Veterans Report - Week of September 24, 2012

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Veterans Report - Week of September 24, 2012

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:04 am

Veterans Report - Week of September 24, 2012

Stop Loss Pay Deadline Nears
Oct. 21 is the last day for eligible servicemembers whose enlistments were involuntarily extended or had to remain on active duty beyond approved retirement or separation date due to stop loss authority, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP). RSLSP compensates active duty, Reserve component, former and retired servicemembers who, at any time between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, served on active duty and had their enlistment or period of obligated service involuntarily extended. Claims are processed through the respective services personnel offices - for more information, visit the ( ... _stoploss/) Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay webpage.
For more on stop-loss pay and other military benefits, visit the ( Benefits page.

California AG Sues Vets Group
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed suit against a California-based charity known as Help Hospitalized Veterans, accusing the group of engaging in self-dealing, paying excessive amounts of executive compensation, fraudulent fundraising and using accounting gimmicks to inflate the amount of income spent on providing veterans' services. The lawsuit alleges that the directors and officers of Help Hospitalized Veterans breached their fiduciary duty by wasting its charitable assets on golf memberships and a condominium for use by officers, and authorizing excessive executive compensation. For more information, visit the ( ... ectors-and) California Attorney General's website and read the brief posted as a public notice on the ( ... plaint.pdf) California Attorney General's website.
For links to military family support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

VA Fee Basis Care Hearing Held
The Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently held a hearing entitled, "VA Fee Basis Care: Examining Solutions to a Flawed System." The hearing was in response to findings that the current fee-basis system is having an adverse effect on those it was originally intended to help. Over the past three years, the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released seven separate reports revealing a multitude of problems facing the program, including serious concerns regarding oversight, as well as millions of dollars wasted through improper payments. 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.

4 Keys to VA Loan Approval
VA loan approval may be easier than many think. Understanding the VA requirements can help borrowers know what to expect during the VA home loan process. The VA publishes a lender's handbook as a guideline for companies that originate and fund VA loans. In the handbook are four basic loan approval requirements that VA-approved lenders use when considering loan applications. A veteran who understands the basic approval guidelines is better able to consider whether they are likely to qualify for a VA mortgage. ( ... Read more for the four keys.

Featured Employer: AT&T is Hiring
A different kind of action, but exciting nonetheless. In the military, you contributed to a disciplined, motivated and successful team. You'll be right at home with AT&T. We continuously recognize the contributions of our armed forces. In every area of AT&T, you'll find retired military and active reservists who made the transition to civilian life. ( ... Learn More.

Answers to Your Sequestration Questions
The Military Advantage blog recently featured a live Q&A blog session with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller. Check out the replay to see how our guests answered our readers questions about the impact sequestration may have on military pay, TRICARE, tuition assistance, VA benefits, and other defense programs.
( ... estration/) Click here to check out the replay of the event.

Battleship Offers Ceremonial Site
The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina is honored to extend a gratis site for traditional military ceremonies such as re-enlistments, retirements, promotions and memorial celebrations. Usually held on the Fantail of the Ship, inside spaces are available for inclement weather days. Included at no extra cost are chairs, table and podium/sound system. Call the Battleship North Carolina for reservations at (910) 251-5797. For more information, visit the Battleship North Carolina website at ( or follow us on and .
For more links to military family support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

$400k Coverage: As Low as $26 a Month
Is VGLI too much for your family? ASMBA offers a low cost alternative designed with your military family in mind. ( Get $400k protection starting at less than $1 a Day.

Jobs for US Vets in Canada
The organization Helmets to Hardhats Canada has officially launched its ( Helmets to Hardhats Canada website. The new website is dedicated to helping Veterans and men and women in uniform find jobs in the building and construction industry as they transition to civilian life. The website offers access to career postings. Individuals can register at the website at ( and click the "Apply Now" button to create an account. For more information on the Helmets to Hardhats Canada program, visit the Helmets to Hardhats Canada website at ( or call 613-238-2300 or call toll free 1-855-238-9707.
For job listings across the nation and civilian job guides and tips, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Deal of the Week: Exclusive Discounts!
Up to 50% off on Lifestyle products, Watches, Knives, Sunglasses, Apparel and more on! Free Sign Up for Veteran/Retired Military and Government. ( ... rtsepoct12) Start saving today!

After the Military: Checklists and Tips
What is next after the Military? Explore your options. Start early and get ahead with the Transition Center. has launched the new 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. ( ... Visit the Military Transition Center Now.

Have a Flag Flown on the Battleship NC
The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina flies the national flag daily and is pleased to fly one for you from the ship's foremast on your special occasion or in memory or honor of your loved one. Flags are flown at no charge except to cover shipping fees, if needed. Flown on the specific date of your preference, the flag, provided by you or purchased through the Ship's Store, will fly high above the NORTH CAROLINA and is then returned to you with a personalized signed certificate from the Executive or Assistant Director. Call the Ship at (910) 251-5797 for more details. For more information, visit the Battleship North Carolina website at ( or follow on ( and (
For more links to military family support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

Group Studies Use of Dogs for PTSD
The Nevada Humane Society is teaming up with a Department of Veterans Affairs nurse to find out if dogs could be the answer to successful treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They are looking for veterans to volunteer for a clinical study to see if they can prove these dogs help treat PTSD. Participating veterans must diagnosed with PTSD and have no history of abuse toward people or animals to participate. Veterans who volunteer for the three-month study will get a service dog for free. To sign up, or for more information, call Alicia Adams at 775-328-1860.
For more military-related pet stories and features, visit the ( Pet Corner.

