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National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury (NRCTBI)

The mission of the National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury (NRCTBI) is to provide relevant, practical information for professionals, persons with brain injury, and family members. We have more than two decades of experience investigating the special needs and problems of people with brain injury and their families.  With input from consumers and nationally recognized experts, we have developed a wide variety of assessment tools, intervention programs, and training programs. 

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What is Veterans Day - US Vets Featured Video

Be sure to check out the History website, where we found this great video that gives the history of Veterans Day and its beginning as Armistice Day following the end of World War I and tells the significance of the moment of silence at the eleventh day, eleventh hour, eleventh month.

Compare VA Backlogs and Wait Times on Interactive Map

Map: Veterans stuck in disability claims backlog limbo

Now you can compare backlogs and wait times at the 58 VA regional offices on an interactive map provided by the Bay Citizen. The Bay Citizen claims that map automatically updates weekly, tracking in real-time whether the VA is living up to its promises to improve. Check it out and see for yourself.

At the time of this posting, the map shows that 821,143 military veterans are waiting with an avreage wait time of 273 days. The interactive map gives a pretty clear visual that our military veterans are stuck in disability claims backlog limbo.


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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension exists to help financially disadvantaged wartime Veterans and their survivors.

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Veterans Law Center for Legal Assistance

The Veterans Law Center provides support and counsel to America's Honorably Discharged Military Veterans, wherever they may be, and we do this free of charge to them.

As Mosul Battle Rages, Carter Heads to Europe for Anti-ISIS Talks

A long-scheduled gathering becomes a real-time assessment for the complex offensive.

Denying Trump's Denial, U.S. Intel Chief Says There's More Evidence of Russian Hacking

The nation's top intelligence official says "forensic and other" evidence proves Russian election interference.

Refusing to Nuke First

Why rejecting nuclear preemption reflects strength, not weakness

Election Could Have a Major Impact on DHS Agencies

A new analysis shows how Clinton and Trump might reshape the direction of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Relief Mission to Haiti Is Also a Signal to America's Neighbors, and Russia

The leader of U.S. Southern Command hopes helpful actions speak louder than Moscow's words.

Financial Stability Oversight Council 2015 Report

At a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew presented the findings of the Financial Stability Oversight Council's (FSOC) annual report for 2015. The 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations law created the FSOC to investigate risks to financial markets. The 2015 report looked at the threat of computer hacking against financial institutions. In addition, Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and other Republican members questioned Mr. Lew about the $1.7 billion cash payment made by the U.S. to Iran in January 2016. Other topics included Wells Fargo Banks opening unauthorized consumer accounts.

Should Sailors Be Able to Reprogram Their Ship?

The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer is automated to an unprecedented degree. Should the crew be allowed to harness it with code?

Why the U.S. Military Still Flies Cold War-Era Planes

The U-2 shows how old technologies die hard.

Cybersecurity and Encryption Technology

Admiral Michael Rogers and Undersecretary Marcell Lettre testified about cybersecurity threats to the country, including how groups like ISIL* used encrypted technologies to stay hidden while planing and carrying out attacks. Topics included attacks on critical infrastructure. Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain (R-AZ) talked about media reports that the Obama administration was considering elevating the Department of Defense's Cyber Command and separating it from the National Security Agency. He said he would block any such proposal and block the confirmation of any person nominated to fill either of the positions. Admiral Rogers, the director of both the NSA and Cyber Command in what is commonly referred to as a "dual hat" role, said that he did not think the two roles should be separated. *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

Feds Charge Three Kansas Men in Domestic Terror Plot

Prosecutors say the trio targeted an apartment complex housing immigrants and a mosque for a post-election attack.

Army Soldier Records Branch Article

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How to Access or Request Your Official Military Personnel File Documents

Accessing or Requesting Your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) Documents

There are two ways to obtain copies of specific document(s) or your entire OMPF:

  1. Accessing your OMPF electronically.
  2. Submitting a request to the appropriate Location of Military Personnel Records.

You may be able to access your OMPF electronically at no charge. Electronic access is an easy, fast, 24/7 way to view your OMPF, and it gives you the flexibility to print specific document(s) or download your entire OMPF.

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2 Wars, 11 Years, 725 Fallen Californians

By Diana Marcum
Los Angeles Times
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They came from Walker Basin, a speck of a community at the edge of the Sequoia National Forest. From the farm town of Reedley, where a barber gives boys joining the military free haircuts before they ship out.

They came from San Francisco. Los Angeles. San Diego.

When they died, photos went up on post office walls in their hometowns. On Veterans Day, there are parades and charity golf tournaments. Buddies gather at graves to drink to the ones who are gone.

In the 11 years since the wars began in Iraq and Afghanistan, 725 service members from California have been killed.

Many died young -- 41% were not yet 22. Sixty-three were still teenagers.

They were fun-loving singles. Forty-seven were engaged. They were married, leaving behind 307 wives and husbands. They had children -- 432 sons and daughters.

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Hackers Get Personal Data From Navy Website

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
September 21, 2012

By Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian-Pilot

Hackers accessed personal information of more than 200,000 service members earlier this year and posted a sampling of the data online.

The information came from the Smart Web Move system, an online application run by the Navy and used by all branches of the military to arrange household moves.

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Important VA Numbers and Websites

We grabbed the useful telephone numbers and links to other websites so you can access them here whenever the VA Website is down for maintenance. (Please note: These phone numbers and links are present on the VA website even when the website is down for maintenance. However, it may be difficult to find what you need because the information on the website does not appear in the normal format.)

Veterans Crisis Line - 800-273-8255 and Press 1

More important numbers and website links below...

Coming Home From War To Hit The Books

By David Wallis

FALLING asleep in a crowded lecture hall was never a problem for Adam Connell. Just the opposite.

As a freshman at the University of Iowa in fall 2010, he uneasily eyed his classmates. "I had feelings of bad anxiety," recalled Mr. Connell, 25, a Navy veteran. "When you pull into ports, because terrorism is so high, you are always super-vigilant at all times. In these 300-person lecture halls, you are just surrounded by people you don't know."

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Video - The American Veteran Video - Social Media at VA

The American Veteran - Social Media at VA

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Video - Take me out to the Ball Game! A Backpack Journalist Report

A Backpack Journalist interns Hannah and Stacey spend a day at Turner Field Ball Park during the Memorial Day game to interview some interesting people who are dedicated to helping military families, including Gen. (RET) Peter Chiarelli, CEO of - a leading organization specializing in treating Post Traumatic Stress Injury.

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Video - Talking With Heroes Reports from Afghanistan

Talking WIth HeroesWATCH as we talk with 10th combat Aviation Brigade Bravo Company 277th Aviation Support Battalion soldiers in Bagram Air Field Afghanistan where they work on aircraft and more. We talked with SPC Sean Ginn from Midwest, Wyoming, SGT Joshua Maidinbaam with six years of service including an infantry division deployment to Iraq and now to Afghanistan. He is from Marmora, NJ, SPC James Henderson with 4 years of service and from Azle, Texas, PFC Joseph Wheelihan from Belleglade, FL, SPC Thomas Tipton from Phoenix, AZ, SGT Donald Wilkins with 5 years of service and from Louisville, KY, They talk about Care Packages especially from and They all give Shouts Outs to Family and Friends back home!

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Video - Vet to Vet: What We Bring to the Federal Workforce

Veterans discuss what they bring to the Federal workforce as a direct result of their military experiences.

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Radio - Blind Veterans Radio Live Stream

Blind Veterans Radio, Live Stream

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