VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet
Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dist Four, Dept. of Oklahoma, PRO/Editor
Military Veterans in Agriculture: How Far We’ve Come & How Far We Need to Go
By Kristine Penning, AgCareers.com Creative Marketing Specialist
After adopting the Ag Warriors program in 2013 and promoting the recruitment of military veterans and professionals into the agricultural industry for many years, AgCareers.com decided to take a look at the issue from a more critical standpoint. The “Veterans and Military Professionals in the Agricultural Workplace” survey was conducted this summer with responses from more than 100 people including both agricultural employers and military veterans and professionals in the industry.
Respondents were asked various questions regarding the scope of receptiveness toward hiring military veterans as well as potential obstacles involved in encouraging increased recruitment of veterans. Our analysis revealed both great successes as well as challenges.
Agriculture is Very Receptive to Hiring Veterans
Agricultural employers responded very positively toward hiring military veterans. In fact, two-thirds of employer participants who had employed veterans encountered no challenges during the hiring and employment process and nearly 90% of employers stated that they would encourage other agricultural organizations to hire military professionals or veterans. Employers listed leadership, reliability, and discipline in their top five characteristics they felt military veterans and professionals brought to the agricultural workplace.
Military veterans and professionals also expressed positivity toward the receptiveness of the agricultural industry hiring veterans, with 44% saying agriculture was more receptive than other industries.
I looked at the jobs they had in the job board for agriculture in Oklahoma and found quite a few open positions with numerous large agriculture corporations looking for the veteran discipline, reliability, and leadership skills foremost. I would suggest going to the website AG Careers.com and looking for yourself.
There is one interesting note, of all the industries I know of, this is one that pays no matter what sex you are and enjoys a lot of great benefits (I worked for one of those poultry corporations in years past for an extremely short time, but enjoyed getting involved within it.).
TRICARE has always had excellent coverage of important preventive services and we are making it better. TRICARE is adding new services and screenings to ensure our preventive services are aligned with recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) guidelines.
Effective Jan.1, 2017, TRICARE will cover annual preventive office visits for all Prime beneficiaries 6 years of age and older. Children under 6 are already covered by existing well-child coverage. This will ensure children in developing stages receive observation, physical examination, screening, immunizations, and various counseling services. TRICARE Standard beneficiaries can receive preventive services with no cost-share or copayment through Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HP&DP) examinations (i.e. in connection with a covered immunization or cancer screening).
Additionally, the annual well-woman exam will continue to be covered for all Prime and Standard beneficiaries under age 65 with no cost-share or copayment. The new covered services include free genetic counseling by a TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. before BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene testing for women who are identified as high risk for breast cancer by their primary care providers as well as the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene testing for women who meet the coverage guidelines under the existing laboratory developed test (LDT) demonstration project.
TRICARE will also cover stool DNA testing (e.g., Cologuard™) once every 3 years starting at age 50 for those who have an average risk of colon cancer. The effective date of Cologuard coverage is June 21, 2016.
If you have recently received any of these services, please be sure to save your receipts and file a claim. The regional contractors will be ready to process claims for the new preventive benefits on Nov. 14, 2016, the implementation date of this change. The implementation date is the date the contractor must be ready to communicate and process claims for this benefit.
WHAT THE VFW DOES; AND IT IS ALL FOR FREE …JUST TO PAY IT FORWARD TO ALL WHO SERVE!!
- Providing $ 5.6 Million in grants to help nearly 3,900 military & veteran families through emergency financial situations.
- Helping more than 80,000 veterans and transitioning military to receive $1.5 billion in earned compensation and pension from the VA.
- Providing millions in scholarships to veterans, service members, & thousands of high school and middle school students.
- Raising nearly $50 million annually to support local police, fire and emergency medical responders.
- Volunteering nearly 9 million hours to assist other veterans inside VA facilities.
- Being directly responsible for working with Congress to create, protect and enhance virtually every Quality of Life program that benefits our nation’s veterans, service members, and their families
Locally, we have a veterans’ transportation system that goes from Antlers, OK through Hugo, Grant and Paris (at times) to Bonham VA clinic. All the drivers are life members of the local VFW Posts 3856 (Antlers) and myself. If you want to add your name to the list of drivers (I drive once a month) contact Mike Bray at VFW Post 3856. Or call 317-509-4165 or me at 580-271-0897. You do not need to be a member of any Veteran Service Organization to help drive those deserving veterans to their VA Medical Appointments, what you need is a willingness to help out.
Another way to support your local veterans is to attend one of the fund raisers your local VFW offer, like the BINGO that VFW Post 8316 in Hugo puts on Mondays and Fridays each week starting at 6 PM (and you can possibly win some money in return). Or the VFW Post 3856 Saturday Night Family Dance which starts at 8 pm until Midnight (cover charge is now $6.00).