Veterans Report: (11 September 2006)

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    Veterans Report: (11 September 2006)

    Below is the complete version of this week's Military Report. Print it, circulate it, and make sure your colleagues and friends keep up with the latest military benefits updates.

    Helping Wounded Troops Return to Work
    Officials from the Defense Department and military services got together recently for the first "From Deployment to Employment" conference to discuss ways to better serve America's severely injured servicemembers. Among the programs featured was the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) at, which provides technology and services to people with disabilities. The Military Severely Injured Center also provides support 24 hours a day by telephone at 888-774-1361. DoD has been working with other federal agencies, such as the labor and veterans affairs departments. The military health-care system is embarked on a major transformation effort.

    Deal of the Week: Military Discounts
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    Buddy Finder Contest
    Users can submit stories of reuniting with a service buddy for a chance to win travel for both friends to attend the Flags of our Fathers Premiere.

    When you least expect it ... Expect it
    Anyone that remembers the TV show Candid Camera remembers the end of the show when show creator and host Allen Funt would say "When you least expect it, expect it!" That is now how most American's feel about the problems surround the more than 100 losses of personal data this year, affecting more than 50 million people. Click here to view the entire article.,15356,111363,00.html

    Veterans Lose GI Bill after 10 Yrs
    Many veterans are unaware that their GI Bill benefits will expire after ten years and just over 50% of eligible veterans use their GI Bill at all. You only have ten years to use your GI Bill from your date of discharge. Since the GI Bill currently pays out over $1000 a month, or $37,000 over 36 months, you could be missing out on a huge benefit. To learn more about your G.I Bill benefits, visit the Education Center. To learn more about GI Bill benefits and military-friendly schools, request free information today.

    Hiring Heroes Career Fair
    The DoD Defense Applicant Assistance Office, the Military Severely Injured Center and are co-sponsoring a Job and Career Fair at Brooke Army Medical Center Fort Sam Houston on September 30, 2006. Save the date! Please bring a resume and unofficial transcript.

    When more details become available, they will be posted at:

    Featured Job: Jobs Nationwide
    Schwan's Home Service, Inc. is looking for goal oriented individuals seeking competitive pay and opportunities for advancement. Click here for more.

    Creative Arts Festival in South Dakota
    More than 120 veterans from across the country who are medal winners in national dance, drama, creative writing, music or visual arts competitions are preparing to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Rapid City, S.D., October 16-22. The Festival is the culmination of a year-long fine arts talent competition involving more than 2,800 participants nationwide and is open to all veterans receiving care at VA medical facilities. The Festival will be taped by South Dakota Public Broadcasting and broadcast on local PBS affiliates the week of Veterans Day, November 6-10.

    Veteran Scholarships
    The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans announced that in 2007 it will award $5,000 military scholarships to U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. October 30, 2006 is the deadline for all scholarship applications. Last year the association gave out over 1,100 such scholarships. Recipients are chosen based on their perseverance in overcoming adversity. Additional consideration is given to financial need, academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and desire to contribute to society. Additional information can be obtained at

    Veteran's Appeals Judges Added
    Chief Judge William Greene, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, has called up two retired federal judges to help the court deal with an unprecedented number of pending appeals. The decision will help cut down on the record number of cases before the court and help the court keep up with the record level of incoming cases. Just two years ago there were about 2,700 cases pending and the court was taking in less than 200 new cases per month. But the court is now taking in over 300 new cases per month and the number of pending cases has grown to over 5,800. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is in the judicial branch of government and reviews decisions rendered by VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals, which is in the executive branch of the federal government. Most of the court’s decisions deal with disability compensation.The recalled judges will serve a minimum of 90 days reviewing cases and rendering decisions. In addition to the two judges who have been called back into action, there are presently seven full time judges on the court.

    New Illinois Program Insures Veterans
    Veterans Care, the new Illinois health insurance program, provides medical, dental and vision coverage to Illinois veterans for a monthly premium of $40. Illinois is the first state to have such a program. Veterans 19 through 64 are eligible for the program if they have not had health insurance for six months, are not eligible for VA or other state healthcare programs, have served 180 consecutive days, meet income requirements, and have been honorably discharged. It is estimated the program will aid about 9,000 veterans in its first year. For more information, visit the Veterans Care website at

    Pennsylvania Voters to Decide on Bonus
    One of the questions on the ballot in Pennsylvania in November will be Act 29 of 2006, which involves creating $20 million in debt in order to establish the Persian Gulf Conflict Bonus Program for Pennsylvania veterans of the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991. If established, the benefits veterans would receive under the program would vary depending on several factors.

    Seamless Transition
    The Seamless Transition Program aids the transitioning process for servicemembers injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. The program helps wounded veterans transfer from acute care at military treatment facilities to rehabilitative care at Veterans Affairs hospitals, and back if necessary. Patient care is also available for servicemembers on convalescent leave who choose to have follow-up care at their local Veterans Affairs facilities. For more information on Seamless Transition, visit

    Veterans Fight Over Lawyers
    Some of the largest veterans' services organizations, including Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, are strongly opposing a bill that would allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims. Veterans groups are divided. For more information, read the article at,15240,112059,00.html.

    VA, Florida to Help Veterans
    To help severely wounded servicemembers get additional benefits from the state when they move from military hospitals to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities, VA is beginning a pilot project with Florida. The program will connect injured patients in that state with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) Seamless Transition Program. The state is committed to providing life-long follow-up aid to those veterans who need it and consent to be contacted. Information on FDVA and benefits for Florida veterans can be found at

    Retiree Appreciation Day in Michigan
    Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. will host its Retiree Appreciation Day activities Oct. 7 at the new Joint Dining Facility, Building 164, on Wagner Street. Military retirees, spouses and widows of all branches of service are encouraged to attend as are active military members nearing retirement. A speaker from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service will be present, as well as representatives from TRICARE, and the Veteran’s Administration. Legal assistance is also available by appointment. Attendees must Pre-register by Oct. 1 for this event. They may pre-pay for coffee and rolls ($2), and lunch ($7) and pick up their tickets when signing in. To register to obtain further information, call the Retiree Affairs Office, (586)307-5580.

    Bill for Native American Veterans Cemeteries
    If passed in Congress, The Native American Veterans Cemetery Act would authorize states to provide grants financed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the development or improvement of veterans' cemeteries on tribal land. Currently, tribal governments are not eligible for department money. Introduced by New Mexico Representative Tom Udall, the bill has been unanimously approved by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. The next step is for both the House and Senate bills to be reconciled by a conference committee after Congress returns this month.,12914,VR_Print_060911,00.html?