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Military news…

The Army is conducting an inquiry into Army helicopter pilots who performed a football game flyover practically inside the stadium.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is counting on the troops’ love of pay and benefits to motivate Oklahoma National Guardsmen to finally get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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“After working there for six months, I still don’t know what the non-profit does to help veterans.” That’s from a former employee of The Academy of United States Veterans, a non-profit that might not be as great as it appears to be.

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A Marine recruiter has been arrested after allegedly inappropriately touching and grabbing two women in Ohio.

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The Navy doesn’t know why the water on a major base smells like fuel and has no idea when it’ll be fixed.

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Ok! I will listen to you and share another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. You weren’t very happy when I missed a couple of posts.

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Appendix

Resources for the Military

The following pages are resources for the military and are very extensive in that it covers many areas of a military person’s life. Use this to guide you with whatever help you need. Each site has been individually screened. Be aware that some links may not be in existence since this publication. If some links don’t work below, put them in your browser. They seem to work there.

As you know there are many sources for the military. I have sorted them out and only put in the most important ones for you to use.

Crisis Hot Line: 1-800-272-8255

This is probably the most important resource you will find. If you are depressed, or know someone who is military who is battling depression, use this hot line to get help immediately. They also have a website: http://www.veteranscrisisline.com

General links that will help you with just about everything:

http://www.military.com – Best military link there is. Highly recommended.

http://www.maketheconnection.com – Connect with family and friends here, and it is also full of helpful information for the military.

http://www.militaryonesource.com – Full of helpful thoughts and ideas that cover most problems the military may face.

http://www.militaryfamily.org – Covers some of the unusual aspects of a military life, like help for the kids, and spouses.

http://www.usa.gov/veterans – Help with burial and survivor benefits; employment, health issues, housing help, and getting your documents and personnel records.

http://www.vfw.org – General helping site for many issues a veteran faces. It has lots of discounts as well.

Financial help for loans of any kind:

http://www.veteran.com/va-loan-guide – Very good in explaining why to do a VA loan. It talks about lower rates, lower payments, no money down, etc. Good resource.

http://www.vamortgagecenter.com – Goes deeply into why you should seek a VA loan over a conventional loan; rated for great service in a survey.

http://veteransunited.com – Home loans for veterans.

http://www.pioneermilitaryloans.com – Quick small personal loans from $1,000to $10,000.

http://www.armedforceslaons.com – Another company that makes small loans up to $5,000. You can personalize your loan to fit your needs. No credit; no problem.

http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans – Covers all phases of home loans including refinancing, help for disaster relief, etc. Good site.

http://www.newdayusa.com – You see this a lot on TV. Rear Admiral Tom Lynch (ret.) is the chairman of the company and he is highly respected.

Health

http://www.health.mil – Official website of the Military Health System, and the Defense Health Agency.

http://www.psychiarity.org.military – Excellent resource for those seeking help with any mental health issues. Full of information and other resources.

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/gethelp.asp – Great link for mental health. I also like the feature about helping the veteran with burial situations, including burial flags, burial site locations, services, headstones, etc. I haven’t seen any other site that is so helpful with this.

http://www.apa.org/about/gr/issues/military/critical-need.aspx – Direct article of the American Psychological Association dealing with suicide.

http://utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/26/mental-health-support-online-for-military-spouses/ –  Excellent article for spouse of deployed military who need mental health help. I highly recommend this link.

Burial benefits

http://explore.va.va.gov/memorial-benefits – Complete coverage for burial. Highly recommend this link for those seeking help.

http://www.neptunesociety.com/veteran-cremation – Cremation specialists.

http://www.military.com/benefits/burial-and-memorial/burialallowance.html – Taken from www.military.com but is specific about burial allowances and fees that could be paid to the families.

(Again, if any of these links don’t seem to work, put them in your browser. I have been able to get to all of them by doing that.)

http://www.mrfa.org/death.info.htm – This is the best link I have found that gives you detailed information in detail on what to do if your loved one passes away. I highly recommended it.

