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Veterans Benefits Information

V.F.W. Goes Gender-Neutral, Recognizing Female Veterans

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has won congressional approval to alter the wording of its charter to recognize female veterans.

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Ensure a safe holiday season for yourself and others

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The holiday season provides an opportunity to reflect on the past year, highlight what we are thankful for, and set goals for the future. It also means planning for, and attending celebrations and festivities with teammates, family and friends.

The holiday season should mean good times for all, and there are ways we can help ensure we are best set for success as we steer through social engagements.

Before celebrating or going out, plan ahead! If you intend to drink alcohol, choose one person to be your designated driver, or plan to use public transportation. Many areas around the country also offer Safe-Ride Programs or free cab rides during the holidays. Check with your local Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) to find out if these programs are offered in your area.

  1. Check in with your buddies. Go to social events with friends and check in with them throughout the night. Be sure to leave together or know who they are leaving with. Follow up when you return home to ensure everyone got home safely.
  2. Have your buddy’s back. Know where your buddy is and keep them in check. If your buddy seems out of it, is too intoxicated or is acting out of character, help them leave the event safely as excessive alcohol consumption may lead to negative consequences. For example, the use of alcohol is a factor in 45 percent of the Army’s sexual assault incidents. Therefore, be an intervener when necessary, not a bystander.
  3. Treat yourself and others with Dignity and Respect. Although the holiday season is a festive time for many, there are some who may experience increased stress for a wide variety of reasons. Be respectful of the personal challenges your teammates and friends may be experiencing and lean on your personal resilience to help you through challenges.
  4. Live the Army Values and represent the Army Profession. Those who serve demonstrate Character, Competence, and Commitment, and stand up for fellow Soldiers. As such, we should be self-aware so that we are able to regulate our emotions and reactions; we must take responsibility for our actions and the actions of others, and be interveners instead of bystanders; and we should live the Army Values every day in everything we do.

Hope you and your family have a great holiday season. Be safe and stay Army Strong!

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VA to Accept Proposals for New Scheduling System

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– As part of The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) ongoing effort to improve Veterans' access to healthcare, VA announced it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS).. The new MASS technology will help improve access to care for Veterans by providing schedulers with state-of-the-art, management-based scheduling software.

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DoE wants feedback from veterans working in the industry

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The Department of Energy (DoE) wants to identify the military skills that lead to careers in the energy industry. As part of that initiative, DoE is asking for feedback from veterans who have held or currently hold positions as building engineers, energy auditors, energy managers or commissioning agents.

Veterans with experience in those professions are asked to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be directed to DoE for a brief interview about their military experience, barriers they faced in entering the energy industry and how they were able to use their service skills to help them in their careers.

DoE's efforts are part of a larger initiative that aims to help veterans find work in the energy industry. DoE is hoping to identify the military skills that make a veteran successful in an energy career, and then use their findings to facilitate veterans into the industry through programs and informational campaigns.

The American Legion's Veterans Employment & Education Division is providing feedback in an advisory role.

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Devil’ Brigade Soldiers attend wellness expo at Camp Buehring

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CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and the USO co-sponsored the Buehring Olympics and Wellness Expo Oct. 31 at Camp Buehring. The event, the first of its kind, featured eight sports tournaments, 11 medical awareness booths and a social gathering that included a barbecue and a disc jockey.

The event was part of the brigade’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program designed to increase the physical and psychological health, resilience and performance of Soldiers.

First Lt. Thad Nelson, medical officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st ABCT, said the brigade wanted to get as many Soldiers outside as possible to participate in the Buehring Olympics and Wellness expo. Read More

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