Veteran Jobs: Find Yours Today

eBenefits.Va.Gov – Lots of US veterans feel overwhelmed upon returning home from active duty and beginning the search for full-time work. For many, it is good to be home, but they are at a loss when it comes to where to start when looking for a full-time job.

While some people earn a college degree before enlisting and serving in the military, many join after high school, which results in them feeling like they don’t know where to start when they return.

Most people – including veterans – assume that they must be well-versed in a particular skill, subject or trade to have an enjoyable, successful career. Society constantly encourages the importance of college, internships, and job experience in the field you are pursuing. Although some markets encourage and require these prerequisites, not all fields and companies do.

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It is not uncommon for training to be anticipated and offered by employers. There are countless entry-level positions that offer training and do not require specific prior experience in a related field. Depending on the employer and the position, achieving your goal of a full-time career could be as simple as filling out an online application and making a great first impression during an interview. eBenefits.Va.Gov

There are companies and organizations nationwide that open and deeply value the service and dedication of veterans and those who currently serve in the armed forces. Because of their appreciation and gratitude, many employees seek veterans for employees because if their outstanding work ethic and their deep-seated values and principles.

The search for a full-time career could be as simple as searching the Internet for “jobs for veterans” and filling out an online application. There are companies out there that are not only searching for employees, but are supportive of veterans and are searching for veterans for employees.

Do not feel pressure from lack of higher education, experience in a particular field or current position – employers who are searching for quality, reliable employees are generally willing to train these people to work to their full potential.

Take the first step to beginning a full-time career today. It all begins with dedication and determination, something you and other veterans should be familiar with! All you have to do is search and apply – you will be amazed to see that companies and organizations are waiting for you. Search and apply for these positions today – take the first step toward your new career and your new life!

National Agents Alliance is an insurance marketing organization that values the integrity and dedication of veterans. NAA is looking for veterans who are interested in becoming licensed insurance agents through full training and coaching offered by NAA and agent mentors. No prior training or experience necessary – simply visit http://www.jobs-for-veterans.com to learn more about NAA and the positions available, and to submit your online application today!

Disabled American Veterans – Home Adaption Grants

eBenefits.Va.Gov – This post offers a short explanation of the DAV ( Disabled American Veterans Association )…, the services they offer to veterans and other information that may be of use to a veteran or their family and friends.

The DAV is committed to serving military veterans disabled during service and their dependents and survivors. The DAV has 88 offices throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico with approximately 260 National Service Officers who represent veterans and their families making claims for benefits from government departments. A veteran does not have to be a member to get assistance with claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense or other agencies. This assistance is offered free of charge to all veterans.

The DAV announced in October 2010 that the Veterans Association has adopted a rule that will expand eligibility for specially adapted housing and special home adaption grants to permanently and totally disabled veterans and armed service members. eBenefits.Va.Gov

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The new rule means that those who have suffered extensive burns or have limited movement in two or more limbs or at least one limb and the trunk. It also makes special home adaption grants available to permanently and totally disabled veterans and service members who lose use of both hands, those with severe burns and those with inhalation injuries.

Of particular interest is the home adaption grant that can be up to $13,000 for permanently or totally disabled veterans with loss or loss of use of both hands, deep burns that limit motion and residuals of an inhalation injury including pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

This grant is able to be applied to any house modification; however the bathroom is often the focus point for many veterans and their families as they try to make living easier. It is not always possible to fully convert a standard family home bathroom into a disabled access bathroom due to building constraints; however there are many bathroom aids on the market that can make life for a veteran living with a disability easier. There are non slip mats to give people confidence when moving on wet and slippery flooring, grab bars, access ramps and shower benches that can be sat on in the shower to reduce the risk of falling over.

To ensure a safe and secure bathing experience, disabled veterans should consider using a shower chair with a bath or shower transfer system. A shower chair with transfer system enables a person with restricted mobility to transfer from their bed into a mobile shower commode chair. The chair is then wheeled into the bathroom, through a standard sized door, and clipped onto a bath transfer bench which enables the chair and the user to slide over the bathtub lip and into the tub to bathe. The person remains safely in the seat during the entire bathing process.

