CalVet Site Overhauled

CalVet Website Overhauled, Better Access

This week, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) announced the new website in a press release. Getting connected to veterans benefits and local services just got easier for California veterans thanks to the launch of CalVet’s newly designed and more intuitive web site and the addition of the myCalVet feature. The myCalVet tool turns […]

SVV @ Picnic Day 2014

UPDATED: SVV May 2014 Events – Get Involved

The days are warming up and this means Sacramento Valley Veterans (SVV) is gearing up for a host of events in the coming months! This far into April, SVV is in full-swing with our twice-a-month, biweekly Veteran Service Clinic and we carried out our first Color Guard operation of the year. ORDER YOUR SVV T-SHIRT TODAY! You […]

Post-9/11 GI Bill Comparison  Tool

VA Unveils New G.l. Bill Comparison Tool

This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the release of the new GI Bill Comparison Tool to allow Veterans and their families access on information about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools/training programs available to education beneficiaries. “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching an innovative new GI Bill® Comparison Tool […]

Swords To Plowshares

Attention, Women Vets: Needs Assessment Survey Online

This week, Swords To Plowshares announced that a needs assessment survey is available for all Women Veterans to take. Here’s the information: Swords to Plowshares is conducting an employment and educational assessment of California women veterans in order to identify gaps in services, raise public awareness, and advocate for improved services for women who have […]

VETERAN SECURITY ALERTS

FRAUD ALERT Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the GI Bill Call Center and VA National Call Center. Two fraudulent numbers that differ from the official VA call center numbers by one digit are being used to gain access to personal and financial information, including credit card information, […]

OutServe-SLDN

OS-SLDN Re-brands Mission Statement, Creates Members

This week, OutServe-SLDN (OS-SLDN) issued a press release announcing the organization would be rebranding its mission statement as well as creating a “membership” system of interacting with its supporters. Over the past several months, OS-SLDN’s Board of Directors met to work out how to move forward following a leadership shakeup last year and a hiatus […]

SVV @ Picnic Day 2014

UPDATED: SVV May 2014 Events – Get Involved

The days are warming up and this means Sacramento Valley Veterans (SVV) is gearing up for a host of events in the coming months! This far into April, SVV is in full-swing with our twice-a-month, biweekly Veteran Service Clinic and we carried out our first Color Guard operation of the year. ORDER YOUR SVV T-SHIRT TODAY! You […]

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Survey: Vets Satisfied with VA Health Care, High Ratings

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an independent customer service survey, ranks the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) customer satisfaction among Veteran patients among the best in the nation and equal to or better than ratings for private sector hospitals. The 2013 ACSI report assessed satisfaction among Veterans who have recently been patients of VA’s […]

OS-SLDN/AMPA

OS-S​LDN/AMPA Joint File Amicus Brief with U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) today jointly filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Bostic v. Schaefer, decided by a federal district court in Virginia, arguing that the uneven patchwork of states providing marriage […]

Dr. Joycelyn Elders

Palm Center: Former Surgeon General Faults Military’s Transgender Ban

A commission co-chaired by a former U.S. Surgeon General released a report today concluding that the Pentagon’s ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning, according to the Associated Press. In one of the first and most detailed assessments of the basis and impact of the current policy, the Transgender Military […]

American MIlitary Partners Association (AMPA)

AMPA, OS-SLDN File Joint Brief For Servicemembers, Veterans

Today, the American Military Partners Association (AMPA) issued a press release detailing upcoming court proceedings based on a joint friend of the court brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The brief is filed in the cases of Kitchen v. Herbert (2013) and Bishop v. Oklahoma (2014). The argument in the joint […]

Department of Defense (DoD)

DoD Opens Survivor Benefit Plan To Same-Sex Couples

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) has announced an Open Enrollment Window for the DoD Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) for same sex couples. Military Retirees who were married to a same-sex spouse on or before June 26, 2013, may now have spouse coverage in the SBP. Depe…nding on the retiree’s circumstances, enrollment for their […]

Social Security Administration (SSA)

SSA To Expedite App Processing for 100% Disabled Veterans, Mid-March

This week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it would begin expediting applications for Veterans who are 100% service-connected and have applied for disability benefits. The new rules are set to begin on Monday, March 17, 2014. The SSA website has put up comprehensive guidance for 100% service-connected Veterans in a Q&A format: Q: What […]

Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC)

New VA Identification Card Coming

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the rollout of the new ID card. The press release announcing the rollout relayed the following: “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security […]

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