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Veteran Report - Week of February 10, 2014

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:02 pm
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Veteran Report - Week of February 10, 2014

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VA and Mental Health
Since 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs has hired over 1,600 new mental health professionals and over 800 Peer Specialists and Peer Apprentices to expand veterans' access to quality mental health services. This year, VA hosted 151 local mental health summits at each of our medical centers, broadening the community dialogue, to expand partnerships for increasing services for veterans. Through collaboration, VA can promote awareness and utilization of VA mental health resources, help veterans gain access to community services, and build healthy communities for veterans and their families. For more information read the (http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategor ... -Sheet.pdf) Mental Health Fact Sheet.
For more on veteran benefits programs, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


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Navy Observes Black History Month
The U.S. Navy joins our nation in celebrating the vibrant history and culture of African-American and Black Sailors during African-American/Black History Month throughout the month of February. African-American Sailors have served in every major armed conflict since the Revolutionary War. For more information, including teaching materials, visit the (http://www.history.navy.mil/special%20h ... n-hist.htm) Naval History and Heritage Command website and the (http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/s ... ances.aspx) Navy Diversity Observances webpage. A full-color brochure on the history of African-Americans in the United States Navy is also available for download through the Naval History and Heritage Command link. A complete educational presentation, including a downloadable educational poster on African American/Black History month, can be requested from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) by email at (mailto:deomipa@us.af.mil) deomipa@us.af.mil.
For more on Black History Month, visit the (http://www.military.com/Content/MoreCon ... e=BH_Index) Military.com Black History Month section.


Filing Assistance During Tax Season
The 2014 tax filing season for taxpayers began Jan. 31. Gather your W-2s, 1099s, K-1s, 1098s and any cancelled checks or receipts you might need, take a deep breath, and dive into tax filing fun by reading VA's VAntage Point Blog at (http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/12123/f ... ax-season/) http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/12123/f ... ax-season/.
For more tax preparation options and discounts for the military, see (http://www.military.com/discounts/free- ... itary.html) this Military.com article.


Spouse Experience on Feb 26th - Washington, DC
The Military.com Spouse Experience is a one-of-a-kind interactive event presented by military spouses for military spouses. This event is an opportunity for all military spouses to get together, learn from each other, share the joys and challenges of military life, and laugh at the inevitable and incredible "oops" moments that all milspouses have. (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-militar ... 7687317975) Register today.


New Online GI Bill ComparisonTool
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an online GI Bill Comparison Tool to make it easier for veterans, servicemembers and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA's approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. The GI Bill Comparison Tool provides key information about college affordability and brings together information from more than 17 different online sources and three federal agencies, including the number of students receiving VA education benefits at each school. The GI Bill Comparison Tool can be found at: (http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison) http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison.


Disability.gov's Guide Me Tool
Do you want to learn how to use the "Guide Me" tool to quickly and easily find information on (https://www.disability.gov/) Disability.gov? Read the new blog post at Disability.gov, "What's New at Disability.gov? The 'Guide Me' Tool" that explains everything you need to know.
For more on disability compensation, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/vetera ... ation.html) Military.com Disability Compensation section.


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DoD Has No Plans to Close Commissaries
According to Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, there are no plans to close military commissaries. The chairman first addressed this issue during his Facebook town hall meeting last month (a transcript of the recent town hall meeting with General Dempsey is available on (http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2013/1 ... town-hall/) DoD Live). Although the DoD officials are not planning to close commissaries, they did ask the Defense Commissary Agency for a range of options, including how the system would operate with reduced or no taxpayer subsidies. Military exchanges work on this system and that the same potential exists with commissaries.
(http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014 ... udget.html) You can read the full story on Military.com.


Survey to Help Veterans
Veterans often find it difficult to find a stable first job right out of the military. To help solve that problem, IVMF has launched a survey to collect information about veterans' first-hire experiences. For more information, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/ca ... -jobs.html) Military.com website. The survey is available at the (http://www.retainingvets.org/) Veterans Job Retention Survey webpage. The survey is completely anonymous and available 24 hours a day.
For more veteran job news, listings and resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.


VA Peer Support Specialists
There are 11 peer support specialists at San Diego and roughly 800 at Department of Veterans Affairs sites nationwide. They represent VA's new strategy to get veterans struggling with mental issues to come in for help. For more information, read the 'Getting By With a Little Help From Your Friends' article on the (http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2 ... riends.asp) Veterans Health Administration website.
For more on veteran benefits programs, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


Win a July 4 Cruise on USS Constitution
The USS Constitution recently opened the lottery for its 2014 Independence Day turnaround cruise. The lottery will select 150 winners from the general public to ride aboard Constitution for its annual Fourth of July cruise in Boston Harbor, which will be the ship's final Independence Day voyage until 2018. Each winner will be allowed to bring one guest. All lottery entries must be received by noon on April 15, with the drawing scheduled for April 30. Lottery entries are limited to one per household. To download the official 2014 lottery entry form, visit the USS (http://www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution) Constitution website.
For more military-related entertainment news, visit the (http://www.military.com/off-duty) Military.com Off-duty Center.


