Archives for May 2012

New Sponsor and Discount at Military Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals

For Sale by You – found at http://www.ForSaleByYou.com and http://www.ForRentByYou.com has become a featured sponsor of Military Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals at http://www.MVAREP.org

For Sale by You

The site is much more than a For Sale by Owner website.  The site is a place where agents can showcase their listings as well as help build their business by helping those home sellers who have chosen to go the For Sale by Owner route.  As well, agents and homeowners may also list their rental properties on the site, making it a highly visited option for real estate professionals.  Pricing on the site is great, but For Sale By You has created a special program just for members of the Military Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals as a way of saying thank you and showing gratitude to those who have served and those in the real estate community who have chosen to help those who have served.  The normal price for the Gold Agent package is $199.95 per year and includes up to 50 listings, 20 photos per listing, open houses, virtual tour posting, flyer creation, Craigslist Ad poster, attachments, and enhanced profiles on the site, including logos, agent photos and links to the agents sites.

Idaho National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

Idaho National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP): Pays $125.00 per semester to full-time students. Part-time students can receive 25 percent – 75 percent of this amount depending on number of credit hours. STAP is available through the graduate level. Eligibility: National Guard servicemember.

Professional-Technical Education Len B. Jordan Building – 650 West State Street, Room 324 P.O. Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0095  Phone: (208) 334-3216 Fax: (208) 334-2365

VA/DoD PTSD Coach App Wins Innovation Award for Telemedicine Advancement









VA/DoD PTSD Coach App Wins Innovation Award for Telemedicine Advancement


May 30, 2012



WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense  (DoD) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) coach mobile application marked its first anniversary with receipt of an award for innovation in the advancement of telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association.


“The health and well-being of our brave men and women who have served this Nation is our highest priority,” said Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.  “Using the popularity of mobile devices, we can provide important tools to Veterans wherever they are, whenever they need them, whether or not they receive care through VA or DoD.” 


PTSD coach, collaboratively developed by VA’s National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology, provides education, symptoms-tracking tools, self-assessment and connections to support individuals with PTSD.  Since its public release on April 11, 2011, the app has been downloaded more than 53,000 times in over 60 countries.  It  is available for free download for both iPhone and Android devices.


“We are energized to build innovative products that extend the reach of VA and DoD services to those who need them most,” said Julia Hoffman, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and mobile applications lead at VA’s National Center for PTSD.  Dr. Hoffman accepted the award alongside DoD collaborator Robert Ciulla, Ph.D.


The application is one of many in a series of jointly designed resources by VA and DoD to help Servicemembers and Veterans manage and cope with readjustment challenges.          


The ATA Innovation Award is presented for ideas that “save and improve countless lives, whether their patients are young children, Soldiers on the battlefield, returning Veterans or the average American health care consumer,” said ATA President Bernard Harris, Jr., MD, MBA.   


In the last three years, VA has devoted more people, programs, and resources toward mental health services to serve the growing number of Veterans seeking mental health care from VA.  The department is a pioneer in mental health research, high-quality, evidence-based treatment and access to care.  Through the use of Vet Centers, the National Center for PTSD, the Veterans Crisis Line, or integration of mental health into the primary care setting, VA has many entry points.  Since 2007, VA has seen a 35 percent increase in the number of Veterans receiving mental health services, and a 41 percent increase in mental health staff. 


For more information on the PTSD Coach app, visit the VA’s National Center for PTSD Website: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/PTSDCoach.asp.


For more information on apps from DoD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology: http://t2health.org/apps


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VA Announces Partnership to House 10,000 Homeless Veterans in 2012









VA Announces Partnership to House 10,000 Homeless Veterans in 2012


May 30, 2012



Agency will collaborate with the “One Hundred Thousand Homes” Campaign


WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will collaborate with the “100,000 Homes” Campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless Veterans this year.


“President Obama and I are personally committed to ending homelessness among Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.  “Those who have served this Nation as Veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope.”


The collaboration is intended to help accomplish Secretary Shinseki’s goal of ending Veteran homelessness in 2015. It will also support the ongoing work of the U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness and a host of state and local organizations working to implement “Opening Doors,” the federal plan to end chronic and Veteran homelessness. According to the 2011 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress, homelessness among Veterans has declined 12 percent since January 2010.        


