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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.

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.

News: Veteran Service Organizations

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

Visit the following sites for specific veteran service organization news, history and activities.

American Legion: https://www.legion.org/news
American Veterans (AMVETS): https://amvets.org/news-archive/
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): https://iava.org/blog/
Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. (KWVA): https://kwva.us/?page=home
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): https://www.vfw.org/media-and-events
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA): https://vva.org/category/web-weekly/



News & Much More: Military.com

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

Military.com posted this mission statement, accessed on October 15, 2018, on their “About” web page:

Military.com is committed to the mission of connecting the military community to all the advantages earned in service to America. Military.com is a division of Monster Worldwide.

We started Military.com in 1999 to revolutionize the way the 30 million Americans with military affinity stay connected and informed. Today, we're the largest online military and veteran membership organization — 10 million members strong.

Military.com's free membership connects servicemembers, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.

We believe that the benefits earned in the service should be easier to access and written in plain English. We're passionate about helping members make the most of military experience throughout life.

Military.com's members are sharing stories, insider tips, news from the front lines, and unique slices of military life including the tough stuff of war.

Military.com provides headline news and technology updates since our community answers the call and makes news. We also cover the rest of the military experience — from great content like our user-generated videos in our popular "Shock and Awe" feature to our military equipment guide we present what makes the military unique (and fun).

We are proud that our Military.com team is made up of more than 60 percent veterans, including active members of the National Guard, reserve, and military spouses.<

In 2004, Military.com joined forces with Monster Worldwide to accelerate our growth and change the playing field for career and educational opportunities for servicemembers, veterans and military spouses. Monster's vision is bringing people together to advance their lives, which is a great fit with Military.com's "members first" ethos and goal of connecting the military community to all the benefits of service.

2018 Veterans Day Deals, Discounts and Freebies

Monday, October 29, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

Military.com frequently updates a list of Veterans Day 2018 restaurant, goods and services discounts as well as events.

Sign Up Online for a Veterans ID Card: Here’s How.

Monday, October 29, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - International

VAntage Point, a Department of Veterans Affairs blog, published the following guidance on how veterans can apply for their ID card.

”Veterans with honorable service can apply for the Veterans Identification Card (VIC) to use as proof of military service.

"The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service," said VA secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin when the card was launched. "With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services."

If you already have a photo ID issued by the Department of Defense or a Veterans Health ID, you don't need the new card. To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov, click on "Sign In" in the top right hand corner and establish an ID.me account. Once the Veteran verifies their identity they may request to "Apply for the Veteran ID Card." Watch the video below for more information.”

Military Women’s Organizations Unite to Form National Coalition

Friday, September 7, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

On September 7, 2018, an Advisory Group comprised of leading national and regional military women’s organizations began the formation of “a coalition of like-minded groups to battle the continued marginalization women face within the military and after their service. The unprecedented national gathering of military women’s groups will form a coalition with the goal of elevating the voices of the 2.2 million current service women and women veterans to bring about policy and culture change within the military and the veteran communities.“



Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Releases 2017 Report

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) released its 2017 annual report. The Committee advises the Defense Department on matters and policies relating to women in U.S. armed forces.

Nationwide Baby Shower for Veterans May 7-11, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting the first-ever “Nationwide Baby Shower for Veterans” in May, 2018. The VA Center for Women Veterans posted the following:

‘This week-long event will take place at 60 VA Medical across the country from May 7-11, 2018, the week leading up to Mother’s Day on May 13. So far, over 2,400 new Veteran parents and new Veteran parents-to-be have signed up to participate! Here’s where we need your help. In order to provide a uniform experience to our new Veteran parents, we developed a sweet and sensible new baby package containing a variety of useful baby products: a diaper bag, new baby toiletries, hair brush and comb set, bib, layette, blanket, and hat. Just $50 will purchase a new baby kit full of terrific items to be delivered to the Veteran at their local Baby Shower. There are three ways you can help!‘

Visit the VA Center for Women Veterans web page for more details including how you can help and the dates and locations of the baby showers.

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