Tag: veterans benefits

Readjustment Counseling Services with the VA

VA provides outreach and readjustment counseling services through 300 community-based Vet Centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and America Samoa.   Eligibility: Veterans are eligible if they served on active duty in a combat theater during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, or the campaigns in Lebanon,…

Veteran Health Registries

Certain veterans can participate in a VA health registry and receive free medical examinations, including laboratory and other diagnostic tests deemed necessary by an examining clinician. VA maintains health registries to provide special health examinations and health-related information. To participate, contact the nearest VA health care facility or visit: http://www.va.gov/environagents/.   Gulf War Registry: For Veterans who served on active…

Labor Department Website Features Women Vets’ Issues

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 – Labor Department officials have launched a new website devoted to issues and challenges affecting women veterans. The site is a collaborative effort between the Labor Department, the Veterans’ Employment Training Service and the Women’s Bureau. The new website highlights potential challenges that may affect the economic security of women veterans, including: Disability. Women veterans are…

The Veterans’ Opportunity to Work Act and the certified federal job search training program

The Veterans’ Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act is a bipartisan, bicameral, comprehensive legislation that seeks to lower the unemployment rate among veterans. In light of the Act’s provisions and associated goals, the Certified Federal Job Search Trainer (CFJST) Program is more critical than ever: through teaching Ten Steps to a Federal Job® at your Veterans’ Employment Center, you will be…

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP): How Unemployed Veterans Can Get $1,473 Per Month For Education (Even If You Don’t Qualify for the G.I. Bill)

One of Ronald Reagan’s most famous quips was “the most feared words in the English language are ‘we’re from the government and we’re here to help.’” Well, if you were from the government and wore a uniform, and you’re unemployed and meet certain other criteria, the government would like to help you once again: Beginning on July 1, the Veterans…

Is Your VA Hospital Spying on You?

Is your VA hospital spying on you? Well, maybe. If you’re a patient or visiting family member. In a recent case involving an elderly brain-damaged Korean War veteran, ongoing friction between a Tampa VA hospital staff and the patient’s family led nurses to install an observation camera in a smoke detector in the patient’s room. According to the Veterans Administration’s…

The Order of the Silver Rose

As Chief Frank Davis lay dying in his ICU hospital bed, he was forbidden to have live flowers. His daughter purchased for him a silver plastic rose, to which he said “I’d rather have this silver rose than all of the Purple Hearts in the Pentagon.” He died shortly afterwards of the cancer that was directly linked to his exposure…

Battle Brewing Over Veterans’ Benefits, Chained CPI

Veterans groups and elder advocacy organizations such as the AARP are lobbying overtime to protect their constituents from the long-term effects of a budget-saving measure designed to reduce the rate of increase of future Social Security benefits, retirement income and VA disability compensation. The United States Government, still smarting from a nasty recession and suffering the fiscal hangover effects of…

Study: 44 Percent of Returning War Veterans Experience Complications on Readjustment

A new study by the Institute of Medicine released today finds that some 44 percent – almost half – of returning war veterans are experiencing problems reintegrating into stateside life. Here are some of the key findings of the 483-page study: •  Veterans returning from deployment frequently suffer from a multitude of complicated health issues that present lifelong challenges and…