VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet (12 Dec 15)
Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dept. of Oklahoma, PRO/Editor
First thing to Report – My Brother in Law, Msgt (USAF, Ret) Melvin Lester Wells, Jr passed away at approximately 1500 hours December 9 2015. Arrangement is unknown at this time. Updates will be published as we get them (most likely on the Antlers American Website).
It seems per the VFW District Four Commander we have a winner of the District Four – Voice of Democracy in Antlers that has been sent up to the State for their competition. So the individual (no names yet until the official notification is given) congratulation you won the 2nd level.
This from a friend at Linkedin.com:
When Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited LinkedIn a few months ago, he challenged us and other Silicon Valley companies to play a more active role in supporting service members and veterans. As Veteran Program Manager at LinkedIn and a proud veteran myself, I’m honored to report this Veterans Day that we are answering that call to duty by renewing and expanding our commitment to the military and veteran communities.
To that end, I’m excited to share that we have expanded our veterans program to include online learning with Lynda.com — the gold standard for on-demand learning with more than 4,000 expert-led courses teaching business, creative and technical skills. Lynda.com offers a range of courses to suit the needs of active duty service members, transitioning veterans and those veterans already in the private sector. This is a tool to empower you as a professional to connect with opportunity and build your future!
U.S. Service Members and Veterans can get started in 3 simple steps:
- Sign-up for your FREE year of learning on Lynda.com. This includes unlimited access to 4,000 courses in business, creative and technology skills all taught by industry experts.
- Check out the newly released Lynda.com video “Translating Your Military Service to Civilian Life.” by Lida Citroën. Lida has worked with hundreds of veterans to ease the transition experience and help them reintegrate with confidence and success.
- Get a FREE one year LinkedIn Premium Job Seeker account to access advanced job search tools and join the Veteran Mentor Network Group, where you can discuss your transition and career plans with people who have been in your shoes.
To further demonstrate our commitment to the military community, the LinkedIn Picture Opportunity mobile photo studio and several LinkedIn employees had the honor of spending yesterday at the US Air Force Academy. Hundreds of cadets and service members stopped by to get free professional headshots taken and advice on building their LinkedIn profiles — a powerful first step on the road to future opportunity.
While at the Academy, I was reminded of my own journey transitioning from the Marine Corps. At times it felt overwhelming, but I believe with a good plan of action, the right skills, and a supportive network, the experience can be empowering and set you on the on the road to an exciting new future.
Medical Foster Homes are private homes in which a trained caregiver provides services to a few individuals. Some, but not all, residents are Veterans. VA inspects and approves all Medical Foster Homes. Contact your VA social worker or case manager for further information on Medical Foster Home care. Or in Oklahoma – Call Darren Braswell, VA Medical Foster Home Programs Coordinator @ (405) 456-4848. Oklahoma City office.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new hotline — 1-855-VA-WOMEN — to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans.
The hotline is staffed by knowledgeable VA employees who can provide information about benefits including health care services for women. Callers can be linked to information on claims, education or health care appointments as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Staff can answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services as well as provide Vet Center information.
Women make up nearly 15 percent of today’s active duty military and 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. The population of women Veterans using VA benefits including health care is growing rapidly. Since 2000, the number of women using VA health care more than doubled, from 160,000 in 2000 to more than 354,000 in 2012. Based on the upward trend of women serving in all branches of service, the number of women Veterans — female VA users — will keep climbing.
“In VA health care alone, women constitute only 6 percent of VA patients, but those Veterans have a high perception of the quality care they are receiving,” said Irene Trowell-Harris, director of VA’s Center for Women Veterans.
Women Veterans are entitled to apply for the same benefits as their male counterparts, which include health care and pharmacy benefits as well as education benefits, disability compensation, home loans, employment assistance and more.
“Some women Veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services available to them,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The hotline will allow us to field their questions and provide critical information about the latest enhancements in VA services.”
The hotline (1-855-VA-WOMEN) joins numerous other VA hotlines that provide critical information and assistance to Veterans, such as those for Veterans in crisis and in danger of becoming homeless. Or better than this, come on down and see your local OK Department of Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits Representative during the veterans one stop throughout Oklahoma.
And from the VFW we get this: This week, four state commanders who are women veterans – one from each of the VFW’s four conferences – traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with VA and Department of Labor leadership and congressional staff to discuss ways the federal government is addressing the needs of women veterans. The group is tasked by Commander-in-Chief John A. Biedrzycki, Jr. to identify barriers that are unique to women veterans when they access their earned health care and benefits. Based on these meetings, and the group’s input, National Legislative Service will launch a survey in the coming weeks to gather direct feedback from women veterans, which will assist in developing the VFW priority goals necessary to eliminate any existing barriers.
By the way, if you want to complain, add your support, or have something you want added to this article contact me at 580-271-0897 or Email me at BobKinsler@aol.com. This is the veterans’ news and if you have something let me know, please.