Navy Seeking Sailors' Art
The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) art curators are eager to add talented Sailors' illustrations, paintings and, yes, comics to the Navy's art collection. They will consider any type of art done by a Sailor including an illustration on a piece of notebook paper. If someone you know is regularly doodling, sketching or painting, let them know they could be a part of history. Tell them to submit their artwork to the Navy's art collection by sending an email with their contact information and a photo of their work to (mailto:gale.muro@navy.mil) gale.muro@navy.mil. Who knows? Maybe you will see their work in a gallery near you. For more information about the Navy Art Collection, visit the (http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/nhcorg6.htm) Navy Art Collection webpage.


VA Health Care for OEF/OIF/OND Vets
Find out about OEF/OIF/OND Veterans' use of Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities and common diagnoses, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), by viewing the latest reports through the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013: (1) (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/epidemio ... /index.asp) VA Health Care Utilization by Recent Veterans, (2) (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/epidemio ... /index.asp) VA Facility Use by Recent Veterans with PTSD. Visit VA's Public Health webpage at (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/) www.publichealth.va.gov to learn more about other public health topics.
For more on veteran benefits programs, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


VA Decreases GI Bill Processing Time
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decreased the time it takes to process requests for GI Bill benefits for returning students by nearly 50 percent compared to fiscal year 2012. VA attributes the faster process in large part to improved claims automation that uses rules-based, industry-standard technologies to deliver Veterans' benefits. The automation technology, part of VA's Post-9/11GI Bill processing system, is called "Long Term Solution" (LTS). This technology has more than 1,700 calculations and rules that support benefits delivery for eligible veterans, servicemembers, and dependents. For more information about VA education benefits, visit VA's Education and Training webpage at
(http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill) www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
For more on the GI Bill and how to use it, visit the (http://www.military.com/education) Military.com Education section.


Acing the Resume Opening Statement
A recent Wall Street Journal front page essay highlighted the intense competition for jobs at all levels. Companies received an average of 383 applications for every opening they advertised in 2013 according to data from the Corporate Executive Board. This is not surprising, since there are at least 20 million people in some phase of transition between jobs or actively looking for a better job. Learn how to gain an edge from (http://www.moaa.org/MRResumeStatement/) Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).


Resources for Veteran Employment
The Department of Veterans' Affairs Rosye Cloud, Special Assistant in charge of Veterans Hiring, discusses the various resources surrounding veteran employment. Take a look at three videos on YouTube that discuss these resources: (1) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6RcvJi78KU) VA's Resources for Employers Looking to Hire Veterans; (2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd4lWtA_Jnw) Chapter 36: Career Counseling Services for Veterans and Transitioning Servicemembers; and (3) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8vYE9TtiGs) Hiring Veterans: VetSuccess, Tax Incentives and DOL Job Centers.
For more veteran job news, listings and resources, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.


VA Updates List of AO Ships
The Department of Veterans Affairs has updated the list of ships that operated in Vietnam, adding more and expanding information for others. The list can help Vietnam-era Veterans find out if they qualify for presumption of Agent Orange exposure when seeking disability compensation for related diseases. For more information, visit VA's U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Ships in Vietnam webpage at (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposure ... /index.asp) www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agent ... /index.asp. Visit VA's Military Exposures webpage at (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/) www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/ to learn about military exposures and VA benefits.
For more on veteran health programs, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.


Nominate a Dog for the 2014 Hero Dog Awards
In order to promote the fact that dogs can make a difference, the Humane Association is taking nominations for their 2014 Hero Dog Awards. If there's a dog in your life that you believe has made an impact, nominating them may give them the adulation they deserve. There are multiple categories including Emerging Hero, Guide Dog, Law Enforcement Dog, and Therapy Dog. Winners in each category will receive a trip to Hollywood and up to $6,500 for a charity dedicated to dogs. For more information, see (http://www.military.com/off-duty/pet-co ... ntest.html) this Miliary.com article.


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New Program Offers Credit Monitoring
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling has launched a "Sharpen Your Financial Focus" program, which includes a 12-month membership to Experian's freecreditscore.com product at no cost for eligible program participants. Among other features, the product includes credit monitoring and alerts to notify members about new activity on their credit report, a mobile app enabling alerts and updates on the go, and access to fraud resolution agents if suspicious activity is found on the person's report. To learn more about the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program, call 855-3-SHARPEN (855-374-2773), or go online to (http://www.sharpentoday.org/) www.SharpenToday.org.


TRICARE Update on Automatic Payments
An electronic fund transfer (EFT) is an easy, low-maintenance option for managing TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) payments. While TRS beneficiaries are required to setup an EFT to pay their premiums, it is not foolproof and missed payments can result in a loss of health care coverage. One major reason for missed payments is an expired credit card. Check the expiration date on the credit card used for TRS EFTs, and update the regional contractor with any new or pending account information. Failure to pay any overdue premium amounts will result in suspension of coverage. Learn more about TRS premiums and EFT options at (http://www.tricare.mil/Welcome/Enroll/TRS/Premiums) www.tricare.mil/Welcome/Enroll/TRS/Premiums.
For more on TRICARE, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/tricare) Military.com TRICARE Overview.