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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Scientists Hunt For A Test To Diagnose Chronic Brain Injury In Living People

A small study involved seven military personnel — five veterans and two active duty — who'd had brain injuries and experienced CTE-type symptoms, such as memory loss and mood swings.

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

DMVA DigestJuly 18, 201

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsJuly 18, 2018

 DMVA News 

Cabinet In Your Community Event Coming To University Of Pittsburgh-Greensburg: 

Governor Tom Wolf cabinet officials fro...

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Understanding VA Minimum Property Requirements

The VA minimum property requirements for mortgages backed through the veterans benefits program can help determine whether the property you’re considering qualifies for a VA loan.

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Postcards Warning of Tricare Dental Changes Are in the Mail

Military retirees should soon find a postcard in their mailboxes reminding them that Tricare's retiree dental program will shutter later this year.

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Conor Lamb, House subcommittee will help steer VA's electronic record keeping

Congressman Conor Lamb on Thursday was named ranking member of a newly formed House subcommittee that will oversee technology projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including its creation of a modernized electronic record system.

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Big tax refunds coming for 130,000 veterans

More than 130,000 veterans are receiving letters on how to apply for refunds of taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991 — a minimum of $1,750 per veteran.

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Veterans Picnic Friday, July 20th for 54th District

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If you served in the military or know someone who did, and you reside  in the 54th District, Rep. Eli Evankovich would like to honor you at a VETERANS APPRECIATION PICNIC:

Friday, July 20

Noon-2 pm

Northmoreland Park Pavilion 8

280 Markle Rd

Apollo, P...

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Posted on: July 14, 2018

Smartphone feature provides immediate access to Veterans Crisis Line

 VA is excited to announce that service members and Veterans can connect to the Veterans Crisis Line using these simple words. The Siri function on Apple’s iPhone and the Google Assistant function on Android phones now automatically dia...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Greensburg Vietnam veteran to receive American Legion's Blue Cap award

A Greensburg man is the 2018 recipient of the John C. “Ace” Mann Blue Cap of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors given by the Pennsylvania American Legion.

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

Second Lt. Justin Lewis greets on-lookers of a Veterans Day parade Nov. 11, 2013, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsJuly 11, 2018

 DMVA News 

Honoring Our Veterans With Special License Plates: 

With the warmer weather and longer days bringing increased travel, ...

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

White Valley AMVETS (Murrysville) will host blood drive on July 22

The White Valley AMVETS Post 85 Ladies Auxiliary will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22 at the AMVETS Post, 2100 Carolina St. in Murrysville.

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Making $en$e of Finance for the Military Community

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Posted on: July 11, 2018

VA Partnership with National Cancer Institute Will Boost Veteran Access to Clinical Trials

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has formed a partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) which will provide more access to the latest treatment options for VA patients with cancer.

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Harrison City couple will host Army Ranger remembrance service at backyard memorial

State Rep. George Dunbar, R-56th, remembers the first time he saw James Bell's memorial to the Army's K Company, 75th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division , in Bell's Harrison City backyard.

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh installs new commander

The Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed a new district commander Col. Andrew J. (Coby) Short on Friday.

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Changes coming to Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program

Effective August 1, 2018, the entitlement available under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program will be reduced from 45 months to 36 months, but in October, the monthly allowance for eligible reci...

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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Washington Facility Ready To Start Helping Veterans In Need

WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — A grand opening for the new “Patriot House” in Washington County was held Tuesday. The facility helps homeless veterans.

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Posted on: July 5, 2018

New device offers solution for ringing in ears

The Levo System retrains the brain to ignore noise by recreating each patient’s unique ringing sound. A recent study reported improvement after three months.

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

Learn how to help a fellow servicemember or veteran in crisis

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If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking about suicide, contact the toll-free, 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line to speak with a trained, caring VA responder. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Cha...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Invites New Members

Those who have served honorably with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, The Women's Army Corps, or those who have served or are serving honorably in the US Army, the US Army Reserve or the Army National Guard of the US are eligible for membership.

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Leechburg residents earn top employee awards from Pittsburgh Veterans Healthcare System

Two Leechburg residents won top employee awards from the Pittsburgh Veterans Healthcare System.

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Posted on: July 5, 2018

White Valley AMVETS Golf Outing Saturday, Sept. 8

Golf Outing Sept. 8

Murrysville Golf Club

3804 Sardis Rd Murrysville, PA

9 am Shotgun Start (Scramble)

$80 per golfer

Hotdog and drink at the turn, dinner following at White Valley AMVETS, 2100 Carolina St., Export,  PA  15632

Questions? aakemerer@gmail.com or 7...

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Posted on: June 28, 2018

Belle Vernon man will lead veteran bike ride from Pittsburgh to D.C. this weekend

Considering the sacrifice many veterans have made for the country, biking a few hundred miles to Washington, D.C., doesn't seem like such a big deal.

