Veterans Report - Week of December 09, 2013

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Veterans Report - Week of December 09, 2013

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:20 pm

Veterans Report - Week of December 09, 2013

States Waive Skills Test for Driver Licenses
The Military Commercial Drivers License Act of 2012, which allowed states to lift their residency requirements for veterans applying for commercial drivers licenses (CDLs), has now made its way for every state legislature to act and pass a similar state law. On Feb. 4, Alabama will officially pass a law that waives the skills test requirement for current and former servicemembers who gained sufficient truck-driving experience in the military, making it the 50th and final state to pass such legislation. All 50 states have now waived their CDL skills test requirements for veterans with applicable military experience. For more information, visit the (http://www.dot.gov/careers/veterans/com ... cle-driver) United States Department of Transportation website.
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.


Tips: Pre-Deployment Family Support
If your servicemember is preparing for deployment, this is an important time to touch base with him or her as well as their close friends, spouse, and family. If possible, talk to your servicemember's family about the best way for you to stay in touch while she's deployed. If you're in a position to offer help to those closest to your service member, ask your service member how you can best provide support. Depending on the closeness of your relationship, attempting to support the servicemember's family could include going over for dinner (often the hardest part of the day for families with deployed service members), offering to watch the children for the at-home spouse, attending their sports or school events, or planning other activities to do together. For more tips on handling pre-deployment with a servicemember's family, see (http://www.military.com/deployment/pare ... yment.html) this article.


Healthcare for Rural Veterans
Over 6 million veterans live and work in America's rural communities, and only half of those veterans are enrolled for VA health care. These veterans can face some unique barriers to accessing health care, including a lack of public transportation, long travel distances to care sites, and a limited number of primary and specialty care providers. The mission of the Office of Rural Health (ORH) is to increase awareness of rural health-related issues. Learn more about how ORH projects are improving access and quality of care for rural Veterans through the use of technology and telehealth, community collaborations, and rural workforce development. Visit The VA Office of Rural Health (ORH) website at (http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov) www.ruralhealth.va.gov.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


Be Cautious During the Holidays
The holidays are a prime time for online fraud and phishing scams. Do not be fooled by holiday-themed spam emails that claim to support good causes or offer great deals. These could be phishing schemes, and responding to or clicking on a link within an unsolicited email can put your personal information in jeopardy. Here are more tips: (1) look for clues--phishing emails often contain misspelled words, come from unknown senders, and redirect to unfamiliar or external websites; (2) know whom you are dealing with--never give out personal, financial, or other sensitive information in an email; and (3) do not forward the email to others. For more tips, visit the (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/22 ... 75851.html) Huffington Post website and the Internet Crime Complaint Center website at (http://www.ic3.gov/media/2013/131126.aspx) www.ic3.gov/media/2013/131126.aspx.
For more military family support resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/spouse) Military.com Family Center.


Happy Birthday National Guard
The National Guard, which celebrates its birthday every December 13, is the oldest component of the U.S. Armed Forces and (http://www.military.com/national-guard- ... RC=mrvr.nl) one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions.


VA Launches New Benefits Website
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense have created a new website, eBenefits at (http://www.ebenefits.va.gov) www.ebenefits.va.gov, which will enable veterans, servicemembers and their families to research, access and manage their VA and military benefits and personal information. If veterans attempt to register and are informed they have no DEERS record, VA will first need to verify their military service and add them to DEERS, which can be done at all VA regional offices, DoD ID card issuing offices or online at (http://www.ebenefits.va.gov) www.ebenefits.va.gov. Veterans wanting to obtain a premium account on the website can use their Common Access Card or their Defense Finance and Accounting Service logon if they are a military retiree. Veterans receiving VA benefits via direct deposit can call 1-800-827-1000 and selecting Option 7.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


Online 'Coach' for PTSD Symptoms
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) now offers an online "Coach" -- developed by VA's National Center for PTSD -- which veterans can access from their personal computers to help them manage PTSD symptoms. For more information, read the article on the (http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2 ... mptoms.asp) VA website. To find the PTSD Coach Online, the PTSD Coach Mobile App and other resources on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), visit VA's National Center for PTSD website at (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/) www.ptsd.va.gov . PTSD Coach Online can help you with symptom management, problem solving and skill building, but it is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment and care. (http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/divis ... asp?dnum=1) For Find a VA healthcare provider.
For more resources on PTSD, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/vetera ... rview.html) Military.com PTSD section.


Veterans to Receive 1.5 Percent Cost-of-Living Increase
Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. For more details, see (http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013 ... RC=mrvr.nl) this Military.com article.


Coping With Holiday Stress
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will host an online event, "Virtual Mental Health Fair: Coping with Holiday Stress," on Facebook, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) Dec. 11. The event builds on the first virtual mental health fair DCoE hosted in June that brought together more than 50 mental health-related organizations. The December event brings attention to the stress that servicemembers, veterans and their families coping with mental health concerns may experience during the holiday season. Government and non-profit organizations dedicated to mental health care for servicemembers, veterans and military families will showcase their resources and answer questions in a live format. For more information, visit the (http://www.dcoe.mil/MediaCenter/News/de ... tress.aspx) Defense Centers of Excellence website or e-mail (mailto:mrmc.dcoe.socialmedia@mail.mil) mrmc.dcoe.socialmedia@mail.mil.
For more military family support resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/spouse) Military.com Family Center.


