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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Carla Thornton.

Carla joined the Air Force in 1997 and served as a Logistics Technician. She has served tours during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She spent 11 years on active duty and nine years in the Air Force Reserves.

Carla's awards include the Air Force Achievement Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

Carla continues to support the veteran community by working as a Veterans Counselor at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California. Additionally, she is a board member on the California Department of Veterans Affairs and serves on the Leadership Council on the University of Southern California Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families.

Thank you for your service, Carla!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Medal of Honor recipient LCpl Jose Jimenez.

Jose was killed in action on Aug. 28, 1969, but is finally coming home to the country that he loved and served.

Jose was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His family came to the United Sates and settled in Arizona when he was a young child. He wanted to serve his adopted country which he felt had given him so much. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam.

On Aug. 28, 1969, Lance Corporal Jimenez' unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese Army soldiers concealed in well-camouflaged emplacements. He reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an antiaircraft weapon.

Shouting encouragement to his companions, Jose continued his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within ten feet of hostile soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, Jose continued to press forward.

As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. Jose's indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. His actions earned him the Medal of Honor.

Upon his death, his mother asked that he be buried in Mexico. Now that his mother has passed, his sister is bringing "JoJo" home. This morning, LCpl Jose Jimenez was interred at Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery in Arizona.

We honor his service.
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VA’s new lower prescription copayments start February 27. Reduced out-of-pocket costs will help Veterans stick with their care plan, and use their VA pharmacy when they’re on multiple medications.
Effective February 27, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will change the federal regulations concerning copayments charged to Veterans for medications
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More than 400 #Veterans and their family members have met with the team behind MakeTheConnection.net to share their stories of #mentalhealth recovery. Now it’s up to you to spread their inspiring message: Treatment works and recovery is possible.
Connecting Veterans with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Thomas Naud.

Thomas served in the Army during World War II. His tour of duty included service in the European theater.

After the war, Thomas went on to be a reporter and producer.

As a young producer and team member on the "Today Show," Thomas was perhaps best known as “The Man on the Street” opposite Dave Garroway.

He interviewed many celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Rocky Marciano, and President Truman.

He produced television shows for three major networks, including “The Today Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Jonathan Winter’s Show,” “The Pat Boone,” and hundreds of live variety shows.

In 1985, Thomas’s Introvision company received an Emmy for their visual work on Hallmark-TVs children's production of "The Hugga Bunch." He also received an Academy Award in 1988 for his Introvision technology utilized on HBO-TV’s “Inside the Third Reich” and Warner Brothers' “The Fugitive,” starring Harrison Ford.

Thomas passed away at 90-years-old and is buried at Riverside National Cemetery.

We honor Thomas’s service.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Jane Devenport.

Jane spent 8 years in the Navy Reserve as Master-At-Arms.

She deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 to work in Detainee Operations at the Parwan Detention Facility.

In 2015, she completed her Master’s at the University of Southern California and was selected for the Department of State’s Veterans’ Innovative Partnership Program. She currently works State in Overseas Building Operations.

“I am proud to have served my country and will continue to do so,” Jane said.

Thank you for your service, Jane!
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“It’s a new chance at happiness for both birds and the Veterans. Taking care of a bird helps give the Veteran a sense of responsibility and duty and something to spoil with unconditional love. And for the birds, they’re happy to have a kind person in their lives — somebody who cares. The bonding that happens is incredible to witness.”
“These birds make you laugh and smile and, as a bonus, they know how to mimic quite a few one-liners,” said Christopher Driggins founder of Parrots for Patriots
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"From mentor to career counselor to employment-resource provider, I have worn many hats in my role helping Veterans navigate their professional crises.

Recently, I was the Veteran in need of employment support."
If you’re a Veteran facing unemployment, here are some strategies to help your job search.
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Starting in November, 16 million honorably discharged Veterans will be able to shop online for military exchange products.
After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Jose Devera.

Jose served from 1998 to 2013 as a 0931 Combat Marksmanship Trainer.

Jose served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force through the Georgian Deployment Program.

Among many awards, Jose has received three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals.

he is a California DOJ Bureau of Firearms Certified Instructor.

In 2013, Jose and four others founded the Light Reaction Training Group Mobile Training Team.