For more information searching “shower chair” in Google will bring up numerous options that offer a mobile transfer system from the bed to bathroom and over the tub. While you could purchase a low cost shower bench or bath chair, a strong and sturdy, non rusting, mobile transfer shower chair more durable, safer with a higher level of comfort.

Barry is a freelance writer specializing in bathroom safety and products that assist such as shower chairs for elderly

Veterans Today: Politics Aside: Military Veterans Have Gone Above and Beyond

eBenefits.Va.Gov – People in america have many things to be thankful for through the last 10 years. 2 of The usa’s most wanted terrorists were plucked from the world… ; Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011, and Saddam Hussein was killed in 2006. Today, more than eight million Afghan children are enrolled in school compared to fewer than one million children who were enrolled in 2002 (Miles, 2012). Today, 80% of Afghanistan’s population is able to use more than 6,200 miles of paved roads to better their country’s economy (Miles, 2012). Since the terrorist attaches of 9/11, America has experienced a political fracas among conservatives, liberals and everyone in between. Politics aside, the U.S. military is responsible for helping to further the social and economic dynamic of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I believe the insurgency is starting to understand that they cannot continue their terrorist acts of the past against the Afghan people, and the only clear solution is reintegration into a peaceful Afghan society,” Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson of the German army, spokesman for the NATO-led ISAF coalition, said in a news conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul, January 24th, 2012. Despite the costs, America’s military played a significant role in freeing Iraq and is now helping to make significant headway in building a stronger and more independent Afghanistan. eBenefits.Va.Gov

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I will admit that I got more out of the United States Marine Corps than the Corps got out of me. Having decided to serve my country, and from my experience in the Corps, I saw what veterans go through, as I went from being a teenager with no discipline to being a Marine – one that was polished, disciplined, and proud to serve the Corps. I spent eight years as a public affairs specialist and during that time, I was stationed in Japan, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. where I worked in radio, print and the public affairs office in the pentagon. I joined the Marine Corps right out of high school with no college education, and honorably exited the Marine Corps eight years later, with both a Bachelor’s degree (Majored in English and minored in Journalism) and a Master’s degree (Public Relations Management) – all achieved with the help of the GI Bill which enabled me to graduate debt-free.

Although I never deployed to combat, I have heard stories and listened to Marines and other military members who were involved in legendary battles, like the first push for Fallujah (Iraq), and have seen hell, only to return with irreparable scars and painful nightmares. When one travels afar for war and has seen a lot of combat, in a country far away from home, no doubt will that person have changed. Unspeakable acts of horrors and violence occur in war – war is not pretty, clean, nor merciful. Some may come back “a-ok” while others may have a hard time getting adjusted to society.

America is a place of limitless opportunities and unsurpassed freedom – paid for dearly with the blood and tears of ordinary women and men of our military, from its infancy to present day. Each branch of the service contributed their part to defending America’s freedom, from the inception of the Marines, Navy and the Army in 1775 to the Air Force in 1947. It’s no small wonder why America is the greatest place on Earth to live: our military.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the unemployment rate among veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 more than double the unemployment rate among non-veterans within the same age. Aaron Smith, from CNN, reported the jobless rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has dropped nearly five percentage points below what it was a year ago, from 12.5% to 7.6% (Smith, 2012). Awareness and education probably contributed to the decline in veteran unemployment these last few months. However, with the war winding down in Afghanistan, the number of troops coming home will rise, adding to the unemployment rate once they look for jobs and try to rejoin the workforce. Today’s veterans are diverse, adapt to different environments, are disciplined, vigilant, and have a strong work ethic – traits that many companies look for in a potential employee. In short – veterans are very employable. We just have to help them make the right connections and arm them with the right tools, so they can continue to succeed in the future. eBenefits.Va.Gov

To help arm veteran with those tools, Hiring our Heroes, a national program of the US Chamber of Commerce, is being brought to Cleveland by the work of the Ohio Department of Veteran Services, Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Cleveland State University, MAGNET and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. All services provided at the event are free. Each company in attendance will be hiring for at least five open positions within their company June 29th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you are an Ohio veteran who is seeking employment and wish to attend, you must register at: [https://hoh.greatjob.net/sc/viewEvent.action?id=298903]. If you need assistance registering, please contact hiringourheroes@uschamber.com.

