Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Robert, can you put this in Chap 711 May & June newsletters?  Other newsletters too?

Thanks, Len

  

Please see attached flyer (In .png format for web posting). Request Widest dissemination.

We still need volunteers to serve.

So far I have two Volunteers, Cathy Breedlove (NVEnergy) and Peggy Randal (WVON). Volunteers should arrive between 730-745 on June 10th.

We have 100 tickets (pre-event) we can get more printed.

Julie-10 tickets

Karen-10 tickets

Sheila-12 tickets

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2017


CONTACT: Terri Hendry, Cell (775) 525-4674
Nevada State Veterans Home receives top honors
for exceptional patient care

 

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SERVING NEVADA’S HERO


(Boulder City, NV) – The Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, Nevada earned the Pinnacle Quality Insight Customer Experience Award. Also, the 180 bed home that serves veterans, spouses and Gold Star parents received the highest rating from Medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare with an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
Pinnacle Quality Insight is a nationally recognized customer satisfaction firm serving as a senior healthcare advocate for more than 20 years. The Customer Experience Award was established to ensure every resident or patient receives exceptional assistance and care from his or her provider.
Over the past 12 months, Pinnacle Quality Insight interviewed family members with loved ones in the Nevada State Veterans Home. The Home qualified for the Pinnacle Quality Insight Customer Award the previous year but this time the Home achieved more awards overall. This time, the Home received 23 awards in three neighborhoods in 12 areas of customer satisfaction: Activities, Admission Process, Cleanliness, Communication from Facility, Dignity and Respect, Dining Service, Individual Needs, Nursing Care, Overall Customer Experience, Overall Satisfaction, Recommend to others and Safety and Security.
Additionally, as of February 1, 2017, the Nevada State Veterans Home maintained its 5 star rating from Medicare.gov. Administrator Linda Gelinger said, "I am so proud of the wonderful team we have at the Home." She added, "The team works hard every single day in honor of our veterans and to ensure our veterans are well cared for."
The 5 star rating has become more coveted in the skilled care industry with an increase in strict criteria by the Federal agency in recent months. To achieve this level of distinction takes dedication and commitment to quality each and every day.
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Robert, Please post to all sites. 

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The Wife and I have been supporters of a program to send some of our Wounded Warriors and their Caregivers on a cruise for about a decade now.  It is a way that we can say thanks for their sacrifices and pains in recovery.

In the days when I attempted to assist Veterans with some counsel and assistance and my wife Betty who worked as a Nurse in the Army and the VA, we often saw the suffering and challenges that our Wounded Warriors and their caregivers faced on a daily basis.  What has been heartening to witness is the improvement in treatments and care our wounded are now receiving and the "Warrior Spirit" and ethos one sees in these active duty, reserve troops and veterans.  

The process is long, painful and challenging.  I have talked with a Special Forces Soldier who required 34 pints of blood to survive his medical evacuation process from the combat zone, loss of limbs, and many surgeries to become capable of walking with prosthetic legs and continuing a career as an army officer.  I have talked with another whose double amputation still allowed him to raise funds  for future Wounded Warrior cruise candidates with a rucksack race and other sports competitions.  I have talked with Combat Medics and Corpsmen who received serious wounds or injuries from aircraft and vehicle incidents in attempts to save others.  

Another Soldier we know has undergone 30 surgeries to first survive, and lately to regain enough mobility to simply play with his children.  I could tell many other stories as well.  What often goes untold are the spouses of these Warriors who have often had to put their careers or jobs on hold to provide daily care to their partners.  

What the cruises accomplish are simply a way of saying thanks - not just for their service - but for their sacrifices, in the past and ongoing.  It may offer some a brief vacation from the recovery process and physical and occupational therapy for some relaxation, water sports, and sightseeing.  We hope that these efforts might help make their future just a little brighter.

