Veterans Report - Week of November 25, 2013

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Veterans Report - Week of November 25, 2013

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:37 pm

Veterans Report - Week of November 25, 2013

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DoD Considers Closing CONUS Commissaries
According to several news sources, the Defense Commissary Agency has been asked by the Defense Department to submit a plan for closing stateside commissaries. Columnist and contributor ( ... aries.html) Tom Philpott reports that the request was made by the DoD's Under Secretary of Defense Robert Hale, the department's top financial adviser, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Mark F. Ramsay, director of force structure, resources and assessment for the Joint Staff. ( ... -soon.html) Read more about the plan to close stateside commissaries on the Spouse Buzz blog.

Warning: VA ID Cards Are Easily Scanned
Anyone with a smartphone and a bar code app can scan any Department of Veterans Affairs identification card issued since 2004 and the cardholder's Social Security number immediately pops up on the screen. The Department of Veterans Affairs published warnings about the veterans information cards (VICs) on their website in 2011 and again in July, 2013. The alert states, "Some barcode readers, including those available as applications on cell phones, can scan the bar code on the front of the card, and reveal the veteran's social security number." VA has begun to work on a new type of card, which will not contain a Social Security number. Meanwhile, veterans should treat their current ID cards as just a careful as they do their Social Security card to prevent identity theft.
For more updates on military benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Hearing Probes VA Med Center Conditions
During a Nov. 13 congressional hearing, two "whistleblowers" described the culture of negligence that has compromised patient safety at the G.V. Montgomery Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. The hearing, held by the House Veterans Affairs' Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, examined a variety of serious problems at the Jackson VA center including poor sterilization procedures, understaffing, misdiagnoses and poor management practices that placed patients at risk. Statements from witnesses and a webcast of the hearing are available on the ( ... -deaths-at) House Veterans Affairs' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations webpage, and more information can be found on ( ... ckson.html) this American Legion article.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Homeownership Report Released
The U.S. Census Bureau has released a brief titled 'Home Value and Homeownership Rates: Recession and Post-Recession Comparisons From 2007-2009 to 2010-2012', which uses the ACS 3-year estimates to focus on homeownership rates and home values for smaller areas. The ACS provides reliable statistics that are indispensable to anyone who has to make informed decisions about the future. These statistics are required by all levels of government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for research, education, journalism, business and advocacy. If you have questions about this survey, please call the Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282. The report is available on the ( ... 3-190.html) U.S. Census Bureau website and or a ( downloadable PDF.

Vet Job Opportunities in Arizona
Arizona State Parks is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer a new program providing job opportunities for homeless or returning U.S. military veterans. Qualifying applicants would be matched for jobs as temporary park specialists in rural Arizona. Applicants must have a driver's license, and be able to work in the outdoors where temperatures can be extreme. Applicants also are required live in rural Arizona either in or near the parks. Arizona State Parks hopes to become a national model program for (other) state parks to help returning veterans find jobs. Organizing agencies will provide vocational assistance, job development, placement, and ongoing support to improve employment outcomes for the participating military veterans. For more information, call the ASP headquarters at 602-542-4174. Veterans seeking employment opportunities can visit the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services website at (, or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

WWII Conference Streamed Online
The 2013 International Conference on World War II was streamed live online, free of charge, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 21-23, from New Orleans. Presenters included authors Rick Atkinson, Paul Kennedy and Donald Miller, as well as Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA. Presentations and other information are available on the ( 2013 International Conference on World War II website. Presented by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, the conference was titled "1943: Victory in the Balance."

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Study Shows Vets Struggle to Translate Experience
According to a recent survey, more than 70 percent of hiring managers admit having a hard time making business sense of military experience; once employed, veterans lack job satisfaction after transition from active duty. The results shine a spotlight on the challenges new veterans face when transitioning from the armed forces to civilian employment. Data from the new survey also demonstrates an opportunity for companies hiring new veterans to increase job satisfaction. For more, see ( ... ience.html) this article.

Defending Earned Military Benefits
The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) was authorized by Congress in the 2013 defense authorization act to examine all forms of military compensation. The commission is required to report its findings to the President by May 1, 2014 and provide legislative recommendations to Congress. MOAA's Director of Government Relations, Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret.), testified on military pay, compensation, retirement and healthcare issues at a hearing held by the MCRMC on November 5. ( Read MOAA's testimony at the MOAA website.
For more updates on military benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Wounded Warrior Care Makes Strides
November marks Warrior Care Month, a time to honor the contributions of those who provide medical and non-medical care to wounded warriors - at bedside, during rehabilitation, and throughout their transition back to active duty or to civilian life. During the past 12 years of war, more than 51,000 servicemembers have been wounded in action. Tens of thousands of other servicemembers have been diagnosed with serious illnesses or experienced injuries in training, shipboard or liberty accidents. As a result, the past decade has witnessed tremendous advancements in military medicine. To learn more about wounded warrior care, visit the ( ... r_programs) National Resource Directory or the ( ... d-benefits) Military OneSource website. To learn more about Warrior Care Month, visit the ( ... id=standto) U.S. Army's Stand-To! Website or the ( ... l#features) Warrior Transition Command website, or call 855-NAVP WWP (628-9997).
For more Wounded Warrior news, visit the ( Wounded Warrior section.