Miles, D. (2012). Accomplishments in Afghanistan set stage for 2012 progress. American Forces Press Service. Retrieved March 25, 2012 from http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=66944.

Smith, A. (2012). Jobless rate for veterans plunges. CNNMoney. Retrieved March 25, 2012 from http://money.cnn.com/2012/03/15/news/economy/veterans-jobs/index.htm.

Veterans Life Insurance Or Term-Whole Life Insurance Benefits

eBenefits.Va.Gov – It’s normally a great strategy to do a little of study towards the end of service in the armed forces…. There are many benefits that veterans can benefit from the Department of Veterans Affairs or VA as it is commonly called. The first step in getting good veterans insurance is to have a complete physical done at least 120 days before taking a discharge from service.

This will prove beneficial in that the insurance companies will have no grounds to quote higher rates should the veteran decide to seek insurance out of the department’s provisions for the same. It may also pave the way to claim future disability compensation from the department after being discharged. So remember to get yourself a copy of all your medical records from the relevant department and get them certified as well. eBenefits.Va.Gov

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Before setting out to get some private policy from a private life insurance company it is better to understand what you are eligible for from the department of Veteran’s Affairs. Many veterans are entitled to health care, disability compensation, and life insurance too. Though there is a ceiling of 10,000 USD on the total insurance the government issues to a veteran. It may be noted here that veterans holding a ‘Veterans Reopened Insurance’ and those with ‘Veterans Special Life Insurance’ can also purchase additional paid-up cover.

Veterans having contracting disability after their 65th birthday and are likely to stay in that disabled condition for at least six months are entitled to have the premium of their veterans policy waived by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who are permanently disabled should consult with the relevant authority in the VA to have the proceeds or the dividends of their policies delivered to them on a monthly basis. eBenefits.Va.Gov

Veterans also have the advantage of being able to borrow as much as 94 percent of the total value of their veteran’s life policy. This is applicable on their permanent plan by continuing to pay the premium of the policy in force. The interest charged is an adjustable rate that is adjusted on the 1st of October every year. So this works out to a reducing balance, which means that the total interest reduces as the loan amount is paid up gradually.

There are a lot of benefits for veterans when it comes to insurance policies. For more information it is advisable to call the department of veteran’s affairs on their national toll free number and get an update on what you are entitled to and what you are not.

John Fagan is one that will direct you to the lowest possible price for your insurance needs. No matter the type of insurance you need we have it right at the tip of your fingers. Insurance Needs and a very short form Personal and Business needs

Getting Information About Va Loan

eBenefits.Va.Gov – If you’re a veteran, did you already know that you are able to get veteran loans with the some of the lowest rates around? There are so many people who qualify for these types of VA loans, but they may not realize it. These loans are available to veterans who served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as those who were in service during the times of peace between these wars. For more information about what can qualify you for a loan, you can read more about that on the veteran’s affairs website.

There are also differences between getting a veteran loan and just going to the nearest bank for a loan. For veteran loans, there is no need to worry if you don’t have the best credit score because there are no FICO score requirements on the application. You can even get a loan if you are self-employed for your work, but you will just need to provide a few years of tax returns. eBenefits.Va.Gov

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Another benefit for having a veteran loan is that you are going to get a very low interest rate. All loan lenders are competitive for your business and they want to do whatever they can to keep you with their company. Make sure that if you are looking to borrow from an institution that you make yourself aware of the benefits given to veterans and compare them against each other. Get a loan that will make your finances a little easier to manage and keep you free from stress.

Low VA Rates ( http://www.lowvarates.com/ ) helps its clients find low-rate veteran loans.

Billings Farnsworth is a freelance writer.

The Tet Offensive Thru The Eyes of a Vietnam Veteran

eBenefits.Va.Gov – The Tet Offensive began on February 1, 1968. At that time I was assigned to a 4th Division unit out at LZ Baldy, a lonely firebase south of Danang. One of my jobs there was the unit pay officer. In those days soldiers were paid once per month, in cash by a unit pay officer.

I loved that job because we had people at LZ Baldy, a few down at the “Big City” of Qui Nhon at the depot there, some back at the Division base camp at Pleiku and a few blind Toms up at Kon Tum further up in the mountains.

