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Welcome Kit for Department of Veterans Affairs

Friday, January 11, 2019 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - International

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) “Welcome Kit” offers veterans, their families and caregivers a step-by-step guide to VA services and benefits, contacts and eligibility information. After becoming familiar with what is available, reach in to the VA contact to gather more information, verify eligibility and move forward with their assistance.

This kit is printable...please share with others who inquire about how the VA may help them or someone they know.

Veterans in the 116th Congress, By the Numbers

Monday, January 7, 2019 | Category: Legislation - National

When the 2015-2017 114th Congress opened, 101 members (4 women/97 men) had military experience, a steady decline since 2005. The 2018 elections (116th Congress) halted this decline with more than 150 veterans running for the U.S. House of Representatives, more than 75 elected,16 serving their first terms 3 of whom are women joining the House. The 116th congress will include 95 total veterans (6 women),18 in the Senate (2 women) and 77 (4 women) in the House. In 2012 and 2014, 12 and in 2016 14 veteran first-termers were elected. Read this article for more details.

Need to Know: These New UCMJ Laws Start Jan. 1, 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Category: Military Justice - International

Amy Bushatz reported the following in her Military.com article:

“A series of sweeping reforms and updates to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) kick in on Jan. 1, 2019, including the addition of some crimes, an expansion of victims' rights and standardizing the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers on some military bases.

Many of the changes, which stemmed in part from Joint Chiefs of Staff recommendations made in 2013, were ordered in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Put into policy early this year through an executive order from President Donald Trump, they bring what Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee during the 2017 NDAA process, called the "most significant reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice since it was enacted six decades ago."”

Comprehensive Resource Center for the Military Justice Improvement Act

Monday, December 31, 2018 | Category: Military Justice - National

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand posts a continuum of information including legislative actions regarding sexual assault, harassment and retaliation within the United States military.

News: Department of Defense

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past Department of Defense-released news is posted on this site with "word," "unit," "category," and "date" search capability.

News: U.S. National Guard

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past U.S. National Guard-released news is posted on this site with search capability.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | Category: Department of Veterans Affairs - National

This link is focused on "Women Veteran" news. "VAntage Point" news is one way to keep up with some of what's happening in the Department of Veterans Affairs. At VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, they intend to stop "that same old way of communicating (or not communicating), toss it out the window, and be engaging not adversarial." See the VAntage "About" page. They want to provide women and men with military service, the nation's veterans, with information that will help and inform them. Their blog news includes a women veteran-focused article archive.

News: Protect Our Defenders

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | Category: Military Justice - National

The "Protect Our Defenders News Blog" posts news relative to their day-to-day work with the "women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. Protect Our Defenders seeks to fix the military training, investigation and adjudication systems related to sexual violence and harassment--systems that often re-victimize assault survivors by blaming them while failing to hold perpetrators accountable."

They work with survivors, have an in-depth understanding of military process and procedure, and respectfully work with others to promote change from within. It is their belief that "it is a human right to work and live in a safe and respectful environment and fostering this environment within the military’s ranks will make the military more effective. Whether advocating for reform, filing a legal brief, providing legal support, or coordinating peer support for survivors; each project and activity manifests POD’s core values."

Nancy Parrish, Founder & CEO, is a human rights activist, philanthropist, and investor. POD President, Don Christensen, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) served as chief prosecutor for the United States Air Force between 2010 and 2014. He served as a trial counsel, defense counsel or military judge for every year of his 23-year career in the United States Air Force. His full bio is posted on the POD site.

News: Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

Founded in 2007, the Service Women's Action Network's (SWAN) "goal is to ensure all service women have access to the information, tools and support they need to reach their personal and professional goals during and following their years of service." SWAN advocated for "opening all military jobs to service women, holding sex offenders accountable in the military justice system, eliminating barriers to disability claims for those who have experienced military sexual trauma, and expanding access to services for a broad range of reproductive healthcare services."

SWAN knows their "work has only just begun." Their Steering Committee includes active duty and veteran servicewomen.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs "Center for Women Veterans"

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The "Center for Women Veterans" posts "News for Women Veterans" on the page linked below. If you are interested in receiving automatic e-mail or text messaging updates, you can subscribe at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVA/subscriber/new?qsp=USVA_1.

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