March 9, 2010

Veteran's News

Many Vets Still Unaware of Benefits
According to recent testimony, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or the programs set up to help them transition to civilian life. More

Attention Veterans: Important Benefit Update
You may have more than $67,000 worth of education benefits. Don't let this money go to waste. More

Improved Website for Wounded Warriors
The federal departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor and Defense have unveiled an improved website for wounded warriors. More

M24 Sniper Rifle Fixes in the Works
According to PEO for Soldier weapons Col. Doug Tamilio, the service is taking "some" of its Remington-made M24s and converting them to .300 Win Mag shooters -- which Tamilio says will increase the rifles range beyond its current 800 meters. More

Know an Outstanding Military Spouse?
Military.com and Cinchouse.com are looking for 2010's Top Military Spouse. More

Little Known Veterans Program
A little known and little used Veterans Administration program can help low income, disabled veterans receive needed medical, nursing, and home health care without depleting their savings. More

Senate Committee Seeks Reform
At a hearing on the VA budget, U.S. Senator (and U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman) Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki agreed that reforming the VA disability claims system must be a top priority. More

VA Announces Contract Awards
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the award of two contracts totaling $41.5 million to create a polytrauma center for the care of the most severely injured veterans and to improve the existing wards at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio. More

VA Issues Report - Gulf War Illness
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force has nearly completed a comprehensive report that will redefine how VA addresses the pain and suffering of ill Veterans who deployed during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991. More

Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Military Health System recognizes March as Brain Injury Awareness Month and wants to provide all servicemembers, retirees, veterans, and their families with information on these types of injuries. More

10 'Must Ask' Online Education Questions
For many active military members and their spouses, earning an online degree is becoming increasingly attractive. More

Hearing on Pre-Discharge Initiatives
John Hall (D-NY), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, recently conducted a hearing to examine two pre-discharge initiatives, the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) and Quick Start Programs. More

American Freedom Festival San Diego
The American Freedom Foundation plans to bring Nashville to San Diego! for their first annual American Freedom Festival San Diego to be held Saturday, May 29th on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. More

Committee Looks at Veteran Suicide
The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bob Filner recently conducted a hearing to explore the relationship between medication and veteran suicide. More

Grants for Texas Groups
The Texas Veterans Commission is accepting requests for funding from groups aiding members of the armed services. More

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