NOCVA Newsletters

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.

Apr-May 2014 NOCVA News

Special Anniversary Supplement Mar 2014 NOCVA News

Special Edition Mar 2014 NOCVA News

Jan-Feb 2014 NOCVA News

Nov 2013 NOCVA News

Oct 2013 NOCVA News

Sep 2013 NOCVA News

Resources for Veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Health care, benefits, burials, and memorials

http://www.va.gov/

Disease Prevention – health promotion, disease prevention, and health education

www.prevention.va.gov

Education

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Employment

Compensated Work Therapy – A vocational rehabilitation program to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs

www.cwt.va.gov

Geriatrics & Extended Care

www.va.gov/geriatrics

Health

Health Benefits

www.va.gov/healthbenefits

Mental Health

www.mentalhealth.va.gov

MyHealtheVet – Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services

www.myhealth.va.gov

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

www.ptsd.va.gov

Homeless Services – resources, programs and benefits to assist Veterans who are homeless

www.va.gov/homeless 

Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers)

www.vetcenter.va.gov

Women

http://www.va.gov/womenvet/

Women Veterans Health Care

www.womenshealth.va.gov

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.

http://www.loc.gov/vets/

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.

http://www.nps.gov/vive/index.htm

To find a name/photo of those inscribed on the wall

http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/

U.S. Census Bureau – wide variety of demographic information about the people in the United States

http://www.census.gov/

 

Sites of Interest to Chamorro Veterans

www.VirtualWall.org – website that lists casualties from Vietnam War; created index page for Guam casualties
http://www.virtualwall.org/istate/istatgu.htm

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:

http://www.criticalpast.com/stock-footage-video/guam

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675062225_United-States-Navy_USS-Barnes_Chamorro-boys_loading-copra-bags

 

Congress – Elected Officials, Legislation, and Congressional Calendars

To find all national, state, and local leaders:

  • http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
  • http://www.house.gov/
  • http://beta.congress.gov/
  • https://www.senate.gov/

To find legislation on a specific topic:
http://beta.congress.gov/

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
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Photo 3
Terri Smith, NOCVA’s Senior Advisor for Chamorro Veterans Women’s Advisory Group, and VA Secretary Robert MacDonald (with Sheila Mitchell, Ret., Air Force)

Terri&MacDonald

 

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.

http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2634

 

4 Sep 2014

VA Outlines Actions Taken to Improve Access to Care,

Implement Recommendations from the Office of Inspector General

http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2612

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:

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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.

http://www.dol.gov/wb/media/newsletter/test5.htm

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.

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/Index.aspx