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Missouri State Veteran s Benefits

The state of Missouri provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Missouri Veteran Housing Benefits

Missouri Veterans Homes
A current total of seven skilled nursing homes are located throughout Missouri, providing 3 levels of skilled nursing care at minimal cost to the veteran.

Under the management of Missouri Veterans Commission, these homes are located in Cameron, Warrensburg, Mexico, St. Louis, St. James, Cape Girardeau, and Mt. Vernon. Each Missouri Veterans Home employs a licensed nursing home administrator, has registered nurses on duty 24 hours per day, and provides physician care; physical, speech, occupational and recreational therapy; medications; cosmetology; maintenance, environmental and social services, and dietary specialists. Each home has a secured dementia unit that includes a dining room, activity area and enclosed courtyard. The monthly resident charge is calculated using a sliding scale based on the veteran s ability to pay. To be eligible for admission to a Missouri Veterans Home, a veteran during his or her lifetime must have lived in Missouri for 180 days, meet the criteria for veteran status established by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and require skilled nursing services.

Missouri Veteran Financial Benefits

Income Tax
Military income is not taxed if stationed outside Missouri and you and your spouse spent less than 30 days in Missouri.

Income Tax on Retired Pay
All military retirement pension income is exempt from state taxes.

Property Tax Credits
The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim gives credit to certain senior citizens and 100% disabled individuals for a portion of the real estate taxes or rent paid for the year. The credit is for a maximum of $750 for renters and $1,100 for owners who owned and occupied their home. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes or rent paid and total household income (taxable and nontaxable). If you rent from a facility that does not pay property taxes, you are not eligible for a Property Tax Credit.

Tax Exemption for Agent Orange Settlement Payments
Agent Orange Settlement Payments made for the Agent Orange Fund to a veteran or his dependents are exempt from state tax.

VietnamVeterans Survivor Grant Program
Legislation passed in 1991 provides that certain surviving widows and children of Vietnam Veterans may qualify to receive tuition-free scholarships to attend institutions of post-secondary education in Missouri. The veteran’s death must be attributable to illness that could possibly be a result of exposure to toxic chemicals such as Agent Orange during the Vietnam conflict in order for the survivor to qualify. The maximum annual grant amount is the least of: the actual tuition charged at the school in which you are enrolled full time, or the average amount of tuition charged to a Missouri undergraduate resident enrolled full time in the same class level and in the same academic major at the Missouri public four-year, regional institutions.

Missouri Veteran Employment Benefits

Veterans’ Preference with State of Missouri Employment
Missouri Veterans receive five-point preference when testing for any position with the state, with a ten point preference for a service-connected disabled veteran. Spouses of eligible veterans can also qualify for Veterans Preference for State testing.

Priority for Qualified Veterans Employment
State agencies which administer federally funded employment and training programs for veterans shall give priority to qualified veterans and other eligible persons.

Commercial Driver Exam (CDL) Exemptions
Missouri allows active duty military or retired military personnel to complete an application for waiver of skills testing to obtain a commercial driver license. Applicant must have a minimum of 60 days active duty driving experience in a commercial motor vehicle for the military (not vehicle training) within the 2 years prior to date of application for waiver. Applicants must still complete the required knowledge examinations for the commercial driver license class being applied for.

Missouri Veteran Education Benefits

Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act
This act limits the tuition to no more than $50 per credit hour at public colleges and universities while enrolled in an undergraduate certificate or degree program after all other financial aid is taken into account. It is applicable to combat Veterans who served after September 11, 2001. Veteran remains eligible for ten years after honorable discharge.

Missouri Veteran Recreation Benefits

Free Fishing Hunting License
Any honorably discharged resident veteran having a service-related disability of 60% or more, or who was a prisoner of war during military service, may take fish, live bait, clams, mussels, turtles and frogs without permit (except trout permit or daily tag in areas where prescribed), and may take wildlife as provided in Chapter 7 without permit (except deer and turkey hunting permits and the Migratory Bird Hunting Permit as prescribed); provided, while hunting or fishing s/he carries a certified statement of eligibility from the Veterans Administration.

Resident Hunting Fishing Licenses for Active Duty
All members of the United States armed forces stationed and residing in Missouri on permanent change of station status, and their immediate families residing with them, may receive resident permit privileges.

