Veteran Benefits

US Senate Approves Bill Honoring Filipino Vets

Guests pay their respects during the National Anthem at “Araw ng Kagitingan” or Philippine Day of Valor, April 16, 2016, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Consulate General Honolulu)

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill authored by Sen. Mazie Hirono to make it possible for more than 260,000 Filipinos and Filipino-Americans, including 300 from Hawaii, to receive the highest civilian award that Congress can bestow -- the Congressional Gold Medal. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, author of a companion measure in the U.S. House, said she ... more

New Veterans Directory in Arizona

If you are a military veteran or if you know a veteran in Arizona, you may want to start looking at the Veterans Directory. A Phoenix non-profit created the new website, which provides resources and connections to community services and programs for veterans and veteran families. The website also serves as a platform for veteran-owned businesses... more

Employment Preference for Gold Star Families

The Office of Personnel Management has issued a new guidance detailing how the parents of deceased or disabled veterans can now claim veterans' preference. A new law amends the veteran preference statute to include both parents of deceased or permanently disabled veterans instead of the previous version of the law, which extended preference only... more

Soldier's Wish

Soldier's Wish identifies the unmet needs of veterans of military service regardless of branch or rank. The nonprofit organization's mission is to provide the resources to meet those needs in order that the veteran can lead normal and productive lives. 'Veterans' may be those who have served only a short time and are still on active duty, those ... more

VA 'Choice' Update

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Choice Program (VCP) has reached a key milestone by scheduling two million appointments through the program. The network now has over 350,000 providers and facilities. VA has partnered with Congress to improve the community care experience by: (1) removing the enrollment date requirement for Choi... more

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