Veterans Report - Week of September 03, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of September 03, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:02 pm

Veterans Report - Week of September 03, 2012

PTSD Study Seeks Participants
Researchers with the (http://www.columbiasc.va.gov/) Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia, S.C. And the University of South Carolina are conducting a study of physical activity for veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers are recruiting 40 veterans, who are either on active duty or are warriors in transition. Participants must be between 18 and 65 years old and experiencing symptoms of combat stress. Participants can receive other treatments while in the study. The study takes a lot of time, and participants need to live within about 30 miles of downtown Columbia, S.C. Participants will receive $500 as a compensation for completing the study. For more information, contact Shawn Youngstedt at (803) 777-2666.
(http://www.military.com/benefits/vetera ... rview.html) Find more PTSD Resources on Military.com.


Women Veterans and Health Care
The American Legion reports that Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) women's health initiative has already produced marked improvements in health-care quality for women veterans. Survey results from FY 2010-2011 show the initiative has improved the quality of screening for cervical and breast cancer. Other improvements include correcting bathroom and privacy deficiencies at VA facilities, improving emergency room care for women and educating providers with "mini-residencies" on women's health care. New policies are being developed for maternity care coordination, infertility issues and emergency contraception. For more information, visit VA's Women Veterans Health Care website at (http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/index.asp) www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/index.asp.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


Committee Releases Inquiry, Videos
The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs has released a letter sent to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding VA conferences expenditures and the VA Office of Inspector General conference investigation. The letter is available on the (http://veterans.house.gov/sites/republi ... Letter.pdf) House Committee on Veterans' Affairs website. The Committee also obtained the "Patton-style" videos, produced for the two VA conferences last year at an approximate cost of $52,000, which is available on (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRSrfCoeL3s&feature=plcp) YouTube. Committee Chairman Jeff Miller said, "The Committee will continue to investigate these conferences ? to see if they are an anomaly or are part of a bigger pattern."
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


Free Small Business Help in New Jersey
Are you a veteran looking to start or expand a small business? Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship in Madison, New Jersey is offering a free, 10-week program, Veterans Launching Ventures, to help veterans with small businesses and nonprofits. The program starts Sept. 20 and combines in-person and online education on the fundamentals of starting a new venture and the development of skills required to create and sustain a business or nonprofit organization. One year of mentoring is provided to students at the conclusion of the program. For more information, visit the Fairleigh Dickinson University website at visit (http://www.fdu.edu/veterans) www.fdu.edu/veterans.
For job listings across the nation and civilian job guides and tips, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.


New GI Bill Stipend for US Territories
The Department of Veterans Affairs has made a major change to the administrative policy regarding the monthly housing allowance for Post-9/11 GI Bill eligible veterans who reside in the U.S. territories (Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, etc). The change, which went into effect on August 3, 2012, means that veterans residing in the U.S. territories will now receive a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Overseas Housing Allowance assigned to the area by the Department of Defense.
Read more on the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2 ... ing-rates/) Military Advantage blog.


Keeping Up with VA During Hurricanes
You can keep with your local VA medical facility when a hurricane threatens to change operations. If you live in an area under the threat of storm damage and have pending VA appointments, be sure to (http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isflash=1) contact your VA facility to inquire about their operational schedule. Some appointments may be rescheduled or canceled, and some facilities may be closed entirely until it's safe to resume normal duties. You can also follow your local facilities on (http://www.va.gov/opa/socialmedia.asp) Facebook and Twitter for updates on closures and appointment cancellations. Prepare for the hurricane on the National Weather Service website at (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php) www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php . If you are in an affected area, keep tabs on the storm at the weather.com website at (http://www.weather.com/) www.weather.com.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


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New Clinic in Salt Lake City
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new mental health outpatient clinic in Salt Lake City. The clinic houses programs and services for comprehensive mental health case management, suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, homelessness, substance abuse, prolonged exposure, as well as the seamless integration of mental health into the broad spectrum of primary care. The clinic has also been designated a "Mental Health Hub," and is already providing tele-mental health services for Veterans throughout Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. For more information about VA mental health services, visit VA's Mental Health website at (http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/index.asp) www.mentalhealth.va.gov/index.asp.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


Warrior-Family Symposium
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the National Defense Industrial Association will host the 2012 Warrior-Family Symposium to honor wounded heroes and their families. The event will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This year's WFS will focus on increasing awareness of our Wounded Warriors' needs and the enhancement and refinement of programs and services that benefit them and their families. Registration for this year's WFS is open. Read more about the event's agenda and register at (http://www.warriorfamilysymposium.com/) www.warriorfamilysymposium.com.
For more links to support resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/spouse) Military.com Spouse and Family Center.


