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Updated Thru: 5/24/12
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The Post–9/11 GI Bill VA
is now accepting applications for the Post–9/11 GI Bill benefit
that is effective August 1, 2009.
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Priority Group 8 Enrollment Relaxation Changes
VA eligibility rules changed on June 15, 2009, making it easier for more Veterans to enroll in VA’s health care system.
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Homeless Veterans in America........23% of homeless population are veterans......33% of male homeless population are veterans........25% have used VA Homeless Services.........85% completed high school/GED compared to 56% of non-veterans............89% received Honorable Discharge.........76% experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems........46% white males compared to 34% non-veterans........46% age 45 or older compared to 20% non-veterans..........(NEW THREAD)....... America's Wars Total are as follows.........U.S. Military Service During War................41,891,368.       Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991).   Total Servicemembers (worldwide)..............2,322,000.   Vietnam War (1964-1975)    Total Servicemembers (Worldwide)..........8,744,000.     Korean War (1950-1953)    Total Servicemembers (worldwide)..............5,720,000.    World War II (1941-1945)   Total Servicemembers (worldwide).............16,112,566.      World War I (1917-1918)    Total Servicemembers (worldwide)...............4,734,991.   Spanish-American War (1898-1902)     Total Servicemembers (worldwide).................306,760.    Civil War (1861-1865)   Total U.S. Servicemembers (union)..............2,213,363   Total Servicemembers (conf.)...........1,050,000.   Mexican War (1846-1848)    Total Servicemembers............78,718.     Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)    Total Servicemembers.............106,000.     War of 1812 (1812-1815)    Total Servicemembers...........286,730.      American Revolution (1775-1783)     Total Servicemembers ................217,000.       Department of Defense (DoD), except living veterans, which are VA estimates as of Sept. 2008.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a new and innovative on-line tool that will help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access health care and coverage options based on their own individual situations and needs.  Healthcare.gov http://watt.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=2100060286.87913.279&gen=1&mailing_linkid=4250 is the first website to provide consumers with information about both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically to individual needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.
The core of the new website is the powerful insurance options finder.  After consumers input a few pieces of background information such as state, age range and current insurance status, the tool will generate a list of both private and public insurance options.  The tool will list details of insurance plans offered in your state and zip code and include contact information for each company so you can contact the companies that can best meet your needs.  Beginning in October, the tool will also include pricing information, further simplifying health insurance shopping.
I encourage all 12th District constituents to take full advantage of this new on-line tool to learn more about what health care options are available.  To access the website you can visit my website at watt.house.gov http://watt.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=2100060286.87913.279&gen=1&mailing_linkid=4251 and click on the HealthCare.gov http://watt.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=2100060286.87913.279&gen=1&mailing_linkid=4250> tab or you can click on HealthCare.gov http://watt.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=2100060286.87913.279&gen=1&mailing_linkid=4250 to go directly to the website.

This is a great opportunity for our young Veterans and we all need to help them take advantage of it.

Ray Jefferson
Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training
Veterans' Employment and Training Service
U.S. Department of Labor

All Expenses Paid Employment Training for Vets Aged 20-24

*Includes transportation, training, living expenses, follow-up services

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service and the Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) Job Corps are partnering in a demonstration project that will provide Job Corps’ comprehensive array of career development services to eligible Veterans 20 to 24 years old to prepare them for successful careers.

This is a fully-funded, all-expense-paid demonstration project that is free for the Veterans. The program includes transportation to and from the Job Corps center, housing, meals, basic medical services, academic and career technical training, bi-weekly living allowance, and job placement and post-graduation support.

We have worked with Job Corps to create an accelerated, customized program developed specifically for Veterans. This program recognizes the maturity and life experience that our Veterans have gained from their military experience. Job Corps employs a holistic career development training approach that teaches academic, vocational, employability skills and social competencies in an integrated manner through a combination of classroom, practical and based learning experiences to prepare participants for stable, long-term, and high-paying jobs. One of the important outcomes is that participants will obtain a credential or certificate certifying them in a trade.