If you are one of us who actively support veterans, please consider providing a little assistance by either donating to this cause, going on the cruise with your spouse, and asking your veteran or service organization to become a sponsor.  Attached is an information sheet with upcoming cruise information and some past cruise photos and information.  

The 46th Special Forces Company Association (Abn) is an authorized non-profit charitable activity under the 501 (c) (3) code and donations are tax-deductible.  If you or someone you know is in the business world that wishes to something for deserving veterans, the goodwill and acknowledgement would be publicized throughout the veteran community.  If you or your activity cannot participate, please pass on the information to others.

I am hoping that even a little bit more can be added to the activities around this Wounded Warrior Cruise.  I would really recommend that you choose to use this as not only a way of helping our wounded and injured Warriors, but as a truly rewarding experience along with a fun and relaxing vacation.  

If you do decide to go, please use the contacts from the 46th SF Company for reservations as it helps to obtain the maximum number of cabins and bennies from the cruise line for the Wounded Warriors on the cruise.

I have had several Inquiries as to receiving a 46th SF Co Assn Newsletter but must announce that MSG Reed (Cadillac) Johnson, US Army (Retired), succumbed to Agent Orange related medical problems last year.  There might be a newsletter in the works.

There are several things to see and do around Miami as well as cruising but if you are pressed for time, detailed research into flights between Las Vegas and Miami can be timed to minimize hotel costs by shuttle from the airport and cruise ship and back.  

I am available at loumicsm@yahoo.com to answer questions around the cruise experience but for costs and reservations, contact those on the attached sheet and CC address above.  This is one of the greatest opportunities available to you to support our Wounded Warriors, learn of their journey of healing, and have a great vacation - all in one.  It is also an opportunity for a veterans organization to sponsor one of their deserving Wounded Warriors.  On the last cruise, VVA Chapter 1076 sponsored a local 101st Airborne Veteran amputee and DAV Chapter 13 members helped with his expenses.  

Lou

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CHILI’S IS PROUD TO SUPPORT

 

Vietnam Veterans of
America Chapter 1076

 

Let Chili's do the cooking while we support Vietnam Veterans of America at
the same time. With each flyer presented on Monday Chili's will donate 15%
of the event day sales.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Give Back Event is:
March 13th, 2017
11am/ 10pm
only at:
10080 S. Eastern Ave.
Henderson, NV 89052
702-407-6924 -
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GIVING BACK happens here
Mention or show the Give Back Event Flyer with each check to receive credit for the sale. Sale cannot be included in donation amount with
flyer. Offer only valid on the date and location stated above. Donations will not be given on sales made prior to or past this date.
Vietnam Veterans of
America Chapter 1076

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

NDVS Newsletter for February 2016

 

   

 

 

 

   Nevada Department of Veterans Services Newsletter February 2017 

To print this e-Newsletter for distribution, simply copy and paste into a new 

Word Document. To enlarge the printed version, use the

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Governor Sandoval honors two women for outstanding commitment in helping fellow veterans

By Terri Hendry

(Carson City, NV) – Governor Brian Sandoval presented special recognition to two women, one of them a veteran herself, for their work and commitment to helping fellow veterans.
U.S. Army veteran, Peggy Bohn received the "Veteran of the Month" honor in a ceremony in Carson City on January 11, 2017. Bohn hosts LadyVets meetings where the program is designed to promote social time, information exchange, networking and VA benefits information. She also participates in veterans' events known as "Stand Downs," as well as helps veterans get the care they've earned through their service. She has also assisted with surveys, focus groups and collecting data that helps design programs to improve the quality of life for veterans.
The Governor also presented Linda Haigh with the "Veteran Supporter of the Month" honor for her extensive work in bettering the lives of veterans. Haigh and her husband Wayne founded the Adopt a Vet Dental program in 2010. It partners veterans in need to dentists who are willing to care for veterans free of charge. The program started with six dentists and today the number has grown to 110 dentists in 10 northern Nevada counties. In 2007, she started a Veterans Outreach Program at her church after discovering 60 low income veterans living and surviving with difficulty at an apartment complex in Reno. The church program provides items including clothing, bedding, food, bus passes and gift cards to veterans in need. 
The "Veteran of the Month" and "Veteran Supporter of the Month" awards are provided through the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. The awards are part of the Governor's commitment to make Nevada the "friendliest State in the nation" to its military community and veterans.

