Veterans Report - Week of July 16, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of July 16, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:47 pm

Veterans Report - Week of July 16, 2012

Transportation Grants
Veterans and their families will have better access to local bus, vanpool and other transportation options with $29 million in grants that will fund 64 projects in 33 states. The grants from the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, funded and managed by the Federal Transit Administration, will help veterans, wounded warriors and their families find affordable rides to jobs, and job training, education, and health facilities. For more information, visit the ( Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits 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 wristband now.

Database for Women Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the American Heart Association are raising awareness of heart disease in women veterans. Through the Go Red Heart Match database, women veterans can connect with other female veterans/servicemembers who have experienced heart disease. Visit the ( Go Red Heart Match database where women veterans can create a profile, indicate their military Status and connect with others who have had similar experiences. For more information, visit VA's Women ( Veterans' Health Care website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Support for Veterans in Crisis
The ( Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support to veterans in crisis, as well as their family and friends 24/7/365. Call 1-800-273-8255, chat online, or text 838255.
For more on military family support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Channel.

VA Exceeds Goal
The Department of Veterans Affairs exceeded by more than six times the Small Business Administration (SBA) goal of government procurements to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) according to the recently released SBA scorecard. That total surpassed the combined procurements from the rest of the civilian agencies of the federal government. VA has statutory responsibilities under Public Law 109-461 that place SDVOSB and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) first and second, respectively, in the hierarchy of its small business preferences. For more information about VA's services for veteran-owned small businesses, visit VA's website at (
For more on small business opportunities, civilian careers, and nation-wide job listings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Steps to Reduce VA Claims Backlog
The Department of Veterans Affairs processes more than a million disability compensation claims a year, for veterans of every age and era, whether they served in wartime or during periods of relative calm. Despite this, 558,000 claims are in "backlog" status. A new electronic claims processing system VA wide To address this issue.
(,15240,247502,00.html) Read Tom Philpott's latest Military Update to learn more about the new VA system.

Featured Employer: UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group is Now Hiring Military Professionals. Come see the greater difference you can be making at UnitedHealth Group. ( ... enterprise) Apply Today.

New Options for Military Homeowners
The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently announced changes to its short-sale policies that should make it easier for military homeowners with Fannie Mae- or Freddie Mac-backed mortgage loans to honor their financial commitments when they are required to move as part of their duty. Under the new policy, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not pursue deficiency judgments, cash contributions or promissory notes from members of the military with a change in duty station for any property purchased on or before June 30. Servicemembers can check Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac websites to see if their loans are held by these government-sponsored enterprises or they can call hotlines for military homeowners at 1-877-MIL-4566 or 1-800-FREDDIE.
For more on home ownership and tips for veteran homeowners, visit the ( Home Ownership section.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum
The displays at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, an educational arm of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, chronicle the lives of residents who served in conflicts ranging from the Civil War to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The artifacts were donated by veterans or their families and include thousands of guns, uniforms and other military memorabilia. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays (April through September) from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum website at ( or call (608) 267-1799.

Diamond Buying Guide
This is one of life's most important purchases and we want to you to be empowered by your decision. Our education and guidance is unbiased, intimidation-free, and easily guides you through the process of choosing the right diamond and ring setting for her Blue Nile engagement ring. ( ... Learn about the 4 C's of diamonds.

Deal of the Week: 15% Off at Children's Place
The Children's Place is giving 15% off your entire order. ( ... View details on

2013 Veteran COLA Passes House
The House of Representatives passed the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012 (H.R. 4114). Although this is seen by many as a formality, passing the COLA is often pushed to the end of the year. According to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs press release, taking care of this now ensures that Vets will be given the benefits they were promised without any last minute "political tug-of-war." If signed into law, H.R. 4114 would increase the annual cost-of-living rate for veterans, which goes into effect on December 1, 2012. It is estimated that this year's COLA will be approximately 1.9 percent. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Archery Inspires Veteran
Learn about one woman's journey to take her life into her own hands and how she is inspiring other athletes at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Read VA's ( ... ed-my-life) VAntage Point Blog.

