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Memorial Benefits

04 Mar, 2016 no comments Lifestyle , News
Memorial Benefits

How to Apply Upon the death of the Veteran or his or her spouse or dependent, also called the time of need, family members should locate the Veteran’s DD-214 or other discharge papers and click ‘get started’ to schedule a burial in a VA national cemetery. Then make arrangements with a funeral home, National Cemetery Scheduling Office or directly with a VA national cemetery. Get Started   VA Memorial Benefits VA takes special care to pay lasting tribute to the memory of Veterans who served and sacrificed and that of…

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The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

24 Feb, 2016 no comments Health
The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

We’ve been at this for 150 years! February is Recreation Therapy Month, a time set aside to recognize the importance of Recreation Therapy in the overall improvement of health and wellness for millions of Veterans nationwide. And it’s been around a while. Check out this article by VHA Historian Darlene Richardson: Recreational facilities and leisure activities have been important elements of Veterans’ health care for nearly 150 years—ever since the first Federal Veterans facilities were established after the Civil War. By 1875, four branches of the National Home for Disabled…

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Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

24 Feb, 2016 no comments News
Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.. It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together. Below is an overview of how to put together a great #VeteranOfTheDay package. Pictures: Everyone loves pictures, so the more and…

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Veterans should remain on high alert for IRS impersonators

12 Feb, 2016 no comments News
Veterans should remain on high alert for IRS impersonators

As tax-filing season begins, Veterans should be aware of people contacting them who claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury. These IRS tax impersonators have been using phone calls and emails to take millions of dollars from taxpayers in every state in the country. The callers tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card, money order or a wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with being charged for a criminal violation, a grand jury indictment, immediate…

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VA nurse (Army Veteran) loses 215 pounds

12 Feb, 2016 no comments Health

Television audiences nationwide were amazed to see a Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center nurse shrink from 531 pounds to an astounding 316 pounds. The Desert Storm Army Veteran shared his story and life-changing transformation last year on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss. John Robinson’s journey began about four years ago as a simple road trip to accompany a friend who was auditioning for the television show.  While there, the show producers convinced John, a former offensive lineman with Winston-Salem State University and the New Jersey Red Dogs (Arena Football League) to…

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