Veterans Report - Week of January 20, 2014

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Veterans Report - Week of January 20, 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:30 pm

Veterans Report - Week of January 20, 2014

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VA's Coaching Into Care
Coaching Into Care is the Department of Veterans Affairs' national call center for family members and friends of veterans, helping callers talk with veterans about various problems, stressors or mental health concerns. Reach out to a responder at (888) 823-7458 Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm Eastern. For more information, visit VA's Coaching Into Care webpage at (
For more on veterans benefits programs, visit the ( Veterans Benefits section.

AF Seeks Pararescue Airmen
Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard pararescue Airmen may be eligible to apply for a limited period recall to extended active duty. Extended active duty tours will be limited to one, two or three years. The program is open to certified instructors in the grade of senior master sergeant and below. Experienced 7-level pararescue Airmen are preferred, and a 5-level is the minimum requirement. For guidance on preparing and submitting the application package, qualified AFR or ANG pararescue instructors can contact their servicing military personnel section. For more information about the recall and application procedures, visit ( myPers and enter "Limited Period Recall Program (1T2X1 Pararescue)" in the search window.
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Contribute to the VAntage Point
Have something important to share with veterans? The Department of Veterans Affairs online blog 'VAntage Point' would like to hear from you about the issues Veterans face. Whether you are a Vietnam or Gulf War Veteran, a VA employee, a family member or just have information or a story to share with veterans, consider submitting. For more information, visit ( ... t-us-know/) VA's VAntage Point Blog.
To keep up on veterans benefits news and updates, visit's ( Military Advantage Blog.

Veterans Sought for Career Training
A new Maryland-based nonprofit is recruiting for post-9/11 veterans to join a world-class I.T. training and career placement program. Up to 20 training slots are available for a three-month course that begins in Potomac, Maryland on March 3. Applications are due by close of business on Friday, January 31. The course is open to post-9/11 veterans of US military service, as well as civilians who served in war zones and qualified spouses. Preference will be given to those who are recently returned from war zones and are seeking their first post-separation opportunity. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit the NS2 Serves website at (
For more veteran job news, national job and job fair listings, and tips, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

VA Services Showcase
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a "VA Services Showcase" on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 in Crystal City, Virginia. The VA Services Showcase is an opportunity for representatives from non-governmental organizations serving veterans, their families, caregivers, survivors, and other beneficiaries to learn more about VA's programs, services, and supports. Admission is free. Registration is required. Participation in the VA Services Showcase is limited, so registration will be offered on a first-come basis.For more information, visit the VA Services Showcase webpage at (
For more on veterans benefits programs, visit the ( Veterans Benefits section.

Use Your VA Loan Benefit: Own Your Home + Tax Write Off
Don't wait any longer to use your VA Loan Benefit. You've Earned it! Benefits include $0 Down, No PMI payment required, and home ownership means you can write off closing costs and deduct your interest for 2014. ( ... Start using your VA Loan Benefit today.
Want to learn more about homeownership and your VA Loan benefit? ( Explore the VA Loan Center to get more information.

Veterans in Crisis
A couple of months ago, 60 Minutes aired The War Within, a window into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder therapies -- such as ( ... herapy.asp) Prolonged Exposure Therapy and ( ... herapy.asp) Cognitive Processing Therapy -- that VA professionals use to treat veterans we are privileged to serve. The 60 Minutes segment is available at the CBS News website at ( ... ting-ptsd/) For veterans in crisis, VA operates the ( ... sLine.aspx) Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, press 1), staffed by VA mental health professionals 24 / 7. Since it was established in 2007, the employees at the Veterans Crisis Line have made more than 30,000 lifesaving rescues. View the HBO video ' ( ... index.html) Veterans Press 1', which spotlights the work of the Veterans Crisis Line.
For more on veterans benefits programs, visit the ( Veterans Benefits section.

