VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet
Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dept. of Oklahoma, PRO/Editor
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a six-week extension of the strategic review of its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.
On April 17, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a decision to temporarily halt certain revocations from the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers because of concerns about inconsistent application of eligibility requirements for the program throughout its medical centers. VA will use the six-week extension of that temporary halt to complete its review of the program. At the end of that review, the VA intends to provide clarity on enrollment criteria for the program and to seek authorization to use the program’s existing resources for those who need them most.
“We are extending our strategic review of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to make sure everyone — from our Veterans and their caregivers to our employees who work with them — has clear guidance on enrollment criteria for the program,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Our Caregiver Support Program is making a difference in the lives of our Veterans and the caregivers who support them, and we want to make sure the program is operating in the best way for them, and above all that the program’s existing resources go to those Veterans who need them most.”
National Native American Veterans Memorial to be erected in DC by David Vergun
WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — A memorial to Native American veterans will be erected on the outside grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall.
The anticipated dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial is Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020, according to Rebecca Trautmann, project manager of the memorial.
Ben Nighthorse Campbell of the Northern Cheyenne nation and Chickasaw Nation Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel are leading an advisory committee of tribal leaders and veterans in assisting with outreach to Native American nations and tribes and advising on plans for the memorial, Trautmann said.
Also, the advisory committee and the museum are conducting community consultations to seek input and support for the memorial, she added. “Regional events bring together tribal leaders, Native veterans, and community members to gather their insights and advice.” There have been some 30 consultations to date with several more planned this summer.
Trautmann noted that the memorial has received congressional approval and that no federal funding will be used for the project. The project is expected to cost $15 million and donations are being solicited.
Eileen Maxwell, public affairs director of the museum, said the memorial is fitting because “Native Americans have served in the armed forces in every major military conflict since the Revolutionary War and in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group.”
She added that today, the Department of Defense estimates that some 24,000 American Indian and Alaska Native men and women are on active duty, and more than 150,000 veterans self-identify as American Indian or Alaska Native.
In other news, in November the museum opened a new exhibit on the second floor, honoring Native Americans in the nation’s wars, Maxwell said. The exhibit, titled “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces,” consists of 24 panels that depict achievements of Native Americans in various wars.
Several duplicate panels have been made and the museum has been sending these “traveling” exhibits to both Native American and non-Native American communities across the U.S., she said.
Another exhibit, which is temporary and will close Oct. 7, is titled “For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw.” Poolaw, a citizen of the Kiowa nation, was a World War II photographer and many of his photographs are of Native American veterans.
MEMORIAL DAY EVENT
On Memorial Day, May 29 at 2 p.m., the museum will host a special public event for those interested in preserving their veteran’s memories. Maxwell said anyone who has military letters, photographs, medals, uniforms and other cherished memorabilia can learn from experts from the museum, as well as experts from the Library of Congress, about how to preserve them.
And from Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,
Graduation season is upon us! This is the time of year when thousands of Veterans using the GI Bill will close one chapter and begin another. We are proud to congratulate all students using the GI Bill to reach their educational goals. In fact, since 2009, VA has spent nearly $75 billion and enrolled 1,752,939 students under the Post-9/11 GI Bill!
Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill are earning degrees in business, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and health-related fields. Data shows that when compared to their peers, Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill represent the some of the highest achievers in postsecondary education.
If you know a graduating Veteran who used the GI Bill – or if you are graduating this season – we want to celebrate this great achievement with you! Join the conversation online and share photos of graduates in graduation attire on Facebook and Instagram, using #GIBillGrad, so the world can see tomorrow’s leaders.
As well, check in with your School Certifying Official (SCO) to make sure they record your graduation for our records.
To all our graduating Veterans: We thank you for your service and we’re proud of your great achievement.