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Veterans Get Help Through VR&E

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 least 20 percent with an employment handicap, or rated 10 percent with a serious...

Harness the Power of Social Media in Your Job Search

Veterans are accustomed to using social media as a way to stay connected with friends and family.  But many don’t always consider the powerful boost social media can bring to a job search. Here’s some tools to get you started: LinkedIn Building a professional profile on LinkedIn is like having a mini-professional website – only it’s free. After you’ve entered your information, you can use LinkedIn’s search feature to find people you know, join veterans groups or professional associations, and research companies...

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 real issue. What can you expect of local businesses and other public venues? Do you have rights under the law? What are the exceptions? First of all, become familiar with the provisions of the Americans...

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 offered at the VA and/or contracted agencies. General Caregivers (of all era Veterans) can receive counseling and other services when necessary...

Reimbursement of Travel Costs for VA Medical Care

Eligible Veterans may be provided mileage reimbursement or, when medically indicated, special mode transport (e.g. wheelchair van, ambulance) when traveling for approved VA medical care. Mileage reimbursement is 41.5 cents per mile and is subject to a deductible of $3 for each one-way trip and $6 for a round trip; with a maximum deductible of $18 or the amount after six one-way trips (whichever occurs first) per calendar month. The deductible may be waived when travel is in relation to a VA compensation or pension examination;...

Teaching Gratitude for Veterans

Think back to grade school and fall parties. You know, the ones they used to call “Halloween” parties where the kids dressed up and paraded their costumes around, played “pin-the-hat-on-the-witch” and ate candy most of the day? Even though much of the “Halloween” tradition is no longer in public school systems, a new tradition started at ours. It’s one that I hope they keep. This year, after playing bingo and eating snacks, students at my son’s elementary school wrote “Thank You” letters to veterans...

Student Veterans of America and Veteran-owned Victory Media host Virtual Career Fair Sept. 19

Active duty military, military spouses and veterans will have an opportunity to connect with representatives from leading schools September 19 from 2-6 pm CST. The free online event offers those interested in finding military-friendly schools the chance to ask questions about policies, programs, and real-world experiences. "The upcoming virtual college fair will provide an unprecedented opportunity for service members, spouses and veterans to engage with our organization during the school search process,” said Michael Dakduk,...

DoD Introduces New Online Tool to Help Troops and Veterans Combat Stress

If you are a servicemember or veteran and you are undergoing one or more stressors in life, well, you can join the club. But you can also go online to www.startmovingforward.org and get some coaching to help you navigate some of life’s challenges. The website walks you through common stressors that most of us go through at one time or another, from financial difficulties to relationship problems, and helps you identify different things you can do to cope with the problem. Some of these coping behaviors are positive and effective,...

Transitioning Veterans: How to Buy a Home at 50 Percent Off

Looking to get a big leg up in your post-military career? The Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a little-known program that may help some of you buy and own a house at 50 percent off, if you enter certain careers when you start your civilian life.   The Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program The Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program (GNND) was designed to get good people into struggling neighborhoods. The program provides a subsidy to any qualifying law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter or emergency...

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 Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) commences, helping certain veterans who have been having a hard time finding gainful employment back into the work force. Veterans Retraining...

“Stolen Valor” Bill Sails Through Congress

A bill that would make it a crime to falsely claim medals, decorations or other wartime honors in order to materially benefit from the sacrifices of others has passed the House and Senate in two lopsided votes. It is now awaiting the signature or veto of the President. The bill seeks to correct some of the overreaching of the older Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2005 in a controversial ruling. The original law simply made it a crime to falsely claim wartime awards...

“Drone Pilot Medal” Goes Down in Flames

The Secretary of Defense has abandoned his earlier defense of the Distinguished Warfare Medal and its placement above the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal in the order of precedence. In a memo released on April 15th, Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that he was adopting the recommendations of the Joint Chiefs that the Pentagon scrap the Distinguished Warfare Medal as a separate, stand-alone decoration. Instead, the Department will create a device, similar to the “V” device or oak leaf cluster, that can be attached to an existing...

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 hinder readjustment. •  Many veterans who need treatment are not receiving it. System-wide challenges exist in the delivery of care...

Five Hot Jobs in 2013

Service members who are nearing the end of a service commitment might take a look at the civilian job landscape and consider running back into enlistment. Before you lace up your adidas, though, take a look at some of these job opportunities and requirements. If one strikes your fancy, you may want to consider using your education benefits toward a degree that could land you one of these in-demand career paths.   Medical Assistant Do your friends call you “doctor” because you have a remedy or advice for every...

FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel

Here's our official press release for the 2013 books! If you have ever downloaded or purchased a book from us, please leave a comment to let us know if you found them useful and share our site with your friends and colleagues.   ARLINGTON, VA - Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military.   2013 Military...

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