The initiative will better integrate the efforts of VA case managers and their local partners by leveraging VA resources and those of participants in the “100,000 Homes” campaign. The campaign’s national support staff, provided by New York-based non-profit Community Solutions, will also work with VA to provide technical assistance to help communities reduce the amount of time necessary to house a single homeless Veteran.


As a result, community organizations will be better able to utilize the Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.  The program is a coordinated effort by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies to provide permanent housing with case management and other support services for homeless Veterans.  The collaboration will also help VA increase the proportion of HUD-VASH vouchers that help house chronic and vulnerable homeless individuals. Research indicates that this approach can successfully end homelessness for vulnerable and chronically homeless Veterans while also achieving significant public cost savings. From fiscal years 2008 to 2012, HUD has allocated funding to local public housing authorities to provide over 47,000 housing choice vouchers to homeless Veterans.


Volunteers in participating “100,000 Homes” communities will help the VA identify homeless Veterans through their registry week process. Registry weeks are community-wide efforts in which volunteers canvass their neighborhoods to survey homeless individuals and gather key information to help VA case managers expedite the housing process.


Campaign support staff will also offer quality improvement training designed to help reduce the amount of time necessary to house a homeless Veteran to 90 days or less. Pilot training in Los Angeles and New York City has already helped shave an average of 64 days from the Veteran housing process in these communities.


In 2009, President Obama and Secretary Shinseki announced the federal government’s goal to end Veteran homelessness by 2015. Through the homeless Veterans initiative, VA committed $800 million in FY 2011 to strengthen programs that prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. VA provides a range of services to homeless Veterans, including health care, housing, job training, and education.


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VA, American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red For Women’ Fight Heart Disease in Women Veterans









VA, American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women� Fight Heart Disease in Women Veterans


May 29, 2012



 Collaboration Enables Organizations to Leverage Resources, Raise Awareness


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Heart Association have entered into a formal agreement to raise awareness of heart disease and strokes among women Veterans and Servicemembers, and wives of Veterans and military members.


“This exciting collaboration bolsters VA’s ongoing efforts to prevent cardiovascular disease,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This is an important issue for women Veterans, and we need to do everything we can to address it.”


In support of the First Lady’s “Joining Forces” initiative, VA and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” are partnering to raise awareness among America’s female Veterans of heart disease – the number one killer of women.


“Currently, some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat,” said Dr. Susan Bennett, cardiologist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and national “Go Red For Women” spokesperson. “Go Red For Women is excited about our newest strategic alliance with VA because it will provide additional opportunities to increase awareness of women’s number one killer and encourage military women – active, veterans and military wives – to actively prevent heart attacks and stroke.”


The two organizations share a common priority to reach women with important information about heart disease. By combining efforts, they can maximize their resources and improve communication of the “Go Red For Women” messages to women Veterans and military audiences.


VA will focus on educating women Veterans about their risks for cardiovascular disease through the use of “Go Red For Women” online resources. These include “Go Red BetterU,” a free online nutrition and fitness program and “Go Red Heart Match,” a database that allows women to connect with others who share similar experiences. VA and “Go Red For Women” hope to increase consumers’ sensitivity to issues that military women face, especially as it pertains to putting their health first.


“VA continues to focus on women’s cardiovascular disease prevention and outreach, and has improved gaps in heart disease prevention measures between men and women,” said Dr. Robert Jesse, VA’s principal deputy under secretary for health, and a cardiologist. “This collaboration will strengthen our efforts and further the conversation about women’s risks for heart disease.” 


Women serve in every branch of the military, representing 15 percent of today’s active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and reserve forces. Women are now the fastest growing cohort within the Veteran community. In 2011, about 1.8 million or 8 percent of the 22.2 million Veterans were women. The male Veteran population is projected to decrease from 20.2 million men in 2010 to 16.7 million by 2020. In contrast, the number of women Veterans will increase from 1.8 million in 2011 to 2 million in 2020, at which time women will make up 10.7 percent of the total Veteran population.


For more information, call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 or visit: www.womenshealth.va.gov, or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit GoRedForWomen.org (http://www.goredforwomen.org).


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Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: The Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program provides full funding to community colleges and 50 percent coverage to four-year colleges.  Eligibility: The member must be enrolled in a degree-producing program. Only captain “O3” and below in rank eligible.