Other Missouri State Veteran Benefits

State Veterans Cemeteries
Missouri Veterans Commission currently operates five State Veterans Cemeteries, one each in Springfield, Higginsville, Bloomfield, Ft. Leonard Wood, and Jacksonville. There is no charge for any of the services provided. These services include opening and closing of the grave, provision of a concrete grave liner, upright granite headstones, full military honors for the Veteran, and perpetual care. Those who choose cremation have the choice of in-ground burial or placement within a columbarium niche. Pre-registration for future planning purposes is also available for Veterans and their eligible family members. Veterans, spouses, and dependent children may be eligible for burial and cemetery benefits by the State of Missouri and the Federal Government.

Free Automobile License Plates
Veterans who have service-connected disabilities, or in need of adaptive equipment. Disabled Veteran specialty license plates are available to eligible applicants at no fee (limit one set per applicant). To qualify for Disabled Veteran specialty license plates, you must be a Missouri resident who has served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.

In addition, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart recipients, Military Retirees, Former POWs and widows of former POWs qualify for Free Special Automobile License Plates.

Visit the Missouri Veterans Commission website for more details on any of these programs.


26/09/2017

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Veterans Debt Relief Programs

Debt does not discriminate and military veterans often fall into debt because of health issues that occur during or after their military service. These issues often prevent them from earning a paycheck and can incur large medical bills. Unemployment and underemployment are additional causes of debt for many veterans. As of the date of publication, nearly 690,000 veterans were unemployed, according to debt.org.

More than 62,000 U.S. veterans are homeless, debt.org reports.

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VA Debt Management Center

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides a wide array of services to veterans and their families, including mortgage loans, educational loans and health care programs. If a soldier who utilizes a VA program ends up owing the VA money, the VA provides several ways to pay the debt back or even have repayment waived. The waiver program requires the veteran or the veteran s immediate family or beneficiary to submit a letter explaining the reasoning for needing the debt forgiven. The VA also allows veterans to apply for compromise offers, through which the VA agrees to accept less than what is owed. Monthly payment plans allow the veteran to pay the debt down on a monthly basis.

Veterans’ Student Loan Debt Relief Fund

Sponsored by Scholarship America, the Kisco Foundation and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Veteran s Student Loan Debt Relief Fund gives money to soldiers from every branch to pay back student loans. The program specifically helps those soldiers who feel they have been victims of GI Bill fraud or have not received the full financial aid benefits promised from their schools. To be eligible, an applicant must have served at least 60 days since Sept. 11, 2001, and have applied for all other eligible help and aid available. A spouse or child using a soldier s GI Bill benefits is also qualified to apply. Award recipients receive up to $5,000 to pay off outstanding student loan debt. The relief fund application deadline has been extended a few times. As of the date of publication, applications were due by Jan. 15, 2015.

Leave No Veteran Behind

With its Retroactive Scholarship Program, the non-profit organization Leave No Veteran Behind gives veterans a chance to eliminate student loan debt. The Retroactive Scholarship Program pays off the entire student loans of several veterans each year. Veterans must have graduated from a post-secondary degree program and must show proof of financial hardship. In return for the money, the veteran agrees to complete 100 to 400 hours of community service.

Other Fee-Based Programs

A non-profit credit counselor, InCharge helps people from all backgrounds pay down their debt and offers special programs specifically tailored to military personnel, including veterans. InCharge s Military Money website includes free information on mortgages, military pay and benefits, saving for retirement and college, investing, and taxes. The organization also offers a debt management program, where InCharge helps a client reduce monthly interest rates by negotiating with each creditor. America s Debt Help Organization is another consolidation service that serves the same function by providing free educational resources along with a fee-based debt consolidation program.


22/09/2017

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Welcome to the Counseling Center

END OF THE SEMESTER SESSIONS

Each semester, when the Counseling Center has no more capacity to add new clients seeking ongoing counseling, we replace initial consultations (ICONs) with one-time sessions for the remainder of the semester. As of Monday, July 31 st the Counseling Center will begin offering one-time sessions. These one-time sessions are an hour in length and focus on problem solving more immediate issues. If students are in need of further services, we will help them connect with additional resources outside of the Counseling Center.

Counseling Center services are free, confidential, and provided by trained professionals to currently enrolled Texas State students while classes are in session.

Counseling Center Services include brief individual, group, and couples counseling, consultation and crisis response, and workshops about coping with stress and other mental health topics.

