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Some Vets like service dogs, one Vet likes ducks, some Vets fish, or write, or paint. These Veterars are farming, riding horses, and doing yoga to cope with their PTSD:

Farming: http://bit.ly/1D6Bpju

Horses: http://bit.ly/1HXiSDP

Yoga: http://bit.ly/1D6BrIa
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Your weekend #longread features moving and touching art from Vietnam Veterans.

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John Cornelius is an American hero. Thank you for your commitment and service to Veterans, sir.

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You won't see it in this week's Monday Morning Workload Report (linked below), but VBA today crossed an important milestone for You: as of this morning, there are now 198,825 pending claims in the backlog--the first time the backlog has been under 200,000 since 2010. While VBA acknowledges there is still much work to complete, this figure represents a 67-percent reduction since the peak (611,000) nearly two years ago. We're not celebrating--not yet--but we're also not done.

For more info, minus today's number: http://www.benefits.va.gov/reports/
Organizational Reports for the Veterans Benefits Administration
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REMINDER: Check the VBA Events Calendar often to see when your regional office is holding its quarterly town hall! Hartord, Atlanta, New York, and more, happening this weekend!

http://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/events.asp
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Some important background info from the Wall Street Journal concerning the current Veterans' job market. Arm yourself with this info and check out the Veterans Employment Center for job assistance and resume help: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs

http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2015/03/19/5-things-to-know-about-the-job-market-for-veterans/
View or update your Compensation and Pension (C&P) claim. Check the status of your C&P claim and upload supporting documents. Surviving spouses and parents can view Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) claim status. Order hearing aid batteries and prosthetic socks ...
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Did you know that the man behind Big Bird is a United States Air Force Veteran? That's right, the great Caroll Spinney, of Sesame Street fame, served in the Air Force in the 1950s. Though this video is a few years old, it marks a special moment for him--the first time he'd returned to Nellis since 1955! Thank you for your service, Mr. Spinney!

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Our friends at the Veterans Crisis Line​ have been doing such great work, they're expanding. That said, if you or someone you love needs to talk, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255.

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Deputy Veterans Affairs chief promises more support for those working the hotline at Canandaigua VA
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Today, U.S. Navy​ Veteran and astronaut, Scott Kelly, embarks on a most heroic journey.

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Scott Kelly leaves Friday for a record-breaking 342-day mission aboard the International Space Station.
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Via community tip, this week's tribute honors the service of then-Army PFC and Medal of Honor recipient, Clarence Sasser. During an Air Assault in early 1968, Sasser's company received fire in multiple directions at an LZ, and sustained dozens of casualties. Sasser risked his life (and received multiple wounds) while rendering aid to the wounded. For his selfless service, he received the MOH from President Nixon in 1969. Sasser continued serving his brothers and sisters in arms by later working at VA. Mr. Sasser, thank you for your service!

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*REMINDER: TODAY at 2PM EST, we'll be holding a Twitter Town Hall to discuss Housing Grants! Follow along here: http://twitter.com/VAVetBenefits

VA has two programs (SAH and SHA) that provide housing grants to Vets with certain disabilities. On Thursday, March 26th at 2PM EST, we will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall and taking questions about the programs. Use ‪#‎askVBA‬ to submit your question. You don't need to have a Twitter account to watch, but you'll need to set up a free account to participate. 
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Each Wednesday, we highlight the benefits that are provided by state Veterans agencies. This week we will take a look at the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs. New York Veterans may be eligible for tax exemptions, service credit for state employee Veterans, tuition waivers, park passes, special license plates and more. Take a look their website by clicking on the link below.
Evidence of Military Service of the Deceased · FOIL / FOIA and Record Retention Policy · Incarcerated Veterans Program · Incomplete Awards, Decorations, and Discharges (DD Form 215) · NY SAFE ACT of 2013 · Payment Issues - VA or DoD · Recently Discharged - What Next?
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Serving Veterans and their families. Please remember the only secure way to ask personal questions is at https://iris.custhelp.com/.

Mission

The mission of the Veterans Benefits Administration, in partnership with the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetery Administration, is to provide benefits and services to the veterans and their families in a responsive, timely and compassionate manner in recognition of their service to the Nation.

"...to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan..." - Abraham Lincoln, 2nd Inaugural Address

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Home loans, and educational and vocational assistance, are some of the benefits our Veterans and their families are eligible to receive. 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, which you can find 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/

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