To improve communication between the National Office, Regional Coordinators, and members, NOCVA initiated a newsletter called the NOCVA News. This online newsletter covered the period from Sep 2013 through May 2014.
Resources for Veterans
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Health care, benefits, burials, and memorials
Disease Prevention – health promotion, disease prevention, and health education
Compensated Work Therapy – A vocational rehabilitation program to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs
Geriatrics & Extended Care
MyHealtheVet – Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – VA’s center for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
Homeless Services – resources, programs and benefits to assist Veterans who are homeless
Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers)
Women Veterans Health Care
Other Organizations of Interest to Veterans
Library of Congress Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
National Park Service – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country.
To find a name/photo of those inscribed on the wall
U.S. Census Bureau – wide variety of demographic information about the people in the United States
Sites of Interest to Chamorro Veterans
www.VirtualWall.org – website that lists casualties from Vietnam War; created index page for Guam casualties
www. CriticalPast.com – website that contains historic clips and stills spanning the 20th century drawn largely from U.S. government sources available in multiple formats for immediate download. The CriticalPast collection of vintage military and war footage contains 183 images of Guam:
- An officer trains Chamorro boys as U.S. Navy mess attendants aboard USS Barnes in Guam.
- U.S. troops and Chamorro natives work together to rebuild Guam after World War II.
- Chamorro homes, coastline and the beach in Guam.
- Captain Alexander and other officers of the United States Navy at Guam Government Pal…
- Radioman George Ray Tweed speaks about suffering inflicted by Japanese on Chamorros n…
- Chamorro workmen construct a road in Guam.
- Chamorro natives pray and girl lights candles in Catholic church, Guam.
- Guam Militia’s Drum and Bugle Corps, march at an academy in Guam.
- Explosions and smoke rise as U.S. soldiers fire artillery and dead soldiers in Guam.
- USS Frament (DE-677) is refueled from a U.S. Navy tanker ship during shakedown cruise
Congress – Elected Officials, Legislation, and Congressional Calendars
To find all national, state, and local leaders:
To find legislation on a specific topic:
To find Congressional calendars (check regularly for updates)
House – http://www.house.gov/legislative/
Senate – http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/one_item_and_teasers/2014_schedule.htm
When Congress is not in session, your elected official will most likely return to his or her state or district office to meet with constituents. Check your elected officials’ websites for specific information and dates when they are available.
Items of Interest to Chamorro Veterans
26 Sep 2014
NOCVA Attends 20th Anniversary Ceremony Honoring Minority Veterans, Meets Veterans Affairs Secretary MacDonald
This week, the VA observed the 20th anniversary of the Center for Minority Veterans, which included a ceremony on 24 Sep 2014 in Washington, D.C. The center advises senior VA leaders and was created after advocacy efforts by minority veterans groups who were concerned that their needs would not be addressed by the VA.
Photos 1 & 2
NOCVA National Coordinators Cel Aguigui and Larry Cruz with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. MacDonald
Terri Smith, NOCVA’s Senior Advisor for Chamorro Veterans Women’s Advisory Group, and VA Secretary Robert MacDonald (with Sheila Mitchell, Ret., Air Force)
24 Sep 2014
VA News Release — New Process Will Reduce Processing Times and Improve Quality
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve Veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which Veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for Veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and provide information that is necessary to process their claims and appeals. The new forms eliminate applicant guesswork, which often leads to delays in decisions and ultimately delays in receiving benefits. The new regulations go into effect in late March 2015.
4 Sep 2014
VA Outlines Actions Taken to Improve Access to Care,
Implement Recommendations from the Office of Inspector General
Two Forms of ID Now Needed to Request VHIC Card
VA has strengthened the ID requirements to request the new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). Enrolled Veterans now will need two forms of ID. See the acceptable ID documents in this story:
U.S. Department of Labor Data on Women Veterans
Women veterans offer important skills to employers where they can blend their experience serving our country with growing job opportunities in the skilled trades.
Feds Hire Vets, official website of the U.S. Government operated by the Office of Personnel Management, offers Federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, and Federal hiring officials.