2017 Legislative Summit provides veterans with information about upcoming Session

(Carson City, NV) – The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS), in partnership with the United Veterans Legislative Council (UVLC), hosted two Legislative Summits in January. One was held in Las Vegas, the other in Carson City, Nevada.  

The Summit is designed to provide information to veterans, their families and veteran supporters with information about proposed legislation that could impact those serving in the military or veterans. UVLC President Kevin Burns and UVLC Vice-President Tony Yarborough walked attendees through key issues identified through 2016 Veterans Symposia. Some of those "big ideas" that surfaced in the series of symposiums included actions to prevent veteran suicide, take care of family survivors especially children and caregivers of veterans was well as improve the State's ability to connect veterans to benefits, particularly in the rural areas.  

In Las Vegas, State Senator Joe Hardy and Assemblyman Chris Edwards,  were on hand. In northern Nevada, Edwards joined Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle to address the audience.  

A number of key bills were discussed including the Governor's Legislative Bills. AB 24 would revise provisions governing the tuition charges assessed against certain students within the Nevada System of Higher Education. This bill would help veteran students. SB 33 would prohibit the foreclosure of real property owned by certain military personnel or their dependents in certain circumstances. SB 70 would revise provisions governing management of certain abandoned or unclaimed property deemed to have military value. It would allow the NDVS Director to transfer this kind of property to the Nevada State Museum or the Nevada Historical Society or any suitable state, federal or non-profit entity. This bill would also protect against the disposal or destruction of unclaimed property or artifacts with military value.  

There are also other key bills proposed such as AB 2 which would revise provisions regarding the Patriot Relief Act. This would remove the requirement that only those who have been called to active services are eligible for monetary relief. SB 7 would revise provisions of the Nevada Code of Military Justice updating it so certain offenses are subject to court-martial proceedings.  

Other bills of administrative importance, being brought forward by NDVS, were discussed but some of the agency's budget priorities include funding for the new Northern Nevada State Veterans Home, additional Veterans Service Officers to serve rural areas as well as capital improvement projects at Nevada's State Veterans Cemeteries. The Summit allowed participants to also learn how policies are developed as well as how to track legislation. You may learn more about the 79th Session of the Legislature as well as how to keep track of proposed legislation by visiting our website at http://www.veterans.nv.gov/page/nevada-79th-legislature

Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature in March

Mark your calendar and make sure you participate and attend the upcoming Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature on March 15, 2017.  

The day in Carson City starts at 8:00 AM with coffee and networking near the Veterans Memorial behind the Capitol Building. At 9:00 AM, the Governor will be signing critical veterans legislation and will host a ceremony honoring distinguished veterans. The Nevada National Guard will host the Color Guard as well as provide military static displays. Between around 11:30 AM and Noon, the Assembly and State Senate will pass resolutions in honor of Nevada’s Fallen. At noon, lunch will be served outside using the National Guard’s mobile kitchen.

If you would like to set up a display or exhibit booth at the event, just click here to register. We hope to see you there!  

Northern Nevada Mourns the Loss of a Great Warrior and Citizen

By Tyrus W. Cobb

Reno and the nation have suffered a great loss with the passing of Lt. General Martin Brandtner (USMC-Ret), who died unexpectedly on January 3. “Marty” was a heavily decorated and twice-wounded Marine, having been awarded the Navy Cross not once, but twice (The Navy Cross is just one level below the Medal of Honor)! He and his wife Sandra moved to northern Nevada in 2003, and he was deeply engaged with the National Security Forum, the Catholic Diocese, Manogue High School, and several service clubs.

