March 16, 2010

Veteran's News

VA to Improve Claims Process
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced an aggressive new initiative to solicit private-sector input on a proposed fast-track Veterans' claims process for service-connected presumptive illnesses due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. More

Get the 2010 GI Bill Guide
Your GI Bill Rate for 2010 is more than $49,000. There are two main steps you'll need to take to start using and understanding your benefits -- find military friendly schools that offer credits for military service and get the 2010 GI Bill Guide to learn how to use your benefits. More

Servicemembers Save with ASMBA
The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA), established in 1963, provides comprehensive, affordable life insurance coverage to military personnel and their families. For example, you can get an extra $100,000 worth of coverage for only $19 a month. More

College Basketball Player of the Year: Evan Turner
Before a January ceremony honoring Ohio State's 1960 national championship team, a nervous Evan Turner broke the trophy he was to hand Jerry Lucas. It wouldn't be the last precious item he'd break that belonged to a Buckeyes legend. More

Featured Job: Military Friendly Employers
Visit's veteran job board to search thousands of jobs in aerospace, defense, health care, nursing, government, law enforcement, teaching and more. More

China Going Digital -- Camo That Is...
My colleague at Defense Tech, Greg Grant, forwarded me this pic a few days ago that comes from a Foreign Policy magazine article on Chinese military strength, and it was noteworthy to both of us because of the intriguing camo pattern on the PLA trooper and the vehicles he's driving. More

Military Career Expo: Meet New Jersey Employers
The Career Expo is coming to McGuire AFB, NJ on March 23, 2010. This event will feature top employers seeking the valuable skills you learned in service to your country. More

Looking for an Old Military Buddy?
Ever wonder where your long lost buddy from BCT went? Looking for that one friend you went on tour with years ago? Why not look for them right now? More

Vets Urged to File AO Claims
Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson's disease or B cell leukemia should file claims now with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, not wait until VA publishes a regulation officially linking these diseases to wartime service. More

The Pat Tillman Scholarship
Now in its second year, the Tillman Military Scholars program supports educational opportunities for active and veteran servicemembers and their families by covering direct study-related expenses. More

Senate Supports Budget Increase
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) was joined by a majority of Committee members recently in recommending a $380 million increase in discretionary funding above the President's VA budget proposal. More

DoD Assessing Disability Ratings
A recent review by a Department of Defense Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) resulted in 61 percent of applicants having their status changed from a medical separation to retirement on the permanent disability list. More

Oversight Hearing Held
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, recently held an oversight hearing on veteran suicide and mental health issues. More

Skiers to Attend Clinic
Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Alpine skier Bode Miller and Olympian Casey Puckett will join Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs L. Tammy Duckworth at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. More

Veterans to File Additional Claims
Over the next two years, about 200,000 veterans are expected to file disability compensation claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under an historic expansion of three new presumptive illnesses. More

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