Veterans Report - Week of June 25, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of June 25, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:52 am

Veterans Report - Week of June 25, 2012

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Fly-Over Remembers Missing Airman
Lt. Col. Amy Young recently led a four-ship missing man flyover June 15 honoring the fellow Airman whose name she has worn and remembered for more than two decades. Lt. Col. Amy Young, wears an MIA bracelet honoring Lt. Col. Charles Walling, an F-4C Phantom pilot who was shot down Aug. 8, 1966, during a close air support mission in the Dong Nai province northeast of Saigon, Vietnam. Lt. Col. Walling left behind a pregnant wife and a 2-year-old son after volunteering. For more information on MIAs and MIA bracelets, visit The Origin of the MIA/POW Bracelets webpage at (http://www.miafacts.org/bracelets.htm) http://www.miafacts.org/bracelets.htm, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial website at (http://www.thewall-usa.com/bracelet.asp) http://www.thewall-usa.com/bracelet.asp, and the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office website at (http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/) http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/.


Get the Military Benefit Guide
The 2012 Military Advantage Benefit Guide Book is packed with updated benefit information. Find answers to all your benefit questions -- Pay, TRICARE, VA Loans, GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, Transition, Family Benefits and More. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Military-Adva ... 1591143934) Get a copy today.


Deal of the Week: Military Travel Deals
Visit the Military.com Discounts Center to get deals on travel -- (http://www.military.com/discounts/categ ... RC=mrvr.nl) flights, rental cars, lodging, Disney, and more.
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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. (http://www.military.com/money/content/v ... RC=mrvr.nl) See more questions and answers on Military.com.
Next Step: (https://secure.military.com/leads/VALoa ... RC=mrvr.nl) Connect with Lenders ready to help you purchase or refinance with your VA Loan.


Vet Benefit Calculator: Quickly Connect to Your Benefits
The Military.com 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. (http://benefits.military.com/reg/Vetera ... RC=mrvr.nl) Find Your Benefits Now.
(http://www.military.com/benefits?ESRC=mrvr.nl) Visit the Military.com Benefit Channel to access Pay Charts, TRICARE information, BAH, Survivor Benefits, Vet Benefits and More.


Personalized Transition Checklists and Tips
We just the launched the new (http://www.military.com/military-transition) Military Transition Center, which features revolutionary personalized checklists to guide servicemembers and retirees through transition even before you begin the separation process. The Transition Center works simply, but effectively. Designed to be the first place you go to plan your transition. Simply enter in your estimated separation date and you'll receive monthly email notifications with checklists and tips to help prepare for your exit from the military -- benefits and options after transition, civilian careers that match your military experience, resume keywords, interview tips, financial changes, relocation advice and more. (http://www.military.com/military-transi ... RC=mrvr.nl) Visit the Military Transition Center Now.


Veteran Talent Wanted: Chenega is Hiring
Chenega Corporation is hiring veterans and transitioning servicemembers. Visit the (http://www.military.com/jobs-in/employe ... ESRC=vr.nl) Chenega Veteran Talent portal to apply for jobs, translate your military skills, and learn more about a career with Chenega Corporation.
Chenega is a premier Government and Commercial services provider to the security, healthcare, IT, environmental, military operations, construction, and tourism industries. Rated #68 of Top 100 Government Contractors. (http://www.military.com/jobs-in/employe ... ESRC=vr.nl) Visit the Veteran Talent Portal Now.


Hiring Veterans is Good Business
A new survey of 69 businesses released by the Center for a New American Security found that most corporate officials believe hiring veterans is "good business." They listed veterans' reliability, loyalty, discipline and character as reasons they look to veterans to fill open positions. The report is available at the (http://www.cnas.org/files/documents/pub ... rglass.pdf) Center for a New American Security website.


Website for Wounded Warriors
The Restore Warriors website offers tools on how to work through combat stress and post-traumatic stress issues for warriors and their families. Learn about more mental health support resources that ease symptoms of combat stress at the Restore Warriors website at (http://www.restorewarriors.org) http://www.restorewarriors.org.