As a Captain commanding a rifle company in Viet Nam in 1968, Brandtner led a reconnaissance patrol near the village of Lan Phuoc, where his lead platoon triggered an ambush by North Vietnamese (NVA) troops. As Brandtner moved forward to join the fight, he was hit badly when an enemy grenade showered him with shrapnel. Brandtner ignored his own injuries and moved forward to attack the North Vietnamese ambush position, tossing his own grenades, and destroyed the enemy stronghold. The fight continued as a short range grenade duel as other NVA troops moved forward. Ignoring his own wounds, Brandtner scooped up the enemy grenades and hurled them back at the NVA troops.

When a grenade landed near his own fire team, Brandtner picked the grenade up and threw it back at the enemy. Knowing the grenade’s force would also hit his own team, Brandtner flung himself atop his own men, absorbing the shrapnel himself. Despite his wounds, then Captain Brandtner consolidated his unit’s position, coordinating artillery strikes against the NVA positions. That forced the enemy to abandon its positions and flee, and only then did Brandtner allow the corpsmen to attend to his wounds.

Just eight days later, Brandtner and his company were establishing ambush positions when they were attacked by a battalion-sized NVA force. Ignoring enemy rifle, machine-gun and rocket fire, Captain Brandtner moved from position to position, directing his Marines’ fire, reorganizing the defense and inspiring his men. Over the next two hours, the NVA launched three more attacks and were thrown back with severe losses each time. The NVA attacked repeatedly, but the Marines held their positions and the enemy forces finally withdrew. During the two battles, while the North Vietnamese suffered considerable casualties, Brandtner’s company lost only one man! These two actions resulted in Brandtner receiving two Navy Crosses and the distinction of being one of only two Marines in Vietnam to earn the medal twice.

During his career as a Marine infantry officer, General Brandtner led at every level, commanding three platoons, two rifle companies, a battalion, the storied 5th Marine Regiment, and as the Chief of Staff of the 1st Marine Division. As a general officer, he served as Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces (FMF), Commanding General, 10th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and Commanding General, 2nd Force Service Support Group, FMF. 

General Brandtner’s staff assignments included serving as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the Reagan Administration.  In 1990, General Brandtner was nominated for his third star and assignment as Director for Operations, J-3, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving under General Colin Powell.  As the J-3, General Brandtner was responsible for operational planning for Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, and subsequent major U. S. global operations in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Bosnia. 

General Brandtner is survived by his wife, Sandra, and four children and seven grandchildren.

Governor Brian Sandoval helps honor veterans in a special tribute and ceremony

By Terri Hendry 

(Reno, NV) - U.S. Navy, World War II veteran, Margaret Allen has seen a lot in her lifetime. At 107-years young, she has either served in or seen every US conflict beginning with World War I. Allen was among some 44 veterans who received a special honor and recognition during a Veterans in Care (VIC) ceremony, a program developed by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. 

The VIC program is designed to identify and recognize veterans who are now living in eldercare communities. The January event featured three veterans who have celebrated 100 birthdays! Yes, you are correct, they are 100-years-old! Governor Brian Sandoval handed out specially minted coins to each veteran being honored. The approximately 100 people crowded in to the recreational room at Five Star Premiere Residences of Reno to watch the veterans receive their special recognition and to be honored. Some were brought to tears while they additionally received certificates and were also pinned with a commemorative VIC pin as part of the ceremony. Governor Sandoval said, "It is humbling and an honor to be among so many Nevada heroes." NDVS Director Katherine Miller said, "It is heart warming to see these men and women remembered and honored in this way." She added, "Some of them have told us they felt their service had been forgotten." As of December 2016, more than 500 veterans have been recognized through the VIC program. 

To watch media coverage of this event click here.

To learn more about the VIC program click here.

" Bravo Zulu" training puts focus on veteran elder care

By Julie Boyster

(Las Vegas & Reno, NV) -  The Nevada Department of Veterans Services held its inaugural launch of a Veterans In Care " Bravo Zulu" training initiative in Las Vegas in January. This program is designed to enhance awareness on how the military experience of aging veterans affects and impacts the role of those who provide care to them.

