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 Our Navy, our destiny - The Washington Post

The Navy’s operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world. Although the next president may be elected without addressing the Navy’s proper size and configuration, for four years he or she will be acutely aware of where the carriers are. Today they are at the center of a debate about their continuing centrality, even viability, in the Navy’s projection of force.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/our-navy-our-destiny/2015/09/30/9505d966-66cd-11e5-9ef3-fde182507eac_story.html

Army postpones planned discharge of Green Beret who confronted accused Afghan rapist

The U.S. Army has postponed the planned discharge of an 11-year Green Beret who confronted an alleged child rapist in Afghanistan in order to give him a chance to appeal.  An army spokesman said Tuesday that Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland will be given 60 days to file an appeal with the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records.

 
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/06/army-temporarily-halts-discharge-green-beret-who-confronted-accused-afghan/?intcmp=hplnws

 VA apologizes for 'ill-advised' ban on veterans' cellphones

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) apologized on Wednesday for temporarily implementing what it called an "ill-advised" policy at some medical centers that banned veterans from bringing cellphones to appointments, according to a statement provided by the VA to the Washington Free Beacon. 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/01/va-apologizes-for-ill-advised-ban-on-veterans-cellphones/?intcmp=hplnws

VA Unaware of Prudential 'Profiteering' off Veteran Insurance Payouts

The Veterans Affairs Department was not aware that Prudential Insurance encouraged its counselors to keep casualty pay-out monies in-house as a way to boost company profits, or that its agents were schooled to try to change the minds of surviving family members who sought a traditional lump-sum payment.

Prudential's practices came to light last week with the court-ordered release of internal company documents to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which joined in a class-action lawsuit against Prudential in 2010. Prudential is under contract to handle Sevicemember Group Life Insurance and Veterans Group Life Insurance policies.

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/10/05/va-says-it-was-unaware-of-prudentials-strategy-for-alliance-acc.html?comp=700001076338&rank=8

 VA chief to Hill: The health reforms you seek are here

VA Secretary Bob McDonald told the House Veterans Affairs Committee Wednesday that a $68 million, 4000-page study of VA health care it ordered last year and accepted last month uncovers the same weaknesses and solutions McDonald and his policy team have been tackling for months.

The “Independent Assessment” of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) by outside industry and government health experts makes 188 recommendations.  Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), committee chairman, touted it as a blueprint for reforming the beleaguered VA health care system.

http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/va-chief-to-hill-the-health-reforms-you-seek-are-here-1.372248

 Attention Military Veterans

You may be entitled to VA Medical Care even if you are already covered by employer provided medical coverage

 Complete the enclosed VA Form 10-10EZ for the Veterans Administration to determine your eligibility for enrollment in the VA health care system.  The information on the form will be used by the VA to determine your eligibility for medical benefits and on average, will take 30 minutes to complete.  This includes the time it will take to read the instructions, gather the necessary facts and fill out the form.

 If assistance on filling out the form or if you have questions, you may use ANY of the following to request assistance.

·              Ask VA to help you fill out the form by calling us at 1-877-222-VETS (8387)

·              Access VA's website at http://www.va.gov and select "Contact the VA" 

·              Contact the Enrollment Coordinator at your local VA health care facility

·              Contact a National or State Veterans Service Organization

Take advantage of the benefits you earned serving and protecting our country.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9idkpTMzhLSG5XaGM/view?usp=sharing

Get connected with V.E.T.S Program:  The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is sponsoring a series of job preparedness, career development, financial literacy and computer training workshops.  The program is designed to help veterans overcome barriers in order to transition from military life, prepare to compete for jobs in the civilian labor force.

The VETS Program is in collaboration with the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), Cuyahoga Valley Careers Center, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Veterans Program

 Read it here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9iQzJERUUwdThPaG8/view?usp=sharing

Veteran Service Commission Meetings – are open to the public.   The Commissioners encourage members of the Veteran Community to come and see how the Cuyahoga County Veteran Commission works and the benefits available to our Cuyahoga County Veterans. The meetings are held at the Commission offices at 1849 Prospect Avenue, Suite 150, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 at 9:30 AM the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Volunteers Needed

  The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways.  New volunteers: visit https:redcross.org/neo Click on “volunteer” tab.

 Cleveland Municipal Court’s Veterans Treatment Docket needs volunteers – preferably military veterans to help Veterans transition to a successful life.  If you are interested in volunteering to help our veterans successfully re-enter civilian life, please contact Derek Moore at (216) 664-4712 or via email at moored@cmcoh.org for additional information.

 Needed:  ‘A few good – mentors’:  The Cuyahoga Common Pleas Veteran Treatment Court (VTC) is a judge-monitored treatment program for military veterans.  A key component of the program is volunteer Veteran Mentors who volunteer their time to help veterans re-adapt to civilian life.   For more information visit:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9iTF8wYXhqcE4yWm8/view?usp=sharing

Employment Opportunities / Links

VA JOBS Home:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/

Ohio.gov:  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/ohio/default.cfm?clearSearch=1

Cleveland:  http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/HumanResources/OpenPositions

USAJobs:  https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

 Military Jobs.com:  http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs

Ohio Federal Government Jobs:  http://federalgovernmentjobs.us/job-location/ohio-oh.html

Stars and Stripes; Veteran Job Center:  http://veteranjobs.stripes.com/

USERRA:  The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects service members' reemployment rights when returning from a period of service in the uniformed services, including those called up from the reserves or National Guard, and prohibits employer discrimination based on military service or obligation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers USERRA

Link to DOJ USERRA website:  http://www.justice.gov/crt/military/statute.htm and Link to the DOJ website:  http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/userra_fs.htm

Information Links

Department of Defense Media Center:  http://www.dma.mil/

Veterans Business Support Center:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9iS0NiUjQ3cnFLTE0/view?usp=sharing

Ohio National Guard Employer Advisory Council:  The ONG Employer Advisory Council was developed to provide military-friendly employers with useful resources and guidance to help them success with military retention and recruitment initiatives.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1NiwCZ_V-9ibUNOOGo2S2gybWc/view?usp=sharing

 USS COD:  http://USSCOD.org

Columbus Honor Flight:  www.honorflightcolumbus.org

Honor Flight Cleveland:  www.honorflightcleveland.com

 Veterans Crisis Line:  1 800 273 8255

Chase Bank Support for Veterans:  www.ChaseMilitary.com 

Justice for Veterans:  http://www.justiceforvets.org/

Google for Veterans:  http://www.googleforveterans.com/

Military Memorabilia Donations:  www.ohiohistory.org/militarycall

Ohio Veterans Memorial Park:  http://www.ovmp.org/

Cold War Recognition Certificate:  the Cold War Recognition Certificate is a recognition certificate awarded by the Secretary of Defense to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.  Anyone who served in the military or the Federal Government during this period is authorized to receive the certificate.

Congress established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of the fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act.  The Department of Defense designated the Department of the Army as the executive agent for the Cold War Recognition Certificate program.  http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/genmedals/ht/coldwar.htm

Veteran Resources:  http://www.veteransresources.org/

Cleveland VA Regional Benefit Office:  http://www.benefits.va.gov/cleveland/

VetBiz.gov Home:  http://www.vetbiz.gov/

Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County:  www.jvcocc.org
Equal Honor for All:  www.equalhonor.org

Greater Cleveland Fisher House:  http://greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org/

 Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center:  http://www.cleveland.va.gov/?wvsessionid=fe802c6620da402484b74ac24a5f1650
 
Greater Cleveland Veterans (GCVM) Memorialour paragraph here.