Disability benefits

http://www.military.com – This is a repeat link from above, but it is a link that has everything, including disability benefits you need as a military person.

http://www.veteransbenefitslawfirm.net/veterans-compensation-benefits – This is a great link for veterans who have been denied compensation benefits. This firm charges only 20% of your lump sum payment that you get at the beginning. Many lawyers will seek monthly payments for the life of the settlement. I am in the process of appealing my denial for compensation right now. I may contact this source myself.

Job hunting

http://www.resumeengine.org – Excellent site for military people seeking help in finding a job and putting together a great résumé. Highly recommend.

http://www.indeed.com/jobs – Another great spot to actually find what job openings there are. You just put in the area where you live and go for it.

http://www.military.com/jobs – Here is that great site again. It has a page just for finding jobs.

http://www.veterans.jobs/jobs/ – A very good site to narrow down openings in your area. It notes the big companies that reach out the most to veterans for hiring.

http://www.hireveterans.com – Great site to find jobs in your area. Lists any state that has openings and what the jobs are. Has the latest news in the business world as far as jobs.

http://jobcenter.usa.gov/resources-for-veterans – Good site to look at the jobs and how to find them.

http://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/resources.asp – A pretty complete list all of the veteran connect sites that help with jobs.

http://www.militaryconncetion.com – Good site that lists many types of jobs and helps with contacting employers.

Job hunting for spouses

http://www.operationwearehere.com – Excellent site for spouses to find out how to do résumé and job hunt. Highly recommended.

http://www.militaryhealthmatters.com – Not sure how the URL title fits job hunting, but it is another great site for spouses to find help in job hunting. Highly recommended.

Health insurance

http://www.insurance.healthplans.com – This is only needed if your don’t have TRICARE or the Veterans health care program. There is a strict timeline to enroll in this, so be sure to check when you can enroll.

http://www.usaa.com – This site has dental, vision, and Medicare coverage. They also have auto, home, and life insurance.

Life insurance

http://www.benefits.va.gov.insurance – Run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is a good site to answer all your questions about life insurance.

Auto insurance

http://www.usautoinsurancenow.com – This is a quote site. I have it going to my home state, but just put in your zip code for where you live and it will show you discounts in your home state. They also have some very good hints on how to save money when getting your auto insurance.

http://www.usaa.com – This site has come up for other categories. A good site with very competitive rates. Go to “insurance,” click on “auto insurance,” and it will take you to that page.

Education

http://www.amu.apus.edu – This is American University. They have an extensive online program just for veterans. I suggest you take courses from this even if you are still in the service. It will prepare you for the private sector. They allow credits for some work experiences.

http://www.trident.edu/marketing/veterans-benefits – Trident University was rated as the most affordable online college. There are many online courses to choose from. Good choice.

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill – This is one of the most important sites for you if you’re choosing to go to college. The GI bill is a wonderful way to be able to afford college and get your degree. Highly recommended. I used this source myself, and I didn’t have to pay back a dime because I went into education. Check your fields of study to make sure you are OK for not paying back.

http://www.gijobs.com/state-education-benefits-for-veterans – This is a great site for finding education benefits in your home state. It has all fifty states listed and connecting links for you to go to and find military education benefits.

(With any online schooling, be sure the check out their credibility.)

PTSD help

http://www.maketheconnection.net – Wonderful site to find the help you need. When you get to the site, click on “Conditions” and then click on PTSD. You will also see many other issues a veteran may be facing. Highly recommended.

http://www,familyofavet.com – Great help here for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury.)

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/web-resources/military-resources.asp – Dedicated totally to help veterans with PTSD. Highly recommended. This is a page from the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

http://www.afterdeployment.dcoe.mil – More help with PTSD and other mental health issues.

http://www.usacares.org – A crisis-centered site. Quick help for those in dire need of housing, mental health help, etc.

Veteran care facilities

http://www.topveterancare.com – I recommend for information about assisted living, etc. Put in what type of care you’re seeking and then put in your zip code. It will show you options for your area.

Help with money and investing

http://www.themilitarywallet.com/benefits-for-military-veterans/ – Great site to find out about discounts, investing, taxes, total list of benefits, etc. Highly recommended.

Connecting with other military people you have met

https://www.vetfriends.com/?source=bingvetfriends – Find buddies you had while in the military.

http://www.rallypoint.com/ – Another great site I personally use. I have connected with many military people right in my hometown through this site.