"Bravo Zulu: Achieving Excellence in Relationship-Centered Care", is a series of eight workshops with four being held in southern Nevada  and an additional four workshops being held in northern Nevada. The "Bravo Zulu" training is offered throughout the year for health care facilities and care partners. As you may already know, Nevada is home to nearly 300,000 veterans. Forty-three percent are over the age of 65. This statistic prompted the NDVS to partner with the Perry Foundation and its nationally known expert and author, Jennifer Carson, Ph.D.  Carson is a Professor at the University of Nevada-Reno. She developed the training and was the key presenter at the workshops. 

This first workshop had 54 attendees, from a variety of health care settings.  A closing panel of veterans, gave additional insights to the participants. Pictured left to right: Greg Flemming, an AmeriCorps State volunteer; Ben Jefferson, NDVS Veteran Services Officer; Shirley Pfannebecker, Nurse Manager at the Nevada State Veterans Home; Poppy Helgren, Chief Nursing Officer at the Nevada State Veterans Home; Bobbie Oats (USAF retired), Nevada Women's Veterans Advisory Council.

The second workshop was held at the Alzheimer's Association building on Cordone Street. 

Veterans Services featured on America Matters Radio KCKQ AM 1180

By Terri Hendry

(Reno, NV) - The Nevada Department of Veterans Services is reaching out so you can learn important information by sitting back and listening to the radio. Thanks to long-time Nevada veterans supporter, Connie McMullen, Publisher of the Senior Spectrum and Boomer Magazines, she is lending her hour long radio program to the NDVS! Just click the link to listen to the most recent program featuring the latest information from NDVS.

The most recent program was hosted by former television anchor-reporter, Terri Hendry and it featured NDVS Director Kat Miller. In program you heard about the recruitment to fill outreach positions with both the AmeriCorps State and the AmeriCorps Vista programs from AmeriCorps State Program Director, Tamalyn Gee and AmeriCorps Vista Outreach Coordinator, Blake Boles. 

ftp://shows.americamatters.us/Show/Senior%20Spectrum%20Editors%20Desk

NDVS will also host the upcoming programs on the following dates on KCKQ 1180 AM. Just tune in from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM to listen or check back to our upcoming newsletters as we will provide links so  you can listen! 

2/1/17: New VA presumptive conditions associated with water contamination (1953-1987) at Camp Lejeune  

2/22/17: Native American Veterans, Generations of Veterans 

3/15/17: Incarcerated Veterans and Student Veterans 

4/5/17: Veteran Benefits—State and Federal 

NDVS wants to thank Connie McMullen for her generosity and support of Nevada's veterans! Also, thank you for listening! 

Veteran ‘Graduates’ 75 Years Later

By  Hail Bernstein Saylor/Boulder City Review

(Boulder City, NV) - George Markle receives kisses from Poppy Helgren, left, director of nursing, and Linda Gelinger, administrator, of the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City after he was presented with his high school diploma Tuesday. Markle, 91, a World War II veteran, left high school in Bigelow, Arkansas, to join the Army after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. He was honored through the Operation Recognition program, which helps veterans who left high school and served between World War II and the Vietnam War obtain their diplomas.

American Legion presentation at the Nevada State Veterans Home

A special recognition was held at the Nevada State Veterans Home, January 30th, 2017.  The American Legion "Spirit of Freedom" Post 76, presented each resident a "Veteran" ball cap with the seal of the branch of service they had served in.  Spouses in residence also received hats honoring their husband's service area.

Pictured are the members of the American Legion in front of a quilted Flag at the Home.  In addition, Commander Joel Forman presented the Director of Nurses Poppy Helgren, who is also an Army Veteran, with one of the hats.  A third picture shows Ron Michalski  of the Home's Independent Review Panel in the red cap with several of the American Legion members and Veterans in the home that were  honored . 

