Veterans Report: (October 16, 2006) #1

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  1. Mrs. Vet

    Mrs. Vet Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Ozark Mountains
    The VA hasn't sent this to me in weeks. Don't know what their problem is. Oh well! So here is the latest Veteran's Report hot off the presses:


    Print & Post: Week of October 16, 2006

    Veteran's Day E-Cards
    The American Legion has again launched their e-mail greeting card program to thank deployed servicemembers and veterans of all generations. Creating the card is quick and easy at The American Legion's website, ( The American Legion site offers e-mail cards representing each military service. The cards also include the service's song, which plays when the card is opened. Each card provides plenty of space to compose a personal message. Cards may be sent now through Nov. 12, 2006. Greeting cards may be sent direct to active duty service men and women through their military e-mail addresses.

    For more information, or to join The American Legion go to (

    Congress Passes Veterans Cost-of-Living Adjustment
    The House recently passed ( S. 2562, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2006. S. 2562 will provide, effective December 1, 2006, a cost-of-living adjustment to the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation paid to certain spouses and dependent children of service-disabled veterans. S. 2562 will be sent to the President for his signature.

    Veterans History Project
    The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center is a nationwide volunteer effort to collect and preserve oral histories from America's war veterans. The collection is housed at the Library of Congress. To date the archive has received more than 45,000 individual submissions. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to e-mail the Veterans History Project at ( or to call toll-free (888) 371-5848 to request a free project kit. For more information about the Veterans History Project, visit (

    Army Launches Our Survivors Webpage
    The recently launched its new ( Our Survivors webpage, which is dedicated to the survivors of Soldiers who have died. The webpage offers resources for families to help them through the difficult time after their Soldier's death. There is also a helpful FAQ section that can answer many questions families may have in the aftermath of the death of a loved one. The Army Families First Casualty Call Center (FFCCC) is a one-stop resolution center established to assist surviving family members of deceased Soldiers with questions regarding benefits, outreach, advocacy, and support. The FFCCC team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (866) 272-5841.

    Air Force Prepares for 60th Anniversary
    Big things are in store for Airmen as Air Force leaders have planned more than a year's worth of commemoratory activities leading up to the Air Force's 60th anniversary on Sept. 18, 2007. The commemoration began Oct. 14 with the dedication of the new Air Force Memorial. In the weeks after, there will be events recognizing the various Air Force art works in the Pentagon, and the Air Force Academy Band and Cadet Chorale will take part in the Macy's Day parade in New York City to start off the holiday season. For more information about the Air Force's anniversary commemoration, and for a complete list of events, visit ( and select the 60th Anniversary link.

    Packages from Home
    Packages From Home began as a mother's labor of love in March 2004, with sending 20 to 30 care packages a month to her son in Iraq. Since then, it has grown into a 1,500- package-a-month operation. Packages From Home provides a way for you to support our troops by donating goods for gift packages to remind troops that Americans support them; donating funds to defray mailing costs; or by volunteering your time to wrap and mail gift packages to deployed troops serving overseas. Packages From Home is based in Glendale, Arizona. For more information, visit the ( Packages from Home website.

    VA Plans Modernization at Canandaigua
    VA will conduct studies on the best way to provide inpatient and outpatient services at Canandaigua VA Medical Center in Upstate New York State. The options under consideration would preserve the historic core of the campus through a combination of partial renovation and new construction. Most of the buildings at VA's Canandaigua campus were built between 1932 and 1937, although many patient care buildings were renovated in the 1980s and 1990s. The Department will also examine the potential use of portions of the 171-acre campus to assist in the delivery of other complementary services for veterans.

    Museum Commemorates Anniversary
    Sixty pieces of art, one representing a significant event for each year in Air Force history, will go on display in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's Hall of Honor Oct. 17. The special exhibit is part of the museum's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit entitled, "Heritage to Horizons: Commemorating 60 Years of Air and Space Power Through Artists' Eyes," displays art from the Air Force Art Program and the museum's own collection. The exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will run through October 2007. For more information, visit the ( National Museum of the USAF website.

    VA Plans Cleveland Improvements
    Veterans in the Cleveland, Ohio, area will soon have a new state-of-the-art health care facility as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a $10.3 million contract to begin preparations for a new bed tower where veterans will receive care for spinal cord injuries and blind rehabilitation, plus a psychiatric nursing home and dementia care. The work is scheduled to be finished by the summer of 2008. The infrastructure improvements covered by the contract include the relocation of emergency generators, relocating cooling towers, rerouting electrical feeds to the hospital and providing utility feeds to the new bed tower.

    VA Hosts Creative Arts Festival
    The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival will take place Oct. 16 - 22 in Rapid City. S.D. The event showcases the hard work of veterans and the positive impact of creative arts for those who've served. The event is scheduled for broadcast nationwide on PBS the week of Veterans Day. Admission is free, and the public is invited with an admission ticket. For more information, visit the ( 2006 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival website.

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    3 Ways Veterans Can Get Money For College

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