Wounded warrior help for families and military

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.com – This is a nonprofit charity that reaches out to wounded warriors to find help for them in many ways. As with all charities, you may want to check their status as far as integrity, etc. It is always wise.

http://www.uswoundedsoldiers.com – Help specifically for those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan who were wounded. Great help in many areas.

http://www.heartbeatforwarriors.org – A different kind of help with programs like “Back in the Saddle” program for soldiers to feel the comfort of riding, scuba diving where soldiers can move limbs that didn’t work very well before, and morale building programs to help the warrior feel wanted. Highly recommended.

Help for parents in the military with children

http://www.branchta.org – Great site to find assistance for your disabled children if you’re a parent and a veteran.

http://www.survivingdeployment.com – Great site to help families who have faced deployment.

http://www.militaryfamily.org – This is a wider base type site to help families in many areas like scholarships for spouses, activities for the children of military, adoption, marriage/divorce, survivors, wounded, and caregivers. Highly recommended.

http://www.parentcenterhub.com – Find resources throughout the United States. Just put in your state to find your local Parent Center. They help in many areas.

http://www.militarychild.com – This is a site helping the children in the military to find places to get their education. Due to many new assignments in the family, this is a vital site for the students.

Housing allowance and benefits

http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil – This is a site to check on how to get housing allowance, per diem, etc.

http://www.myarmybenefits.us.mil – Another good site to check on what benefits you deserve.

Blind veterans

http://www.bva.org – The only congressionally-chartered veterans service organization dedicated to helping with the needs of our blind veterans and their families. Highly recommended.

Welcome-home videos

http://www.welcomhomeblog.com – Yes, you’ve seen those wonderful videos of soldiers returning home to surprise their families. Well, this site has them all in one spot. Get out your hankie and enjoy.

Free books for soldiers

http://www.booksforsoldiers.com – I love this site. It is a place for soldiers to request free books to read. I know the down time a soldier has. I read many books while in Korea. Support this site by donating books, and use this site if you need a book to read. Highly recommended.

Places for women veterans to volunteer

http://www.armywomen.org – Great place to find ways to help others. This nonprofit organization reaches out into the communities and helps like meals on wheels, clothing mending, helping in hospitals, etc.

Help finding a partner for life

http://www.militarycupid.com – Yup! There’s even a site for you to connect with others for dating purposes. It is like the other online dating sites except it concentrates on military people.

Social networks

In Facebook you just put in the following pages in your search area and they should open up to you:

Navy

Air Force

Army

Marines

National Guard

Navy Seals

Coast Guard

You can also put in a division you may have been connected to like: 1st Cavalry.

Here are some individual sites I have looked up that are very good for veterans:

The Veterans Site

Concerned Veterans of America

Soldiers’ angels

Stop soldier suicide

Hiring our Heroes – great page to go to for help in job hunting

Blue Star Entrepreneurs – another good page to find help in job hunting

Army source one

U.S. Forces Korea

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs

Operation Gratitude – Care packages for the troops. Like the page to show your support and get involved.

Other places in the social networks you can connect to. I am only listing the top five. No recommendations. Check them out on your own.

Twitter (Many military connections here. You just have to search.)

Instagram

LinkedIn (Business connections)

Pinterest (Pictures)

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Checking in on you my friend. How are you doing? Do you have dreams about your service time? Are they nightmares?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,440 fellow veterans subscribed to this site who have your back.

If the dreams just too much for you right now, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until the know you are OK.

1-800-272-8255..texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Do Not Forget Our Service Members Who Are Deployed During the Holidays

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Military news…

Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point fumbled the annual tradition of stealing the Naval Academy’s mascot, a goat named Bill.

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A retired National Guardsman received the kidney of his good friend and fellow guardsman earlier this year, greatly improving his health and sparing him a long wait for a transplant.

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Hundreds of Marines are moving into a moldy barracks in North Carolina that have signs of poor maintenance, including cockroaches, rampant mold, and missing beds and furniture.

(Not right!)

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Speaking of Marines, the Corps may seek input from junior Marines to help determine whether officers or senior enlisted leaders are selected for promotion.

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The Navy is researching a new technology that could help sailors and Marines navigate in places where the Global Positioning System just doesn’t work.