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Posted on: June 28, 2018

DMVA Registry June 27, 2018

Events in Westmoreland County and nearby:

Veterans Town Hall On The Move - Westmoreland County: 

- June 28, 2018, 6 p.m.- American Legion Post 344, 109 S. 5th St., Jeannette, PA (Westmoreland County)- Point of contact: Liz Zemba at Elizabeth.Zemba@...

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Save the date: Pittsburgh Stand Down, Sept. 22

Stand Down poster 2018

Saturday, Sept. 22

8 am to 3 pm

State AE, 400 North Shore Dr., PIttsburgh 15212

Free breakfast, haircuts, lunch, hot showers, food pantry, ID Cards, reps from VA Healthcare & Benefits, more. See flyer for details.

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Nonprofit seeks volunteers to help sew holiday stockings for overseas military members

Nonprofit group Military Connections is seeking volunteers as its members gear up for their annual sewing day, creating stockings that will be stuffed and shipped to military men and women stationed overseas at Christmas time.

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Unity's Zamosky elected president of Pennsylvania county veteran affairs offices

Matt Zamosky of Unity was named to head the state organization that represents county veteran affairs offices

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Matt Zamosky, MSgt, USAF Ret., named President of Pennsylvania State Association of County Directors

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Matt Zamosky, MSgt, USAF Ret., named President of Pennsylvania State Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs 

Greensburg, 26 June 2018—Westmoreland County Director of Veteran Affairs Matt Zamosky assumed the duties of the Pen...

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

George HW Bush enlists help of new service dog Sully

The Bush dynasty added another member Monday: Sully HW Bush, a yellow Lab service dog for former President Bush. Sully was trained by America's VetDogs, which provides service dogs at no cost to veterans, active-duty service members with disabilities

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Take Our Survey: Share Your Opinion on TRICARE and Military Health Care

MOAA wants to know about your experience with military health care and the TRICARE program. We need all beneficiaries to take an important survey. MOAA will use the data to help shape legislation directly impacting your earned health care benefits.

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Tricare Change Woes? Take This Survey

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) need your help getting your top concerns and worries about this year's Tricare changes in front of lawmakers. http://survey.highroadsolution.com/f/1258254/5d3f/

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Vietnam Vets – The Warriors No One Wanted to Thank

Pittsburgh Magazine--When veterans returned from Vietnam, they didn't often hear the phrase “Thank you for your service.” But now, Pittsburgh veterans think people are learning to separate the war from the warrior.

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

VAPHS offers direct scheduling

Direct Scheduling

Veterans enrolled at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System can now schedule routine appointments in a number of specialties without first seeing their primary care physician.

Direct scheduling gets Veterans the care they need sooner by eliminati...

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Nine VA Programs Receive Awards for Innovation in Health IT

WASHINGTON — Nine U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs were recently recognized for outstanding innovations in federal health technology at an awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Vet Realtor Pulls Alarm On Plan To Fund 'Blue Water' Navy Bill

House plan to pay for a bill to extend Agent Orange disability benefits to 90,000 Blue Water Navy veterans of the Vietnam War will not continue to shield all disabled veterans from a funding fee.

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Warrior Games competitor Raina Hockenberry has a message for the world

"The idea of not wearing a uniform and not standing beside people who are willing to give their life for what we believe in, that's something I can't imagine. "

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

VA issues new policy to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending

The act helps protect borrowers from the dangers associated with repeatedly refinancing their home loans.

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

VA Provides Reorganization Plan to Strengthen and Modernize Department

Plan would streamline small business programs and enhance Veteran-owned small business opportunities.

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

DMVA Digest 20 June 2018

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsJune 20, 2018

  

Veteran Events 

This listing is offered as a service to individuals and organizations to promote their veteran and military-orie...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

VA Releases National Suicide Data Report

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report yields several important insights.

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

The Army splits with a West Point grad from New Castle who wrote ‘Communism will win’

The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara.

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

Tips for Military Parenting Generation Z

There is a moment in parenting when you realize that you no longer have the advantage, and you now know absolutely nothing.

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Posted on: June 15, 2018

DMVA Digest June 13, 2018

   A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs 

  DMVA News

PA Women Veterans Survey Open Through Midnight, June 18, 2018:

The Wolf Administration is working to identify the needs and unique...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 15, 2018

VA Issues New Policy to Protect Veteran Homeowners from Predatory Lending

 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a new policy implementing the May 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending practices...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 13, 2018

A friend's paw: Veterans celebrate with their service dogs

The Florida-based nonprofit that has partnered highly trained service dogs with 21 local military veterans will break ground in October on a multimillion-dollar dog breeding and training facility in Robinson, Washington County.

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

National Law Review synposist of VA Mission Act

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, President Trump signed into law the “John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Networks Act” a.k.a. the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (“VAMA”).

