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  NEWS FOR VETERANS

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

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Please send requests for information on issues to website administrator, chaplain@towsonamericanlegion.org

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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 Military.com, 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 Initiative.............................................................................

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 http://www.fta.dot.gov/veterans.

Voting at VA Facilities.............................................................................

 VA CLARIFIES VOTER REGISTRATION REGULATIONS

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has clarified its policy on assisting veterans' voter registration activities, with particular focus on inpatients and residents of VA Community living centers, domiciliaries and patients with limited access to community voter registration resources.
 
The Department will welcome state and local election officials and non-partisan groups to its hospitals and outpatient clinics to assist VA officials in registering voters at VA facilities.  Such assistance must be coordinated by those facilities in order to avoid disruption to patient care.
 
"VA has always been committed to helping veterans exercise their constitutional right to vote, which they defended for all Americans while serving their nation," said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  "We've now established a uniform approach to helping those of our patients who need assistance to register and to vote."
 
The policy requires that information about the right of VA patients to register and vote, and other patients' rights be posted in every VA hospital, and that all VA patients be provided a copy of these rights when they are admitted to a VA facility.
 
Every hospital is now also required to publish a written policy on voter assistance, allowing patients to leave the hospital to register and vote, subject to the opinions of their health care providers.  Patients unable to leave the facility must be assisted to register and to vote by absentee ballot.
 
In their written policies, VA hospitals are required to establish the criteria they will use to evaluate requests from outside agencies to register voters, and to determine where, when, and how such registration activities will be conducted.  They will also develop procedures to coordinate offers of assistance from state and local governments and from non-partisan organizations, and how to work with VA's Regional Counsel offices to determine whether or not groups offering registration help are non-partisan, as required by law.
 
Voluntary Service Program Managers at each of VA's 153 hospitals will be responsible for implementing the new policy, and for providing timely and accurate voting information to veterans cared for at their facilities.  They will also obtain and maintain materials that are needed to assist veterans with voter registration requirements.

Cemetery Medallions for Veterans.............................................................

          Veterans' Medallion Available for Order - New Option for Marking Graves in Private Cemeteries

Cologne -  Patton Cologne benefits veterans!.............................................................

Patton for the Army, Riptide for the Coast Guard, Devil Dogs for the Marines and Stealth for the Air Force:  a portion of proceeds from sales that Parfumologie has created for each branch of the armed forces are donated to the Veterans Administration.  The line of colognes was first released in 2009, but made news in August after the Patton cologne was mentioned on the Military Times news website.  Patton is advertised as a woodsy blend of lavender, citrus, coconut, cedar, sage, tonka bean, bergamot and lime.  The U. S. Army' has released the cologne as a licensed, official fragrance.

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