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The United States Census Bureau has this infographic showing a snapshot of our nation's veterans.
Federal, state and community leaders; private businesses; non-profits; and community organizations use information about the military veteran population from the American Community Survey and Economic Census to determine the programs, services and infrastructure that serve the needs of our veterans.
What follows is the most recent snapshot of veterans statistics.
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:
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.
The Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) is a field operating agency of Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel.
The following information is provided for individuals who have served in the United States Air Force and have retired or separated from service.
Official site of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Allows you to apply for benefits online, research schools, calculate your benefits and, if you get stuck, ask a question right then and there.
Complicated grief is a debilitating condition that has been under-recognized by the mental health profession.
Our Complicated Grief Treatment Program focuses on finding treatments that can help people with complicated grief, and on teaching professionals to recognize and treat this condition. Our goals are:
HeadInjury.com provides brain injury information, education and support to foster self-advocacy and self-care in partnership with families, doctors, rehabilitation facilities and lawyers. Phone: (206)621-8558
The Veterans Crisis Line provides help for veterans and their families by connecting Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
My HealtheVet is VA's online personal health record. It was designed for Veterans, active duty Servicemembers, their dependents and caregivers. My HealtheVet helps you partner with your health care team. It provides you opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage your health care.
MaketheConnection.net connects Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives.
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan and Deputy Chief Carla Provost testified at a hearing on their agency's priorities and ongoing efforts to improve border security.
Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified a hearing on the management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The program requires transportation fuel to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the nation's reliance on imported oil. The witnesses addressed GAO reports that claim the goals for reducing greenhouse emissions are unlikely to be met.
The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing with top Navy officials about the production and deployment of the littoral combat ship -- small surface vessels for operations close to shore. According to the Government Accountability Office, overruns had doubled the cost of each ship from an initial estimate of $220 million to $478 million. Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain (R-AZ) said that Navy officials needed to be held accountable for the cost overruns and testing delays.
The presence of many hundreds of veterans organizers were anticipating 2,000 or more adds another potent layer to a fight that is already steeped in sharp contrasts.
Former service members try to explain veterans support for the president-elect.
With the ships purchase plans in doubt, detractors exchange fire with Navy supporters at contentious Senate hearing.
Paul Wiedefeld, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) general manager, testified before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee to provide an update on DC Metrorail's current maintenance initiative known as SafeTrack. He informed the committee that two independent prosecutors have been appointed to investigate whether Metro workers falsified inspection reports. Mr. Wiedefeld also addressed efforts to eliminate WMATA's funding gap, reduce train delays and increase overall ridership. Other witnesses included WMATA board of directors chair Jack Evans and officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Transit Administration and the Amalgamated Transit Union.
Building housing for homeless veterans in Los Angeles is a realistic goal that plays to the president-elects strengths.
Generals James Mattis (Ret.), General John Keane (Ret.), and Admiral William Fallon (Ret.) testified at a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on threats to U.S. national security. Topics included Islamic extremism, efforts to combat Islamic State militants, as well as potential threats from Iran and Russia. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) chaired the hearing as committee chair Senator John McCain (R-AZ) attended the funeral of Saudi King Abdullah.
If congress doesnt become more assertive, future presidents are likely to head into even murkier legal terrain.
Rep. Howard Waxman says the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy is impenetrable. His opponent says Waxman hasn't tried hard enough.
By Steve Lopez
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2012
Bob Rosebrock and I sat under a tree on the West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs property, discussing his pet peeve: How the country is failing its veterans. There was plenty to talk about.
Nearby was the gleaming $253-million California Veterans Home, opened with great fanfare more than two years ago, with local politicians lining up to take bows. But today, in a region with an estimated 8,000 homeless veterans, many of whom can't get access to care, roughly four-fifths of the 396 rooms are empty.
For more than 65 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes—to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence.
$1 billion program would focus on conservation
By Steve Vogel
President Obama will announce details Friday for a $1 billion Veterans Job Corps that the White House says will put up to 20,000 veterans to work over the next five years on projects to preserve and restore national parks and other federal, state and local lands.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on Thursday described the program as "a bold new effort" to lower the high unemployment rate for post-Sept. 11 military veterans, which stood at 13.1 percent in December. The government estimates that 250,000 post-Sept. 11 veterans are unemployed.
THE RETIRED ENLISTED ASSOCIATION (TREA) was founded in 1963 by two men retired from the Air Force -- Master Sergeant George Skonce and Master Sergeant Dean Sorell. These two dedicated retirees realized that they, and their fellow enlisted retirees, had no voice in the corridors of power to stand up for their hard-earned rights and promised benefits.
Fewer than 9,000 spots remain open in a government program that pays for unemployed veterans to get retraining in high-demand jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Part of the federal VOW to Hire Heroes Act passed in 2011, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program offers 12 months of assistance to 45,000 participants who sign up between July 1 and Sept. 30.
By Dan Moran
NORTH CHICAGO â€” Standing in the nation's first facility that combines the medical services of the Navy and the Veterans Administration, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his VA counterpart, Eric Shinseki, outlined their commitments Monday to both the ongoing military presence in Afghanistan and the care that will be required for those returning from the mission.
The Veterans Law Project provides help for veterans and families of veterans by providing Pro bono Legal Resources for Veterans and Military Families.
Transitioning from the battlefield to civilian life is wrought with legal issues for many returning soldiers, sailors, guardsman and marines. Divorce, child custody, bankruptcy, foreclosures, employment, Social Security and issues related to service and post traumatic stress are just a few of the conflicts commonly faced by our veterans and military families.
Vietnam War Commemoration 50th Anniversary National Announcement and Proclamation Ceremony held May 28, 2012 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
The Social Security numbers of Army recipients of the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross were inadvertently posted online by a Pentagon contractor and were available to the public until they were discovered by a Vietnam veteran who researches military medal awards.
The Social Security numbers of 31 recipients of the military's top two awards for valor in combat were posted by a contractor conducting medals research for the Pentagon.
America has a rich, unique history that allows us to celebrate many different things. Freedom is one thing we can celebrate on this Independence Day (4th of July).
While you celebrate with your family and friends, remember our Veterans - and celebrate them and the sacrifices they made for our Freedom.
To all our Veterans - Thank you for your service!
Armed Forces Talk Radio is dedicated to all members of the United States Armed Forces, past and present. The show airs every week for an hour, on Thursday's at 10 AM Pacific Time. Armed Forces Talk Radio will cover issues important to Veterans and Military personnel, with information concerning all Branches of the Military and issues facing their Families. Weâ€™ll also bring you interesting Guests from a wide variety of organizations with an interest in Veterans and the Military!
About The Host: Introducing your host - Scott Langhoff is a Navy Veteran with many years of experience in Veterans Service.
Show Contact Info: 888-327-0061, VETRADIO@COX.NET
TUNE INTO "Armed Forces Talk Radio" Thursday 1pm Eastern 10am Pacific on wsRadio.com
Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that theyâ€™ve done.
Everyday, hundreds of people just like you volunteer to help our veterans. You can help by simply sharing your time, lending a warm smile, a supportive hand, or a sympathetic ear to someone ear needs it.
Everyone can do something to make our Veterans know how much we appreciate their service. What will you do?
This video shows several Veterans giving advice to Veterans and transitioning service members about how to prepare for employment with the Federal Government as a civilian.
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