The job required me to go to each of these places each month to pay the troops. I got to travel all over that part of the country from the beautiful coast line to the mountains of the Central Highlands. For a country boy who had barely ventured out of the State of Florida at that time it was a wonderful adventure to see the Oriental culture up close.

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The first of February came around that year and I prepared to carry out my pay officer duties totally unaware of the ominous event that was about to unfold. eBenefits.Va.Gov

The Tet Offensive of 1968 as the historians call it was actually a last ditch effort by General Giap to defeat the Americans badly enough to run them out of the country so they could complete their takeover of Indo-China.

The Americans had been there in force about two and one half years at that time. It had become clear to General Giap he could not beat the Americans on the battlefield. Now they could hurt us from time to time as at I Drang Valley or Dak To but they could not beat us.

So he decided to roll the dice and gamble everything he had on one bold move hoping to beat the Americans badly enough to drive us out of the country.

He called forth all his soldiers from where they were hiding in the caves, rat holes and septic tanks out in the hinterlands and on that day attacked every city and town of any size in the country… All the way from Dong Ha and Quang Tri up near the DMZ down to Cam Lo south of Saigon.

You had to admit it was an impressive military operation.

Where we were out at lonely LZ Baldy during the entire Tet Offensive we received one measly 60 mm mortar round… Didn’t think much about it because that was par for the course out there but strange things were happening.

We began to get reports of major fighting going on in the cities including Saigon. They even occupied the American Embassy for an hour or two. It was unusual because in the past all the major fighting was conducted out in the hills or rice paddies… only occasionally did anything happen in the towns.

That news did not deter me from carrying out my pay officer duties that month… So as usual I went to the Finance Office and picked up that big pile of money and as usual paid the troops at LZBaldy and then as usual took a C130 flight down to Qui Nhon and that flight took me straight into the Twilight Zone.

I encountered an incredible scenario of death and destruction as I traveled through the country. It looked like the aftermath of a man-made hurricane Andrew. Everywhere I went it was the same. They were hauling away semi-truck loads of dead bodies. It was a terrible event. eBenefits.Va.Gov

What started out as a very ambitious, well executed offensive quickly turned into a colossal and total defeat for the North Vietnamese Army. In two days they lost over 50,000 soldiers killed. They held no town or city longer than two days except for the city of Hue where it took the Marines and the First Cavalry Division 4 days to root them out of the old citadel in that city.

This outcome devastated General Giap and he was ready to pull out of the war and lay low for 5 or 10 years and return when the conditions were right. Communists and socialists never quit… they just law low for a while. But something happened that changed his mind.

Anyone want to guess what it was?

Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America went on the CBS Evening News and after reporting on the Tet Offensive looked out at the America people and pronounced “WE HAVE LOST THE WAR.”

When I heard that I was flabbergasted, amazed and staggered just like the time I read a warning on a cigarette lighter to keep away from open flames.

I thought: what in the world was Cronkite talking about? They had thrown everything they had at us and we beat the stew out of them. I wondered how in the world he could come up with such a conclusion (I have my theories).

At the time I was thinking if Cronkite thinks we lost the war as a result of the Tet Offensive we should lose everyday and after about four days there would not be any of the North Vietnamese left to fight.

Now I think maybe Walter should be nominated for the Lois Lerner Honesty Award.

Mack Payne is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. Recently he wrote a book titled “Vietnam Veteran Memoirs.” Today his is an award winning speaker, writer and publisher. Discover more about him and his book at http://www.vietnamcopy.com

Va Administration Medical Malpractice

eBenefits.Va.Gov – The men & women that don military uniforms to protect and serve the USA are truly hometown heroes who are owed a great debt of gratitude. These brave souls put their lives on the line to ensure our freedoms are protected and do so with honor. Because of their great sacrifice, as well as the sacrifices made by their families, our government has put certain programs into place to ensure they are cared for when they return back to American soil.

One such program that has been designed under federal law is for veterans of the United States, as well as their families, to receive medical care in Veteran Administration (VA) hospitals throughout the country. These facilities should provide nothing but the best of the best care for our men and women in uniform. Unfortunately, these medical outlets have been the subject of a bit of concern as of late. Medical malpractice through the Veteran Administration is increasing in number, with many reports of serious injuries and even deaths being suffered.