Address: 2444 Dole Street; Bachman Hall – Room 109J Honolulu, HI 96822  Phone: (808) 956-6624 Fax: (808) 956-0798

VA, American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red For Women’ Fight Heart Disease in Women Veterans









VA, American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women� Fight Heart Disease in Women Veterans


May 29, 2012



 Collaboration Enables Organizations to Leverage Resources, Raise Awareness


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Heart Association have entered into a formal agreement to raise awareness of heart disease and strokes among women Veterans and Servicemembers, and wives of Veterans and military members.


“This exciting collaboration bolsters VA’s ongoing efforts to prevent cardiovascular disease,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This is an important issue for women Veterans, and we need to do everything we can to address it.”


In support of the First Lady’s “Joining Forces” initiative, VA and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” are partnering to raise awareness among America’s female Veterans of heart disease – the number one killer of women.


“Currently, some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat,” said Dr. Susan Bennett, cardiologist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and national “Go Red For Women” spokesperson. “Go Red For Women is excited about our newest strategic alliance with VA because it will provide additional opportunities to increase awareness of women’s number one killer and encourage military women – active, veterans and military wives – to actively prevent heart attacks and stroke.”


The two organizations share a common priority to reach women with important information about heart disease. By combining efforts, they can maximize their resources and improve communication of the “Go Red For Women” messages to women Veterans and military audiences.


VA will focus on educating women Veterans about their risks for cardiovascular disease through the use of “Go Red For Women” online resources. These include “Go Red BetterU,” a free online nutrition and fitness program and “Go Red Heart Match,” a database that allows women to connect with others who share similar experiences. VA and “Go Red For Women” hope to increase consumers’ sensitivity to issues that military women face, especially as it pertains to putting their health first.


“VA continues to focus on women’s cardiovascular disease prevention and outreach, and has improved gaps in heart disease prevention measures between men and women,” said Dr. Robert Jesse, VA’s principal deputy under secretary for health, and a cardiologist. “This collaboration will strengthen our efforts and further the conversation about women’s risks for heart disease.” 


Women serve in every branch of the military, representing 15 percent of today’s active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and reserve forces. Women are now the fastest growing cohort within the Veteran community. In 2011, about 1.8 million or 8 percent of the 22.2 million Veterans were women. The male Veteran population is projected to decrease from 20.2 million men in 2010 to 16.7 million by 2020. In contrast, the number of women Veterans will increase from 1.8 million in 2011 to 2 million in 2020, at which time women will make up 10.7 percent of the total Veteran population.


For more information, call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 or visit: www.womenshealth.va.gov, or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit GoRedForWomen.org (http://www.goredforwomen.org).


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Georgia Military Veterans Education Assistance

The National Guard Service Cancelable Loan Fund: Provides full coverage of tuition, not to exceed $3,643.00 per school year, or $1,821.00 dollars per semester. Soldiers with a baccalaureate degree are not eligible for this program. Eligibility: Must be a legal Georgia resident and be a member in good standing of the Georgia National Guard. Loan is repaid through continued membership and continued good standing in the Guard.

Tuition Assistance (Georgia Air National Guard): Up to 100 percent tuition is paid, not to exceed $2,790.00 per school year, $1,395.00 per semester or $116.25 per semester hour. The rate per quarter hour will not exceed $77.40. Eligibility: Georgia Air National Guard servicemember.

Georgia Department of Veterans Service Floyd Veterans’ Memorial Building, Suite E-970 Atlanta, GA 30334-4800  Phone: (404) 656-2306 Fax: (404) 657-6276

The National Veterans Golden Age Games

The National Veterans Golden Age Games

Last year at the National Veterans Golden Age Games, Jack Faust met a fellow competitor who was 98 and thought he was the oldest Veteran there.

Jack, 100 at the time, had to tell him he was two years short.

Senior Jack Faust aims a rifle

Jack Faust

This year, more than 900 Veterans will travel to St. Louis, Mo. to compete in the 26th National Veterans Golden Age Games.

Jack Faust was born in 1911. Last year at the games, he won two gold medals and said: “To the youngsters competing, I say: better get practicing for St. Louis, because I intend to see you there.”

The Games are a national sports and recreation competition sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV), and Veterans Canteen Service (VCS).