Congratulations Ross Bryant “Chapter Advisor of the Year!”

Contribution from George Ann Rice. Written by Terri Hendry

(Las Vegas, NV) - On Saturday night in Anaheim, at the Student Veterans of America 2017 National Conference, Ross Bryant was honored as the SVA “Chapter Advisor of the Year.” He was chosen out of 1400 SVA Chapters. After receiving the honor and award Bryant said, “I was shocked, humbled and honored. I appreciate our SVA chapter for nominating me, and I can’t emphasize enough that this has always been a team effort!”

UNLV was recognized as a campus that truly cares for and provides excellent service for our more than 1700 veterans. Since June of 2012, UNLV has made a great commitment in supporting the veterans returning from what is now more than 16 years of war. During the last 5 years, the Military & Veteran Services Center has enjoyed great support, community collaborations and greatly improved services. 

Bryant said, “It begins with the exceptional UNLV support led by Dr. Juanita Fain and our AVP, Mike Sauer." He added, "They have ensured that we have a robust staff to help all the UNLV student veterans get their VA payments and benefits on time.” He also said, “The Military and Veteran Services Center certifying staff, led by Melissa Barber, includes Julie Kaeding, Sharon Savage and recently Tricia Rucinski (in the position formerly held by Erika Busbee) all do a tremendous job.” Bryant emphasized, “Nothing at UNLV happens without this team processing files, getting each veteran certified and meticulously posting payments. I appreciate and honor all of you. Thank you for working so harmoniously and cohesively as a team!”

Bryant credits the success to great partnerships with the VA's Vet Success program, the Nevada Department of Veteran Services (NDVS), the Student Veteran and Military Family Services Committee, the National PAVE program, the various community veteran support nonprofits/programs, the newly formed Veteran Community Engagement Council and the leadership of the two Student Veterans of America Chapters (Rebel Vets & Rebel Women Vets).

Bryant said, “All of these relationships have improved our services and positively impacted our student veteran population. I thank all of you who are involved with these programs and organizations.” He also gave a special thanks to his wife Amy Bryant said, “She has always been with me in the Army and later at UNLV. She is my ROCK!” 

One of Nevada’s oldest WWII veterans is special guest to Gov. Brian Sandoval

NEVADA APPEAL

(Carson City, NV) - Phyllis Anker Bendure, 97, was more than just a sergeant during World War II. One of Nevada’s oldest living WWII veterans, Phyllis also was a teacher in the military and in northern Nevada schools. She was a trusted aide and delivered top-secret information, and had tea with presidents’ wives. She’s a veteran many could look up to, as she was a part of the Women Army Corps in the 1940s. Her journey has led her to be Governor Brian Sandoval’s special guest at his "State of the State" Speech in January. “I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “I’ve never been so honored before.”
Click here to read more.

Applications to be accepted for 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Event Takes Place in Biloxi, May 7-11

By Michael Molina

(Washington, D.C.) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will accept applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games beginning Feb. 1, 2017. Veterans ages 55 and older and enrolled in VA health care may complete applications online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2017.

The National Veterans Gold Age Games Director, Carla Carmichael said, “The VA is committed to offer sports and fitness as an integral part of a successful healthcare program, and I encourage every eligible Veteran to take advantage of this opportunity.” Carmichael added, “There are significant health benefits to leading an active lifestyle, and in keeping with the Games motto, we want every Veteran to achieve 'Fitness For Life.’”

The 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games will take place in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 7-11, 2017. Nearly 800 athletes are expected to compete in the national multi-sport competition for senior Veterans, embracing the “Fitness for Life” motto. The event encourages participants to make physical activity a central part of their lives, and supports the VA’s comprehensive recreation and rehabilitation therapy programs. Competitive events include air rifle, badminton, boccia, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, power walk, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, and track and field. Exhibition events include: air pistol, archery, basketball, blind disc golf and pickleball.