Veterans accepted in the demonstration project will be living among non-Veterans and other Veterans who are also transitioning from the military to civilian life. One of the Job Corps program’s key benefits is its post-graduate support. When Veterans are ready to begin transitioning into their career, Job Corps staff will assist them in job searching, resume drafting, and job interviewing skills.

Job Corps will provide graduates with transition services for up to 21 months after graduation, including assistance with housing, transportation and other support services. Upon completion of training, Veterans will be assigned to a career transition counselor to assist them with job placement or enrollment in higher education.

Atterbury Job Corps Center in Edinburgh, Indiana; Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center in Morganfield, Kentucky; and Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

The enrollment will be open and continuous until a center reaches 100 Veterans. It is expected that Veteran participants will be enrolling and graduating at various rates. Although Job Corps has set aside 300 slots for the demonstration project, actual participation during the year may exceed that number due to the continuous enrollment.

We will be announcing this demonstration project and providing handouts and other information in our TAP Employment Workshops all over the world. TAP facilitators will discuss this initiative in class and Job Corps personnel will visit selected sites to answer questions and initiate applications for interested Veterans. Once a participant has been identified and accepted into the program, he/she will be given the opportunity to select one of the three Job Corps training centers chosen by Job
Corps for this demonstration project.

This is a one-year demonstration program and we want to demonstrate demand for the program and its effectiveness as quickly as possible so that we can look at expanding it.

Attached are three brochures that provide all the pertinent details and contact information.

Brochures (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
General Information (PDF)
Here is the contact info to sign-up for the demonstration project:
(800) 733 - JOBS / 5627
VETS’ point of contact in our National Office is Tim Winter at phone number, 202 693-4705 or email: winter.timothy@dol.gov.

This is a great opportunity for our young Veterans and we all need to help them take advantage of it.


July 2010

The road to financial reform has been long and full of obstacles, but we did it!   The Senate put working families ahead of Wall Street by passing the most significant lending protections in decades, including a new independent agency to guard against bad lending.  At a signing ceremony President Obama signed the bill into law.

Under the new reforms, the financial interests of ordinary people will no longer be an afterthought. The law eliminates many of the lax mortgage lending practices that ignited the financial meltdown. And your hard-earned money will not be used to rescue companies that engage in risky practices.

July 30, 2010
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Maple Court Apartments in Durham, NC
Raleigh, NC, July 30/Business Wire - A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Friday, July 23rd for Maple Court Apartments, a transitional housing complex benefiting homeless veterans in Durham, NC.  Volunteers of America of the Carolinas developed the complex, with support from the City of Durham and the Veterans Administration.  The SECU Foundation partnered with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) to provide permanent financing for the Maple Court project.
The Maple Court Apartments offers 24 rental units for homeless veterans served by the VA Hospital in Durham who are disabled or have chronic health problems exacerbated by the lack of safe affordable housing.  Also located nearby is the Travis Porter Veterans’ Resource Center at Maple Court, which assists persons with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.
Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010
Senate unanimously approved the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives with unanimous support , includes critical provisions offered by Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, that will strengthen support for family caregivers of seriously disabled veterans.   It also includes a provision authored by Senator Burr to establish a program of basic dental insurance coverage for veterans. 
The assistance for caregivers will hopefully alleviate some of the challenges families face in caring for a seriously injured veteran at home,” Senator Burr said.  Advocacy for family caregivers nationwide have made this day possible.”
The centerpiece of the bill establishes new assistance for the family caregivers of seriously disabled veterans, including training and certification required to meet the veteran’s needs, access to ongoing support services, counseling and mental health services, respite care, medical care, and a monthly personal caregiver allowance.
The bill would also direct VA to establish a pilot dental insurance program for veterans. The Burr provision is modeled after the successful dental insurance program that exists for retired TRICARE beneficiaries.  
“Healthy teeth are an important part of overall health, and our veterans should have access to affordable dental care,” Burr said.  “This program will open up options for coverage to many veterans who may now have none.”
The bill would also enhance health care for women veterans, delivery of health care for veterans living in rural areas, access to mental health care for veterans and certain service members, and would make improvements in homeless programs.

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