Veterans Report - Week of March 03, 2014

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Veterans Report - Week of March 03, 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:44 pm

Veterans Report - Week of March 03, 2014

Researchers Examine PTSD Evidence
Why do posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms persist in some people and not others? An experiment performed more than 100 years ago is helping us find answers. A team and researchers at top universities are learning more about PTSD using Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov's famous "conditioned response" experiment. Working with servicemembers with and without PTSD, we hope to better understand the disorder to improve diagnosis and treatment. For more information, visit the ( ... _PTSD.aspx) Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury website.
For more on PTSD and support services, see the ( ... rview.html) PTSD section.

CG Veteran Recounts WWII His Adventures
Capt. Winslow Buxton turned 100 years young on February 14. Living in Bellevue, Wash., he remains affable, pert and active. He was born in New London, Conn., and attended the Coast Guard Academy from 1934 to 1938. In honor of his birthday, Coast Guard historian Dr. Dave Rosen sat down with Buxton as the veteran recounted his WWII adventures. Read about his adventures on the ( ... nture.html) website.

$1 Mil SGLI/VGLI Alternative: Only $41 a Month
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Sponsored Discount: Military Save an Extra 10%* on Select PCs & Tablets
Because Dell appreciates everything you do, Dell would like to invite you to take advantage of exclusive military discounts on Dell PCs featuring 4th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) processors, electronics and so much more. Whether you're at home or abroad, ( ... 51-16?mpt=[CACHEBUSTER]) soldiers save big with Dell.

Are Mental Illness Programs Working?
The military has produced dozens of programs aimed at preventing mental illness among veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars, as well as other servicemembers and their families. Yet, a new study states that there is little evidence these programs work. The study also found that the U.S. military is not using tested screening methods to help prevent mental illness. A summary of the study, including its findings, is available on the ( ... ilies.aspx) Institute of Medicine website.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

DoD Budget Plan Targets TRICARE
According to columnist Ton Philpott's recent ( ... p-bah.html) Military Update, the DoD is proposing to merge the three options into a single fee-for-service insurance option, similar to the current Standard option. The proposed changes to TRICARE military dependents and working-age military retirees would face higher out-of-pocket costs, which could include a share of medical expenses and perhaps a new annual enrollment fee, set initially at $285 for individuals and $569 for families.
( ... care-hard/) Read the full article on Military Advantage blog.

Leatherneck Museum Acquires WWII Fire Truck
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum acquired an International Harvester FFN-3 fire and crash crew engine in running condition. This particular World War II-era engine was first used to fight fire aboard Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif., in 1944, making it a piece of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Calif. history. The museum is seeking able-bodied volunteers to help in the fire engine's restoration and more researchers to help dig up the markings and history of this vehicle. To volunteer on this project or many others, contact the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at 1-877-FLY-USMC (359-8762), For more information, visit the ( Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum website.
For more military news updates, visit the ( News Center.

VA Debuts New ID Cards
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. The news card will also be a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) displaying the Veteran's Member ID, a new unique identifier, as well as a Plan ID, reflecting the Veteran's enrollment in VA health care. Enrolled Veterans can get more information about the VHIC by visiting their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator or at the VHIC webpage at (, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility. Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply for enrollment at any time by visiting the VA Enrollment webpage at (, Calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Study Looks at VA E-records
A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study has found that access to electronic records has enhanced patient and doctor communication among the country's veterans. A veteran can go anywhere in the United States, and the VA clinic or hospital staff can pull up their entire medical history with the click of a button. Through My HealtheVet, veterans can refill VA prescriptions online, track their health status, access clinical notes, problem lists, vital signs, appointments and laboratory results. For more information, visit the ( ... cation.asp) Veterans Health Administration website. The study is available in the ( Journal of Medical Internet Research.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Marine Corps Marathon Registration
Active duty and reserve registration for the Marine Corps Marathon recently sold out in one hour. But, you can still register to obtain a place in the Marathon through an online ( lottery. For more information, visit the Marine Corps Marathon website at (
For a look at the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon, see ( ... 163194001/) this video.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has established the EOD Marine Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student beginning in the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year. To be eligible, applicants must: (1) be the child of an active duty, reserve or veteran U.S. Marine who has received an honorable discharge or was killed while serving in the Corps; (2) be the child of U.S. Navy Corpsmen who is serving or have served; (3) have a GPA of at least 2.0; (4) meet an income requirement; and (5) plan to attend an accredited undergraduate college, university or vocational/technical institution in the upcoming academic year. The Scholarship Foundation gives particular attention to children whose parent has been killed or wounded in action. For more information, visit the Marine ( Corps Scholarship Foundation website.
For more on military education benefits, visit the ( Education Center.

Small Business Training Tailored for Vets
Tandem NSI, an entrepreneurial group based in northern Virginia, is planning an event to help servicemembers, veterans, retirees and DoD civilians start a business within the national security sector. But, the group is asking for your input in designing the event. Tandem NSI is especially interested covering the topics you'd like to learn more about; the preferred length of the event; what type of speakers you would like to hear from; and what month would be the best time for you to attend. To let them know what is important to you, send your input to (
( ... nal-event/) Read more about the event on

Navy Ship Unveils Crest
The future Freedom-class littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) recently unveiled its official crest during a ceremony at Mariner's Park on board Naval Base San Diego. Detroit, the sixth warship named after the city, is currently under construction in Marinette, Wis. A keel-laying ceremony was held November 2012 and the ship is expected to join the fleet in 2016. LCS vessels were designed to be high-speed, shallow draft, multi-mission ships capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group. A photograph of the new crest is available ( online.
For more Navy news updates, visit the ( News Center.

