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Veterans Report: Print And Post (02 October 2006)

Veterans Report: Print And Post (02 October 2006)

Below is the complete version of this week's Military Report. Print it, circulate it, and make sure your colleagues and friends keep up with the latest military benefits updates.

Commander Testifies on Capitol Hill
AMVETS National Commander Tom McGriff testified on Capitol Hill recently in front of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans Affairs. The commander spoke about the need for assured funding of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the growing challenges in providing veterans with quality mental health, working to eliminate the claims backlog, and AMVETS’ opposition veteran’s attorney legislation. Commander McGriff's testimony is available at

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Legion Identifies Funding, Concerns to Congress
The leader of the nation's largest veterans' service organization, the American Legion, testified recently before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to lay out funding recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs in FY 2008. Paul A. Morin, the American Legion's newly elected national commander, also testified before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Morin has also been visiting lawmakers recently expressing the views and concerns of The American Legion. A copy of Commander Morin's testimony is available in .pdf format at

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Free Online Military Benefits Education Seminar
University Alliance is offering a free online Education Benefits seminar to servicemembers and veterans on November 1st at 6:30 pm EST. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer, Terry Howell will explain the GI Bill and how to use it in conjunction with tuition assistance to get the most out of your education benefits. Register now.

Get the Credit You Deserve
Thanks to the American Council on Education (ACE) you can take academic credit for most of the military training and experience you have received, including Basic Training (boot camp). In fact ACE has evaluated military schools, correspondence courses, and occupations to determine their value in academic credit since 1942. Learn how to apply ACE credits

Remember: Some schools may choose not to recognize the ACE recommendations for ME credits, and may choose not to grant any credit for your military experience. That is why it is critical to shop around for the fully accredited school that will give you the credit you deserve. can help you get in contact with several schools by filling out one simple online form. Most importantly, get started as soon as you can; the longer you delay, the further away your goals will be.

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Legislation Increases Dependents' Education Benefits
Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) recently introduced the Disabled Warriors’ Family Education Act of 2006. This bill will allow spouses and dependent children to access their Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance, under chapter 35 of title 38, United States Code, prior to the severely injured servicemember being discharged from active duty. Once the servicemember receives a VA rating stating that their injuries are permanent and total in nature the servicemember’s spouse and college-aged dependent children may begin their education during the servicemember’s convalescence period, which in some instances may be two years.

DVDs Wanted for Troops
“AMVETS, Operation DVD” is an appeal to patriotic Americans to donate their new and used DVDs, which will then be shipped to our fighting men and women overseas. DVDs will be distributed to Troops in audiences of USO tours and ultimately “Children Titles” will be provided to Boys & Girls Clubs located on military bases around the world. For more information on donating, visit the ‘AMVETS, Operation DVD Website’ at . “AMVETS, Operation DVD” is an official program of AMVETS, a nationally chartered veterans organization in existence for over sixty years.

Hiring Heroes Paves Road to Jobs
In its second year, the Hiring Heroes program has helped more than 1,000 injured servicemembers and their families connect with potential employers. Hiring Heroes is co-sponsored by The Office of the Secretary of Defense, DoD’s Military Severely Injured Center and, a networking hub for current and former military people, defense workers and their families. For more information about Hiring Heroes events, call Karen Hannah, Hiring Heroes program manager, at (888) 363-4872 or e-mail her at .

Injury Insurance Surprise
The new Traumatic Injury Protection under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) is still referred to as “Wounded Warrior Insurance” by proponents who pushed it through Congress last year with surprising speed. But for injuries incurred after Nov. 30, 2005, the phrase “wounded warrior” fails to capture the breadth of TSGLI. That is because any servicemember, active or reserve, who has Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and suffers a traumatic injury can be eligible for the trauma pay. For more information, read the article on the website at,1...14408,00.html.

Liaison Aircraft Fly-in Scheduled
More than 30 aircraft will fly to the National Museum of the United States Air Force Oct. 7 to 8 to participate in the first Liaison Aircraft Fly-in in Dayton, Ohio. The fly-in is free and open to the public. Aircraft featured at the fly- in were used by all branches of the U.S. military from the late 1930s until the early 1970s. Those interested in attending the fly- in should enter the museum gate off Springfield Pike and follow the signs to the event area behind the museum. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be available for purchase. Pilot registration for this event is full; however, the museum is still accepting registrations for military vehicles. For more information, call 937-255-8046, ext. 492.

Recognizing Combat Stress
Psychologists have said all deployed servicemembers will encounter stress during their deployments. Physical signs of stress may include upset stomach, vomiting, muscular contractions, sweating, shakiness, tension, disorientation, vision problems, hyperventilation, exhaustion, urinary frequency and diarrhea. Emotional signs of stress include feeling anxious or agitated, guilt, fear, anger, grief, general loss of emotional control, depression, emotional numbing, and feeling abandoned or lost. Seek professional help if you experience prolonged isolation from friends, anger, irritability, depression that does not decrease with time, frequent suicidal thoughts and alcohol or drug abuse.

More Veterans Complain of Stress
According to a recent VA study, more than one-third of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking medical treatment from the Veterans Administration report symptoms of stress or other mental disorders. This represents a tenfold increase in the last eighteen months. The dramatic jump in cases is causing concern among some veterans groups that VA may not be able to meet the demand.
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