Print & Post: Week of May 25, 2009
New Guide to Getting Credit for Service
The American Council on Education (ACE) recently released a new
publication to assist servicemembers and veterans in understanding
how academic credit can be awarded by institutions of higher
education for learning acquired through military training and
occupational experiences. A Transfer Guide: Understanding Your
Military Transcript and ACE Credit Recommendations provides simple,
straightforward guidance on understanding military credit
recommendations and transcripts and includes definitions of common
terms, answers to frequently asked questions, and a transfer credit
Get more information on Military.com.
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Study Focuses on Combat-related Nightmares
Madigan Army Medical Center is conducting a first-of-its-kind study
on reducing combat-related nightmares among returning Soldiers from
Iraq and Afghanistan. Researchers are looking into an inexpensive,
generic drug called Prazosin to help Soldiers get better
restorative sleep. Only active-duty servicemembers can participate
in the study at Madigan. A separate study is being conducted at VA
Puget Sound for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring
Freedom veterans who are no longer on active duty. Soldiers
stationed on Fort Lewis who would like more information can call
Tammy Williams at 968-4735. VA Puget Sound can be contacted at
More information and resources on PTSD.
Help for Wisconsin Vets to Quit Smoking
Free help is available to help Wisconsin veterans quit smoking.
Operation Quit Tobacco offers coaching and free medication to all
Wisconsin military personnel, active and veteran, who want to quit.
For more information, call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at
1-800-784-8669 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily to find out how to get this
free help, including an eight-week supply of nicotine patches,
lozenges, or gum; or visit the (http://www.ctri.wisc.edu/quitline.html)
Wisconsin QuitLine website.
House Reviews Appeals Process
The House Veterans' Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial
Affairs Subcommittee recently conducted a hearing to continue its
oversight of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA), the Appeals
Management Center (AMC), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans
Claims (CAVC). The hearing focused on the efficiency and
effectiveness of the agencies tasked with handling appeals filed by
veterans pertaining to claims for benefits initiated at the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). At the hearing, members heard
the frustrations that veterans and survivors encounter waiting
months and years on an appeal decision. Prepared testimony for the
hearing and a link to the webcast from the hearing is (http://veterans.house.gov/hearings/hearing.aspx?newsid=388)
Veteran Pays Tribute to Marines
Musician and U.S. Army veterans Keith Haugen of Camp H.M. Smith,
Hawaii recently recorded "Whisper 'Semper Fi' -- The Ballad of the
Leatherneck," honoring the service the Marine Corps. The recording
tells the story of a Marine veteran and the traditions the Corps
holds dear. It is narrated by one of Hawaii's own heroes, U.S.
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, an Army veteran and recipient of the Medal
of Honor. The song, along with album art and extra tracks by Haugen
and other musicians can be downloaded for free on (http://www.hawaiiansong.com/whisper-semper-fi.htm)
Haugen's website. The recording is not for sale anywhere.
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Entertainment News on Military.com.
Purple Heart Stamp Reissued
Tammy Duckworth, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) assistant
secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, recently spoke
at a U.S. Postal Service ceremony announcing the reissue of the
Purple Heart stamp. This is the fifth issue of the Purple Heart
definitive postage stamp. The Purple Heart stamp was first issued
on May 20, 2003. The reissued stamp features a photograph by Ira
Wexler of one of two Purple Hearts awarded to James Loftus Fowler of
Alexandria, Va., who was battalion commander of the Third
Battalion, Fourth Marines serving in Vietnam. A picture of the new
Purple Heart stamp is available on the (http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2009/pr09_022.htm)
U.S. Postal Service website. For more information, contact your
local post office.
House Thanks Merchant Mariners
The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 23, the Belated
Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009. The
bill establishes a Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund and
allows qualifying Merchant Mariners who served between Dec.7, 1941,
and Dec. 31, 1946 to receive monthly payments of $1,000 out of that
fund. The bill will be considered by the Senate Committee on
Veterans Employment Rights Information
Veterans seeking information about their rights under the proposed
settlement of the court case involving the May 3, 2006, theft of
computer equipment from the home of a former VA employee can visit
www.VeteransClass.com for more information.
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Benefits on Military.com.
Other VA Centers Report Mistakes
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials have been warning
thousands of former patients they may have been exposed to
infection at three VA facilities, yet other VA patients are not
being warned about less serious mistakes with the same equipment at
more than a dozen other VA centers. However, VA chief patient
safety officer Dr. Jim Bagian recently declined to identify those
facilities saying those instances did not involve an infection risk.
For more information on the continuing endoscopic procedure
notification of veterans, visit the (http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/endoscopic_notification.asp)
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VA Issues Progress Report
President Obama's charter to transform the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) into a 21st Century organization has caused the VA
to reorganize its Office of the Secretary to ensure unified
direction. VA instituted numerous practices and policies to
strengthen ethical behavior, increase transparency, create
accountability, and improve services to Veterans, which is detailed
in VA's recent progress report. The VA (http://www1.va.gov/opa/U_S_Department_of_Veterans_Affairs_Progress_Report.asp)
One Hundred Day Progress Report is available.
2010 VA Budget Submitted
The president says his vision for the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) is to transform VA into a 21st Century organization
that is Veteran-centric, results-driven, and forward-looking. The
Department's resource request for 2010 is nearly $113 billion-- up
$15.1 billion, or 15 percent, from the 2009 enacted budget. This is
the largest one-year percentage increase for VA requested by a
president in more than 30 years. The (http://www.va.gov/budget/products.htm)
VA's budget request for 2010 is available on the (http://www.va.gov/budget/products.htm)