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If you or someone you know has been harmed because of medical malpractice through the Veteran Administration, you must understand that you do have legal rights and you may be entitled to seek monetary compensation for your damages. You should not hesitate to contact a caring and qualified personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases. He or she can review your case details and help you to decide how best to proceed. eBenefits.Va.Gov

Medical negligence or mistakes at the hands of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional in Veteran Administration medical facilities can cause serious consequences for patients. Conditions in the hospitals that are not ideal or sanitary can cause a spreading of infections which can be deadly, and having staff that is not properly trained can cause errors with medication, surgical mistakes, misdiagnoses, and other serious issues. Some of the other reasons for medical malpractice in a Veteran Administration medical facility can include the following: patient care that is considered to be inadequate, hospital conditions that are unhealthy or that are not properly sanitized, hospital settings that are not properly staffed or have a staff that is overworked, interns that are not supervised by higher ranking physicians, and equipment that is not properly maintained or not properly sanitized.

If you are a United States veteran or a family member who has been harmed because of negligence on the part of a medical professional at a VA hospital or medical facility, you may be able to file a lawsuit against those responsible, as well as the federal government. This type of action is allowed under the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA), and helps to provide those injured with compensation. Compensation can be sought for past, present, and future medical bills, a loss of income capacity, pain and suffering, as well as for other damages.

Each patient who wishes to file a legal claim against the VA must do so by filing an administrative claim that documents the full amount of damages in monetary form that they are seeking. When the claim has been filed, the Veteran Administration has a period of six months to deny the claim or accept responsibility and arrange for a settlement. If the claim is denied, the claimant can then continue to take action by filing a malpractice lawsuit with the federal court system.

According to the guidelines set forth under the FTCA, claimants have a period of two years from the time the injury has been discovered to file a claim. Before taking any action, it is recommended that each claimant speak with a personal injury attorney who is experienced in this area of the law to ensure all guidelines are followed and all legal rights are protected in their entirety. Lawsuits involving large agencies such as the Veteran Administration can be extremely complex and chock full of complicated deadlines. Because of the intricacies of these cases you should not attempt to file on your own without legal assistance. Doing so could cause you to miss one important detail, which will completely derail your case. eBenefits.Va.Gov

Hiring a personal injury attorney who specializes in cases such as these may just be the very best thing you can do to protect your interests, and the interests of your family. By hiring this type of professional you can rest assured that all aspects of your case are being handled properly, from start to finish and that no detail is being overlooked. A personal injury attorney will review the details of your case, design a plan for course of action, file all necessary legal documents, collect evidence and medical records, and even arrange for experts to testify if necessary.

Large agencies such as the Veteran Administration, as well as medical professionals have plenty of legal counsel at their disposal who work hard to protect them at all times. You should have the same type of assistance in your corner, and you should not have to worry about being bullied into going away, or having your case dismissed. Taking the extra step to hire a personal injury attorney will allow your case to be taken much more seriously.

Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay any legal fees upfront as your case is progressing throughout the legal system. This one fact alone can remove a great deal of the stress and worry surrounding a lawsuit, and will allow you to focus your attention on more important matters such as your personal health and recover, or spending time with your loved ones.

Personal injury attorneys cannot undo the harm that has come to you or your loved one, but they can help you to receive the justice you deserve in order to help rebuild the pieces of your life that have been broken. Medical negligence should never be allowed to go unpunished for any reason, and taking action helps to protect others as well as yourself.

If you have been harmed due to VA Medical Malpractice please visit http://www.feldmanshepherd.com

Va Benefits

eBenefits.Va.Gov – The Department of Veterans Affairs under the guide lines of the GI Bill of Rights gives the brave men & women who have served their country opportunities to enhance their civilian lives. The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act 0f 1944, also known as the GI Bill of Rights was officially signed into law on June 22nd 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This newly enacted law was and still is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA benefits afforded to our veterans include continuing education, medical assistance through the Veterans Hospital, home financing, life insurance and more. These programs are designed to aid all our veterans in need of help in acclimating in civilian life. As of August 2009 the Post 9/11 GI Bill was passed to include financing of education that includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in higher education. Vocational and technical training is also provided. This program also offers tutorial assistance and will pay for any certification and licensing fees that are approved under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Eligibility for these benefits can be transferred to a spouse, a child or children or any combination of spouse and children. eBenefits.Va.Gov

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From education to medical benefits to financial help, these programs have been developed to insure that the men and women who have served their country will have every opportunity to further themselves once they leave the military. Every man and woman that has served their country should contact their local Veteran’s office to see what opportunities are eligible for or check out the web sites for the Veterans Administration and the GI Bill.