VA research and clinical experience verify that movement and exercise are important to maintaining good health, speeding recovery and improving overall quality of life. The games encourage participants to continue in local senior events in their home communities and every other year serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games. VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System will host this year’s games. The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System provides care for more than 50,000 Veterans throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

For more information visit www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov and follow VA Adaptive Sports on Twitter at @VAAdaptiveSport or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vaadaptivesports.

NDVS and AmeriCorps Want YOU! Opportunities Exist for Volunteer Service

Do you want to serve the heroes that have faithfully served us? Then join us as an AmeriCorps Member with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services!

Nevada has an estimated 300,000 veterans living within its borders, and their number is growing every day. Our goal is to make sure they know about all the benefits that they have earned, and are able to take advantage of them. Many have severe life barriers, and don't even know they're eligible for assistance.

In short, your work with us can potentially save lives!
AmeriCorps VISTA: As an Outreach Coordinator, you will be working on building capacity for many of our programs to assist student veterans, women veterans, the aged, destitute, and other special populations. This can be challenging, and we are looking for some bright, squared-away individuals to make a difference in their lives. You might also be assisting with social media, special events, newsletters, and marketing.

Positions are currently available in Elko, Las Vegas and Reno. 
AmeriCorps State: Primarily, you will reach out to various communities across Nevada to build Veteran Community Collaboratives (VCC's), which are integral to educating and disseminating valuable information to all of Nevada's veterans, wherever they may reside.

Positions are potentially available across the state. 
For more information about training, benefits and service, click on https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps

or contact Tamalyn Gee at 755-688-1653.

Thank you for your interest in serving Nevada's Heroes. We look forward to hearing from you!

Your Plate Benefits NV Veterans Programs

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Any veteran or his or her spouse, parent or child can purchase a veteran license plate. The applicant certifies that he or she qualifies by signing the Veteran License Plate Application (SP 33). The initial cost for veterans plates with a standard number is $61 plus a Prison Industry fee of .50 cents per plate. The annual renewal fee is $30. The initial cost for personalized versions is $97 plus a Prison Industry fee of .50 cents per plate. The annual renewal is $50. Twenty five dollars of the initial fee and $20 of the annual renewal are used to support outreach programs and services for veterans and their families administered by Nevada Department of Veterans Services. Plates with standard numbers are in stock at DMV Full Service Offices. You can order personalized versions by mail, fax, or in person at a DMV Full Service Office. 

Veteran Unit Decal Plates: The DMV is authorized to offer veterans plates with extra space for unit logos. Army Airborne and Navy Seabees are available as well as Air Force and Army logos on National Guard Plates.

Motorcycle plates for Army Airborne and Navy Seabees are not in stock and must be custom-ordered. Visit the Nevada DMV website to learn more.

NDVS Veterans Service Officers Outreach


NDVS Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) are available to assist any veteran, family member of a veteran, or Nevada resident on active duty.

NDVS offers free assistance with filing claims for service-connected disabilities, non-service-connected pension, and other benefits afforded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

There are three locations; 

Reno, 775-321-4880; Las Vegas,  702-224-6025; and Elko, 775-777-1000.

Assistance includes aid in the filing of claims, support during the appeals process, representation at local hearings, and guidance with requests for discharge upgrades. To schedule a claims appointment at one of our offices, call the number of the office closest to you.

In addition to in-office appointments, NDVS offers Rural Outreach events in the following areas:

NORTH -- Austin, Gardnerville, Hawthorne, Silver Springs, Battle Mountain, Ely, West Wendover and Winnemucca

SOUTH -- Beatty, Laughlin, Mesquite, Pahrump and Tonopah

For more information on our Rural Outreach, or to schedule an appointment during one of our Rural Outreach events, please call one of the numbers listed above to contact a VSO in your region.

