Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Amtrak Discounts for Veterans, Quit-smoking resources, TAPS helping survivors

VA facilities are now smoke free

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Amtrak offers Veteran, military member discounts

Veterans can enjoy a 10% savings on rail fares across the entire Amtrak network. Enjoy onboard amenities such as a Café Car, WiFi, power outlets and spacious seating for a comfortable ride on your next trip.
To take advantage of this offer, select "Military Veteran" as your traveler type on the booking widget online. The 10% discount will automatically apply to fares when qualifying travel is selected.


'Where to start?' – The VA Welcome Kit

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Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors often ask, "Where do I start?" 
Whether you or your loved one just got out or you hung up the uniform years ago, the VA Welcome Kit can guide you to the benefits and services you've earned.



Smoke Free Resources 

Smoke Free Vet Doug
Overwhelming evidence shows smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke create significant medical risks. 
As of October 1, 2019, all VA campuses are smoke free.
Veterans who want to quit smoking have resources available through VA, including SmokefreeVET, a text messaging program that provides 24/7 support to help Veterans quit tobacco for good.


VA Podcast: Dr. Albert Weed, Green Beret Medic to Army Medical Officer to VA Surgeon

Dr. Albert Weed, Borne the Battle podcast episode 167
This week's Borne the Battle podcast features Dr. Albert Weed, whose career has taken him from enlisted Green Beret Army medic to an Army medical officer to VA surgeon.
Weed discussed his name, and how his family's military background and medical experiences led him to, among other things, peacekeeping in Egypt, swimming in Saddam Hussein's pool, and receiving four different DD-214s.


Veteran portraits by former President available on mobile app

GWBush portraits of courage
Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors, painted by another Veteran, President George W. Bush are on display at the Kennedy Center through Nov. 15, 2019. 
The collection highlights 98 post-9/11 Veterans painted by the former president, himself an Air Force Veteran.
There's also a free mobile app to view the art work. 


National Resource Directory
Did you know the National Resource Directory has more than 14,000 vetted resources available to you right now? Featured Resource: TAPS
Losing a loved one significantly impacts the lives of families and friends. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. 

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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

Learn how RallyPoint can help you and other members of the Veteran community. Connect with Veterans about mild to moderate TBIs. Discuss with Veterans the symptoms of un-undiagnosed brain injuries. Learn ways to get free R&R style PTSD treatment

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