New Law Brings UCMJ Changes
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed recently requires sweeping changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly in cases of rape and sexual assault. "These are the most changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial that we've seen since a full committee studied it decades ago," said Lt. Col. John L. Kiel Jr., the policy branch chief at the Army's Criminal Law Division in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. Key provisions of the UCMJ that were rewritten under the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2014 -- signed Dec. 26, 2013, by President Barack Obama -- are Articles 32, 60, 120 and 125. Details on the changes to each article are available on the ( ... stice.aspx) Marine Corps website. Congress could make even more changes that address sexual assaults in the military as early as this month (January, 2014).
For other related news on sexual assault, visit ('s sexual assault section.

Prepare Now For Tax Season
Tax season is approaching and servicemembers should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes. Visit ( and ( Military OneSource website for tax filing resources, and to learn what will be necessary to file. You can also access much of the same information by calling toll-free 800-342-9647. The program is designed to address the unique tax requirements and issues affecting military personnel and their families. Reserve component members are eligible for the free service regardless of their activation status, as are veterans within 180 days of being discharged, retired or separated. Tax preparers at Military OneSource will do short-form tax filing free of charge for servicemembers and their families. Installations also offer volunteer income tax assistance to servicemembers and their families.

VA Researchers Using Robotic Engineering
Department of Veterans Affairs researchers with the Baltimore VA Healthcare System are using robotic engineering to help stroke patients improve their gait and gain greater independence. For more information, view the Veterans Health Administration video on ( ... tube_gdata) YouTube. For more information on VA research, visit VA's Office of Research and Development webpage at (
To keep up on veterans benefits news and updates, visit's ( Military Advantage Blog.

Help Design VA's Veteran's Day Poster
Do you have an idea for a national Veterans Day poster? If so, the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to hear from you. The Veterans Day National Committee is seeking submissions for the 2014 national Veterans Day poster. The final poster must be 18" x 24" at a resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch), but please scale down submissions to 9" x 12" and submit the electronic versions as JPEG images or PDF files, via e-mail to: ( Alternatively, send copies of artwork or a CD with artwork files to: Department of Veterans Affairs (002D), 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20420. Please do not send originals. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014. For more information and to see posters from prior years, visit VA's ( Veterans Day webpage.
For more Veterans Day resources, visit the ( Veterans Day page.

More Research on PTSD
The post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis has undergone numerous changes. One is the addition of a dissociative subtype. This subtype applies to individuals who meet full criteria for PTSD and also exhibit marked symptoms of derealization (i.e., perceiving one's world or environment as not real) and/or depersonalization (i.e., perceiving one's self as not whole, connected, or real). For more information, read the article in the ( ... /v24n4.pdf) PTSD Research Quarterly.
For more on PTSD, visit ( ... rview.html)'s PTSD section.

VA Offers Grants to Non-Profits
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of up to approximately $600 million in grants for non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income Veteran families occupying permanent housing through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Required services of the program include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and providing or coordinating efforts to obtain needed entitlements and other community services. Grantees secure a broad range of other services for participants. For more information about the program, visit the SSVF webpage (
To keep up on veterans benefits news and updates, visit's ( Military Advantage Blog.

Hertz Committed to Hiring Veterans
Start your civilian career with Hertz. Whether you are looking for an entry level position or a management role, Hertz can provide the opportunities to grow, learn, and be challenged as well as provide you with the tools to succeed. ( ... Read More.

Efforts to Fix Retiree COLA
Congress passed a $1.1 trillion Continuing Resolution spending plan that would fund the government through September. It is expected that the Senate will do the same. The CR could protect disabled retirees and some surviving spouses from the one percent COLA reduction that was signed into law last year and is planned to go into effect next year.
The rollback of the ( ... -retirees/) 1% COLA reduction will only provide relief for medical retirees (those retired under chapter 61) and surviving spouses who receive an annuity (SBP). ( ... -the-mark/) Read more on this subject.

VA Loans Reach Record High
The number of home loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reached a record high in 2013. Since their beginning in 1944, VA loans have provided long-term financing to American veterans and surviving spouses. Last year, the department guaranteed almost 630,000 mortgage loans, with the average loan around $225,000. For more information, visit the VA Home Loans webpage at (
For more VA loan information, guides and tips, check out ('s VA Loan section.
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