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The following is information that we feel may be helpful or useful to veterans, active duty service members, military spouses, and/or dependents.

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The Wounded Warrior Project

Click the above link to find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project

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Veterans are able to get Veteran ID cards, available at the DMV

visit: DMV and Veteran ID Card for more information

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Facebook group for JMU Student Veterans

Connect with other JMU veterans on Facebook! 
Find the group at this link or just type in "JMU Student Veterans Association" on Facebook.

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The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance is conducting vital research on veterans’ use of the internet to access health care services. The goal of the study is to improve Virginia veteran’s healthcare access and services.

Click here to learn more and participate: www.VirginiaVeteransResearch.ipg.vt.edu.


 

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Habitat for Humanity

Click here for more information

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National Resource Directory

Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with Those Who Support Them
https://www.nrd.gov/ 

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The Mission Continues

Empowering Veterans to Serve Their Country in New Ways

Teams of veterans from across the country are deploying on new missions of service to their local communities through Mission Continues Service Platoons.

Groups in Washington, DC and Norfolk, VA are available.  For more information visit their website:

https://www.missioncontinues.org/service-platoons/

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Many deployed military leave the battlefield only to face new battles at home; members of the legal community can help!  Join today.

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:

JOIN the effort to help our military!

  • Bankruptcy
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Child Support
  • Foreclosure
  • Identity Theft
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Employment

The state bar association can provide:

  • Guidance and direction on applicable federal law
  • An experienced attorney to assist and mentor you
  • Subject matter resources for areas of practice that may be new to you
  • Free online resources and training

Military Families Face Difficult Challenges!

  • Over 2.4 million service members have deployed since 9/11
  • Over one million have deployed multiple times
  • More than 60% of the requests for assistance are for a family law issue
  • The unemployment rate among military spouses is 26%
  • Military divorces reached an all time high in 2011
  • Since 2001, the bankruptcy rate among service members has risen sharply
  • Service members are prime targets for identity theft and financial fraud
  • Foreclosure rates near military bases are nearly four times the national average

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VA Department of Veterans Services eNews

A New Way to File Your Taxes - Free!

The Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011

PTSD Treatment for Female Veterans

New representatives join DVS

VA Wounded Warrior Program Finds a Home in Southern VA

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Educational and Vocational Counseling Services

Free Educational and Vocational Counseling (Chapter 36) services are provided to transitioning Service members who are:

  • Within six months prior to discharge from active duty.
  • Within one year following discharge from active duty.
  • Current beneficiaries of educational assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607.
  • Veterans and qualified dependents who are eligible for and have entitlement to education assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607.

Services include:

  • Counseling to facilitate career decision making for civilian or military occupations.
  • Educational and vocational counseling to choose an appropriate civilian occupation and develop a training program.
  • Academic and adjustment counseling to resolve barriers that impede success in training or employment.

To apply for free counseling services please complete and return the form located here.

 

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 IAVA Rucksack: Rewards for Veterans

Find information about exclusive tickets, giveaways, and more.  Sign-up is free. 
Open to all confirmed veterans of Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF).

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TRICARE Choices for College Students

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Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery to begin performing interments, beginning June 16, 2011.  For more information, please see the press release.

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Mentoring Program for Veterans

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.

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Gold Star and other military license plates available

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.

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New children's book help teaches children that there is hope and possibility in life after a parent's traumatic injury

For more information or to order a copy, please visit Ourdaddyisinvincible.com

(Added 5/5)

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VA to Take Applications for New Family Caregiver Program

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.

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Worksupport.com Offers Online Courses for supporting employment of individuals with disabilities

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Qualifying veterans with a medical separation encouraged to contact Physical Disability Board of Review

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.

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 "A" to "Z" list of Year-Round Discounts for Active Duty Service Members and Veterans

To see the entire list that includes offers from retail stores, restaurants, lodging, and more, please go to the MilitaryConnection.com website.

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Legal Questions Answered for Veterans/Service Members

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.

Send your questions to info@militaryconnection.com and put "Ask Gagic" in the subject line.  You can also check out his columns on the MilitaryConnection website.

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Free Photos for Military

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.

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Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

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.

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Seeking Wounded Warriors in need of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

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.

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Veteran Resource Directory

List of up-to-date government resource web sites.

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 Virginia Troops to Teachers (TTT)

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%

By Gender:
Male - 79%
Female - 21%

By Ethnicity:
Caucasian - 59%
African-American - 28%
Hispanic - 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander & Native American - 10%

Presently seeking Army veterans who may be fairly recent graduates (25-30 years old) from Teacher Education Programs who are currently teaching and may be willing to participate in a film documentary.  If you're interested, please contact Joe Wargo, State Director, at jwargo@odu.edu OR 757.683.5742.

More information about Virginia Troops to Teachers can be found in this factsheet.

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Veterans Education and Transition Supports (V.E.T.S. in College) Program

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 groahch@vcu.edu.  Service member/veteran may also self-refer to the program.

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  Vettes for Vets

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!

Email info@pariseracing.com for more information - include VIP in the subject line.  For more information about Parise Racing, check out their website - www.pariseracing.com

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The Stress Continuum Brochure

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.

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National Intrepid Center for Excellence (aka NICoE)

Location: Bethesda National Naval Medical Center campus

Short video about the mission and services available at the center can be seen here.

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