Thursday, February 6, 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter | February 2020

Blue Water Navy | Finding a New Career | Black History Month | VBA Webcast | Volunteer with DAV

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February 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter

Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. hosts webcast

Watch Our New Webcast Online 

View the latest update from the Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. Learn about the Veterans Benefits Administration's accomplishments and challenges from the first quarter of 2020, as well as what's to come this year!

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Eight Ways to Avoid Fraud

Scammers use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. VA is actively working to protect Veterans, their survivors, and dependents from fraud, but the best line of defense against this criminal activity is you! Learn how to stay a step ahead of scams.

U.S. Veteran standing by a ship

Blue Water Navy Benefits

As of Jan. 1, 2020, VA extends benefits to Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam, or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during a certain time period, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange. Learn what the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act means for you.

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Training for a New Career

VA VR&E assists service members and Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment barrier prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers, or maintain a life of independence. Learn how the VR&E program can help you prepare for your future!

U.S. Army Veteran, Norman R. Smith

Keeping Black History Alive

Veteran, Norman Smith, shares his passion for recording and preserving history. Smith has researched historical Black figures so that he may inspire others with their stories. His exhibit is currently on display in honor of Black History Month.
DAV centennial banner and Veteran, Harlan Plummer

Going Strong: 100 Year Milestones for DAV 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has been making strides in protecting the rights and changing needs of Veterans for almost 100 years. In January, DAV staff hosted a surprise party to help local volunteer Harlan Plummer celebrate his 100th birthday in style. Plummer, a retired World War II (WWII), Korea, and Vietnam Veteran has spent an impressive 11,000 lifetime hours volunteering with DAV. With nearly 1,300 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV offers a wide range of opportunities for you to get involved. Learn more about what DAV has in store for 2020 and find out how you can volunteer your time here!

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