discharged in the previous three years for any applicable education, training and experience received through military duty that pertains to his or her area of study. Under the new law college boards must adopt policies for military academic credit by Jan. 1, and courses must meet the standards of the American Council on Education or equivalent standards. The law takes effect Nov. 1. The new law (SB 1863) will also will help the spouses of active military find employment easier by requiring agencies, boards and commissions to develop procedures to expedite the licensure of military spouse applicants.
For more on military education programs and benefits, visit the ( Education Center.

GAO Finds Vet Pension Fraud
A recent Government Accounting Office report states that more than 200 companies offer financial services that can help well-off veterans qualify for benefits by transferring or hiding assets so they can qualify for the VA veteran pension program. The VA veteran pension program is designed to help low-income veterans. To qualify, veterans must meet certain low-income criteria as outlined by federal law. Sen. Blumenthal has introduced a bill to protect the program from fraud.
Read the full article on the ( ... ims-fraud/) Military Advantage Blog.

Benefits for Massachusetts Veterans
The new ( Mass Vets Advisor website is designed to connect Massachusetts veterans with more than 200 different state and federal programs, including housing, counseling, education, employment, financial assistance and health care. Massachusetts veterans are also eligible for a $1,000 Welcome Home Bonus after their first deployment in either Iraq or Afghanistan, and $500 for each subsequent deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. The bonus is awarded tax free, and there is no time restriction by which veterans must apply to receive the bonus. For more information on veterans benefits available to Massachusetts veterans, visit the ( ... setts.html) My Army Benefits webpage.
For more on veterans benefits in each state, visit the ( ... ctory.html) Veteran Benefits page.

New ID Card for Virginia Vets
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has launched a new Virginia Veterans Identification Card, which will serve as proof of veteran status. Veterans may apply for the cards in person at any DMV customer service center, DMV 2 Go mobile office, or online at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website at ( Each applicant needs to present an unexpired Virginia driver's license or DMV-issued ID card, the veterans ID card application, his or her DD214, DD 256 or WD AGO document, and $10. The card, which does not expire, will be mailed to the veteran and should arrive within a week. In the meantime, the temporary veterans ID card received at the time of the in-person application can be used as proof of veteran status. The new ID Card can be used to obtain discounts at stores, state parks and other businesses.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.
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