Plans for Modernizing Military Pay
After two years of study, the 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation has produced some wide-ranging recommendations for changing the current military pay and compensation system. The changes include replacing combat zone tax exclusions, overhauling weekend drill pay, reforming reserve retirement, and slicing by half a reduction in survivor benefits that widows see when they accept VA dependency and indemnity compensation. If endorsed by the White House and enacted by Congress, a new blueprint for modernizing (http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay) military compensation after 11 years of war would reshape many traditional service pays to strive for more efficiency.
(http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,246689,00.html) Read the full article on Military.com


2012 Veterans Wheel Chair Games
This week, more than 500 of America's best wheelchair athletes, all disabled U.S. military Veterans, have arrived in Richmond, Va., for the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The games are being held June 25-30. Each year the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) present the games. They are a multi-event sports rehabilitation program open to U.S. military Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems, and who receive care at VA medical facilities or military treatment centers.
For more information about the games or to volunteer during the week, visit (http://www.wheelchairgames.va.gov/) www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.


Upcoming Hiring Heroes Career Fairs
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is host 100 hiring fairs across the country in connection with the organization's Hiring Our Heroes Program. Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. The program works with the organization's 1,600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. For more information, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Hiring Fairs webpage at (http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events) http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events and the Hiring Our Heroes website at (http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes) http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes .
(http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/ca ... fairs.html) Click here for an additional list of Military.com job fairs.


Job Fair Offers Instant Records Access
Veterans needing important military documents for job applications will be able to instantly obtain them while at the Detroit VA for Vets Hiring Fair through the online portal, eBenefits. VA will have personnel available at the hiring fair to help Veterans and Servicemembers print documents that often accompany a federal job application, such as military discharge records. VA is hosting the VA for Vets Hiring Fair, the Veteran Open House, and the National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo at Detroit's Cobo Center June 26-29. For more information, visit the National Veteran Small Business Conference website at (http://www.nationalveteransconference.c ... prSITE2012) www.nationalveteransconference.com, the Veteran Hiring Fair Detroit website at (http://www.vaforvets.va.gov/Detroit) www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit and the eBenefits portal at (http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/) www.ebenefits.va.gov.


VA Reaches Out to Older Unemployed Vets
The Department of Veterans Affairs will seek out Veterans who may be qualified for its new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) at the Detroit VA for Vets Hiring Fair June 26-28. VRAP allows qualifying Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to receive up to 12 months of education assistance. Under this program, Veterans apply on a first-come, first-served basis for programs that begin on or after July 1. The program runs through March, 2014. More information about the small business conference is available at the (http://www.nationalveteransconference.com/) National Veteran Small Business Conference. Information and the application for VRAP are available at the (http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/education.htm) VA's VRAP webpage. Information on the hiring fair and how to register is available at the Veteran Hiring Fair Detroit website at (http://www.vaforvets.va.gov/Detroit) www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit.
(http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2 ... questions/) Check out the LIVE BLOG - VRAP Q&A.


Construction Training Program for Vets
In partnership with the Veterans Innovation Center and Wiregrass Technical College, community leaders in Valdosta, Ga., the regional (http://www.moaa.org/) Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Chapter and other Veteran organizations, are using their combined reach to solicit applications from recently discharged Veterans who have an interest in pursuing a career in the construction trades. The six month program will launch a demonstration model in Valdosta on August 13, 2012 with 50 Veterans and up to 125 family members.If successful, the pilot construction training program in Valdosta Ga. could go nationwide.
Read the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2 ... rgia-vets/) Military Advatage Blog to learn more about this pilot program.


$200k Family Protection for as little as $14.52 a Month
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American Legion Helps With Claims
Eligibility for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) can come from injuries suffered during armed conflict or training that simulates war, while on hazardous duty, or from an instrumentality of war, such as exposure to Agent Orange or while in a combat vehicle. To be eligible for CRSC, applicants must: (1) be entitled to and/or be receiving military retired pay, (2) be rated at least 10 percent by VA, (3) waive all or a portion of their military retired pay, and (4) file a CRSC application with their respective branch of service. The American Legion can help with filing claims for CRSC through its (http://www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/ ... ntofficers) network of department service officers and at no cost to the applicant. For more information, visit the DFAS (http://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/dis ... /crsc.html) Combat-Related Special Compensation webpage.


