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There are new threats to veterans’ benefits on the horizon. A planned overhaul of military pay and retirement in 2014 could have disastrous effects on the compensation our veterans and service members have earned. This is the most dramatic review of compensation in more than 25 years.
Chattanooga Area Veterans Council, CAVC, will be conducting their annual Memorial Day festivities at the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Monday, Memorial Day 2014, 1100. VFW Post 1289 is slated to be the host. I am looking forward to see State Commander, Harry Carroll as our guest speaker. Again, the word here is slated. That is because I will need to run it through the Post 1289 first. I don't think they will turn down an opportunity like this, but still the same. The celebration has been an annual tradition for at least 64 years. Please call me at (423) 400-2765 or firstname.lastname@example.org or my facebook page, John Lopez US Navy Chattanooga. Very Respectfully John Lopez CAVC member and Post 1289 Member
– The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the
phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification
Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will
have a different look and feel.
In addition to being more secure, the card has been
transformed into a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC).
Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the
Veteran’s Member ID, a new unique identifier, as well as a Plan ID, reflecting
the Veteran’s enrollment in VA health care.
is committed to providing high quality health care while ensuring the personal
security of Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
“These new identification cards are an important step forward in
protecting our nation’s heroes from identity theft and other personal
VHIC is personalized to display the emblem of the Veteran’s branch of service.
It also provides features that make it easier to use, such as the
addition of “VA” in Braille to help visually impaired Veterans, and the
printing of VA phone numbers and emergency care instructions on the cards.
card replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in
part of a phased rollout, starting this month, the card will only be offered to
newly enrolled and other Veterans who have not been issued a VIC.
Then, in early April, VA
will begin a three month effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to
current VIC cardholders. VA
recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up
or shred the card once it is replaced. While not required to receive VA health care, all
enrolled Veterans are encouraged to get a VHIC.
Veterans can get more information about the VHIC by visiting their VA medical
facility enrollment coordinator or the website www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic,
calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.
who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply for enrollment at
any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll,
Calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.
VFW and Sport Clips Haircuts have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to help complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It's just another way to say "thank you" to those who deserve it the most!
Veteran's Benefits Explained
VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN FALL UPDATE
Diretory of PTSD: The evolution of our understanding
New Buddy Poppy Child Unity made her debut at the 2013 VFW National Convention in Louisville! She shared with the crowd what living at the National Home has meant to her and her family.
“My family feels safe living at the
National Home and I like living there because it makes me feel like I can show
free expression. Our house is magnificent and I even have my own room!”
Unity lives with her dad and sister in the Connecticut house. She is 11 years old and will enter sixth grade in the fall.
Hear Unity's National Convention speech.
News from the HomePage:
Awareness and Knowledege about the VFW National Home for Children
The New Year brings new resolutions, new beginnings, and a new awareness about the VFW National Home and how all of us can help veteran and military families.
This year's theme is "Creating Awareness and Knowledge." It's all about how each one of you can make others aware about the National Home and its services.
is a powerful word that brings to mind many different images. A
welcoming light shining in the front window. Gathering around the dinner
table, sharing stories about the day past. Being read a favorite story
and then being tucked in, knowing that you are safe.
For families touched by the stresses of deployment and war, it can be difficult to provide a safe and loving home. Read more about how the National Home helps bring home to these families here.
Week 2014 is March 23-29. Please feel free to use the above news
article in newsletters, e-mails, and all other communications. The
National Home's website also has HomeFacts that
can be used year-round to create knowledge and awareness! Finally, check
out our FREE
Weird, Wonderful Science!!!
A group of National Home children recently spent an evening exploring the weird and wonderful world of science!
The VFW National Home for Children now has a fully equipped science lab, complete with telescopes, microscopes, safety equipment, and more - thanks to donors like you!!!
The children peered at neurons, learned about crystal quartz, and more. Read all about it right here.
Jr. Girls "Band Together for Veterans"
Recently, a group of National Home Jr. Girls got together to make cards for their annual visit to the VA Hospital in Grand Rapids. Read a short piece and see some pictures on the Facebook album.
Annual Report Now Available Online
The 2012-2013 Annual Report continues information about the National Home's finances, a short overview of the past year, and more. Download the report here.
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You make it possible for us to help families, give hope and honor service at your VFW National Home for Children. Thank you for all you do!
VA Grants up to One Year Retroactive Benefits for Veterans Filing Fully Developed Claims to Help Reduce the Backlog
VFW, SVA Launch New Initiative to Help Student-Veterans
VA Launches Hotline to Answer Questions on VA Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans
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