Vet Health Benefits Hearing
U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, recently chaired a hearing to examine health and benefits legislation. At the hearing, Tracy Keil, the spouse of a severely wounded OIF veteran discussed her family's experience with VA's fertility services. Veterans who have severe reproductive and urinary tract injuries and spinal cord injuries (SCI) often need highly specialized treatments and procedures like in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive. For more information, including a video of the hearing, visit the ( ... da2fe07afc) U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

$400k Coverage Less than $1.50 a Day
How much are you paying for your VGLI? ASMBA offers veterans a better alternative to VGLI for less. You could provide $400k coverage for your loved ones for less than $1.50 a day. Or customize your own coverage for less. ( Get a free quote now.

California Releases Survey
The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California State Library's California Research Bureau (CRB) released their full report of California's Women Veterans: Responses to the 2011 Survey. The survey sample included former officers and enlisted women from all branches of the military and eras of service from World War II to Operation New Dawn. CalVet and CRB will distribute the report to lawmakers, veteran service organizations and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help inform policymakers about California's women veterans. The survey is available online on the California ( ... ans-Survey) State Library website and the ( CalVet website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Buying a New Car? Check Here First
The Car Buying program lets you view what others really paid for new vehicles in your area. It's simple, search your zip code, make and model to find the best price for you. Then find a Certified Dealer today and ( ... buy with confidence.

PTSD is Treatable
Dr. Matthew Friedman, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), is working to get the word out that it's "very treatable." PTSD is more prevalent among servicemembers today, with 17 percent to 20 percent of the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from it, he says. But studies have shown that 80 percent of those, given proper treatment, are without symptoms after five years. For more information, visit the ( ... rview.html) website, the ( National Center for PTSD website, and the ( ... ndex.shtml) National Institute of Mental Health website.

VA to Expand Hiring Fair Initiative
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently concluded its National Veteran Small Business Conference, Open House and Hiring Fair in Detroit, where 8,000 veterans attended and employers offered more than 1,300 jobs to Veterans. VA will build on the success of the event by joining with Hiring Our Heroes at similar upcoming Hiring Fairs across the country in Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, Houston, San Diego, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Chicago and Tampa. For more information about VA hiring initiatives, visit the ( VA for Vets website. For additional information about Hiring Our Heroes and a list of upcoming hiring fairs, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes webpage at ( A video on the recent Detroit conference is available on ( ... ature=plcp) YouTube.
For job search tips and guides, and nation-wide job listings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs 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

Play Military Trivia and Win an iPod
Test your knowledge with the Trivia Challenge. Think you know military history and trivia? 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.

Jobs for U.S. Veterans in Canada
Stars and Stripes reports that Canadian officials are hoping to lure U.S. Veterans across the border with jobs. Officials at -- an employment site partially owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars -- say that The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is opening thousands of pipeline jobs to U.S. Veterans willing to travel or relocate up north. The pipeline sits roughly 500 miles north of the Canada's border with Montana. For more information, visit the Vet Jobs website at (, click on Search Jobs, then type "opportunity awaits" into the company search field.
For job search tips and guides, and nation-wide job listings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

VA Ahead on New System
The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are ahead of schedule on the development and implementation of an integrated electronic health record system. Part of the reason the departments are ahead of schedule is the lessons the two agencies have learned from pilot programs under the initiative, specifically the current test case in Chicago. DoD and VA are getting ready to begin more pilots in Norfolk, Va., and San Antonio. The plan is to start using the system for lab results and immunization records. For more information download and listen to the audio file at ( ... f-schedule) Federal News Radio.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

'Taps' 150th Birthday
The 150-year legacy of "Taps" was celebrated recently at Charles City County's Berkeley Plantation in Virginia, the site where Civil War Union Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield and bugler Cpl. Oliver W. Norton revised an earlier version of "Tattoo" into something into the enduring bugle call. "Taps," initially meant as a tranquil signal to extinguish all camp lights, eventually evolved into the sound of solemn tribute that today honors the sacrifice and service of the nation's fallen. For more information on "Taps" and its history, visit the ( ... ugle-call/) Taps Bugler website and the ( Taps 150 website.

Beware of VA Drug Scam
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is warning veterans about a scheme targeting veterans. The VA says the scam artists call veterans and say the process of dispensing their prescription medicines have changed. The scam artists then ask for credit card information. Remember: experts say never give out financial information over the phone to someone who calls you unexpectedly.
To keep up with the latest news regarding veterans benefits, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.
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