Showing posts from July, 2013

VA Announces $300 Million in New Grants to Help End Veterans' Homelessness

VA Announces $300 Million in New Grants to Help End Veterans' Homelessness
Initiative Targets 120,000 Homeless and At-Risk Vets and Families

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the award of nearly $300 million in grants that will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.  The grants have been awarded to 319 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

"With these grants, we are strengthening our partnership with community non-profits across the country to provide Veterans and their families with hope, a home, and a future," said Shinseki.  "The work of Supportive Services for Veteran Families program grantees has already helped us prevent and end homelessness among tens of thousands of homeless Veterans and their families, but as long as a single Veteran lives on our streets, we have work to do."

Under the Supportive Services for…

Veteran Events & Announcements 7/25 to 8/1

Listed below are the events I have for the next 7 days here in the Metro Detroit area, and as you can see the next few days will be busy!  I have also attached my latest event listing which has 4 new items on it!  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  Clicking on "attached flyer" for each event either below or on the future listing will get you the flyer for that event.

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
ANNOUNCEMENTS!"Golf Outings" In the next several weeks there are numerous golf outings that support various veteran causes. If you are a golfer this is your chance to get in a few holes, meet new people, and help a veteran to boot. See regular listing below for more details on each event. Remember, hole-in-one buys! New ones have bee…

The American Legion Washington DC Office HOT ISSUES Friday July 26th, 2013

The American Legion Washington DC Office HOT ISSUES Friday July 26th, 2013
ACTIONS – ØThis week the National Alliance to End Homelessness held their annual Washington DC conference at the Renaissance Hotel.  VA&R was invited to participate in a workshop named “Helping Our Heroes Get the Benefits They Earned.”  The workshop looked at how Veteran Service Organizations, local organizations, and veteran advocates can be leveraged to assist homeless veteran clients obtain their benefits through the VA. VA&R discussed the importance of referring a homeless veteran to an American Legion Service Officer.  It was also explained to the attendees that they need to become familiar with their Department Service Officer to better understand the services provided.  Staff also discussed TAL’s efforts to improve the Fully Developed Claims process by better educating Service Officers at the Regional Offices on the criteria for submitting a claim for consideration as fully developed..
ØStaff attended …

VA Grants Will Expand Transportation in Highly Rural Areas

VA Grants Will Expand Transportation in Highly Rural Areas Veterans to Have Easier Access to Health Care
WASHINGTON – Veterans will have improved access to health care under a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative that supports new transportation services for those living in highly rural areas.
VA began accepting applications this month for grants to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care.  A new regulation establishes the program that will administer these grants.  Transportation will be provided at no cost to Veterans.
“VA wants to be sure that all Veterans, including those who live in rural and remote areas, can receive the health care they have earned through service to our country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “State Veterans Agencies and VSOs will now be able to employ innovati…