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Soldier Saves Child from Drowning

On April 22, Sgt. 1st Class Lynnette Hobson-Shearwood, a 54-year-old originally from Trinidad & Tobago, came home from work earlier than usual and arrived at her East Side house just after 6 p.m. When she arrived home that evening, she walked straight to her backyard and started watering her plants, instead of first changing out […]

More Lawsuits Filed Against VA Over New Claims System

In a lawsuit filed this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans say that a new claims system the VA adopted in March “severely undercuts the non-adversarial, pro-veteran principles upon which the veterans’ benefits system was built. In particular, the VA alters decades-long […]

Viral Video of Army Captain Finishing 12 Mile Foot March

What’s a viral video? One that’s been watched 1.2 million times in a week! CPT Sarah Cudd from Public Health Command, Fort Knox is among the 46 candidates who earned the EFMB at Fort Dix, NJ..27 April 2015. The last few seconds of her 12 Mile Foot March were caught on video by Lloyd A […]

House Lawmakers Rejects Commissary and Tricare cuts

There will be no changes to the commissary and Tricare for now. Both the Pentagon’s 2015 budget request and recommendations from a congressionally mandated panel included major overhauls to Tricare and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). House lawmakers, however, chose to ignore those recommendations and instead focus their reform efforts on an overhaul of the military retirement system in […]

Some Veterans Groups Support New 401(k) Retirement Plan

A controversial retirement overhaul is one of 15 recommendations from the congressionally mandated Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. In January, after nearly two years of review, the commission released the proposals designed to give troops, retirees and their families more benefits options while saving the Defense Department $12 billion a year in personnel costs by 2040. […]

Pentagon Plans to Recruit Cyber Talent Through the National Guard

Defense Department officials said they are looking for more creative ways to attract high-tech experts into the military and the department, including beefed up National Guard and Reserve recruiting in places like California’s Silicon Valley. The DoD still doesn’t have the capabilities and resources needed to defend against a major cyberattack from another nation or other tech-savvy criminals, Pentagon […]

Accessibility Accommodations for Disabled and Wounded Veterans

Injured and wounded veterans aren’t used to worrying about public accommodations for the disabled… until they themselves become disabled. If you or a loved one is working through disability, though, simply being able to go out with friends to a restaurant, use a park, a public restroom or patronize a neighborhood business can be a […]

Vocational and Work Assistance Programs for Veterans

VHA provides vocational assistance and therapeutic work opportunities through three primary Therapeutic & Supported Employment Services (TSES) programs for Veterans enrolled in the VA system of care. These programs are designed to assist Veterans to live and work as independently as possible in their respective communities. Participation in TSES vocational services cannot be used to […]

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is a program that assists Veterans who have service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain suitable employment. Independent living services are also available for severely disabled Veterans who are not currently able to seek employment. Additional information is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/. Eligibility: A veteran must have a VA service-connected disability rated at […]

Designating Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Beneficiaries

When you apply for retirement, you will be asked to complete a Data for Payment of Retired Personnel form (DD 2656). On that form, you will need to choose a type of beneficiary. The types you may choose from are described below. Spouse Only, Including Same-Sex Spouses in Some States The most common election for […]

Financial Assessment by the VA

Most veterans not receiving VA disability compensation or pension payments must provide information on their gross annual household income and net worth to determine whether they are below the annually adjusted financial thresholds. VA is currently not enrolling new applicants who decline to provide financial information unless they have a special eligibility factor exempting them […]

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to recognize and support the more than 5.3 million Americans who are living with traumatic brain injury-related (TBI) disabilities, including thousands of military service members and veterans. Those suffering from traumatic brain injury can display a wide variety of symptoms based on the severity of the […]

Viewing Your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) Online

All Active/Reserve Military and Civilians: You can view and print your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) on-line. You may access your LES from the “Main Menu” by clicking on the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) option. If you have trouble reading the graphic version of your LES, you can click on the “Text Version” link. […]

Mental Health Care for Veterans

Veterans eligible for VA medical care may apply for general mental health treatment including specialty services such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse treatment. Contact the nearest VA health care facility to apply. VA’s Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program entitles the designated Family Caregiver access to mental health. These services may be […]

Prepping for Retirement with an Individual Transition Plan

Returning to civilian life is a complex undertaking. Many steps must be taken, and many questions must be answered. Transition assistance staff, personnel office staff, relocation specialists, education counselors, and many others can help, but only you and your family can make the critical decisions that must be made. A good beginning is for each departing Service member […]

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