Thank you for your service, Jose!
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ICYMI: We speak with Veteran entrepreneur John Lee Dumas. You can also find the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.
Episode 13 features Army Veteran John Lee Dumas. John Lee Dumas is the host of EOFire, an award winning Podcast where he interviews today’s most successful Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. JLD has interviewed over 1400 Entrepreneurs and EOFire has over 1 million monthly listens. Covered in Episode 13: The value of VAntage Point Interview with Army Veteran John Lee Dumas John’s decision to join the military. Powerful story from his deployment Leaving ...
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The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit will bring together key stakeholders from across a variety of sectors, to identify challenges and opportunities facing women Veterans and collaborate on identifying and diffusing best practices in serving them.
The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit will focus on the needs and issues important to women Veterans and provide training, information, and guidance to assist women Veterans—and those who serve them—with navigating through VA and community resources.
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Introduction
Serving Veterans and their families. Please remember the only secure way to ask personal questions is at https://iris.custhelp.com/.

Health care, educational and vocational assistance, home loans and burial services are some of the benefits for Veterans and their families. For more information about what services are available, download or peruse the online version of our 2013 edition of Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors. You can find that book here: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp.

Veterans who are in emotional distress and need immediate assistance can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, press 1.

For the Combat Call Center call 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)

For general benefits questions call 1-800-827-1000

For health benefits information call 1-877-222-8387

For more VA contact information visit https://iris.custhelp.com/

This page, in conjunction with our other public online presences is intended to keep Veterans and family members informed about the benefits and services available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Feel free to post comments, links, pictures, video, etc. but understand that we do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.

Please DO NOT post personal information such as social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses etc.

Mission

VA's mission is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

Description

The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. This benefits system traces its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed a law which stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony.

The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to "consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans." The three component agencies became bureaus within the Veterans Administration. Brigadier General Frank T. Hines, who directed the Veterans Bureau for seven years, was named as the first Administrator of Veterans Affairs, a job he held until 1945.

The VA health care system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to include 152 hospitals; 800 community based outpatient clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 domiciliaries. VA health care facilities provide a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care. The responsibilities and benefits programs of the Veterans Administration grew enormously during the following six decades. World War II resulted in not only a vast increase in the veteran population, but also in large number of new benefits enacted by the Congress for veterans of the war. The World War II GI Bill, signed into law on June 22, 1944, is said to have had more impact on the American way of life than any law since the Homestead Act of 1862. Further educational assistance acts were passed for the benefit of veterans of the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Era, Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

In 1973, the Veterans Administration assumed another major responsibility when the National Cemetery System (except for Arlington National Cemetery) was transferred to the Veterans Administration from the Department of the Army. The Agency was charged with the operation of the National Cemetery System, including the marking of graves of all persons in national and State cemeteries (and the graves of veterans in private cemeteries, upon request) as well and administering the State Cemetery Grants Program. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established as a Cabinet-level position on March 15, 1989. President Bush hailed the creation of the new Department saying, "There is only one place for the veterans of America, in the Cabinet Room, at the table with the President of the United States of America."

In 2009, President Obama appointed Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to lead a massive transformation of the VA into a high-performing 21st century organization that can better serve Veterans. Under the leadership of Secretary Shinseki, the VA has adopted three guiding principles to govern the changes underway, namely being people-centric, results-driven, and forward-looking. These principles are reflected in the 16 major initiatives that serve as a platform from which transformation is being executed.

The 16 major initiatives are:

• Eliminating Veteran homelessness
• Enabling 21st century benefits delivery and services
• Automating GI Bill benefits
• Creating Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record
• Improving Veterans' mental health
• Building Veterans Relationship Management capability to enable convenient, seamless interactions
• Designing a Veteran-centric health care model to help Veterans navigate the health care delivery system and receive coordinated care
• Enhancing the Veteran experience and access to health care
• Ensuring preparedness to meet emergent national needs
• Developing capabilities and enabling systems to drive performance and outcomes.
• Establishing strong VA management infrastructure and integrated operating model
• Transforming human capital management
• Performing research and development to enhance the long-term health and well-being of Veterans
• Optimizing the utilization of VA's Capital portfolio by implementing and executing the Strategic Capital Investment Planning process
• Improving the quality of health care while reducing cost
• Transforming health care delivery through health informatics

To learn more about these initiatives, consult the VA Strategic Plan at http://www.va.gov/VA_2011-2015_Strategic_Plan_Refresh_wv.pdf
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