Individual counseling is also available on a limited basis at the Round Rock campus. Click here for details.

CONCEALED CARRY IS PROHIBITED IN THE COUNSELING CENTER

Effective August 1, 2016, concealed carry of a handgun by license holders is allowed on Texas public university campuses subject to the restrictions imposed by statures and by the University President. Concealed carry is prohibited in some buildings on Texas State University Campuses, please see www.txstate.edu/campuscarry


05/09/2017

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St. Cloud VA Health Care System

Contact the St. Cloud VA Health Care System

St. Cloud VA Health Care System offers a variety of health services to meet the needs of our nation’s Veterans. For additional contact information you may also view our phone directory or A to Z List of Services .

Contacting a Patient

If you come to visit a patient, please see our maps for directions and parking locations.

If you would like to send a card, gift or flowers to a patient, the mailing address is:

Patient Name (Patient Room Number)
c/o VA Medical Center
4801 Veterans Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303

For the location of an inpatient or their phone number, dial the Health Care System at (320) 252-1670 or toll free at 1 (800) 247-1739.

Telephone Care

Please contact our telephone care line if you need medical advice, have a question about your medication, or need to schedule a non-urgent appointment. Your location determines which number to use.

  • Within St. Cloud VA area: 252-1670
  • Outside of the St. Cloud calling area:
    Toll-free 1(866) 687-7382

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (320) 255-6339.

If you have a compliment, complaint, or other issue which you believe requires resolution, please contact one of our Patient Representatives at (320) 255-6353.

Release of Information

If you need to get information from your medical records, please contact our Release of Information Office at (320) 255-6336.

Inquiry Routing and Information System

VA has establised an inquiry routing and information system which provides answers to frequently-asked questions. You may also use this system to submit a comment, question, or concern.

News Media

Members of the news media should contact our Public Affairs Office at (320) 255-6353.

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24/08/2017

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Travel Discounts for Military Members and Veterans #travel #mexico

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Travel Discounts for Military Members and Veterans

One of the most popular questions we receive is about travel discounts for military members and veterans. While there are some excellent discounts available for eligible military members and veterans, some other discounts can be more difficult to track down, and may not be worth it once you find it. Many companies don t have express policies for military discounts, and the companies that do may have limitations on availability (for example, the discounts may only apply to active duty members traveling on official military orders).

Let s take a look at some of the travel discounts out there, and how you can save on your travel, even if you aren t able to score a military discount .

Military Travel Discounts

To make things easier, let s break these discounts into categories, including air travel, lodging and resorts, and everything else.

Discount Airline Tickets: Most airlines offer a military discount, but you won t find these offers listed on travel websites. You will need to visit the airline website or call their customer service department to get the discounts. Many airlines also waive the checked bag fees for military members, especially when they are traveling on orders. One of the most important things you need to know about military discounts is that they are often only available for active duty or members of the Guard/Reserves, and are sometimes only available when the member is traveling on official orders. Many military discounts for airline travel are also given as a flat percentage off the full-price fare and may not be the best price available. In many cases you can find a better deal through discount travel websites.

Space-A Travel. Space available travel is great in theory, but may be limited in practice. As the government continues to downsize, the availability of Space-A travel becomes more and more limited. In general, Space-A travel is only open to active duty military, members of the Reserve Corps, retirees, and dependents of these groups. There are some scheduled trips which happen like clockwork and can be easy to jump onto, but in general, it is hard to reliably plan on using Space-A travel unless you live close to a participating unit, you have a flexible travel schedule, and you have a solid backup plan (which may include buying a last minute ticket on the economy if your Space-A flight falls through). According to the Air Mobility Command (AMC):

The best resource is to either visit the AMC Travel Site. or contact the nearest military passenger terminal (a list of Passenger Terminals is available on the AMC Travel Site).  The terminal staff will have the most current information.  If you plan to travel Space A, contact the passenger terminal(s) where you plan to depart from.

Discounts on Lodging and Resorts

Hotel Discounts. I have found that most hotel chains will offer military discounts, provided there isn t a major event going on (for example, you will be hard pressed to get a military discount at a hotel chain in NYC over New Year s Eve, or a similar time when most hotels are fully booked). Many hotel chains are also willing to cap their rates at the local per diem rate, which can equal a substantial savings, depending on the hotel chain and location. Rates capped at the per diem rate may require official orders, and almost always require an active duty or Guard/Reserve ID card.