WW1 Memorial in Jeopardy in Maryland
The forty-foot-tall Memorial Peace Cross, which well-known landmark that has served as a gateway to Bladensburg and Hyattsville, Maryland for over eight years, is in jeopardy. The monument, which sits on state property, honors 49 men from Prince George's County, Maryland who lost their lives during World War I. The ( American Humanist Association, a Washington-based group, is calling for the cross's removal, arguing that a religious image on public land violates the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state. Veterans organizations and some community groups have vowed to fight to keep standing. Meanwhile, the local park and planning commission is researching the legal issues. For more information on the Memorial Peace Cross, visit the ( ... r-memorial) website, the ( website, and the ( Historical Marker Database.

Veteran Benefits Explained
In addition to the pensions and benefits to which you may be entitled because of both public and private employment, you may also be eligible for certain benefits based on your military service. Visit the ( ... Veterans Benefit summary page to learn more about disability compensation, veteran's pension programs, low cost medical care through the VA, education programs, PTSD support and more.

Chicago Rotary Collects Clothes for Vets
Rotary Clubs throughout the Chicago region have launched a massive campaign to collect before October 31 1,500 clean, lightly-used winter coats, blankets, hats, gloves, and new long underwear for homeless veterans. The clothing will be distributed to the veterans during Stand Down Day, Nov. 8. Drop off slightly used (not new), clean winter coats, as well as hats or gloves by Wed., Oct, 31 at any of sixteen Republic Bank branches (, Hawthorne Credit Union ( in Naperville or Bolingbrook, and Fair Oaks Ford-Lincoln in Naperville at 2055 W. Ogden Ave. And 1351 E. Ogden Ave. Volunteers are also needed. For more information, visit the Chicagoland Rotary Clubs website at (
For more links to military family support resources, visit the ( Spouse and Family Center.

VA Aims to End Vet Homelessness by 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs has committed to ending veteran homelessness by 2015. If you are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, there are resources to help. For more information, visit VA's Homeless Veterans website at ( or contact 1-877-4AID-VET.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Purple Heart License Plate in GA
Active-duty Soldiers who have received Purple Hearts are now able to acquire the free Purple Heart license plate in the State of Georgia. Formerly, the plate was given only to retired Purple Heart recipients. The newly-modified Georgia law on free license plates for Purple Heart veterans reads "the term 'veteran' shall include a member of the armed forces or reserves who is still serving on active duty after being awarded the Purple Heart citation." For more information, find and contact your local Tax Commissioners Tag Office on the ( ... ffice.aspx) Georgia Department of Revenue Motor Vehicles Division website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Free Tolls in Texas
Disabled veterans in Texas will not need TxTags to take advantage of a newly adopted program that waives fees for veterans on toll roads operated by the Texas Department of Transportation. Veterans with disabled veteran, Purple Heart of Medal of Honor specialty plates qualify for the free tolls. License plate reading equipment suspended above the toll ways will automatically identify the specialty plates, and veterans do not need to sign up for the program. To receive a disabled veteran license plate, veterans need a 50 percent service-related disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or a 40 percent rating due to lower limb amputation. For more information, locate and contact one of the regional offices listed on the ( Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Vet Designation on Missouri ID Cards
A new law allows veterans in Missouri to have that designation put on their drivers' licenses or state ID cards. To obtain the designation, a veteran needs to present their copy of their DD-214 showing a discharge status of "honorable," "general," "under honorable conditions" or "general under honorable conditions." There is no extra cost for the designation. Standard, new, renewal or duplicate transaction and processing fees still apply. Many businesses in Missouri give discounts to veterans, and some actually require a photo ID. Hence, the need for the new law. For more information, visit the ( Missouri Department of Public Safety website.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Many Get Sequestration Cut False Warning
Stars and Stripes has reported that some caregivers of wounded veterans mistakenly received letters recently warning that automatic spending cuts set for January could stop their monthly stipends, creating more concern about the problems that sequestration might bring. According VA spokesman Josh Taylor, officials have contacted all of the caregivers who received the notifications, clarifying that their stipends are not in danger and apologizing for the confusion.
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Veterans Stories Online
The Department of Veterans Affairs' ( AboutFace website is an online video gallery dedicated to veterans talking about living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how treatment turned their lives around. The website is for people who think they might have PTSD and want to explore what treatment is like. It is also for family members who do not know what to do as they watch their loved ones struggle to recover from trauma. Visit the ( AboutFace website to learn how PTSD treatment helped these veterans figure out how to get their lives back. If you are using a mobile device, you can access over twenty ( Veteran videos on YouTube.
For more military-related videos covering all topics, visit the ( Video Center.

AF Cyber Conference Coming
Policy makers, practitioners, technologists, and academics are invited to discuss national security and military operations with the goal of stability in the cyberspace domain at the Air Force Research Institute Cyber Conference, October 10-11, 2012. Participants will be asked to participate in a modified Delphi method, and through guided discussion, to provide answers to strategic-level questions that drive the interagency process. The result will be the sharing of expectations about right behavior or selected best practices. For more information and to register, visit the ( Air Force Symposium Series 2012 Cyber Power website.
For more Air Force news updates, visit the ( News Center.
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