Parker Hannifin Committed to Hiring Veterans
Start your civilian career with a company that can provide endless opportunity and a career path that lets you choose where you want to be. ( ... Read More.

VA Changes Home Loan Policy
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will once again guarantee loans on water catchment systems for homes. This is good news in states like Hawaii where veterans were prevented from purchasing a home with their VA benefits simply because the only available water source for their home was a rainwater catchment system. In Hawaii, it is estimated that more than 60,000 Big Island homes rely on water catchment because there is no municipal water service to their properties. For more information on VA home loans, visit the ( VA Home Loans webpage and the ( VA Loan section.

VFW Sponsors Legislative Conference
VFW members around the country are preparing to rally in Washington, D.C., for the annual VFW Legislative Conference, March 2-6. Armed with the ( ... %20pdf.pdf) VFW's Legislative Priority Goals for 2014, VFW members plan to visit with every congressional office, explaining in detail the VFW's stance on a variety of veterans' issues and stressing that our nation is still at war. Visit the VFW's website at ( to access the live stream of the conference directly. For regular updates on the conference, ( visit VFW's Capitol Hill blog or visit the VFW's ( Facebook page. To learn more about the upcoming conference, VFW's recent legislative victories and ways to share your stories, read the VFW ( ... ngton.html) Blog.
For more news on legislation that affects the military and veterans, and to contact your local representatives, visit the ( Legislative Center.

VBA Accused of Obstructing the Legion
Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committe, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), in a Feb. 14 letter sent to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, accused the Veterans Benefits Administration of obstructing the work of an American Legion team of experts during its recent visit to the Seattle VA Regional Office. The Jan. 21-24 visit was part of the Legion's 15-year-old Regional Office Action Review (ROAR) program, which evaluates claims processing at VA regional offices nationwide and offers recommendations for improvement. Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs (HVAC), wrote that VBA's recent actions "are perceived as deliberate and retaliatory, and I caution that any obstruction to external review of VBA's work product is contrary to both transparency and government accountability; it will not be tolerated under a pretense of workload management." For more details, see ( ... egion.html) this article.

Tax Season Tips: Adjusted Gross Income
Determining your adjusted gross income is a key component in completing your taxes -- but how do you calculate it? Military veteran and tax expert Todd Severence says we can take a cue from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. For his tips, see ( ... ncome.html) this article.

AF Museum Opens Space Shuttle Exhibit
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio has launched a mock-up space shuttle exhibit. The display is built around a cockpit simulator and is the size of a real shuttle. The NASA space shuttle trainer acquired by the museum in 2012 was used by astronauts to prepare for shuttle missions. The exhibit is expected to be part of a sprawling hangar gallery slated to open in 2016. For more information on the museum, visit the ( National Museum of the U.S. Air Force website.
For more Air Force news updates, visit the ( News Center.

VA Mail Order Pharmacy
For the fourth consecutive year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy receives the highest customer satisfaction score among the nation's public and private mail-order pharmacies, according to a respected, independent study conducted by J.D. Power. Veterans who wish to learn about the mail-order pharmacy and other health benefits can find information at the VA Health Benefits News webpage at ( Key findings of the study are available ( ... aeb06d.pdf) online.

DoD Budget Virtual Townhall
The proposed 2015 defense budget includes cuts to pay, housing, healthcare, and commissaries. Join MOAA and other experts for a virtual town hall on MOAA's Facebook page to discuss the Pentagon's budget, what it means to you, and how you can make a difference.'s Editor Ward Carroll will moderate. Follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #BudgetBattle.
To see the video, post your questions below it and join the Townhall Thursday at 7 pm EST, go to MOAA's Facebook page: (

Study Confirms Exposure to Agent Orange
Military veterans who say they were sickened by lingering amounts of the herbicide Agent Orange aboard repurposed airplanes after the Vietnam War now have some strong scientific support for their claims. A new study has found that veterans who were exposed to aircraft that had previously sprayed Agent Orange over Vietnam during the war may have been exposed to dioxin levels above Department of Defense (DoD) standards for maximum permissible exposure to poisonous chemicals. U.S. Air Force and VA policies do not currently recognize "dried residues" of herbicide and dioxin as harmful. The study, "Post-Vietnam Military Herbicide Exposures in UC-123 Agent Orange Spray Aircraft," was published Feb. 21 in the scientific journal Environmental Research. An abstract of the study is available on the Environmental ( ... 5114000255) Research website.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Never Pay PMI and $0 Down Payment
Now is the time to use your VA Loan. You don't have to pay PMI or have a large down payment. Plus you can get financing up to $417,000. ( ... Use your VA Loan Benefit today.
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Remembering Montford Point
The Montford Point Marines were the first African Americans to enlist in the Marine Corps, earning the name after completing training at Recruit Depot Montford Point, N.C., a separate training facility made for blacks due to segregation in the armed forces during the 1940s. More than 20,000 recruits trained at Montford Point between 1942-1949. The Montford Point Marine Museum opened in 2001 to preserve the history of the first African American Marines with photos, exhibits and articles. The museum is located in the original mess hall on the hallowed grounds of what used to be Montford Point Camp. To learn more about Montford Point, visit the Montford Point Marine Association website at (
For more Marine Corps news updates, visit the ( News Center.
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