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VA to Offer GI Bill Scholarships for Surviving Spouses

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U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for college scholarships for surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty.

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Student Veterans Face Tough Transition on Campus

From left to right: Jacob Hinton, Lara Taylor and Steven Chickos, of the Carolina Veterans Organization, meet to discuss upcoming plans for veterans on campus.
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Senior Steven Chickos was home for less than a month after serving three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, before coming to UNC — and the transition was hard on the infantryman.

September 25th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Why Veterans Will Soon Save Thousands on College

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A bill heading to the president’s desk grants veterans and their families automatic in-state status at all public colleges, potentially saving them time and money.

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

VetLikeMe Weekly July 10

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Submitted by Sarah Schauerte On Monday, President Barack Obama announced his nomination of former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”). On July 7, the President referred his nominee to the U.S. Senate. This, of course, comes on the heels of former Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation last month, which followed high-profile scandals surrounding several VA medical centers.

July 16th, 2014 | Posted in Editor,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA faulted for delays in G.I. Bill student benefits

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Nearly 80,000 veterans eligible for the new G.I. Bill saw their college terms disrupted last year because the VA was late distributing $61 million in housing and book stipends, according to estimates released by the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General Friday.

July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations | Read More »

VA Celebrates 70th Anniversary of the Original “GI Bill”

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating 70 years of investment in the education and economic prosperity of America’s Servicemembers and Veterans.

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in VA Home Loans,Vet News | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 03, 2013

Flu is no common cold. Thousands die from it. Are you in a high risk group? Over 50? Diabetes? Read about it in this article and learn how to protect yourself and your family.

December 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

One Million Now Benefit from Post-9/11 GI Bill

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that 1 million Veterans, Servicemembers, and family members have benefited from the Post-9/11 GI Bill since the program’s inception in August 2009.

November 8th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

VA News 551 Week of August 12, 2013

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VA Expands Access Through Health Technology, Post GI Bill is 4-years-old, Another Tillman Foundation Scholar Profile, Ten Graduate in 7th NCA Academy Class, Preview of August-September Still Serving, Did You Know-Fifth SAVE Award Program….

August 13th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Post-9/11 GI Bill has paid out $30 billion in first four years

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The fourth anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill was celebrated on Aug. 1, with the Department of Veterans Affairs issuing approximately $30 billion in payments helping nearly 1 million service members, veterans and their families pursue their education over that period.

August 6th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Veterans find out-of-state military service can cost big when starting college

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Some military service members and veterans are being denied their most well-known government benefit: college tuition coverage.

July 16th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 23, 2013

Lead public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Capt. Ron Freeman turns on the computer monitor in his Heidelberg, Germany home and sits anxiously re-reading his resume one last time before his video conference call begins with a federal agency in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

April 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

New Automation Process Cuts Post-9/11 GI Bill Claims Processing Times by More Than Half

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As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program.

March 13th, 2013 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – January 04, 2013

VA has a program that can help Veterans successfully lose weight and change their lives. It’s called MOVE! Find out how it can help you lose weight and keep it off.

January 4th, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

Vets face confusion using GI Bill at state schools

Hayleigh Perez with her daughter, Calleigh, says she and thousands of other veterans trying to get a higher education are being penalized.(Photo: Jose Perez, AP)

In choosing to serve her country in uniform, Hayleigh Lynn Perez knowingly accepted a nomadic life.

January 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

VA Registers “GI Bill” as a Trademark

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that GI Bill is now a registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and VA is the sole owner of the mark.

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Home But Not a Resident: Some Student Veterans Fighting to Stay on GI Bill

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Some 250,000 student veterans are being forced to pay $10,000 for tuition each academic year because many colleges are misclassifying the residency status of those veterans — often for the schools’ own financial gain — according to a student veterans organization.

October 24th, 2012 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News | Read More »

Unemployed Vets Requesting Retraining Program to Enhance Job Skills

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved more than 36,000 applications for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed Veterans to upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs.

August 28th, 2012 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Post-9/11 GI Bill Celebrates Start of Fourth Year

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August marks the third anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and since it was implemented Aug. 1, 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided educational benefits to 773,000 Veterans and their family members.

August 10th, 2012 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

States’ Attorneys General Action A Victory for Veterans and the GI Bill

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Officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs applauded a decision by the attorneys general of several states to give VA the rights to use the GIBill.Com website, after the website’s original owners QuinStreet Inc. agreed to give up the internet site to settle a lawsuit by the states.

June 28th, 2012 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 25, 2012

Just a reminder, pre-registration for VA’s Veteran Hiring Fair in Detroit on June 26-28 closes at midnight tonight. 22,000 jobs will be available nationwide at this event.

June 25th, 2012 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News June 14, 2012

On Tuesday, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver “and Assemblywoman Addie Russell…announced the passage of legislation requiring the Division of Veteran’s Affairs to develop a program that will assist New York’s men and women veterans who are suffering from military sexual trauma (MST).

June 14th, 2012 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

VFW Supports Expanding Service Members’ Housing Protections

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Yesterday afternoon the VFW joined Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., at the U.S. Capitol, where Reed formally introduced the Servicemember Housing Protection Act, S. 3179, alongside Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., as well as Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and leading veterans’ advocates.

May 29th, 2012 | Posted in Education,Vet News | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News April 09, 2012

Many websites offer information on Veterans education benefits and the GI Bill, but only VA offers detailed and accurate information on the benefits you’ve earned. Learn more at VAntage Point.

April 9th, 2012 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

Debt-To-Income Ratio: Does it Make Any Difference to VA Loans?

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VA loan was officially introduced through the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (GI Bill of Rights) on June 22, 1944.

April 3rd, 2012 | Posted in VA Home Loans,Vet News | Read More »

Former Navy Doctor spearheading “Remote Medicine Initiative” to Pakistan

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Let me introduce you to Dr. Gary Levin. Dr. Levin was in the US Navy from 1969 to 1971 serving as a general medical officer. He was in an amphibious group, and served on the USS Jeneau, LPD 10.

March 16th, 2012 | Posted in Support the Troops,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Takes Action to Address Post-9/11 GI Bill Concerns

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Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was enacted in 2008, VA has issued approximately $17.24 billion in benefit payments to 702,576 individuals and their educational institutions.

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Veterans Can Use G.I. Bill Benefits for Post-Secondary Education Programs

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Thanks to the expanded Post 9/11 G. I. Bill, many veterans are opting to return to school. With more than 1,000 approved post-secondary educational programs, Virginia has a lot to offer veterans.

February 24th, 2012 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Google+ Plus and the “L-Shaped” Ambush

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I was invited to attend a symposium at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI last summer to learn something about how our Navy deals with terrorist threats to our fleets worldwide.

February 14th, 2012 | Posted in Opinion Maker,World | Read More »

Connecting the Military Dots

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She walked onto the campus of the West LA Veterans Hospital in her Anne Taylor outfit and instantly could feel her throat tighten. “You OK Ma’am?” said one of the VA tour guides, a young male half her age.

January 20th, 2012 | Posted in Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations | Read More »

 

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