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Get Together with TBI women survivors

ARE YOU A FEMALE VETERAN OR DO YOU KNOW ONE THAT HAS BEEN DIAGNOISED WITH TRAMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)???

THE BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION AND WSWVETS WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO A GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER WOMEN BOTH VETERANS AND NON-VETERANS FOR AN OPEN DISCUSSION OF CHALLENGES, SOLUTIONS AND COMMUNICATION. 

 

If transportation is an issue, please contact us. 

 

WSWVETS has been providing peer to peer meeting and weekend retreats for the past 5 years.  It is great to know other see this as a benfit . 

 

On March 21, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Senator Jon Tester, introduced S. 681, the Deborah Sampson Act.  This comprehensive measure addresses gender disparities and would improve and expand programs and services for women veterans provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 
 
The bill would establish a pilot program for peer-to-peer counseling and authorizes group retreat counseling for women veterans recently separated from military service. It would expand the capabilities within the VA Women Veterans Call Center and extend the number of days, from seven to 14, VA can cover the cost of care for newborns of women veterans and authorize medically-necessary transportation for newborns.
 
The legislation aims to eliminate barriers to care by ensuring every VA medical facility has at least one full-time or part-time women's health provider, as well as a Women Veterans Program Manager and a Women Veteran Program Ombudsman. Additional resources are authorized for mini-residency training in women's health for clinicians, and retrofitting VA facilities to enhance privacy, safety and improve the overall environment of care for women veterans. 
 
S. 681 would provide support services for women veterans seeking legal assistance and authorizes additional grants for organizations supporting women veterans and their families. Finally, The Deborah Sampson Act would require data collection and reporting on all VA programs serving veterans, by gender and minority status, including a report on the availability of prosthetics for women veterans and would better coordinate outreach by centralizing all information for women veterans in one easily accessible place on VA's website.
 
DAV's 2014 report, Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home
identified many of these gaps in VA programs for women and has long advocated for a more comprehensive provision of VA women's health services that appropriately recognizes and honors their service and sacrifice. 
 
Please contact your elected representatives to urge co-sponsorship and passage of S. 681. A letter has been prepared for this purpose or you may write your own to express your personal views. Click the link below to log in and send your message:

As always, thank you for your support.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/Y0iKBXJM_AJ9lzYrApoHOg


NEED TRANSPORTATION?????
 
These flow charts were developed by the Macomb Veterans Action Collaborative (MVAC) and are posted at: http://vets.macombgov.org/Vets-MacombVeteransActionCollaborative
 
For details visit this site. 

Veterans & Social Security" This info might help some vets get an increase in your monthly SSA check. This only applies to veterans that served between 1957 & 1968 and who retired before 2002. Since the SSA uses the last 35 years of employment to determine how much your benefit will be, the vets in the mentioned group can have about $12,000 added to their income summary for their years in the service. That could make a difference in how much your benefit check will be. For complete info see the SSA webpage dedicated to this issue.

JOB ALERT! 

NEW JOB POSTING FOR THE DAY/WEEK ARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE   https://www.facebook.com/wswvets/

 

If you want to have job information forwarded in an email send your request to wswvets@gmail.com

For details about educational and fun events check our our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/wswvets/?ref=bookmarks and/or click here.  

 TRAINING AND IMMEDIATE JOBS FOR AT HOME CALL CENTERS. Regina attended the meeting and here is her comment: Hello, this is Regina again and I just wanted you to know that I went to the Kimberly Group today for the meeting. I'm really glad that your here for the women vets, with this opportunity I can take care of my family and have a real job to meet the needs of my family and this couldn't have came at a better time, so again I would like to thank you better my life and the life's of other female vets.

 

For details click here. New Job Postings and Job Fairs

 

Check 

 

VA Makes Changes to Veterans Choice Program   http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2742

12/01/2015 01:30 PM EST

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced a number of changes to make participation in the Veterans Choice Program easier and more convenient for Veterans who need to use it. The move, which streamlines eligibility requirements, follows feedback from Veterans along with organizations working on their behalf.

Do you know a veteran or a family member that has less than 12 months to live?  The Dream Foundation may be able to help their dream come true.  Click here for details

A BIG THANK YOU TO REBUILDING TOGETHER AND FIRST MERIT BANK FOR HELPING A FEMALE VETERAN

VCAT HAS A NEW PILOT PROGRAM 'BIKES FOR VETS'  New 7 speed bikes were presented to 4 veterans to be used by them for getting to work and school.  The success of this program will be monitored and input from each vet on use and health benefits will be compiled.  Thanks to Bob and Bill these 4 veterans have transportation that will save them $$$.  It is calculated that riding the bike will save approximately $420 per month over owning a car. 

 

Those interested in being considered for a bike, email your reasons to Bill Mowder at wheels4warriors@yahoo.com

Veterans may not realize that they do not need new evidence in order to resubmit a previously denied claim for PTSD benefits related to military sexual trauma (MST), according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). for details click here

http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com/2014/09/no-new-evidence-needed-to-resubmit-military-sexual-trauma-related-ptsd-claims/

Founded in 1999, EAGALA is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals using equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs. Our vision is that every person worldwide will have access to these services known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.  Want more information click here

 

There is a growing interest in equine therapy supporting the psychological health and family relationships of service members and their families

worldwide.

 

THEIR HISTORY

April Birthdays:

Happy Birthday to: 

Bonita, Lee, Mattie Pat, Stacie and Shirlyn

 

DONATE $10 NOW TO HELP THOSE THAT HAVE SERVED TO KEEP US FREE!!

 

WSWVETS is a tax deductible Charity through our Fiscal Sponsor (click here for details)

"Home Front Strong" Home Front Strong, part of Buddy-2-Buddy, is hosting an 8 week program to help military of veterans and their families prepare for, and cope with, the challenges of deployment & military life. Dinner is provided and you can receive up to $140 for participating  Click here for details

 

LOOKING A A JOB??  TRY THESE WEBSITES.  click here

 

NEW WEEKLY LISTINGS ON EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AROUND THE METRO AREA ON THE EVENTS PAGE

 

PTST coahing for Veteran Spouses.  Click here for details.

 

Education for Spouses - click here

TIP: Be sure to identify yourself as a "veteran" because you may gain access to resources you were unaware existed!

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