VA Loans: A Buyer's Advantage in a Sellers' Market
Veterans may have a leg up with VA loans when it comes to winning bidding wars in a sellers' market. The zero-down feature of VA loans can help eligible borrowers secure the purchase agreement on the home of their dreams in a sellers' market. ( ... Read More.

The Legion Offers Emergency Funds
The American Legion's ( National Emergency Fund is ready to assist American Legion family members and posts as the Midwest recovers from a series of violent storms, including tornadoes. The unusually powerful late-season storms brought damaging winds and tornadoes to 12 states. Applicants must have been displaced from his or her primary residence due to a declared natural disaster and provide copies of receipts of items required to meet immediate needs. Applicants must also be active members of the American Legion at time of disaster and the time of application. ( ... n_1007.pdf) Click here to download the application.

CHAMPVA Offers Dental Insurance
The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering eligible veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15. This three-year pilot has been designed for Veterans with no dental coverage, or those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. Participation will not affect entitlement to VA dental services and treatment. People interested in participating may complete an application online through either Delta Dental at (, or MetLife at ( beginning Nov. 15. Coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014,. For more information, visit the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) website at (, or call Delta Dental at 1-855-370-3303 or MetLife at 1-888-310-1681.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

A Veteran's Story: A Female Vet and PTSD
Formerly homeless veteran Casondra Williams' "invisible monster" -- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- went undiagnosed and untreated for years until she asked the Department of Veterans Affairs for help. Read her story on ( ... from-ptsd/) VA's VAntage Point Blog.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

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Coast Guard to Reduce TA Benefit
The Coast Guard will soon announce the return of a 75/25 cost-share based Tuition Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2014. The 2014 tuition assistance cost-share will mark the return of the pre-2002 75% coverage formula for tuition assistance. This means Coast Guardsmen must now pay at least 25% of their tuition out of pocket this year. In addition, the Coast Guard will now only cover up to $187.50 per credit hour. ( ... ent-rates/) Get more on who is affected by this new policy on the Military Advantage Blog.
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The Candy Bomber Returns
65 years after the Berlin Airlift, its renowned 'candy bomber,' 93 year old retired General Gail Halvorsen recently boarded a vintage C-47 Skytrain on November 9, 2013 at the South Texas Regional Airport in Hondo, Texas to celebrate the anniversary. More than 250 community members and servicemembers attended the event, which featured rides on vintage aircraft, performances by the Texas Children's Choir, and a candy drop. For more information on the Candy Bomber of the Berlin Airlift, check out the ( ... sp?id=5979) Berlin Candy Bomber Fact Sheet, or catch the ( You Tube video.
For more military videos, visit the ( Video Center.

Transportation & Logistics Jobs for Vets
Veterans looking for jobs in the transportation and logistics industry have access to a very strong resource: the Troops to Transportation and Logistics Program. ( ... Read More.

PFC Lynch to Speak at CCME
Jessica Lynch, the first successfully rescued POW since WWII, will provide the keynote for this year's Council of College and Military Educators' (CCME) 2014 Professional Development Symposium in Savannah GA. Lynch is a former Private First Class (PFC) in the United States Army who was injured and captured by Iraqi soldiers after her unit was ambushed on March 23, 2003. After nine days in captivity she was rescued by U.S. special operations forces. It the first successful POW rescue since World War II and the first ever of a female soldier. The 2014 CCME Symposium will take place February 10-13 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. To register to attend this year's symposium or for more information, please visit ( the symposium website. Early bird pricing for members and nonmembers is available for a limited time.

Law Prohibits Employment Discrimination
Employees who satisfy the eligibility requirement under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act of 1994 are entitled to re-employment as long as they are a member of the U.S. armed services and meet the following five conditions: (1) The employee must have civilian employment; (2) the employee must give his employer notice prior to military service; (3) the employee's cumulative length of service causing his absence from employment must be less than five years; (4) the employee must have been released from military service with at least a general discharge under Honorable Conditions; and (5) when the employee returns from active duty, he or she must report back to work within a certain period of time. An employee must give notice to his or her employer before taking military leave. For more information, visit the ( Department of Labor website.
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.
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