Friday, May 4, 2012

Military & Benefit Information; Tips For Military Appreciation Month; Women Veterans Forum 2012; International Firefighters' Day; RIP Officer Michael J. Walter; Remember POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal

"Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers."...Aristotle

Benefits for Veterans

Veterans are eligible for a wide range of programs and services. For VA benefits, it's important the veteran is eligible for those benefits. In general, eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from activity military service under other than dishonorable conditions. In addition, certain VA benefits require wartime service. The war periods include, but are not limited to, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and The Gulf War. Note: There are also minimum duty requirements.   In addition, specific wartime periods also include unique health risks. For example, during WWII and Korea, those health risks include cold injuries, exposure to nuclear weapons and chemical warfare agents.  In Vietnam, health risks may include Agent Orange exposure and Hep C. Gulf War unique risks include exposures to smoke, and chemical or biological agents. Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom may include blunt trauma, burn and blast injuries, traumatic brain injuries, mental health issues, vision loss and traumatic amputation.

In order to assess these unique health risks, veterans and military service members will be asked a series of questions. Examples include: Did you have a blood transfusion before 1992? (Hep C exposure)  Where you exposed to any unusual or toxic substances while in the service? (Agent Orange Exposure).   Have you ever had an experience or frightening, horrible or upsetting that resulted in nightmares in the past month? (PTSD).

Some of the VA benefits include the following:
  • Health Care Benefits
  • Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities
  • Education and Training
  • Home Loan Guaranty
  • VA Life Insurance
  • Burial and Memorial Benefits
  • Transitional Assistance
  • Dependents and Survivors Health Care
  • VetSuccess Program
  • VA Caregiver Support
  • Programs for Homeless Veterans (Homeless Hotline: 1.877.424.3838)
  • VA Suicide Prevention Hotline 1.800.273.TALK
To access additional information, contact our local VA health care facility's enrollment office. Also, information is available at  or call toll free: 1.877.222-8387

In addition to the resources available on this web site, other resources include:
  • Specific state program. For example, information on the Pennsylvania's Troops To Teacher Program is available by contacting 1.866.242.3295 or 717.783.9236
  • State Vet Centers. To find a Vet Center near you call: 1.877.927.8387
  • Veteran Crisis Hotline: 800.273.8255
  • Veterans National Education Program V-NEP helps connect veterans, their dependents, and/or their survivors with county, state and federal benefits, services and program.
  • Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA)

Tips For Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month. Consider some of the following activities:

  • When you see anyone in a military uniform, thank him/her for their service.
  • If you own a business, offer discounts to military personnel.
  • Help a military spouse.
  • Consider advocating for events in your community for military personnel and veterans such as a job fair.
  • Hire a veteran

Information For The 2012 Women Veterans Forum:

(Contact 775.328.1767 for information)

May 4, 2012 is International Firefighters' Day

Let's All Honor and Thank Our Brave Firefighters

RIP Police Officer Michael J. Walker

On May, 1, 2012, Investigator Michael J. Walker of the Pearl Police Department in Mississippi was shot and killed while he and other detectives attempted to serve warrants on a man wanted for sexual battery on a minor and possession of child pornography. Detective Walker was a 3 year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife, daugter and parents. (ODMP)

For Your Bookshelf:

    Sgt. Bowe has now been captive 2 years and 10 months.

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