The following is information that we feel may be helpful or useful to veterans, active duty service members, military spouses, and/or dependents.
Connect with other JMU veterans on Facebook!
Find the group at this link or just type in "JMU Student Veterans Association" on Facebook.
Service members deployed since 9/11 have faced challenges unlike anything before in our country's history. They've left behind jobs, friends, and daily routines to face the stress of combat, long deployments, and uncertain conditions.
Now They Face A Different Kind of Battle.
Coming home can mean facing painful reintroductions to everyday life and troublesome changes:
reemployment, financial challenges, difficult family conditions, and in many cases, legal issues that developed
while they were proudly defending our country. Help them face their legal battles at home.
Help Them Navigate Their Legal Challenges.
Become a part of the bar association's statewide effort to make military legal assistance more accessible.
The most common legal issues they face are:
The state bar association can provide:
Military Families Face Difficult Challenges!
Free Educational and Vocational Counseling (Chapter 36) services are provided to transitioning Service members who are:
To apply for free counseling services please complete and return the form located here.
American Corporate Partners (ACP) offers a one-year mentoring program for veterans. The program matches veterans with high level employees in corporations and universities. Anyone who served on active duty since 2001 is eligible to participate. Those who were deployed in support of OIF/OEF and those with service-connected disabilities are given preference in the program.
Participation is free.
More information can be found in the ACP Handout.
Virginia honors the family members of fallen warriors by offering the Gold Star license plate. The plate is available to immediate family members of individuals who have died in military service. It has a one-time $10 fee in addition to the regular annual vehicle registration fee. To obtain the plate, family members must submit DMV form VSA 10a in addition to the license plate application form VSA 10.
In addition to the Gold Star plate, Virginia offers 42 other military and veteran-related plates. Visit the DMV website to view the plates, cost, and requirements for each.
For more information or to order a copy, please visit Ourdaddyisinvincible.com
The Family Caregiver Program of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010 provides additional support to eligible Post-9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary family caregiver.
On May 9, 2011, staff in VA's Office of Care Management and Social Work will open the application process for eligible Post-9/11 veterans and service members to designate their family caregivers. The application can be found on the VA website. Caregiver Support Coordinators are stationed at every VA medical center and via phone at 1.877.222.8387 to assist veterans and their caregivers with the application process.
The additional support includes a stipend, mental health services, and access to health care insurance, if they are not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan. Comprehensive Caregiving training and medical support are other key components of the program.
For more information, please see the VA Press Release.
The Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) provides veterans who were medically separated from their Military Service between September 11, 2011 and December 31, 2009, with the opportunity for review of their disability ratings to ensure fairness, consistency, and accuracy.
The PDBR was created by Congress as part of the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act of 2008. It was signed into law on January 28, 2008 and began reviewing its first cases in June 2009.
For more information, including the application, please see the Military Health System website.
To see the entire list that includes offers from retail stores, restaurants, lodging, and more, please go to the MilitaryConnection.com website.
Vladimir Gagic, Esq, a former United States Marine, is now a criminal defense attorney with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the legal system, in particular, the criminal justice angle. Attorney Gagic has agreed to answer your general legal questions.
HeartsApart.org was created to keep families connected while military men and women are serving abroad. Through their efforts and their volunteer photographers, this organization provides our soon to be deployed servicemen and women with pictures of their spouses and children, at no charge. The photographs are printed on waterproof and durable bi-folded cards, which fit securely in their uniform pockets. HeartsApart.org believes that our military personnel deserve and need the memory of their families to carry them through the difficult times that lie ahead.
More information can be found on the HeartsApart website.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge training on entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines with service connected disabilities. The EBV is committed to opening the door to entrepreneurship and small business ownership to these veterans, developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture, and in coordinating with programs and services unique to veterans and others with disabilities.
More information, along with the application, can be found here.
Through the participation of 230 Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in 42 states, Iraq Star provides free reconstructive surgery to wounded American Warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan wars. If you are in need of cosmetic surgery for wound scars, burns, shrapnel or dental injuries, please contact Iraq Star at IraqStarinfo@aol.com or visit them on their website.
List of up-to-date government resource web sites.
As of August 2010:
Over 800 TTT participants have taught in Virginia since the program began in 1994.
Of that number, the grade breakdown is:
HS - 33%
MS - 32%
Elem - 22%
Other - 13%
By Military Branch:
Navy - 42%
Army - 25%
Air Force - 17%
Marine Corps - 5%
Coast Guard - 3%
Reserve/Guard - 7%
Male - 79%
Female - 21%
Caucasian - 59%
African-American - 28%
Hispanic - 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander & Native American - 10%
More information about Virginia Troops to Teachers can be found in this factsheet.
V.E.T.S. in College is a program for service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or spinal cord injury (SCI) who are entering or enrolled in postsecondary education or training. This program, offered by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), uses a flexible and individualized approach to helping service members/veterans to achieve their academic and careers goals.
V.E.T.S. in College can help service members/veterans to:
~ Choose and apply to colleges or training programs
~ Determine career interests, strengths, and learning style
~ Connect with useful community and campus resources
~ Find out responsbilities with classroom accomodations
~ Acquire new study strategies to maintain a grade point average (GPA)
~ Strengthen organizational and time mangagement skills
~ Find out how technology can be useful in such areas as reading and writing
Because this program is funded through a Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund grant, there is NO COST to participate. Although the program is based at VCU, program staff members, also known as education coaches, are available to work with studen veterans in their home communities, at VA Medical Centers, or on college campuses throughout Virginia.
To participate, service member/veteran with TBI and/or SCI must:
* Be at least 18 years old
* Have a high school diploma or be actively working to obtain equivalent
* Be interested in obtaining postsecondary education or training
* Be able to understand the project and to consent to participate
* Be interested in learning more about program services
* Be willing to participate in program evaluation activities
For additional information or to make a referral to this program, please contact Christine Groah Grauer, Project Coordinator, at (804) 827-1282 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Service member/veteran may also self-refer to the program.
Parise Racing is a two car husband and wife drag racing team (both owners as well as drivers).
Parise Racing has created "Vettes for Vets," which is their own military appreciation program. It's open to any member of the military and they can be a wounded warrior, active duty service member, or veteran.
The program is designed to host military personnel (and guest) at Drag Racing events and bring them in as VIP's for the day. This includes (where applicable): tickets, parking, a suite to relax in, lunch, meeting with the drivers and more!
Brochure includes a guide that lists common indicators of each stress zone (ready; reacting; injured; ill) and gives signs to help recognize when and to what extent the stress process is taking its toll.
Location: Bethesda National Naval Medical Center campus
Short video about the mission and services available at the center can be seen here.