Print & Post: Week of April 29, 2013


National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Across the nation, veterans are preparing for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The Games, representing the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world, are presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. More than 500 veterans from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Great Britain are expected to compete in the event, taking place July 13-18, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The games are open to all U.S. Military Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. The public is invited to attend any of the sports competitions throughout the week of the Games, and admission is free. Up-to-date information is available on the official National Veterans Wheelchair Games website at (http://www.wheelchairgames.va.gov/) www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.

For more news on military-related sports competitions and events, visit the (http://www.military.com/off-duty) Military.com Off-duty Center.



Groups Fight to Protect Pay and Benefits

The Military Coalition recently testified before the Senate armed services' subcommittee on military personnel to help convince them not to pass the White House's proposed cap on military pay raises and increased TRICARE fees. Read (http://www.military.com/benefits/2013/04/25/mil-update-case-against-pay-caps-higher-tricare-fees.html) Tom Philpott's Military Update to get the full story.



Dog Soldier Challenge: Extreme Obstacle Course

Are you up for a 3.3 mile obstacle course to put you in the shoes of what it was like for a dog soldier? Come out to Manor, TX on June 1-2, 2013. (http://www.dogsoldierchallenge.com/?ESRC=mrvr0422.nl) Sign Up Today.



New Opportunities for Vets

Lawmakers recently passed legislation that helps ease military personnel's transition from active duty to federal public service. Through the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, military personnel nearing their separation date can now submit an approved statement of service letter in lieu of this form and still obtain veterans' preference. Previously, federal agencies and employers required military personnel to submit their DD 214 forms, which are only given upon discharge, to receive their veterans' preference during the application process. This is a substantial improvement that helps servicemembers achieve a seamless transition between their military service and future employment opportunities -- avoiding any periods of unemployment at the conclusion of their military service. For more information, read VA's (http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/9182/u-s-department-of-energys-hiring-process-creates-new-opportunities-for-veterans/) VAntage Point Blog.

For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.



New Monument in South Korea

Nearly six decades after the Korean War armistice was signed, the United Nations Cemetery in Busan (Pusan), South Korea, is finally getting a monument that honors U.S. Forces who fought there. While monuments to other U.N. Forces have been erected at the cemetery, the sacrifice of American troops has yet to be recognized in such a way. Construction on a monument begins this spring with plans to dedicate it in July on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice. For more information on the cemetery, visit the Life in Korea website at (http://www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/313) www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/313. For information on Korean War Casualties, visit the American Battle Monuments Commission website at (http://www.abmc.gov/search/koreanwar.php) www.abmc.gov/search/koreanwar.php.



Think You Know Military Facts? Test Your Knowledge & Win

Test your military history and knowledge with the Military.com Trivia Challenge. Here's how you win: For each question you answer correctly you'll receive one point, and for each point you'll earn an electronic raffle ticket. At the end of the month we'll have a random drawing of all the tickets and pull out one to determine the winner. Play as little or as much as you'd like during the month, but the more questions you answer correctly, the greater your chances of winning. (http://www.military.com/Trivia/Home/?ESRC=mrvr0422.nl) Play Now.



Military Skills Translator: Civilian Jobs You Qualify For

Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities. Enter in your MOS, MOSC, Rating, or Designator and we'll give you a list of civilian skills and equivalent job openings. (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator/?ESRC=mrvr.nl) Translate Your Skills and Apply for Jobs Now.



Battle Monuments App

The American Battle Monuments Commission's (ABMC) first mobile app, a tour of the Pointe du Hoc battlefield, gives users a virtual experience of the site, where U.S. Army Rangers scaled 100-foot cliffs during the June 1944 Normandy invasion to destroy a critical German battery and take control of the coastal highway. The Commission plan to produce apps and virtual tours for all of it sites. The Pointe du Hoc app is available on the (http://www.abmc.gov/events/PDH_APP_Release.php) ABMC website. Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) has also its launched its ANC Explorer mobile app, which allows users to locate ANC grave sites, monuments and memorials. The ANC Explorer mobile app is available on the (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/map/ancexplorer.aspx) Arlington National Cemetery website.

For more on military-related apps, visit the (http://www.military.com/topics/best-apps) Military.com App page.



Performance Matters Associates Is Hiring Veterans

Insurance sales careers are booming with the challenging job market facing many Americans. PMAUSA provides innovative training and support, above average commissions, renewal income and rewards. (http://www.military.com/jobs-in/employer/pmausa/?ESRC=mrvr.nl) Learn more.



Are You Eligible for a VA Home Loan?

In order to obtain a VA home loan, you must first fill out (http://www.military.com/Data/MIB/Finance/Content/Files/form_26-1880.pdf) VA Form 26-1880, the request for your Certificate of Eligibility. This certificate is issued only through the Veterans Administration, and is the first step towards applying for your loan. Veterans, active duty, guard or reserve, and military spouses potentially qualify for this certificate. You must have at least 90 days on active duty and been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. (http://www.military.com/money/va-loans/home-purchase/are-you-eligible-for-a-va-home-loan.html?ESRC=mrvr.nl) Get more information on Military.com.

Your VA Loan is worth $417,000 and doesn't require a full 20% down to buy. You can also use it to refinance. (https://secure.military.com/leads/VALoanNew/Step1.jsp?ESRC=mrvr0429.nl) Find lenders ready to help you use the VA Loan.



Deal of the Week: Military Discount

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Final Reunion for Doolittle Raiders

Three Air Force legends recently spoke to dozens of Airmen at Hurlburt Field Florida marking the 71st anniversary of WWII's DooLittle Raid. Retired Lt. Cols. Richard Cole and Edward Saylor and former Staff Sgt. David Thatcher served alongside 77 fellow U.S. Army Air Corps Airmen taking off in 16 B-25s in the April 18, 1942, bombing over Japan known as the Doolittle Raid. Their recent visit marks the last public reunion of the Doolittle Raiders. For more information on the Doolittle Raiders, including educational materials, visit the Doolittle Raiders website at (http://www.doolittleraider.com/) www.doolittleraider.com, the 71st Doolittle Reunion website at (http://www.doolittlereunion.com/) www.doolittlereunion.com, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders website at (http://www.doolittletokyoraiders.com/) www.doolittletokyoraiders.com, the (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=476) North American B-25B Fact Sheet, the Naval History and Heritage Command website at (http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/misc-42/dooltl.htm) www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/misc-42/dooltl.htm, the U.S.S. Hornet website at (http://www.uss-hornet.org/history/wwii/doolittle.shtml) www.uss-hornet.org/history/wwii/doolittle.shtml, the Eyewitness to History website at (http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/doolittle.htm) www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/doolittle.htm, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) website at (http://www.pbs.org/perilousfight/battlefield/doolittle_raid_midway/) www.pbs.org/perilousfight/battlefield/doolittle_raid_midway/, and watch a (http://archive.org/details/Doolittle_Raid_Launch_Footage_1942) historical film clip of the Doolittle Raid.



Women Veterans Call Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new Women Veterans hotline -- 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) -- an incoming call center that receives and responds to questions from women Veterans, their families, and caregivers across the nation about available VA services and resources. They are informed about eligibility, benefits, health care and other services, and can route calls within VA when needed. Agents are also trained to respond to crisis situations such as suicidal behavior, homelessness, sexual trauma, and domestic violence. 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) provides a single avenue for women Veterans to get the help they need. For more information visit VA's (http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/womenshealth/wvcc.asp) Women Veterans Health Care webpage.

For complete guides on veteran benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.



New Study Looks at PTSD

Are women veterans more susceptible to developing (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp) post-traumatic stress disorder than their male counterparts? And if so, why? In an effort to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatments that are geared more precisely to the unique needs of men and women, VA researchers have begun to investigate how men and women learn to fear. Details of the study are available on the (http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/April/PTSD-Study-Men-Versus-Women.asp) Veterans Health Administration website.

For more resources on PTSD, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veterans-health-care/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-overview.html) Military.com PTSD section.



VA to Expedite Claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expediting compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer. VA claims raters will now make provisional decisions on the oldest claims on hand. Veterans will be able to submit additional evidence for consideration a full year after the provisional rating, before VA issues a final decision. If a VA medical examination is needed to decide the claim, it will be ordered and expedited. While compensation claims are pending, eligible veterans are able to receive health care and other benefits from VA. Veterans who have served in recent conflicts are eligible for five years of free health care from VA. For more information, read the (http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2437) VA Claims Initiative Fact Sheet. Veterans can learn more about disability benefits on the joint (HTTPS://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal) Department of Defense-VA web portal eBenefits.

For complete guides on veteran benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.



Dress for Success for Your Civilian Life

Men's Warehouse offers a free guide on how to determine what to look for in a suit. Giving tips on jacket length or the difference between double down and double breasted find out what suit is (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/on-the-job/civilian-work-clothes.html?ESRC=mrvr.nl) the right fit for you today.



AAFES Employs Veterans

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aafespa/8661601808/in/photostream) extends career opportunities to veterans and their families. Ten percent of the Exchange's workforce is comprised of veterans with military spouses and family members accounting for another 24 percent. In 2013, the goal is to increase veteran management hires by 33 percent from 2012. AAFES partners with programs like the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and the Wounded Warrior Project to provides jobs to veterans. Veterans can also apply for the Exchange's "Detail to Retail" management trainee programs, which are designed to train various levels of retail management. Complete details on how veterans and their families can apply for a career with the Exchange are available at the (http://www.shopmyexchange.com/AboutExchange/Careers/militaryfamilies.htm) ShopMyExchange.com website.

For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the (http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs) Military.com Veteran Jobs Center.



How to Have a Smooth PCS Move

Did you get orders for a PCS move? Check out what you need to do to have a smooth PCS move. From arranging travel for your pet, vehicle, furniture and financial tips to make it all happen. (http://www.military.com/money/pcs-dity-move?ESRC=mrvr.nl) Read More.



TA Returns for Some Coast Guardsmen

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that tuition assistance is reinstated for the remainder of Fiscal 2013, which ends September 31, 2013. However, the Coast Guard made some significant changes to the eligibility requirements that will impact chief petty officers and officers.

(http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2013/04/ta-returns-for-some-coast-guard-members/) Get the whole story on the Military Advantage Blog.



GI Film Festival

Check out trailers from the GI film festival. Watch previews of the next up and coming military documentaries. (http://www.military.com/video/military-life/gi-film-festival/?ESRC=mrvr0422.nl) Watch Now.

Get tickets to this year's award-winning GI Film Festival. Watch the world's best military films May 6-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. (http://gifilmfestival.com/giff-2013-schedule-by-day/) Get tickets now.



Resources for Funeral Directors

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) offers a website for funeral directors at (http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/funeraldirector.asp) www.cem.va.gov/cem/funeraldirector.asp, which contains pertinent information that helps families plan for burials and apply for VA benefits. Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from National Cemetery Offices, from the National Cemetery Administration website at (http://www.cem.va.gov/) www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA Regional Offices toll-free at 1-800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at a VA national cemetery at time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-800-535-1117.

For complete guides on veteran benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.



VA Budget Request

On April 10, the President released the Department of Veterans' Affairs' (VA's) Budget proposal. The White House has announced a proposed $152.7 billion budget next year for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). For more information, including downloadable files of VA's budget, visit VA's Annual Budget Submission (FY 2014) webpage at (http://www.va.gov/BUDGET/products.asp) www.va.gov/budget/products.

For complete guides on veteran benefits, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits) Military.com Benefits Center.



Help for Struggling Homeowners

A Help for Homeowners Event in the greater Chicago area will be offered on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The event will help struggling home owners meet one-on-one with their mortgage companies or HUD-approved housing experts to help them identify the programs and resources they need to help them avoid foreclosure or short sale. The event will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL Complimentary parking is available. Visit (http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/) MakingHomeAffordable.gov or (http://www.hopenow.com/) HopeNow.com to learn more.

For more guides and tips on owning a home, visit the (http://www.military.com/money/home-ownership) Military.com Money Center.