Print & Post: Week of May 27, 2013

Schneider Committed to Hiring Veterans

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VA for Vets

VA for Vets is an innovative new career management program that helps Veterans prepare for or secure careers in the fields they choose. It gives veterans and transitioning military servicemembers the tools and resources they need to launch or advance their careers in the civilian workforce. Share this tool with the veterans and servicemembers you know, and ask them to visit the VA for Vets website at ( to see how they can translate their military skills into resumes, speak with career coaches or access job opportunities in VA or the federal government. VA for Vets is also an ideal for veterans employed by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

American Legion Offers Grants to Tornado Victims

The American Legion, the nation's largest veterans organization, has announced that it is allocating $1 million to veterans affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. The money will be used to cover relocation expenses for veterans and their families whose homes were devastated by the disaster. The American Legion has set up a hotline for veterans needing emergency assistance. They can call 1-800-504-4098. If they have legal custody of minor children, they can seek help though the Legion's Temporary Financial Assistance Program. Veterans without children can seek assistance through The American Legion National Emergency Fund. Individuals wishing to donate to The American Legion National Emergency Fund should call 1-800-253-7000, donate online at ( or mail checks to The American Legion NEF, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

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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. ( Translate Your Skills and Apply for Jobs Now.

Search over 40,000 Units on

Connect with your past or present Military Unit on Post Messages, find old friends, see Unit History & Photos and more. ( Search over 40,000 units.

GI Bill for Spouses of Fallen Heroes

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced a bill today that would amend the ( Post-9/11 GI Bill to include spousal eligibility for the Fry Scholarship. Under the Spouses of Heroes Education Act, spouses of fallen service members could receive the full cost of public, in-state tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance. Spouses would need to use this benefit within fifteen years, and would not remain eligible if they remarried.
 Read the full article on the ( Military Advantage Blog.

( Let your elected officials know how you feel about providing Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to surviving spouses of fallen heroes.

Make Sleep a Top Priority

While sleep problems used to be considered a part of a patient's diagnosis, they are now recognized as a separate diagnosis that can exacerbate other conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are four elements of sleep management that help build a foundation for successful PTSD and TBI treatment: (1) quality: sufficient time in deep sleep; (2) quantity: enough rest each night for your age and gender; (3) optimal bedtime: sleeping when your body is ready for sleep; and (4) optimal wake-up time: getting up when your body is fully awake. Going to bed at the wrong time prevents people from getting quality sleep. For more information, visit the ( Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury website.

For more on PTSD, see the ( PTSD section.

Report on Vets Mental Health Services

The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense (DoD) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have announced the progress made to date on initiatives called for in President Obama's August 31, 2012, ( Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families. The Departments have released an ( interim report that lists the current progress on this initiative.

For complete guides on veteran benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

VA Announces Grants

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced two new grants to support VA's goal of ending Veterans' homelessness in 2015. This funding is available under VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program for current operational Grant and Per Diem grantees. VA expects current grantees will apply for funding to rehabilitate their current project location and enhance the safety. Also, approximately $2 million will be available for to assist in the acquisition of vans in order to facilitate transportation of Veteran participants to medical appointments, employment opportunities in the community, and facilitate grantees' outreach activities. Applications for both awards are due to the Grant and Per Diem office by no later than 4 p.m. Eastern time on June 28, 2013. For more information, visit VA's ( Grant and Per Diem Program webpage or contact the Grant and Per Diem National Program Office at 877-332-0334.

For complete guides on veteran benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Veterans Legal Assistance Conference

The 5th Annual Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference & Training will provide a forum for discussion of critical legal issues facing our veterans, including claims processing changes at the Baltimore VA Regional Office, women in combat, compliance with Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and other issues. The conference also includes training for lawyers interested in representing veterans pro bono in claims for service-connected disability benefits. For more information and to register, visit the ( Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland website.

VA and VSOs Team to Take on Backlog

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion have announced a new partnership to help reduce the compensation claims backlog for veterans. The effort, called the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice, is a key part of the VA's overall transformation plan to end the backlog in 2015 and process claims within 125 days at 98 percent accuracy. Last month, the VA announced an initiative to expedite compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer. Claims for wounded warriors separating from the military for medical reasons will continue to be handled separately and on a priority basis with the Defense Department through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. For more information on filing a fully developed claim, visit VA's ( Fully Developed Claims webpage. For more information, visit the ( website.

Separate System Aids Wounded Troops

Servicemembers who are separating from the military for wounds, injuries or illnesses have their own VA benefits process, and on average receive their disability compensation within three months of leaving the military. This process, called the ( Overview Handout.pdf) Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES), started in 2007 when the Department of Defense (DOD) and VA collaborated to design a more seamless transition specifically for Servicemembers who could no longer continue with their military careers for medical reasons--which includes PTSD. To support IDES, VA has dedicated staff to work exclusively on disability claims for this population. For more information, read VA's IDES fact sheet at ( Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES).

For more on disability compensation, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Get the 2013 VA Loan Guide

Understand the VA Loan benefit you've earned by downloading the free VA Loan Guide. The PDF guide walks you through the benefits of a VA Loan, eligibility, how to refinance, what forms you'll need, and more. ( Download your free PDF now.

Deal of the Week: Princess' Cruise for Veterans

Sail away on Princess Cruises' first veterans fundraising cruise in November. (;h=v2|406F|0|0|%2a|q;268161022;0-0;0;95269101;31-1|1;52643339|52597242|1;;;pc=[TPAS_ID]%3f Read more.

Together We Served

The website ( Together We Served (TWS) has extended the ( Roll of Honor online war memorial to include every man or woman who fell in combat since the start of the Vietnam war, plus many more from Korea and WWII -- 90,000 in all. Families of fallen heroes can search for their loved ones on the Roll of Honor on the website and help complete their Remembrance Profiles. Families of veterans who died after completing their service can also join TWS to create a profile for their deceased loved ones. Interviews with both families and veterans are available on the website to commemorate Memorial Day.

For more on Memorial Day, visit ('s Memorial Day page.

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Must Have Veteran Benefits Information

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The Benefits of the VA Loan

The VA loan can be used in a number of ways and is available to servicemembers, veterans, and some surviving spouses. ( Find out more information how the VA loan can benefit you today.

Scholarships Given at Pearl Harbor

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park recently awarded the park's annual scholarships to eight recipients in the Pearl Harbor submarine community. The 28 year scholarship program is open to active duty submariners assigned to the Pearl Harbor area and to their family members, whether active duty, retired or deceased. For scholarship eligibility, applicants should reside in Hawaii and attend an accredited college, university or vocational school and have a good academic record. Potential recipients will be interviewed by a scholarship selection committee. For more information on the scholarship, contact the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park at ( Visit the Museum's website at (

For more on military education benefits and programs, visit the ( Education Center.

Veterans Conference Coming

The National Veterans Small Business Conference is coming to St. Louis, August 6-8. For three days, Veterans either looking to start or expand their small business will attend more than 200 breakout sessions, with a focus on how to successfully compete for federal contracts. Key federal government and private sector officials will be on hand to discuss and troubleshoot contracting issues and other business issues Veterans may have experienced. If you are interested in attending this year, sign up for updates on the ( conference page ( , follow along on ( Facebook and ( Twitter, and watch for more information in the coming weeks.

For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

2013 Military Pay Calculator

Calculate your military pay on to see how much you'll make at your next duty station, what your next promotion is worth, and find out how much your longevity increase will be. ( Calculate your gross monthly income by rank, location or duty.