Base Lodging. Most decent size bases have lodging available. It is generally available to active duty, retirees, members of the Guard/Reserves, and dependents of these groups. Base lodging is generally much cheaper than hotels on the economy and are usually very clean and well-maintained. Some bases may be off the beaten path in terms of where they are located, but depending on where you are traveling, the cost savings may be worth the small inconvenience.

Military Resorts. The Armed Forces Recreation Centers offer exceptional discounts off comparable locations. Some popular resorts include the:

You can find more information at the Armed Forces Recreation Center website. Other options include the Armed Forces Vacation Club website and Veterans Holidays website. Some of these vacation plans offer exceptional value. Be sure to double check eligibility before making any reservations. In many cases, eligibility is limited to active duty, Guard/Reserve, retirees, and surviving spouses, and the families of those members.

Other Military Travel Discounts

Rental cars. Many rental cars have negotiated rates with government agencies. If you are traveling on official orders, you should be able to get a great rate. You may also be able to get a similar rate if you are on personal business and have a military ID card or retiree. These rates aren t usually available for those who are no longer serving and didn t reach retirement.

Savings through the travel websites. Personally, I usually find the best deals by using the travel websites like Travelocity. Priceline. Hotels.com. Expedia. and similar sites. They typically have the best inventory and you can often compare prices between multiple airlines.

Credit cards and rewards programs. Using a travel rewards program can help you earn points and benefits such as free checked bags, priority boarding, free flights, free nights at a hotel, and other perks. These are even better when used in conjunction with a credit card rewards program. Some of the more popular travel credit cards are a joint offering between a credit card company and a specific airline or hotel chain. Many come with a sign up bonus equal to a free flight or several nights stay at a hotel. Some of them have an annual fee (usually waived for the first year, depending on the credit card issuer), and some come with additional perks, such as bonus points for purchases on a branded airline/hotel, free checked bags for you and your party, priority boarding, discounts on flights and merchandise, and other benefits. Some even come with a free flight or free night stay as part of the annual renewal fee, which essentially cancels out your annual fee. Here are some lists of the current credit offers you may find helpful: military credit cards. airline cards. travel cards .

As with all credit cards, be sure to read the fine print before signing up for any deals, and be sure to pay your card in full each month to avoid any fees or interest.

Finding the Best Travel Discounts Takes Time

In my experience, booking the best travel deals requires a little legwork and a lot of patience. If you are traveling on military orders, always check with your unit before booking travel. They may have access to special offers, or may have other requirements.

If you are traveling on your own, then start with your itinerary, and determine whether or not you can work some of the military specific travel options such as Space-A, Armed Forces Recreation Centers, or base lodging into your plans. If you can, then you can usually save a substantial amount of money on your trip. If you aren t able to work one or more of those into your itinerary, then you can always go look at the travel websites mentioned above. Worst case scenario, you get the same deal everyone else gets.

Best of luck, and safe travels!





19/08/2017

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Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) – Life Insurance #va, #veterans #affairs,


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Life Insurance

Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

Coverage

Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) is a program that allows you to continue life insurance coverage after you separate from service.

VGLI provides lifetime coverage as long as you pay the premiums. You may enroll for a maximum amount of coverage that is equal to the amount of Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage you had when you separated from service. Lesser amounts of coverage are also available in increments of $10,000.

Once enrolled in VGLI, you will have the opportunity to increase your coverage by $25,000 every five years up to the legislated maximum of $400,000, until age 60.

No proof of good health is required.

Enrollment Period

You have 1 year and 120 days from your date of separation to apply for VGLI. If you apply for coverage within 240 days of your date of separation, you will not need to answer health questions.

If you have medical conditions that may make you uninsurable, you should protect yourself and apply within 240 days from separation because there is no health review during this period. Follow this link to learn more about medical conditions that may make you uninsurable .

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for VGLI, if you had SGLI, and are within 1 year and 120 days of the following events:

  • release from active duty or active duty for training under a call or order to duty that does not specify a period of less than 31 days.
  • separation, retirement or release from assignment from the Ready Reserves/National Guard.
  • assignment to the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR) of a branch of service or to the Inactive National Guard (ING).This includes members of the United States Public Health Service Inactive Reserve Corps (IRC).
  • placement on the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL)

You are also eligible to apply for VGLI, if you had part-time SGLI and while performing duty, suffered an injury or disability that rendered you uninsurable at standard premium rates. This includes travel directly to and from duty.

