First With No Military Experience
Did you know if Denis McDonough is confirmed as the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, he won’t bring any personal military experience with him to the job, becoming only the second non-veteran to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)?
Vaccination Shots for Caregivers
Did you know designated family caregivers of veterans participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers can receive COVID-19 testing and vaccinations? Each facility will determine its own start date based on site-specific resources, needs and vaccine availability.
Did you know Patrol Base Abbate offers free-of-cost retreats in Big Sky Country for eligible veterans, where they can reconnect with their warrior spirit, foster community through shared interests, and re-discover purpose in service to each other, their families, and their communities?
Did you know Liberty Tax Service announced an initiative to help veterans and active duty military families with their 2020 tax preparation? Participating locations of the nationwide network of dedicated tax professionals are offering special pricing to all active duty and retired military and veterans, to help the country's service members get every deduction they're entitled to as part of the recently launched "Say hello to Liberty" campaign.
The Difference for Veterans
Did you know a veteran with mesothelioma cancer is different than a civilian with mesothelioma because of the two different systems veterans need to navigate? Veterans may have access to both civilian and VA medical systems as well as compensation options from the VA and civilian legal systems. This makes connecting early in the process with specialists who understand military service and asbestos exposure so important.
Illinois War Bonus
Did you know for veterans of World War II, a bonus payment of $10 per month is available for those serving domestically and a $15 payment per month for service on foreign soil is payable to veterans that were residents of Illinois at the time of entering service, who have served at least 60 days on active duty between the dates of September 16, 1940, and September 3, 1945, and who received an honorable discharge? Survivors of veterans are entitled to receive a one-time benefit of $1,000 if the veteran died as a result of service-related conditions during the specified time period.
Did you know the United States fought secret wars in Laos and Cambodia, dropping large quantities of Agent Orange in each of those countries? According to one estimate, the U.S. dropped 475,500 gallons of Agent Orange in Laos and 40,900 in Cambodia. Because Laos and Cambodia were neutral during the Vietnam War, the U.S. attempted to keep secret its wars, including its bombing campaigns against those countries, from the American population and has largely avoided compensating American veterans and CIA personnel stationed in Cambodia and Laos who suffered permanent injuries as a result of exposure to Agent Orange there.