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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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Published on Dec. 10, 2011

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  1. Charles W. Voeller III December 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I would like to know any and all information with regard to legislation S1629 and HR3612. Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2011, Agent Orange Exposure.
    Veterans Affairs Benefits.

    • candice December 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

      I see you got no response to your question Charles, maybe this site only responds to certain questions. I wish i knew the answer to your question but i dont. Maybe try contacting Patty Murray at the veterians affair in wash. DC 1-866-481-9186

  2. candace December 11, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Good intel report Alex, I’m trying to figure out why it still takes years for most of these Ptsd claims to be processed even when all evidence has be submitted. I thought when President 0bama signed a bill to fund more money to hired people to process claims and also made it less complicated to award the disabilty claim for Ptsd. From all the blogs I’m reading it doesn’t seem that claims are being handled any faster. It shouldn’t take years for someone to look at the evidence. Are they under staffed?

    • candace December 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Why is it that to me, it looks like only certain blogs are being responded to. All i asked was is the VA still short handed because i was under the empression that things would be changing for the best interest of all vets, to help speed up some of these back log of claims. I was going to voice my opinion to my state rep. here. I didnt mean it in a negative way, just a simple question? Sometimes letting your state rep. here the voice of american people who truely care about our vets get things done.

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