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Posted on: June 11, 2018

VA Rates High on Patient Satisfaction in National Survey

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has once again achieved high scores when it comes to patient satisfaction, according to the independent 2013 American Customer Satisfaction Index.

The 2013 ACSI assesses the satisfaction of Veterans who have recently...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Army develops algorithm for the 'perfect' dose of caffeine

Whether you drink coffee or not....

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Landmark legislation to reshape health care for veterans

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Wednesday paving the way for a major overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs and expanding access for veterans to VA-funded medical care in the private sector.

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

DMVA Digest June 6, 2018

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

 DMVA News 

Residents, Family Members and Staff Honored During Veterans Homes Week: 

Pennsylvania’s six veterans homes, operated by the Pennsylva...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 4, 2018

White House approves VA plan to offer mental health care for transitioning servicemembers

The White House approved a plan for three federal agencies to provide more mental health services to servicemembers transitioning from the military, a population at increased risk for suicide, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday.

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Posted on: May 31, 2018

Understanding VA Minimum Property Requirements

The VA minimum property requirements for mortgages backed through the veterans benefits program can help determine whether the property you’re considering qualifies for a VA loan.

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Posted on: May 31, 2018

FEMALE VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP

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EVERY MONDAY | 1 TO 3 PM
FEMALE VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP
WHITE OAK VET CENTER
2001 LINCOLN WAY | WHITE OAK PA 15131

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Posted on: May 29, 2018

Veteran victim of East Deer glass plant closure lands job with help of state CareerLink

Changing jobs is nothing new for Tim Vogle.
After spending 12 years in the Air Force and a brief time in civil aviation, the Allegheny Township man in the 1990s transferred the skills he'd honed while maintaining aircraft to keeping machinery running...

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Posted on: May 22, 2018

GI Bill Rates Changing in August

Today the VA announced the Post-9/11 GI Bill rates for the 2018 - 2019 school year. These rates will be effective on August 1, 2018. The Montgomery GI Bill and Dependents' Education Assistance programs will see a rate change on October 1, 2018.

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Posted on: May 17, 2018

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs May 17, 2018

 DMVA News 

Pennsylvania Adjutant General Honors Our Heroes During National Military Appreciation Month: 

Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and V...

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Posted on: May 17, 2018

Get the Veterans' Resource Guide

State Vets Guide

Download the 2018 Guide from the PA Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs, which includes information on a wide variety of state programs, benefits and services.

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

5 Things I Wish I Did During the First Year After Military Transition

May 8, 2018 

By  Jason Roncoroni via Linkedin

  

I remember what it felt like to get that last stamp on my clearing papers. After more than two decades of service, the subtlety of that final act seemed somewhat anticlimact...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall coming to McKeesport

The Wall that Heals, a traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica will be coming to McKeesport this summer.
Aug. 9-Aug. 12, the Wall replica will be on display at Jimmy Long Field in Renziehauzen Park in McKeesport.

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Posted on: May 9, 2018

Applying for Veterans Benefits Should Never Come with a Fee

Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans’ benefits, according to the DMVA. Federal & state law makes provisions for accredited veterans service organizations to provide free advice and assistance.

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Posted on: May 9, 2018

Benefits basics: Tricare procedures and eligibility requirements

Unlike other military benefits, the Tricare program has undergone a major overhaul. As beneficiaries sort out which plan suits their health care needs — and how much more they might be paying—here’s a look at how it works and what your options are.

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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Mausoleum flag holders available for Veterans ahead of Memorial Day

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May 7, 2018, Greensburg, The Latrobe Bulletin—The Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs department is making available a limited number of free flag holders to decorate Veterans’ mausoleums this Memorial Day. The holders are American-ma...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Seeking a career—not just a job—after military service? CASY can help

Navy Veteran Gene Bradshaw is on a mission.

Bradshaw served as an NFO during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, leaving active duty in 1997. Now he helps them put the puzzle pieces together of a ‘second career’, with a particular focus on strengthening networking...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Pennsylvania Offers New License Plate Honoring PA National Guard

Pennsylvania Offers New License Plate Honoring PA National Guard

Completes assortment available to Pennsylvania residents for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces

Harrisburg, PA – Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have a new way ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 27, 2018

Camp Lejeune Water Veteran & Family Health & Disability Benefits

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In the 1980's, contaminants were found in several wells that provided drinking water at Camp Lejeune, NC. See the flyer for eligibility info, qualifying conditions, and disability compensation information.

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Military Times Veterans Benefits e-book available now

This year’s Benefits Guide will help service members, veterans & family members navigate some of the changes made to their benefits programs, and provide an overview of other offerings — military child care to moving help to home loans, and many more.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Veterans eligible to receive free cybersecurity training

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Hire Our Heroes have teamed up to offer training for Veterans in cybersecurity, in support of Veterans join our nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

VA Launches New No-Cost IT Training Programs

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Service members and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training progra...Read on...

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