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Veterans Military Sexual Trauma Disability Claims Still Not Being Handled Properly.

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Almost All Active-Duty Sailors Are at Least Partially Vaccinated Against the Coronavirus.

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Russia Preparing to Attack Ukraine by Late January: Ukraine Defense Intelligence Agency Chief.

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Thousands of Afghans Evacuated During U.S. Withdrawal Awaiting Resettlement

The federal government is still in the process of resettling roughly 45,000 Afghans housed in temporary camps on eight U.S. military bases.

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I have very exciting news. I have found a publisher. Their name is BookBaby. I am talking with them now, and will be sending my manuscript to them soon.

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How are you doing my friend.? I know this is a hard time of the year for some of you. We have military that are not home for the holidays right now. Please do not forget them. If you are one of them,

FEAR NOT!!

There are over 13,400 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If the sadness is just too much for you right now, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until the know you are OK.

1-800-272-8255..texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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As a Veteran, You should Never Feel Like a Failure. You Served Your Country

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Military news…

During recent testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, the Army tried out a new 20mm Gatling-style machine gun for the very first time.

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The Marine Corps is being really shady by not releasing public documents that lay out the exact charges it leveled against Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the 17-year infantry officer who ignited a firestorm of controversy in August after publicly criticizing military leaders.

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Speaking of fire, bravo to the Marine Corps photographer who managed to make this picture of an M777 howitzer look like the depths of hell.

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Ok…Here is another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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Are You Trying to Finish the Race With a Broken Leg?

You have spent several years of your life serving your country. You have had many months of stress, and pain. You may be still in the trenches, or you may be already out in the private sector.

As the time gets near to facing the outside world, separate from the military, are you ready? Do you have a plan? If you are already in the private sector, have you attempted to fit in, or are you hiding from others?

What I have said here doesn’t fit most of you, but there are some who are having difficult times thinking about the future. You worry about the new approach to living. You were used to the strictness, and regimented type atmosphere, and fear that this approach will not be too acceptable in your new environment. Then you are facing a world where you make all the decisions. Some of us do not do well with no one in authority over us.

In the private sector, we have to find a new normal. The first goal at this time is to release the past. The second goal is to plan for the present. The third goal is to look to the future.

Treat each new day, in the private sector, as if there was just a new fallen snow and it has provided a white blanket for you to walk on to form a path that only you take and others follow.  

After we join the private sector, we expect our lives to suddenly be happy, trouble free, and victorious. We forget that victories come only after we fight battles and win. 

There shouldn’t be this barrier between you and what you are trying to accomplish. It is tough enough to survive in this world without other factors digging into your thinking process.

Having stress about facing the new world is like having a broken leg and trying to finish a race. It can be done, but the pain, and agony is almost unbearable.

Help yourself by taking time before you leave the military to study the ways of cooperation’s. Learn how to adjust to the new status quo. Don’t go into a new situation cold turkey.

Read up on life after the military. There are books that can guide you to walk the right path to help ease you into the new world.

Go to night school and get some college credits. There are also online courses you can take no matter where you are in the world. My son was able to get two Masters Degrees while in the military, and this helped him get a very nice job when he retired.

My first few months after I got out of the military were pretty stressful because I had a family. I had to provide, and there weren’t too many jobs to be had. I had to work at jobs I didn’t really like. Some were down right degrading, like the story I told you about working on the “chain gang,” railroad crew.

But I slowly adjusted and eventually found a job in teaching that was very good for not only providing for my family, but was rewarding as well.

Take on this world with vigor, and courage. It is almost as daunting in the private sector as it is in the deserts of Afghanistan. You are a brave soldier for facing that challenge, and I am sure you will be just as brave in the private sector. You will achieve your goals and be a very productive citizen, who has a big feather in their cap. The feather of valor, and commitment, because of your time you served your country.

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Checking in on you… How are things going? Not too good? Does it seem like that are too many storms in your life?

FEAR NOT!!

There are over 13,330 fellow veterans on this site who have your back.

If the storms are just too fierce, GET HELP!

here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors, there to help you, and they will not hang up until the know you are OK.

1-800-272-8255…texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never fosaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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