FEBRUARY ROVER DATES

7th - Mesquite

Mesquite Veterans Center -

VVA 840 Hafen Lane

Mesquite NV USA

9:30 a - 2:30 p

9th and 23rd - Nevada Senior Services

901 N. Jones Blvd.

Las Vegas NV 89108 USA

9 a - 3 p

24th - Aging and Disabilities Resource Center

Reno Town Mall

4001 South Virginia Street, Suite F (Second Floor, Above the library)

Reno NV 89502 USA

9 a - 1 p

24th - Gardnerville

Douglas County Senior Center 

10 a - 3 p

Pahrump every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Nevada's Office of Military Legal Assistance 2016 Dates

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By NV AG Office

(Carson City, NV)--The Nevada Attorney General’s Office of Military Legal Assistance (OMLA) provides pro bono (free) legal assistance and representation to active duty, reserve and National Guard service members in a wide area of civil law matters. 

The OMLA is a comprehensive, statewide program combining the joint efforts of legal aid organizations, private sponsors and the State Bar of Nevada to address the need for affordable legal representation in our military communities.

The OMLA also currently provides assistance to veterans with wills and powers of attorney.

In order to receive legal assistance from this program, active military and reserve service members should seek referral from their respective Judge Advocate General.

Veterans should seek referral from their respective Veterans Services Office. Click here for the statewide listing.

February OMLA Dates

2/24, 10-2 AMERICAN LEGION POST 60, 1510 BRUCE WOODBURY DRIVE, LAUGHLIN

POC, CMD FRED DOTEN, 702-445-1694 

2/25, 10-2 NDVS VETERANS HOME, 100 VETERANS MEMORIAL DRIVE, BOULDER CITY

POC, JULIE BOYSTER, 702-332-6717

Calendar

We are constantly adding new events to our calendar, in our on-going mission to support the veteran community in Nevada. Click here to check out our VetNet calendar

Visit our website www.veterans.nv.gov

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

VFW Post 3848 80th Anniversary Celebration

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Department of Defense Announces Successful Micro-Drone Demonstration

 

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Release No: NR-008-17
Jan. 9, 2017

In one of the most significant tests of autonomous systems under development by the Department of Defense, the Strategic Capabilities Office, partnering with Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California. The test, conducted in October 2016 and documented on Sunday’s CBS News program “60 Minutes”, consisted of 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornets. The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.  

“I congratulate the Strategic Capabilities Office for this successful demonstration,” said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who created SCO in 2012. “This is the kind of cutting-edge innovation that will keep us a step ahead of our adversaries. This demonstration will advance our development of autonomous systems.”

“Due to the complex nature of combat, Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,” said SCO Director William Roper. “Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team.”

The demonstration is one of the first examples of the Pentagon using teams of small, inexpensive, autonomous systems to perform missions once achieved only by large, expensive ones. Roper stressed the department’s conception of the future battle network is one where humans will always be in the loop. Machines and the autonomous systems being developed by the DoD, such as the micro-drones, will empower humans to make better decisions faster.

Originally designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering students, the Perdix drone was modified for military use by the scientists and engineers of MIT Lincoln Laboratory starting in 2013. Drawing inspiration from the commercial smartphone industry, Perdix software and hardware has been continually updated in successive design generations. Now in its sixth generation, October's test confirmed the reliability of the current all-commercial-component design under potential deployment conditions—speeds of Mach 0.6, temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius, and large shocks—encountered during ejection from fighter flare dispensers.

The “60 Minutes” segment also featured other new technology from across the Department of Defense such as the Navy’s unmanned ocean-going vessel, the Sea Hunter, and the Marine Corps’ Unmanned Tactical Control and Collaboration program.

As SCO works with the military Services to transition Perdix into existing programs of record, it is also partnering with the Defense Industrial Unit-Experimental, or DIUx, to find companies capable of accurately replicating Perdix using the MIT Lincoln Laboratory design. Its goal is to produce Perdix at scale in batches of up to 1,000.

Editor’s Note:

A fact sheet about Perdix can be found here.  

Perdix video footage: