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Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
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OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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These pages are dedicated to those who have served and are serving now. We continuously keep you in our prayers and say “Thank You!” for our freedom. Ann

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WOMEN VETS HELP LINE

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TO REPLACE SERVICE MEDALS!!

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once in enter replace military medals

this site will bring you to the information your looking for

FREE

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NEW FROM THE VA AS OF 12-01-15:

“VA MAKES CHANGES TO VETERAN’S CHOICE PROGRAM”

20312F VA News Release

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ATTENTION VETERANS: There is a GREAT newsletter published daily by “Veteran’s Today” straight to your email in-box FULL of information and articles.

To receive this newsletter daily please email: editor@veteransdaily.com

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The Military Skills Test Waiver program allows state licensing agencies, including the District of Columbia, the ability to waive the skills test portion of the CDL application for active duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus. Waiving this requirement often expedites the civilian CDL application process and reduces expenses for qualified individuals and operating costs to state licensing agencies. The Military Skills Test Waiver program has resulted in approximately 6,000 former military personnel obtaining a CDL. These include military men and women from the Reserves, National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information and application forms, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/military.

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NATIONAL RESOURCE: Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers & SERV Study – Survey of Experiences of Returning Veterans Information
Disabled Vets

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Veterans Small Business Week 2015 Events

The map below lists 2015 National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) events throughout the country.

https://www.sba.gov/veterans-small-business-week-events

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Train A Dog Save A Warrior Program Information
Train A Dog Save A Warrior

Posted 10-19-13

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NATIONAL RESOURCE: HEARING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE INFO
Veterans Hearing Center of Excellence

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NATIONAL RESOURCE: TEAM RED WHITE AND BLUE INFO
Veterans Team Red

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NATIONAL RESOURCE: Career Center for Severely Injured Veterans: http://www.military.com/support

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Transition Assistance Online: http://www.taonline.com/

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Marine For Life: http://www.marineforlife.org/

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Veterans Disability Advocates: http://alphadisability.com/

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Mesothelioma Help Now for Veterans: http://www.mesotheliomahelpnow.com/veterans-and-mesothelioma

NATIONAL RESOURCE: VA Health Care for the Homeless by State: http://www1.va.gov/homeless/docs/HCHV_Sites_ByState.pdf

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Army Women’s Foundation Scholarships: http://www.awfdn.org/programs/legacyscholarships.shtml

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Surviving Spouses Support Group: www.survivingspousesupportgroup.org

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Guidebook: http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/about/hudvet/pdf/resdirectory.pdf

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Military Friendly Schools: http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/default.aspx

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Military Veteran Beginning Farmer Training: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/beginning-farmer-training-programs/military-veteran-farmer-training/

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Veterans State Courts Links: http://www.ncsc.org/Topics/Problem-Solving-Courts/Veterans-Court/State-Links.aspx

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Veterans Association Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-TALK

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Coaching into Care: confidential counseling for families of veterans: 1-888-823-7458

NATIONAL RESOURCE: National Homeless Veterans Resources Hotline: 877-4AID-VET

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

NATIONAL RESOURCE: United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: http://www.usich.gov/

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Blinded Veterans Association: http://www.bva.org/

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Compensated Work Therapy Locations http://www.va.gov/health/cwt/locations.asp

Posted 10-07-13

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Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program – EventPLUS Information 10-04-13
Service Members

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Resurrecting Lives Foundation Information 10-04-13
Resurrecting Lives Foundation

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Veterans Crisis Line: Confidential help for Vets at 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1), txt 838255, or online chat http://www.veteranscrisisline.net

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Friend and Hero needs our help now – EX Pow and Medal of Honor Recipient, Jon Cavaiani is fighting for his life

Many of you will remember Medal of Honor recipient and EX POW, Jon Cavaiani, from meeting him at the MCLEF – Phila, Gathering of Heroes at the Irish Pubs in Philadelphia over the last several years….or his visit, with Jack Cummings, to the American Legion in Cherry Hill last year… and of course others from different places/meetings with Jon….Jon is a true hero – and he needs OUR HELP now ! Please consider helping out –
Kind Regards, Sue Quinn-Morris *

Information/details below.

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Jon is fighting for his life. Jon has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), a life threatening blood disorder. Over the last 5 months Jon has received medical consultations, blood transfusions and chemotherapy from San Francisco Veterans Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Sonora Hospital. Currently Jon is waiting for admission to Stanford Hospital for a bone marrow transplant and other critical treatments.

Jon Cavaiani served his country with distinguished valor serving in the Vietnam War. Jon was a Prisoner of War for 23 months. After his release in 1973, Jon returned to the US and on December 12, 1974 President Gerald Ford presented Jon the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military honor. In 1990 Jon retired after 21 years of service.

Jon, and wife Barb, live in a small community three hours from the Stanford Hospital. Once Jon is admitted to the hospital, his inpatient stay will be dependent on the type of blood marrow transplant determined best for Jon. His inpatient care could be as long as 3 months. During this period, Barb will relocate to Palo Alto to be closer to Jon. Your donation to Jon’s fund will defray out of pocket expenses for transportation, temporary living quarters and necessary medical co-pays during Jon’s extensive treatment. All unused donations for these specific expenses will be donated to Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, a scholarship program Jon has worked tirelessly with for 17 years.

Our donations will express our gratitude and will help Jon and Barb defray expenses during his fight against this deadly disease. Please donate whatever amount you can to help Jon and his family. And, please tell your friends of this campaign and website. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND TO DONATE.http://www.patriotconnections.org/friend-and-hero-needs-our-help-now-ex-pow-and-medal-of-honor-recipient-jon-cavaiani-is-fighting-for-his-life/

Posted 07-14-13

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Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI)
Managing Agency Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

Program Description
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) is a rider under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI). It provides insurance payments to members who suffer certain serious traumatic injuries in service.

General Program Requirements
All service members who have SGLI coverage are automatically covered by TSGLI.

For more information, visit our Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI) website.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To complete an application, use SGLV 8600, “Application for TSLGI Benefits.”

Program Contact Information
If you have questions, contact your branch of service’s TSGLI point of contact.

Updated 07-09-13

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Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Disability Extension
Managing Agency Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

Program Description
The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Disability Extension is for service members who are totally disabled at the time of discharge. The benefit allows the member to retain their SGLI coverage. There is no cost for the coverage for up to two years after discharge.

General Program Requirements
To qualify, you must have SGLI at discharge and be totally disabled at discharge.

For more information on the SGLI Disability Extension, visit our SGLI Disability Extension webpage.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To complete an application, use Form SGLV 8715, “Application for Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Disability Extension.”

Program Contact Information
If you have questions, contact the Office of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (OSGLI) at 1-800-419-1473 (inside the U.S.) or 973-548-5699 (overseas).

General questions can be sent to: osgli.osgli@prudential.com
Claims questions can be emailed to: osgli.claims@prudential.com

eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Updated 07-09-13

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Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Managing Agency Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

Program Description
Under the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Veterans Affairs (VA) may protect the life insurance of a service member called to active duty.

The insurance will be protected from default for nonpayment of premiums for up to $400,000. The protection applies during the insured’s period of military service and for a period of two years thereafter.

General Program Requirements
The following conditions apply:

The policy must be whole life, endowment, universal life, or term insurance,
The policy must have been in force on a premium-paying basis for at least six months at the time the servicemember applies for benefits, and prior to the date of the insured’s entry into military service,
The member remains responsible for paying the premiums following service,
Military service cannot cause benefits from the policy to be limited, reduced, or excluded.

Policies for which an additional amount of premium is charged due to military service are not eligible for protection under SCRA.

For more information, see the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act section of the “VA Life Insurance Programs for Veterans and Servicemembers Handbook.”

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
The service member must apply for protection of their life insurance by filing VA Form 29-380 “Application For Protection Of Commercial Life Insurance Policy” with their insurance company and forwarding a copy of the application to VA.

Program Contact Information
If you have questions

Contact VA to ask a question on-line or search our Frequently Asked Questions; OR
Call the VA Insurance Center at 1-800-669-8477; OR
Call 1-800-829-4833, if you are hearing impaired.

eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Updated 07-09-13

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NATIONWIDE: *Disabled American Veterans Homeless Services: http://www.dav.org/veterans/HomelessVeterans.aspx ; e-mail for help: service@davmail.org

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Disability Program Navigator (information on work support options for the disabled) http://www.doleta.gov/disability/new_dpn_grants.cfm

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association: Motorcycle group, but also a non-profit that focuses on donating to Veteran care facilities: http://www.combatvet.org/

NATIONAL RESOURCE: Military and Veterans Discounts search: http://militaryandveteransdiscounts.com/

REGIONAL RESOURCE (NW): Northwestern Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America: http://www.nwpva.org/

Posted 07-09-13

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Another great tool for Veterans seeking employment: the Veterans Pipeline http://usveteranspipeline.com

Posted 06-17-13

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Contract Hospital Care and Medical Services in Non-Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Facilities
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may authorize a non-VA health care facility to provide necessary medical care services when such services are not routinely available at a VA health care facility, or VA determines that such services can be obtained outside the VA more economically or more appropriately due to geographic inaccessibility. Non-VA care must be authorized by VA in advance.

General Program Requirements
You must be enrolled in the VA health care system (or qualify based on one of the exceptions in the law). Go to “Basic Medical Benefits for Veterans” to see the program requirements.

Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services the Veteran/Servicemember’s character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To inquire about authorized hospital care and medical services in non-VA health care facilities, contact your nearest VA health care facility. Visit http://www.va.gov/directory/ to locate your nearest VA health care facility.

Program Contact Information
If you have questions:

Visit https://iris.custhelp.com/ to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question online.
Call 1-877-222-8387

To apply for additional Veterans’ benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Updated 05-06-13

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Health Insurance for Dependents (CHAMPVA)
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description
The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. The program is administered by the Health Administration Center and our offices are located in Denver, Colorado.

Due to the similarity between CHAMPVA and the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE program (sometimes referred to by its old name, CHAMPUS) the two are often mistaken for each other. CHAMPVA is a Department of Veterans Affairs program, whereas TRICARE is a regionally-managed health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors.

In some cases a person may appear eligible for either program. However, if you are the spouse of a military retiree or the spouse of a Servicemember who was killed in action, you are and will always be a TRICARE beneficiary. You cannot choose between the two plans.

General Program Requirements
To be eligible for CHAMPVA, you cannot be eligible for TRICARE/CHAMPUS, and you must be in one of these categories:

The spouse or child of a Veteran who has been rated permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability by a VA regional office OR
The surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who died from a VA-rated service connected disability OR
The surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time of death rated permanently and totally disabled from a service connected disability OR
The surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty, not due to misconduct (in most of these cases, these family members are eligible for TRICARE, not CHAMPVA).

If you are in one of the above categories and you are over the age of 65 and have Medicare Part A entitlement, in most cases you must also have Medicare Part B. Please submit a copy of your Medicare card when you enroll in CHAMPVA.

Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services the Veteran/Servicemember’s character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct, and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
For more information and to apply for benefits, visit:
http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/champva.asp

Program Contact Information
If you have questions:

Visit https://iris.custhelp.com/ to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
E-mail http://www.va.gov/hac/contact/contact.asp
Enrolled beneficiaries may review their program and claims at http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/champva.asp
Chat online at http://www.va.gov/hac/contact/contact.asp (Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time)
Call 1-800-733-8387, (Monday through Friday from 8:05 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Eastern Time)

To apply for additional Veterans’ benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Updated 05-06-13

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Travel Reimbursement
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description
The Veterans Administration (VA) may be able to reimburse you:

With a mileage allowance (in most cases),

OR

By paying for special kinds of transportation (ambulance, wheelchair van etc.) when such transportation is considered necessary for VA-authorized travel.

The current allowable reimbursement amount is 41.5 cents per mile with a $3.00 deductible for each one-way visit, or $6.00 for each round-trip visit.

Upon reaching $18.00 in deductibles or six one-way (three round) trips, travel payments made for the balance of that particular month will be free of deductible charges. A waiver of these deductibles is afforded to eligible veterans with low income.

To receive reimbursement for special mode transportation, you must meet requirements and be traveling to a VA or VA-authorized non-VA facility for a scheduled appointment.

General Program Requirements
In a number of situations, VA can provide reimbursement to Veterans and dependents who must travel to receive VA services.

Eligibility in this case is based solely on your needing to travel to receive, from VA:

Health care
A compensation or pension examination
Vocational rehabilitation services
Any counseling for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance that VA requires the student to attend

In most cases, this travel occurs between your home and a VA health care facility or a VA regional office.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
If you have questions:

Visit https://iris.custhelp.com/ to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
Call 1-877-222-8387

To apply for additional Veterans’ benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Updated 05-06-13

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Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Program
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description
The program covers most healthcare services and supplies that are medically or psychologically necessary for the treatment of conditions related to the covered birth defect.

Veteran Affairs (VA) can also reimburse expenses for travel to and from your doctor or health care facility.

Some services require specific advance approval or preauthorization.

General Program Requirements
If you have a birth defect and your mother served in Vietnam, VA may be able to pay for some of your health care.

Your birth mother must have served in Vietnam during the period from February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975.

VA has no requirements regarding the character of the mother’s discharge or the length of her service.

Eligibility rules with respect to the birth defect itself are somewhat complex. Some kinds of birth defects automatically qualify; some have to be studied case-by-case; some are not covered by the law.

If you have any birth defect, we urge you to apply and let us determine whether you’re eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To complete an application, use VA Form 21-0304, “Benefits for Certain Children with Disabilities Born of Vietnam & Certain Korea Service Veterans.” You can download the form at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/.

When you complete the form, send it to:

VA Regional Office
Veterans Service Center (339/21)
Box 25126
Denver, CO 80225

Detailed program information, including a program handbook, brochures, and facts sheets, is available for review or download at:
http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/spina/spina.asp

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/spina/spina.asp
If you have questions:

Visit https://iris.custhelp.com/ to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
Send an email to cwvv.inq@med.va.gov
Call 1-888-820-1756

To apply for additional Veterans’ benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Updated 05-06-13

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Catch A Lift
03/18/2013 01:47 PM EDT

Provides gym memberships or in-home gym equipment to wounded post 9-11 Veterans anywhere in the United States.

GO TO: http://www.catchaliftfund.com/

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VERMONT
SBA logo
Business officer available to assist veterans

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a new veteran business officer in the Vermont District Office. Chris Herriman is available to answer veteran’s questions about starting a small business, growing an existing business, benefits available to veterans and family members and more. For more information, call Herriman at 802-828-4422 extension 206 or email chris.herriman@sba.gov.

Vermont District Office

87 State Street
Room 205
Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone 802-828-4422
Fax 802-828-4485
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Veterans’ Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilities
Managing Agency Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) http://www.vba.va.gov

Program Description
The Veterans Administration (VA) provides eligible disabled Veterans with VA Disability Compensation, a monthly tax-free payment whose amount will depend on the degree of the Veteran’s disability.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have a service-connected disability resulting from injury or disease that was incurred in or aggravated by your active military service.

Compensation may also be paid to certain Veterans who were disabled from VA health care or while participating in VA Vocational Rehabilitation or Compensated Work Therapy programs.

Your service length is not considered when the VA determines your eligibility.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To complete an application, use VA Form 21-526, “Veteran’s Application for Compensation or Pension.” You can complete the application online at:
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/

For more specific information, visit:
http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets/

Program Contact Information
If you have questions:

Visit https://iris.custhelp.com/ to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
Call 1-800-827-1000
Call 1-800-829-4833, if you are hearing impaired

To apply for additional Veterans’ benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Updated 02-25-13

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Homeless Veterans’ Programs
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description
Veterans Affairs (VA) offers the following special programs to help homeless veterans:

Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs
Homeless Grant and Per Diem Program
Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program
Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence Programs

Go to “Domiciliary Care” for more information on Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs.

General Program Requirements
You must be enrolled in the VA health care system (or qualify based on one of the exceptions in the law). Go to “Basic Medical Benefits Package for Veterans” to see the program requirements.

Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services, your character of discharge or service must be under conditions other than dishonorable (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct, and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA.
For more information, visit our Homeless Veterans website.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
For information on how to apply for these programs, please call 1-877-222-8387.

Program Contact Information
For more information, contact VA to ask a question on-line or search our Frequently Asked Questions at:
http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

You may also call us at:
1-877-222-8387

Updated 02-23-13

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Posted 10-15-12

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WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: http://dva.state.wi.us/Ben_employment.asp#assist

Posted 06-12-12

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Fear Itself, an Unnecessary Barrier to Hiring Veterans with Disabilities

By Bill Lawson, National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously rallied America in very tough times by stating that the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Eighty years later, fear itself is getting in the way of some employers hiring Veterans with disabilities; fears that are perhaps understandable, but upon closer examination, unfounded. As I write this blog, I am traveling across our nation to raise awareness of the issues facing paralyzed Veterans and their families during Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Month. From my hometown of Woodward, OK, to Washington, D.C., one of the biggest challenges facing all Veterans…

Visit Disability.gov for more employment-related resources.

Posted 04-20-12

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New Housing for Veterans and their Families

Posted 04-19-12

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HERE IS ONE-STOP CAREER CENTERS NATION-WIDE LINKS FOR VETERAN’S SERVICES AND EMPLOYMENT:
Win12_tcm24-10262

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VA Suicide Prevention Emergency Line

F.Y.I. 1-800-273-8255 (“Talk”)

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National Association of County Veterans Service Officers

Membership organization of accredited County Veterans Service Officers. These local government employees help Veterans and their families with their claims for benefits. Contact your local Service Officer for assistance.

To learn more visit https://www.disability.gov/benefits/veterans_%26_military/va_disability_benefits_%26_compensation.

Updated 10-21-11

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Veterans Update: 10 Ways to Stay Connected with the National Resource Directory

As a subscriber to Veterans topics on Disability.gov, we want to bring to your attention another valuable source for information about organizations, programs and services for Veterans and Service Members – the National Resource Directory (NRD). The NRD has information for wounded warriors, transitioning Service Members and Veterans, as well as those who support them. The site connects you to thousands of resources about everything from the GI Bill, to organizations and support groups for caregivers.

Even if you have visited the NRD before, you may not be aware of the many ways to stay connected with this website and the growing community of Veterans, Service Members, family members and caregivers that has developed around it. Below are 10 ways to “stay connected” so you can find the information you need, when you need it.

Keep up to date on news, events and other information of interest to Veterans and the military community by following the National Resource Directory on Twitter.
Access information from the National Resource Directory through your smartphone whenever and wherever you want it through NRD mobile.
Help your family, friends and colleagues stay up to date on programs and services for Veterans, Service Members and their families by suggesting that they subscribe to National Resource Directory email updates.
Become a part of the growing National Resource Directory family on Facebook.
Get news and information about resources delivered directly to your desktop when you subscribe to the National Resource Directory’s RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed.
Find programs and services near you by visiting the National Resource Directory’s Information by State section.
Spread the word about the National Resource Directory by putting a link on your website or blog.
Is there an organization or program in your community that you think should be included on the National Resource Directory? Recommend it through Suggest A Resource.
View automatically updated resources available in your state directly on your own website or blog by adding the National Resource Directory’s State Widget.
Become a member of the National Resource Directory’s LinkedIn group and connect with people who share your interests and concerns.

Updated 10-07-11

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North Carolina – Offers assistance through a network of District and County Veterans Service Offices to Veterans and their families. Provides help with claims and benefits, nursing care, burial plots, jobs for disabled Veterans and scholarships for children of North Carolina Veterans.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/north_carolina/benefits

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Planning a Military Relocation?
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when you pick up your rental truck. Just show us your military ID and we’ll take care of the rest.

Penske Truck Rental Supports Military Families
Penske Truck Rental works with Mission Heart Hug – the nation’s only program dedicated to collecting and
distributing shoebox gifts to military spouses.

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Welcome to SnowCare for Troops

Project EverGreen has partnered with The BOSS Snowplow to connect military families with snow and ice
management professionals and volunteers to provide free snow and ice removal services. If you are interested
in helping a family in your area, please take a moment to complete our online application.

While Project Evergreen’s SnowCare for Troops program continues its mission to help our military families, we
hope that the future will bring PEACE to everyone.

Project EverGreen’s SnowCare for Troops program appreciates the contractors/volunteers who have stepped
forward to help our military families at home. Thank you all!

Do you have additional questions about Project EverGreen? Want to learn more about how you can help?
Please get in touch with us and let us know.

Project EverGreen
120 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 156
New Prague, MN 56071
952-758-9135
Toll-Free: 877-758-4835

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Offers assistance through a network of District and County Veterans Service Offices to Veterans and their
families. Provides help with claims and benefits, nursing care, burial plots, jobs for disabled Veterans and
scholarships for children of North Carolina Veterans.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/north_carolina/benefits

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LPING OTHERS!!

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