Weekly VA Newsletter Dec. 25, 2019

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#VetResources – for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers, and Survivors

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VA in 19

VA in 2019

The care and services VA provides to Veterans have improved over the years. This year, VA saw even more progress toward better serving Veterans.

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Support efforts to prevent and end Veteran homelessness this holiday season

Support Homeless Veterans

Each day, we have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in need. The holiday season especially is a great time to make a difference in the lives of Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Click below to discover four ways to support efforts to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans.

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Blue Water Navy Veterans’ disability claims to be decided beginning Jan.1, 2020

BWN

Did you serve in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975? If so, then you’re considered a Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veteran.

On Jan. 1, 2020, the Blue Water Navy Act of 2019 goes into effect and extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, such as Agent Orange, to BWN Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles from the shore of Vietnam and have since developed one of 14 conditions related to exposure.

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Reconnect with Former Battle Buddies

Holidays

This holiday season rekindle old relationships with friends and battle buddies. On RallyPoint you can reconnect with people you may have lost touch with.

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Tips for Managing Stress Around the Holidays

Holidays

There are many joyous things about the holiday season, but this time of year can also bring on stress, depression, and other challenges. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for as the holiday season approaches — as well as healthy tips for managing these challenges.

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Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass

Yellowstone

Veterans with a service connected disability rating are entering Federal recreation lands and national parks for free with an America the Beautiful-the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands lifetime Access Pass through an interagency partnership between the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation.             

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Future Events

2/5/2020 Veterans Experience Action Center in Montgomery, Alabama


National Resource Directory

Did you know the National Resource Directory has more than 14,000 vetted resources available to you right now?

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VA Welcome Kit

Find a VA Facility near you.

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Not sure where to start?

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No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

Free Help for Homeless Veterans Dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for 24/7 access VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans

Homeless Veteran Chat Confidential, 24/7 online support for homeless Veterans and friends

https://www.va.gov/homeless for more information


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.)

RallyPoint Resources

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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