Six Steps for Fighting the Flu
National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 8-14, 2013. When a person with the flu sneezes, the virus can spread up to six feet away. The influenza virus can also be spread by a person even before they know they have it. Here are some tips to avoid getting the flu: (1) get your flu shot; (2) know how the flu is spread; (3) know the symptoms of flu; (4) keep your hands and surfaces around you clean; (5) cover your coughs and sneezes; and (6) stay home when you are sick. For more information, read the (http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2 ... he-Flu.asp) article on the VA website and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Influenza Vaccination Week webpage at (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/) www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/.


VA to Resume Study
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to restart a study evaluating the use of service dogs to assist veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was suspended in August 2012, for the second time, when VA alleged that a vendor violated its contract and endangered the health of its dogs. The goal of the study, which was mandated by Congress in 2009, was to serve as many as 200 veterans. VA is expected to resume the study in less than a year with the first new dog pairings scheduled to take place as soon as May 2014. The study will also include emotional support dogs in addition to service dogs. When the study resumes, it will be open to non-profit organizations across the country.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the (http://militaryadvantage.military.com) Military Advantage blog.


Legion Challenges VA Claims Accuracy
The American Legion testified at a Dec. 4 hearing on Capitol Hill that examined VA's track record in processing complex disability claims that deal with conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). Zachary Hearn, deputy director of benefits for the Legion, appeared before the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on disability and memorial affairs; he also submitted written testimony for the record. The Legion challenged the accuracy of online statistics from VA's Monday Morning reports, claiming they were not consistent with the Legion's review of recently adjudicated claims; of 260 claims examined, 55 percent contained errors. "This statistic is in stark contrast to the approximate 90 percent accuracy rating in claims adjudication indicated by (VA)," the Legion stated. For more details, see (http://www.military.com/benefits/2013/1 ... uracy.html) this article.


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Healthcare Decisions During Career Transition
You've made the decision to transition from the military and may be wondering how this impacts your healthcare benefits. Let's take a quick look through two lenses: military retirement eligible or not, from Katherine Tracy, MOAA's Deputy Director of Healthcare Programs. For more details, read (http://www.moaa.org/MRtransitionhealth) this article.


AF Museum Plans Expansion
The (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/) National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is adding a 224,000-square-foot building that will open in 2015. Construction is to begin in spring 2014 and finish in summer 2015 with a public opening is anticipated in late 2015. The new building will provide more educational opportunities, increase visitor access to the presidential and research and development aircraft, and improve visitor experience with space exhibits and large aircraft. The Air Force Museum Foundation recently gifted the funds necessary to begin construction of the building and will continue fundraising toward its campaign goal of $46 million, which would provide additional options and amenities for the building. For more information on the museum, visit the National Museum of the U. S. Air Force website at (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/) www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.


Army Tuition Assistance: New Restrictions
Beginning next year, the U.S. Army will place new restrictions on its Tuition Assistance program to ensure officers and enlisted personnel are focusing more on soldiering than higher education. Soldiers will have to wait one year after completing initial-entry training before they can participate in the TA program. Also, soldiers who use TA money to complete a four-year baccalaureate degree will have to wait 10 years before using TA again to pursue a post-graduate degree. The changes will likely affect approximately 40,000 soldiers based on current program participation rates, Army officials estimate. For more details, see (http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013 ... tance.html) this Military.com article.


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Study Looks at Veterans
A new study has found that service men and women are thriving in higher education. The study tracked 750 veterans across 23 university campuses and found they had an average GPA of 3.0. The retention rate of the veterans from fall 2011 to spring 2011 was 97 percent, and the study found that students completed 90.5 percent of the credits they pursued. The study was conducted by New Jersey-based Operation College Promise, a national policy, research and education program. The report is available in .pdf format on the (http://www.operationpromiseforserviceme ... ov2011.pdf) Operation College Promise website.
For more military education benefits information and news, visit the (http://www.military.com/education) Military.com Education Center.


Veterans Case Heads to Court
Veterans subjected to Cold War-era drug experiments have asked the 9th Circuit to grant them more relief than ordered recently by a federal judge. The notice of appeal comes four years after Vietnam Veterans of America led a (http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/01/08/12414.htm) class action against various government entities, claiming that at least 7,800 soldiers had been used as guinea pigs in Project Paperclip. Soldiers were allegedly administered at least 250 and perhaps as many as 400 types of drugs, among them Sarin, one of the most deadly drugs known, amphetamines, barbiturates, mustard gas, phosgene gas and LSD. For more information, visit the (http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/11/26/63259.htm) Courthouse News Service website.


Featured Employer: Tyco Hiring Vets
We are the world's largest fire and security company, providing vital services to over 3 million customers globally. (http://www.military.com/jobs-in/employe ... RC=mrvr.nl) A post-military career at Tyco will offer an environment open to new ideas and rewarding experiences everywhere you look.


Business Help and Advice for Veterans
American Corporate Partners is a nonprofit organization that connects veterans with corporate professionals. Some 60% of ACP applicants want help in understanding what kinds of jobs would match their skills and experience, and they want to learn how to explain those attributes to job recruiters. These veterans need assistance to understand where to find jobs that will provide opportunities for advancement, how to get an interview, how to do well in that interview, and, ultimately, how to succeed and progress in a civilian organization. ACP works with companies that join its Veteran Mentoring Program to assist new veterans, and it helps veterans gain access to the companies' employee resource groups for internal training and military transition support. For more details, see (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/ca ... erans.html) this article.
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.
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