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VA EXPANDS MEDICAL FORMS PROGRAM – The VA announced the release of 68 new forms designed to speed the processing of Veterans’ disability and pension claims. Adding to the three existing forms that dealt primarily with Agent Orange claims brings to 71the number of documents called (DBQs), that guide physicians’ reports of medical findings ensuring VA has exactly the medical information needed to make a prompt decision The physician can be either a VA Physician or a Veteran’s private Physician. DBQs can be found at http://benefits.va.gov/diabilityexams. Veterans may file a claim online through the eBenefits web portal at https://www,ebenefits.va.gov.

 

MIAs IDENTIFIED The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the indentification of the following personnel. From the Korean War, Army Cpl. Henry F. Johnson of Conway, Ark.; Army Sgt. William E. Brashear of Owensboro, Ky.; Cpl.Patrick R. Glennon of Rochester, NY; Sgt. 1st Class Rishard L. Harris of Spokane, Wash. and  Pfc. Frank P. Jennings of Parsons, Tenn.  From the Vietnam War, Airforce TSgt.Allen J Avery of Arllington, Mass.

 

Labor Department Vet Job Grants – The U>S. Department of Labor announce the availability of$1.5 Million in grants through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to provide job training services to help homeless veterans succeed in civilian careers. The department anticipates the awarding at least 50 grants to serve approximately 9,000 veterans. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations including faith-based and community organizations. For more information visit <https://www.dol.gov/vets/…/hvrp-bp.htm>. In addition, Verizon is offering job opportunities at <veizon.com/military jobs>.

 

G.I.BILL Education – Many reputable private and public universities, trade schools and training programs are committed to helping veterans further their education and careers. But there are also predators itching to pad their enrollments with veterans and get their hands on government billions. Veterans Affairs Chairwomen Patty Murphy introduced the The G.I. Bill consumer Awarness Act to ensure that veterans are armed with useful information and that programs would be required to have at least one full time employee to advise service members and veterans about their benefits.

 

David Estrovitz

 

4-22-12

 

 

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