Through this rehabilitative athletic event, VA strives to introduce older Veterans to the benefits of sports and recreation. These athletes will showcase their skills, mental toughness and physical fitness at the games.

Celebrating its 26th year, the games offer the largest sports and recreation competition in the world for military Veterans age 55 and older.

“To the youngsters…I say get practicing for St. Louis…I intend to see you there.”

Hosted this year by the St. Louis VA Medical Center, the competition features sports such as swimming, cycling, golf, bowling, table tennis and others, totaling 14 competitive events.

Events are open to all U.S. military Veterans age 55 or older who are currently receiving care at any VA medical facility.

The Games have grown from 115 participants its first year to more than 700 in 2011.

It is designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

The National Golden Age Games is one of the most progressive and adaptive rehabilitative senior sports programs in the world and is made possible by the support provided by co-sponsors VCS and HHV.

The Golden Age Games is truly a life saving program for our nation’s Veterans and life affirming for all those who have attended them.

Competitive events run from June 1-5, 2012.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games serve as a qualifying event for the National Senior Olympics. The National Senior Olympics is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee and recognizes the best senior athletes in their respective age groups in the United States.

For more information about the National Veterans Golden Age Games and other VA national rehabilitation programs, visit www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov.

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‘Go Silent’ Campaign Asks Nation to Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day

‘Go Silent’ Campaign Asks Nation to Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day

CONTACT: Michelle McCarthy (212) 982-9699


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 25, 2012
CONTACT: Michelle McCarthy, (212) 982-9699 or michelle@iava.org

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Pledge Online and at Events Nationwide to Observe National Moment of Silence at 12:01pm Monday

NEW YORK—Today, ahead of Memorial Day observances, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, launched a powerful new campaign asking Americans to ‘Go Silent’ this Memorial Day in honor of the 6,442 Americans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. Through the campaign, IAVA encourages Americans to pledge and unite for a national moment of silence at 12:01pm on Monday, May 28th coinciding with the historic Wreath of Remembrance service at Arlington National Cemetery. IAVA veteran spokespeople will be available for media throughout the day at parades and ceremonies nationwide.

“This Memorial Day, as Americans head to barbecues and the beach, IAVA will head to hallowed ground from Arlington to The Presidio. For our community, there is no other day of the year when the civilian-military divide feels greater. We have lost more than 6,400 brothers and sisters in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These fallen Americans stand apart for their bravery, sacrifice and last full measure of devotion for our country. As we come together to support their families, IAVA encourages all Americans to unite with us this Memorial Day and pledge a moment of silence at 12:01pm in honor of their lives and legacies,” said IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff.

“For veterans of all generations, Memorial Day is a solemn time to remember all one million Americans who have died to protect our freedoms. It’s important for the entire country to commemorate that sacrifice, as well as build a foundation for the hundreds of thousands of troops still serving in Afghanistan and around the world. IAVA members are coming home to a 17 percent unemployment rate, a suicide epidemic and a failing VA system. One of the greatest ways America can pay tribute to the fallen is to dedicate our communities to supporting the men and women they served beside.”

From Arlington to The Presidio, IAVA members and supporters will unite on the ground this Memorial Day for ceremonies and parades to honor the fallen.  On behalf of all new veterans, IAVA’s Deputy Policy Director Tom Tarantino of San Anselmo, CA will represent at the White House and lay a Wreath of Remembrance before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. Hundreds of IAVA members and their families will also march in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American Veterans Center, as well as participate in remembrance ceremonies in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, San Francisco and other cities. For the full schedule of IAVA events, please visit: www.iava.org/memorialday.

On Memorial Day, SiriusXM will stand in solidarity with IAVA to honor the fallen by broadcasting “Taps” as the military call marks its 150th anniversary. The one-minute solemn observance will play at approximately 12:00 pm ET across SiriusXM’s wide variety of music, sports, talk and entertainment channels. To sign IAVA’s ‘Go Silent’ pledge and learn more about participating sponsors, click here.

If you are a member of the media who wishes to arrange an interview with IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff, Deputy Policy Director Tom Tarantino or another IAVA Member Veteran participating in Memorial Day observances, please contact Michelle McCarthy at (212) 982-9699 or michelle@iava.org.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide.


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