New Discount Card in Connecticut
Connecticut's Department of Veterans' Affairs is partnering with a national program to offer the state's veterans and their families discounts at a network of retailers, restaurants and service providers. Interested Connecticut veterans, active duty military, National Guard, reservists and their families can enroll for the VetRewards Card program through the Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs website at (http://www.ct.gov/ctva) www.ct.gov/ctva, where they will be eligible to receive a special 25% discount on the program's fees. The card is sponsored by Veterans Advantage Inc.


VA Offers Resources
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has put together information and resources to help Veterans receive the mental health care they have earned. For more information, read VA's VAntage Point Blog at (http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7194/pt ... need-them/) http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7194/pt ... need-them/. If you are in crisis and need help immediately, call the (http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/) Veterans Crisis Line ( (http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/) http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/) at 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255


Health Concerns for Combat Veterans
Department of Veterans Affairs clinicians offer a comprehensive review of the health concerns of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and practical management guidelines for primary care providers in an article recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The article reviews how combat deployments can impact the physical, psychological, and social health of veterans, and describes their unique health-care needs. This includes the need for assessment and management of injuries associated with blast exposures -- including mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) -- as well as mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse. (http://www.springerlink.com/content/507 ... pdf?MUD=MP) Read the full article.


VA Seeks Older Vet's Input
Anica Pless Kaiser, coordinator of Boston VA's SHARP, is asking older combat veterans and former WACS, WAVES, WASPS, SPARS and women Marines to participate in a 20-minute telephone interview and fill out written questionnaires by mail. She and her colleagues are seeking information about older veterans' military and civilian life experiences, retirement concerns, health and well-being, support received from friends and loved ones, and everyday happenings. The written portion of the survey should take between an hour and 90 minutes to complete. Participants will be paid $20. To volunteer for the SHARP survey of older combat and women veterans, call Anica Pless Kaiser at (800) 865-3384, ext. 45309.


New App for Combat Veterans
The Defense Department has announced the release of a mobile application to help servicemembers adjust to life at home after returning from combat deployments. (http://www.dcoe.health.mil/include/exit ... ityjackpot) Positive Activity Jackpot, developed by (http://www.dcoe.health.mil/include/exit ... ealth.org/) National Center for Telehealth and Technology, uses augmented reality with a smartphone's GPS to help find nearby activities and diversions for someone used to the high tempo of combat life. A behavioral therapy called pleasant event scheduling is the basis for design of the application. The therapy encourages a daily schedule of enjoyable activities to improve moods and overcome depression. Information about Positive Activity Jackpot and a clinician's guide is on the National Center for Telehealth and Technology website at (http://www.dcoe.health.mil/include/exit ... ityjackpot) www.t2health.org/apps/positiveactivityjackpot.


Are Extended Car Warranties Worth it?
Are extended warranties lifesavers or money wasters? The truth is, not all extended warranties are created equal. Ultimately, the value you get from such a contract will depend on who you buy it from, when you buy it, and how well you understand the terms of coverage. (http://www.military.com/off-duty/autos/ ... RC=mrvr.nl) Visit the Military.com Auto Center to get a few tips to help guide you through your decision.


Homeless Veterans Guide Available
The American Legion has compiled the wealth of resources offered to homeless veterans by care providers and veterans organizations. The (http://www.legion.org/sites/legion.org/ ... ndbook.pdf) Handbook For Homeless Veterans and Service Providers is a comprehensive guide for aid available to homeless veterans.


New Vet Program in Virginia
A new initiative, Virginia Values Veterans (V3), will help Virginia employers that want to hire, train and retain veterans. Companies participating in V3 will go through a certification process that includes developing a pipeline to recruit veterans, completing a pilot program, and setting goals for hiring and retaining veterans. For more information, visit the (http://www.virginiavaluesvets.com/2012) Virginia Values Veterans website and the (http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/) Virginia Department of Veterans Services website.


Rural VA Health Care Info Online
The American Legion's Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, working with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Rural Health, has created a (http://www.legion.org/veteranshealthcare/ruralhealth) Rural Veterans Health Care webpage on the American Legion website at (http://www.legion.org/veteranshealthcare/ruralhealth.) http://www.legion.org/veteranshealthcare/ruralhealth. Users can download the System Worth Saving rural health report's findings and recommendations, rural veteran statistics, and information on VA's rural health programs and initiatives. For more information on rural health care for veterans, visit the Veterans Health Administration Office of Rural Health website at (http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov) http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov.
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