Print & Post: Week of October 23, 2006 #2 November is American Indian Heritage Month November is the month dedicated to celebrating American Indian heritage. The theme for this year's observance is "A Warrior's Tradition: Contributing to Our Nation's Freedom." American Indians have served with distinction in this country's military for more than 200 years. For educational resources, visit the National Park Service's (http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/indian) National American Indian Heritage Month webpage. Featured Job: Create Your Future as an Investment Rep More than 1,000 of our current 9,000 Investment Reps are veterans. Learn how your skills and our training can help you succeed. Run your business. Determine your compensation. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bi.../ix.e?hy&s=652511&a=565452&code=VR_102306_Job) Create your future. Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act On October 16, 2006, the President signed the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2006. The law provides, effective December 1, 2006, a 3.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation paid to the survivors of certain service-disabled veterans. The COLA is based on the rise in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) and is equal to the COLA applied to Social Security Benefits. Opportunities and Bonuses Available for Reenlistment Servicemembers and Veterans interested in reenlistment can earn bonuses of up to $20k, in addition to retaining their rank and pay rate at discharge. The DOD has placed a high priority on attracting prior service personnel, as they already possess strong leadership skills. For more information on the benefits of reenlistment and available bonuses, (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bi.../page1.do&code=VR_102306_Reenlistment_Bonuses) request information with no obligation here. First-Ever National Veterans Employment Summit Hiring veterans makes good business sense. That's why the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, is inviting you to the first-ever National Veterans Employment Summit on November 9 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA. Examine recruitment, retention and leadership strategies that will help you take advantage of veterans' skills in the workforce. Summit attendance is free and lunch will be served, so register today! For the full agenda, visit (http://www.hirevetsfirst.gov/Summit) www.HireVetsFirst.gov/Summit. (http://www.military.com/Careers/Home/0,13373,,00.htm) Click here to visit the Military.com Careers Center. You will find important information on transition, resume writing, the federal hiring process, security clearance, interviewing, and more. Free Military Education Seminar Online Discover how easy it is to (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bi...01/&code=VR_102306_Military_Education_Seminar) use your GI Bill benefits to earn your degree programs 100% online, servicemember and military spouse discounts no matter where you're stationed. November 1, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. EST DOD Releases Report on Infectious Diseases "Gulf War and Health: Volume 5, Infectious Diseases," is the fifth report in a series and focuses on infectious diseases by identifying nine diseases and 34 different long-term health effects that might appear weeks to years after initial infection. IA 1998 Congressional mandate required the VA to contract with the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine to use a specific procedure to determine the illnesses that warrant a presumption of connection to service in the 1991 Gulf War. The report can be read online at the (http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11765.html) National Academies Press website. State Veteran Benefits Veterans pursuing their educational goals are usually eligible for "educational assistance for students" in most states. Educational benefits for veterans and their dependents, particularly the children of deceased and disabled veterans, are also available in some states. Military.com has developed an on-line general summary of (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bi...state-veteran-benefits&code=VR_State_Benefits) educational benefits for veterans and their dependents. Deal of the Week: FREE LG CG300 Camera Phone This sleek flip phone has all the best features: Bluetooth, Push To Talk, Quad band and VGA camera with flash & multishot adjustment! Get it while supplies last. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bi...w.military.com/cingular77&code=VR_102306_Deal) Shop now. HireVetsFirst Job Fair Join us on November 9 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA for the Hire Vets First Job Fair. Meet over 60 Recruiting Companies from a variety of industries - including Home Depot, Pepsi, Geico, BAE, Boeing, Cisco, GE, GM, USAA, IBM and Mercedes - and government agencies that know why hiring veterans pays off. For the full list of employers, visit (http://www.hirevetsfirst.gov/JobFair) www.HireVetsFirst.gov/JobFair. (http://www.military.com/Careers/Content1?file=JobFairs.htm&area=Reference) Click here to see a complete list of Job Fairs for the Military Community. New Marine Corps Museum in 2009 Slated to open late 2009 and located in the Jacksonville Lejeune Memorial Gardens, the Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas will display the history of the Marines and the surrounding communities of North and South Carolina from 1941 into the future. The preliminary plans display a 40,000 square foot building with two floors consisting of three major exhibit galleries, which will be comprised of 8 - 10 subjects of interest and a great hall. The Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas is currently accepting donations. For more information, visit the Museum's website at (http://www.mcmuseum.com/) http://www.mcmuseum.com or call 910-937-0033. Activities for Veterans Day Veterans Day is an excellent occasion for schools and local communities to produce a variety of meaningful cooperative programs. Participation by veterans organizations and other patriotic groups can enhance many of the activities. For ideas on appropriate activities to commemorate Veterans Day, visit the VA's (http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/acts4vd.asp) Activities for Veterans Day webpage. 31st Annual NAVPA Conference The National Association of Veterans' Program Administrators is pleased to announce that the 31st Annual NAVPA conference will be held at the Hilton Vancouver, in Vancouver, Washington, October 24-28, 2006. NAVPA is a nationally recognized professional organization with education as its primary scope. NAVPA members work in both campus based and community based veterans' programs. For more information about the conference or NAVPA visit their website at: (http://www.navpa.org/) http://www.navpa.org/.