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Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors.

Retiree & Veteran Affairs News Briefs link has now been added to our links page

New Medical Forms Will Streamline Veterans Claims Process”
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released three new disability benefits questionnaires for physicians of Veterans applying for VA disability compensation benefits.

The Veterans’ Legal Clinic at the Phoenix School of Law is now open
and ready to take inquiries from veterans on general civil and consumer legal issues.
The clinic is a free service to veterans staffed by students from the law school. At this time, assistance is limited to general civil and consumer legal issues but the school plans on expanding assistance to criminal and domestic law matters in the future.Please share this information with any veteran who may need assistance in general civil and consumer law issues. To contact the Phoenix School of Law Veterans’ Legal Clinic phone 602.464.7820 or email at : vetsclinic@phoenixlaw.edu

The below site contains a wealth of job opportunities.
Services for Veterans at DES is at: https://www.azdes.gov/main.aspx?menu=258&id=2194

Veterans Medallion Available for Order

New Option for Marking Veterans Graves in Private Cemeteries

WASHINGTON Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased’s status as a Veteran. For Veterans not buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery, or those without a government grave marker, VA is pleased to offer this option that highlights their service and sacrifices for our country, said Secretary Shinseki. Each service has own medallion. More information

The First Tee Military Affiliate Program
It’s tee time for children from military families, thanks to The First Tee Military Affiliate Program. The program not only sharpens children’s skills on golf course greens and fairways, but it also provides life skills. Along with basic golf instruction, The First Tee coaches teach children interpersonal communication, managing emotions, goal-setting and overcoming obstacles. To sign up, parents can visit a First Tee chapter in their community or download a coupon for free instruction by visiting The First Tee website,http://www.thefirsttee.org/military. The site also includes a listing of chapter locations. To read this article in full, please go to: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=58972

Donations List. We wanted you to see some of the areas where we spend most of our efforts and funds. Also a big thank you to all of our Wonderful Sponsors.

TRICARE and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Question and Answers.

Special Extra Earnings for Military Service.
Potential increase in military SS retirement Benefits due to adjusted salary basis for time served.

Purchase discount tickets to all the Broadway shows coming to ASU Gammage!
Log on to www.eventusher.com use password “military” and click to See Flyer for more information.
Military Family Ticket Program

For a quick rundown of Arizona Veteran’s Benefits please click HERE.

As of Oct., 10th, 2009, our military members who serve so gratuitously for us will be able to receive immediate in-state tuition when separating from an Arizona military installation. To read more about passage of HB 2495 in-state tuition; veterans into law click HERE.

Did you know Vets may qualify for cellphone discounts

The Joe Foss Institute is asking for volunteers to promote patriotism, public service, integrity and the appreciation of America’s freedoms through personal contact in schools and with youth groups. For more information about the Joe Foss Institute and how to volunteer go to http://www.jfiweb.org/foss/

The Southern Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery Foundation is working diligently to honor our soldiers with the Historical Soldiers Relocation Project. The Project involves bringing the remains of soldiers previously buried in Tucson, Arizona during the 1860-1880 time frame. Their goal is to provide them a final resting place with dignity and honor.

We are providing awards again this year to the outstanding JROTC cadets at High Schools throughout the State within our region. Any member interested in presenting an award please contact Gene Rafanelli or call 480-272-8302.

There are two GREAT initiatives that help get quality soldiers into the Army: One is theSMART PROGRAM, which essentially pays $2,000 to anyone in the DOD system (that is, active or retired or DOD civilian) who refers a recruit. You can also provide referrals and be rewarded for them. For each referral that enlists in the Army and completes training, you’ll receive $2,000. By telling your Army story and spreading the word about the opportunities that the Army offers, veterans can help make a recruiter’s job easier. The second one is designed to help bridge the transition from the military to civilian life by encouraging companies to form a partnership with the military. There is no cost to the company; they just agree to give a qualified soldier an interview upon his separation. It allows the soldier to develop skills in the military that would be useful to the company, and keeps the company in touch with what the military has to offer. This is a good deal all around, and we should encourage our corporate sponors and other companies to invest in it. Go to http://www.armypays.com/ for more information.