The Legion's MVP Seeks More Vets
The American Legion reports that the Million Veterans Program (MVP) is an initiative of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to register 1 million veterans in a comprehensive data-collection program that will study the effects that genes have in causing and predicting diseases. Veterans who sign up for MVP will give a blood sample to VA and have the option to get a free health assessment. There are now 40 VA sites nationwide participating in the program. VA wants to get 1 million veterans into the program in the next five to seven years. For more information and to learn how to enroll, visit VA's (http://www.research.va.gov/MVP/) Million Veteran Program website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


Deal of the Week: Walmart Printable Coupons
Walmart has over 100 printable grocery coupons. (http://www.military.com/discounts/deal- ... ESRC=vr.nl) Visit the Military.com Discounts Center to learn more.
(http://www.military.com/discounts/?ESRC=vr.nl) View all military deals and discounts.


VA Gender Disparity Report
The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a report that shows improvement in gender disparities in 12 out of 14 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures in VA since 2008. VA has implemented a national initiative to improve care for women Veterans. A report on that initiative, Gender Differences in Performance Measures, VHA 2008-2011, identifies best practices for eliminating gender gaps based on success in VA networks. Both reports can be downloaded at VA's Women Veterans Health Care website at (http://www.womenshealth.va.gov) www.womenshealth.va.gov. For more information about VA programs and services for women Veterans, visit VA's Center for Women Veterans website at (http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/) www.va.gov/womenvet and VA's Women Veterans Health Care website at (http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/) www.womenshealth.va.gov.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


Employment is Biggest Challenge for Vets
A new survey has found that more than two-thirds of their post-9/11 generation believe that finding a job is the greatest challenge they face in making the transition to civilian life. Among the most striking findings of the recently-released Veterans' Employment Challenges study is that 44 percent of veterans participating in the poll said they were not ready to make the transition to civilian life. The poll was conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The report is available for downloading in .PDF format from the (http://news.prudential.com/article_disp ... le_id=6346) Prudential website.
For job listings across the nation and civilian job guides and tips, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.


VA Conference Expenditures Released
The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs released the following breakdown of taxpayer expenditures to host a VA HR conference in Orlando, Florida, last year. A listing of the expenditures is available on the (http://veterans.house.gov/press-release ... s-released) House Committee on Veterans' Affairs website. Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, said of the expenditures, "The Committee is now looking into additional conferences held during the past two years, and it is imperative that VA continue to provide information to Congress so that we can determine the full extent of this blatant misuse of taxpayer dollars." For more information, visit the (http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/08/22/va-ac ... ig-report/) Military.com website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


Finding Job Assistance
The National Resource Directory (NRD), an organization that provides information assistance to veterans and is a partnership among the U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs. It is a resource for job training opportunities for veterans. The NRD has created the (HTTPS://www.nationalresourcedirectory.g ... arch/index) Veterans Job Bank, with searchable listings of employment opportunities for veterans. Also, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) prioritizes hiring and retaining veterans as part of the department's work force. Job openings are listed online on the Veterans Affairs website at (http://www.va.gov/jobs/) www.va.gov/jobs/.
For job listings across the nation and civilian job guides and tips, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.


Veteran Disability Compensation
If you are military veteran with a service-related disability you may qualify for over $3,100 in monthly benefits. These benefits are paid to veterans who have injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. These benefits are tax-free. (http://www.military.com/benefits/vetera ... ESRC=vr.nl) View a summary of VA Disability Compensation -- Eligibility, Pay, Application Process, Reimbursement, Compensation Tables and Server Disability Compensation.
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