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Welcome to our "News For Veterans" page, ongoing and "new" issues that may be of help to you -- the Veteran. 

Thank you for your Service!

 
 
   
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VA NEWS FOR  POST 22 LEGIONNAIRES

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VETERANS DAY FREEBIES AND DISCOUNTS:
 
LINK TO "MILITARY BENEFITS" VETERANS DAY MEALS, DISCOUNTS, SALES AND DEALS   
 
PDF OF VETERANS DAY FREE MEALS AND DISCOUNTS FM "MILITARY WALLET"

 

CAR DONATIONS:

THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART: visit http://www.purpleheartcars.org/Tax deductible; cars need not be running; free and timely pick-up.  Your donations support wounded warriors and their families.  Purple Heart is chartered by congress and has been in existence since 1932.  Many car donation positions are staffed by disabled veterans.

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA:, visit http://www.helpourveterans.org/. 100% tax deductible, any car accepted, free pick-up, proceeds benefit Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.  Upon request, a description of programs offered by VVA and/or a copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the organization at 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100; Silver Spring, MD 20910. 

JOBS UPDATE - NEW VETERANS CAREER CENTER WEB PLATFORM:

The American Legion and its allies in veteran employment and entrepreneurship have launched a new web platform to help those who served in uniform translate military skills to job skills, find employment, start businesses and make successful transitions.  Among the key features of The American Legion's Veteran Employment Center are: 1) a Veteran Job Search Tool, powered by https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator, which helps veterans find current job listings near them. By entering a Zip Code, veterans can easily find job listings that fit their skill sets within a chosen distance from home; 2) a series of 10 custom-produced videos to help veterans start and succeedin business. The series, "Veteran Video Guide: Starting and Growing a Business," is sponsored by ADP and provides guidance from successful veteran entrepreneurs, including members of the Legion's Business Task Force; 3) a listing of American Legion-sponsored or produced veteran career fairs nationwide, with links to registration sites; and 4) links to important forms, sites and agency platforms that help veterans in the career search, including USAJobs.gov, the federal government's job-listing site, Department of Labor online tools to understand and calculate Veterans Preference points, and a VA Military Skills Translator.

Additional information in the site includes resume-writing advice from top experts, a portal to Military.com's benefits platform and headlines about The American Legion's advocacy on behalf of veterans seeking civilian careers. The platform, http://www.legion.org/careers, is one among a growing family of new American Legion web programs, and those soon to appear, dedicated to helping veterans find the support, services, and opportunities they seek.

RECORDS:

VETERANS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR STORING AND SENDING RECORDS

HOUSTON, TX (October 21, 2008)  In order to alleviate the strain on the National Personnel Records Commission (NPRC), and Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs introduced today that veterans can permanently store their service medical records (SMR), legal records, or military records in their new, user-friendly, Records Archive Division (RAD). Too often we hear stories from veterans around the world that their service medical records have been misplaced or lost - that is unacceptable, stated Michael Clark, RAD Director.  Using RAD, veterans can also gain access to their records with promptness and accuracy.  According to VA statistics, it can take a veteran up to six months to get their records after a request has been made.  Using our service, a veteran can receive their records in three business days or less, Clark added. For veterans working on a service-connected benefits claim, a Veteran Service Officer’s (VSO) access to a veteran’s service medical record is vital.  Getting civilian medical records is just as important.  Rather than contacting multiple agencies to request records, a veteran can make one stop and have their records faxed or mailed to the agency of their choice. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) entitles veterans to have copies of their medical records on request.  Through RAD, veterans have access to any of their personnel records stored with speed, efficiency, and accuracy.  A veteran can also request to have their records sent to any agency or provider in a timely manner.  Veterans may also supply contact information to their providers and have them fax records to RAD for immediate security and storage.  About U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs:  Launched in March 2007, U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs researches and distributes compensable benefits information to U.S. veterans.  Also, they are a major conduit for free services available to veterans.  Contact:  Beth Ann McGruder, U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs http://www.veteranprograms.com/  

VETERANS TRANSPORTATION and COMMUNITY LIVING INITIATIVES:

The Department of Transportation has joined with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Defense, and Health and Human Services to establish an initiative that will improve transportation options and mobility for America's veterans, service members, and their families.  This is an initiative to address the critical transportation challenges facing our veterans, military personnel and their families and people with disabilities.  Additional information and how to apply for funds can be found at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/veterans-transportation/va-veterans-transportation-service.

VOTING at VA FACILITIES:

This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) directive updates policy for providing inpatients and residents with information on voter registration and voting, as well as policy to assist inpatients and residents to register to vote and to vote.

https://www.volunteer.va.gov/VoterAssistance.asp

CEMETERY MEDALLIONS for VETERANS:

New Option for Marking Graves in Private Cemeteries

https://www.va.gov/burials-memorials/memorial-items/headstones-markers-medallions/

 

The term "wounded warrior" encompasses the entire population of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.