Cost/Rates

VGLI Premiums are based upon the Veterans age. Premium rates increased for VGLI insureds age 70 and older effective July 1, 2014. Follow this link to view VGLI premium rates .

Deadline to Convert SGLI to VGLI

You must apply to convert SGLI to VGLI within one year and 120 days from discharge. If you submit your application within 240 days after discharge (for those discharged on or after November 1, 2012) or within 120 days after discharge (for those discharged before November 1, 2012), you do not need to submit evidence of good health. Those who apply after the no-health period are required to answer questions about their health.

How to Apply

Applying for VGLI is simple using one of the following methods:

Converting VGLI to a Commercial Policy

VGLI policyholders can convert your VGLI to an individual commercial life insurance policy at any time. Follow these links for:

VGLI Customer Service Standards

Note: this link will open an Excel spreadsheet. Please scroll to the bottom of the spreadsheet to view the VGLI standards.

Myths and Rumors About SGLI

There are several myths, rumors and misconceptions about SGLI and VGLI insurance floating around. Please visit our Myths and Rumors page to find out what’s true and what’s false.


12/08/2017

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VA Travel Nurse Corps (TNC) – Veterans Health Administration #smarter #travel

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Veterans Health Administration

VA Travel Nurse Corps (TNC)

Working with and for America’s Veterans is a privilege, and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide.

The VA Travel Nurse Corps Program (TNC) is a VA operated internal pool of Registered Nurses available for temporary short term assignments at VA Medical Centers throughout the country. The goals of the program are to maintain high standards of patient care quality and safety; reduce the use of outside supplemental staffing, improve recruitment of new nurses into the VA system; improve retention by decreasing turnover of newly recruited nurses, support the delivery of VA health care in rural or underserved areas. provide alternatives for experienced nurses considering leaving the VA system; and to establish a potential pool of Registered Nurses for national emergency preparedness efforts. The VA Travel Nurse Corps Program serves as a model for an expanded multidisciplinary VA travel corps.

Brenda Joyce Gupton, RN – “The mantra of the VA Travel Nurse Corps, “Honoring those who have served,” has been an unexpected bonus of profound gratification for me.” more from Brenda.

Cynthia Means BSN, RN – From VA Travel Nurse to VA Nurse Manager, guess what that same possibility can exist for you too. more from Cynthia

TNC RNs will be selected from the VA and from the private sector. TNC RNs will be assigned to interested facilities throughout VHA. Assignment lengths will be flexible to meet facilities’ varying needs. RNs selected for the program will be appointed as intermittent nurses. These intermittent nurses will be paid for the time they work and receive travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses competitive with the private sector and in accordance with VA regulations. Nurses new to VA will receive training on the special needs of Veterans, VA procedures and policies, the computerized patient record system, bar coded medication administration, emergency response training/certification, and the VA health care system in general.

The home base for the administrative staff is Network 18, VAMC Phoenix. Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions .





12/08/2017

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Department of Veterans Affairs

In fiscal year 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that it will spend $1.

Department of Veterans Affairs documents obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University show that 37 percent of active duty veterans have filed for disability compensation, compared to a significantly smaller 20 percent of those who served with the National Guard or Reserve units.

Department of Veterans Affairs to pick and choose what religions and belief systems it will accommodate in the production of headstones, markers and plaques for veterans,” Fox said.

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs said they agree.

Two of the three companies that you mention, FEMA and the Department of Veterans Affairs. are government agencies and have extensive job offerings online.

He then worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 14 years.

This contract vehicle greatly expands our ability to offer the DOD Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs our broad range of services from network engineering to complete software life cycle development,” said Baldwin.

Summary: Require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to modify the formula, known as the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system, for the allocation of funds appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care to different geographic regions of the Nation, and for other purposes.

The Department of Veterans Affairs also conducts research in this area with adults and their family members.

This group comprises federal agencies with large payment volumes, including the Department of Veterans Affairs .

There are areas of activity and funding supported by the Veterans Health Administration that are questionable as to their contribution to the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs .


11/08/2017

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EKU Online: Among the Best Online Colleges for Active Duty Military

Active duty military students enjoy an unparalleled online experience that includes convenience and flexibility with Eastern Kentucky University. The unique format of the EKU Online courses allows active duty military students to study any time, from anywhere .

Choose the university that s repeatedly recognized by both Military Times and GI Jobs as a leader among Military Friendly Schools.

As an EKU Online student, you will be assigned a personal advisor who will help you craft a graduation plan that works with your schedule .

I d like to thank the EKU College of Justice Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen, – 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online graduate student on deployment in Afghanistan.

Would you like to graduate quickly. EKU Online allows you to finish a course in as little as 8 weeks. This not only means that you can graduate quickly, it also provides added flexibility for working with your personal and professional obligations.

Whether you are stationed overseas or at home, we will work with you to achieve your goals. As long as you have Internet access and complete your assignments by the due date, you will stay on track.

Complete your associate s degree, bachelor s degree, master s degree or doctorate entirely online!

Your goals. Your terms. EKU Online.

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What Happens Next?

  • Email and call from your enrollment advisor.
  • Questions answered.
  • Apply for your program.
  • Receive personalized degree requirement and course schedule information.
  • Register for classes.

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Eastern Kentucky University continues to be recognized as one of the best schools for military.


31/07/2017

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Veterans Day

Ways to Give Back to Veterans

Military.com | by Rainier Fuclan

With Veterans Day approaching, it can be difficult to know how you can contribute and give back to our nation’s wounded warriors. There are many charities focused on everything from veterans assistance to more targeted organizations focused solely on Special Forces soldiers. If you want to support veterans and servicemen and women this November (or any time during the year), here are a few good places to start.

Disabled American Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) offers a variety of services to disabled veterans and their families. With more than 1.2 million members, DAV has tremendous reach and provides invaluable service to wounded veterans. DAV provides its members (veterans and their families) help with disability assistance, their VA pensions, job programs and more. It receives no government funding, so donations and gifts are crucial to keep providing services to veterans. DAV offers many ways to give back to the men and women who defended our country.

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded veterans all require a different recovery process. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) provides rehabilitation, activities and career counseling for our nation’s wounded warriors and their families. You can support the Wounded Warrior Project in a number of ways: by hosting a Supporter Event, sending letters to an injured service member, giving a monthly gift, or making a donation in honor of a loved one. This holiday season, WWP encourages supporters to establish employee giving drives by creating Casual Fridays, departmental competitions or office parties to benefit WWP.

Homes for Our Troops

Not everyone can give a monetary donation, so there are a number of charities that need volunteer assistance in addition to financial help. Homes for Our Troops uses volunteers to build homes or adapt existing homes to meet the needs of injured veterans. While the group does use grant money from the Veterans Administration, that often does not cover the cost of construction.

Don’t Forget About a Soldier’s Best Friend

Dogs are a big part of the lives of our soldiers and veterans. From military working dogs on the front lines to guide dogs providing safety and companionship for wounded veterans, military service dogs need love too. There are many programs to help provide for these brave dogs. Companies like Petco and natural pet food maker Natural Balance are offering special treats to raise money for a military service dog memorial. Working dogs have saved thousands of American lives and continue to impact the lives of thousands of veterans who have returned home.

Veterans definitely need a lot of assistance, but the USO provides a way to support active-duty troops. Though the USO does take cash donations to provide many services, there are better ways to support the troops during the holiday season. The holidays are a particularly tough time for many troops and their families. The USO offers USO Operation Phone Home. which delivers a $50 prepaid international calling card to troops, allowing them to make up to 140 calls home.

Operation Write Home

While active duty soldiers appreciate the huge amount of notes and letters they receive from citizens, many would prefer to be able to simply write home to their loved ones. Operation Write Home offers them that opportunity by sending blank, handmade greeting cards that service members can send back home, along with 20-30 letters of encouragement from citizens. OWH asks for supporters to donate money to help cover costs or to make their own card design to help brighten the correspondence of active military. Since 2007, nearly 2 million cards have been sent to soldiers overseas.

For more on military family and veteran support services, visit the Military.com Family Center .

Rainier Fuclan is a recent college graduate and blogger. He enjoys Veterans Day because it’s a day to fully give notice and respect to the people that put their lives on the line in order for us to live happy lives.

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    17/06/2017

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