Tuesday, December 10, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Help #FinishtheFight to #AxeWidowsTax

Update:More than 65,000 surviving military spouses and dependents are unjustly required to forfeit up to $1,319 of earned benefits every month. The message the aptly termed "Widow's Tax" sends to serv

More than 65,000 surviving military spouses and dependents are unjustly required to forfeit up to $1,319 of earned benefits every month. The message the aptly termed "Widow's Tax" sends to service members, veterans, and their families is that our government salutes their service while in uniform, but they cost too much if they die on active duty or from service-connected conditions. 

For the first time ever, a provision to eliminate the Widow's Tax has been included in this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 
WE NEED YOU! HELP US #FinishtheFight and correct this egregious wrong once and for all.
Take Action:
Contact your members of Congress and urge them to pass the FY2020 NDAA! Tell them that Congress has the opportunity to #FinishtheFight to #AxeWidowsTax and make military surviving spouses whole!


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Thursday, December 5, 2019

DoD to extend Commissary/BX/MWR privileges to Veterans, MISSION Act Urgent Care, Lay Wreaths on Veteran Graves

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National Wreaths Across America Day is December 14th

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization that has coordinated laying Christmas wreaths on Veteran's graves every year since 2007. Their mission involves honoring and remembering Veterans around the holiday season. You can get involved and volunteer to lay wreaths!


Veterans need Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) to access bases for commissary/BX/MWR privileges

The Defense Department has announced expanded Commissary, Military Service Exchange and MWR access for Veterans on Jan. 1 and established a standard for physical access to military installations.


K9s for Warriors provides service dogs for Post-9/11 Veterans

K9s for Warriors is a non-profit organization that provides trained service dogs for Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma related to their service. The group helps to end Veteran suicide and to restore dignity and independence to those who have served in the military.


Continuing the Fight: Veterans at the CIA

Veterans comprise nearly 15% of CIA's workforce, and the CIA continues to serve alongside our military partners across the globe. CIA, the broader Intelligence Community, and the American people benefit from the insight and impact of Veterans who bring to their work a wealth of experience and knowledge.


VA MISSION Act: Answers to questions about VA's urgent care benefit

How do I find the nearest in-network community urgent care provider?

There are no urgent care clinics in my area. What do I do?

How do I know if I need urgent care or emergency care?


Borne The Battle: Wayne Hanson

As Christmas draws near, Army Veteran Wayne Hanson reminds us to honor our Veterans during the holiday season. Every year on December 14th, Wreaths Across America celebrates Wreath Day by placing wreaths for fallen Veterans. Hanson discusses his work with Wreaths Across America and his desire to help these fallen soldiers be remembered.



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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

MI veterans can have voices heard, get benefits info at Listening Sessions

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Michigan Veteran:

You can have your voice heard and get valuable information on federal and state benefits and services that may be available to you at the first round of MVAA's Listening Sessions, being held through Nov. 19.

The informal sessions are free and open to all Veterans. MVAA Director Zaneta Adams and experts in Veteran resources will be on hand to provide information and answer questions on Veteran-specific topics.

Upcoming sessions will be in St. Johns, Detroit, Muskegon, Taylor, Warren, Bloomfield Township, Ypsilanti, Flint and Saginaw. For Veterans in the Upper Peninsula, stay tuned for more information on Listening Sessions coming your way.

For more information, call 1-800-MICH-VET or Andy Henion with the MVAA at 517-284-5228.

Thank you for your service, and we hope to see you there!
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