Celebrate the brave men and women who serve in all our military branches, honor all the heroes of our armed forces. If you know anyone that served their country during war or is a member of the armed forces presently, show your appreciation for their devotion, their steadfast to stand with their country in defending its freedoms. eBenefits.Va.Gov

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The Revamped Military Spouse Benefits Under The GI Bill

eBenefits.Va.Gov – The GI Bill of Rights has been heralded as one of the most significant pieces of legislation ever produced by the federal government. The original bill officially titled the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, was an omnibus bill that imparted military spouse benefits to World War II veterans in the form of providing college or vocational education. Congress, in 2008 approved an extension of benefits to the then existing bill for military veterans serving since September 11, 2001. The present GI Bill, now renamed the Post 9-11 GI Bill, contains greatly expanded benefits, including full cost of education in any public college in the beneficiary’s state of residence. In addition, the benefits include housing allowance and USD 1,000 a year stipend for books.

Military serving personnel and their families, including military veterans still have many questions regarding the revised benefits contained in the Post 9-11 GI Bill. eBenefits.Va.Gov

Here Are Answers To Some Frequently Asked Questions.

From When Is The New Bill In Effect And How Does One Apply?

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The Post 9-11 GI Bill is in effect from August 1, 2009. Those who want to apply can download the VA Form 22-1990 from the Internet and follow the directions mentioned therein. The bill is not retroactive and covers only those classes and programs completed after July 31, 2009.

What Are The Eligibility Criteria?

The candidates must have served a minimum of 90 days active duty as a member of the Armed Forces after September 10, 2001. The eligibility also covers those who served as a result of a call or order to active duty from a reserve component such as the National Guard and Reserve. However, some exceptions apply, the details of which can be had from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Are The Levels Of Benefits Uniform For Everyone Or Do They Vary Depending On The Length Of Service?

The amount of stipend and tuitions paid under the Post 9-11 GI Bill varies according to the length of service. Roughly, the Military Spouse Benefits vary from 40% for 90 or more days of service to 100% for 36 or more total months.

What Are The Military Spouse Benefits In The New Educational Assistance Program?

The Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits include up to 100% paid tuition, an allowance of up to $1,000 a year for books and a monthly housing stipend. If the beneficiary attends less than the full time, he or she will receive a proportionately less amount based on the units of study. There are certain additional benefits such as tutorial assistance up to $100 per month, a onetime payment of $500 for veterans to pursue a course with some applicable conditions for residence and travel to the place of study. eBenefits.Va.Gov

For any other clarifications on Military Spouse Benefits, you may refer to the website of The United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

The government has reposed faith in the armed forces personnel by revamping the GI Bill. A welcome part is the new bill expires after 15 years from the last discharge compared to 10 years in the earlier Montgomery GI Bill.

GI-DEGREES.com provides exhaustive information to serving military spouse benefits of Post 9-11 GI Bill, including benefits on tuition costs, stipends and monetary allowances for purchase of books and school supplies.

Top 10 Ways Anyone Can Do to Help Veterans in Need

eBenefits.Va.Gov – As a veteran who is committed to helping other veterans, I am often asked what I do to help veterans, especially those in other countries. It really depends. With 21.6 million veterans in the U.S. alone, veterans have a wide variety of problems. However, it really doesn’t matter whether you are in the U.S. or in the country of one of our allies. Many of these problems are the same: homelessness, benefits issues health care, access to jobs and suicide.

Although these problems are complex and seem insurmountable, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make an effort to solve these problems. Even though we can’t help all veterans because some don’t want help, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make an effort to get involved and help those who are struggling.

