This week’s round-up for Veteran news and resources:
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- Stars & Stripes reported on six new members for The Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, which helps provide insight on the issues faced by nearly two million female Vets.
- When some Veterans reach out over help, they prefer a text message instead of a phone call. Now Vets can reach the Veterans Crisis Line counselors by texting ‘838255.’ Or, the counselors can be reached by phone 24/7/365 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), then press 1.
- Just about every Veteran has asked “What benefits am I entitled to?” It’s different for everybody and can be confusing at times. Take a look at VA’s 2011 Benefits Book to determine your eligibility for health care, home loans, education benefits, and more.
- This past week saw the last official Pearl Harbor anniversary observance by the actual survivors. 70 years after the bombing that catapulted the U.S. into World War II, the Pearl Harbors Survivors Association will disband on December 31 due to the poor health of its members.
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