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The number of ways to help veterans is as numerous as veterans. However, these 10 ways that involve very little time, money or effort on your part and yet will reap huge benefits.

1. Inspire

For some veterans, it is as simple as helping them feel better about themselves. Some have been told that they were fighting for oppressive governments and beliefs while others have been spit on or insulted because they were either drafted or chose to fight in what others considered unjust wars. Regardless of the reason, these veterans need to hear that their service mattered. Often sent off to war as teenagers, many didn’t serve or fight for a government or an idea. For them, it was about defending their countries and families. eBenefits.Va.Gov

Understand that it is true there have been oppressive regimes like the NAZI regime during World War II. Regimes like these though were aggressors. They were trying to dominate their neighbors. For the U.S. and her allies, which include the Australians, the British and the South Africans, it is more about defending homes and families or fighting terrorism.

2. Volunteer

Regardless of what country you are in, there are always volunteer opportunities available for you. The first place to start to find out about these opportunities, if you are outside the U.S., is the veterans organizations in your country. Many allied countries have a Legion you may contact to find out what is available. For those in the U.S., not only can you volunteer through organizations, but VA facilities also have an extensive network of opportunities available that are flexible and allow you to customize your volunteer opportunity.

3. Listen

It is easier now than ever to connect with other veterans all over the world with social sites like Facebook. Thousands of groups on every topic related to veterans are available. Sometimes veterans post their problems on these boards, making it easy to know who needs help so you can reach out to them privately and volunteer to listen. Others may not be able to come out and say exactly what the problem is. These require patience when you reach out to them. If you demonstrate your willingness to listen, some will come to you. Most just need to vent or want you to listen so be careful about giving advice, and don’t betray their confidences. eBenefits.Va.Gov

4. Understand

This seems to be the biggest complaint that veterans have, especially here in the U.S. VA staff, often civilians, have no frame of reference for what military service is like. Because of it, they often give advice that is either thoughtless or irrelevant to the situation. Many veterans, myself included, don’t often feel comfortable trying to talk to civilians about our experiences. Sometimes just knowing you share similar experiences is all it takes to connect.

5. Answer questions

If you are familiar with the veterans’ system in your country, especially if you know how to navigate the system, then your knowledge is invaluable to other veterans. Again, with social networks, you have the opportunity to connect with a large number of veterans. Since many of the same questions are often asked, then you may want to write the answers down. All it takes is basic writing skills, and you can share those answers easily.

6. Donate your knowledge

This is different from simply answering questions. If you have special skills, including business building, job hunting or resume writing, you may be able to help veterans in these areas. Connecting with the right groups on social networks makes it easy to donate your knowledge.

7. Buy veteran created products

There are millions of veterans owned businesses owned by writers, artists and others who produce an amazing array of goods as well as providing services like travel and web design. Often these businesses aren’t well marketed and so many are struggling. Ask around within the veterans community to find out what is available.

8. Join the right organizations

Some of the organizations within the veterans’ community are nothing more than feel good organizations. They don’t really do anything. Others, like the Legion, actually help veterans within their communities as well as do advocacy work. Many charity organizations are also available that offer everything from advocacy to mentoring and helping veterans find jobs and resources within their communities. Before choosing an organization to join, make sure you check to make sure the organization’s goals are in line with yours and that it actually provides the help it says it does.

9. Give money

Let’s face it. Not everyone has the time to help. Some don’t feel comfortable working with others. You can still help by giving money, no matter how little you give. Every little bit helps. Although money isn’t always the answer to veterans’ issues, sometimes it can be used to provide invaluable help. eBenefits.Va.Gov

10. Get involved

Even if you are doing one of the other things on this list, it’s still important to get involved in advocating the government to improve conditions for veterans. You may consider joining an organization like the Warfighter Rights Movement or other organizations involved in advocating for veterans.

Regardless of what you choose to do, there are plenty of ways to help veterans. Choose the opportunity that is right for you and get started. With 22 veterans a day committing suicide in the U.S. alone, veterans need you.

Want to get involved? Then make sure you read the blog and sign up for the list for further opportunities, as well as get additional news about the veterans community: Military Veterans Worldwide. Want to connect with fellow veterans, or show your support? Then join our social site. It’s free: MilitaryVeteransWorldwide.club.