Assist Homeless Veterans on STAND DOWN DAY Friday, November 16, 2018

Assist Homeless Veterans on STAND DOWN DAY Friday, November 16, 2018

Omaha, NE: Volunteers and gift donors are encouraged to assist the Veterans Administration – Omaha “Stand Down,” on Friday, November 16, 2018. It is being held at the UNO Campus in the Milo Bail Student Center, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha.  A Stand Down is typically a 1-3 day event providing supplies and services to homeless veterans. These donated items include food, hygiene supplies, and winter clothing, Additional services available include health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling.

VOLUNTEERS: Help is needed for handing out items in 2 hour shifts. American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) volunteers may schedule by contacting Leatrice Doolan, ALA District 8 President, leatricedoolen@msn.com Other Questions may be directed to Kerry Miller Loos, (402)-599-0083, kerry.MillerLoos@va.gov. The alternate contact is Sara Meints, (402) 669-0364, sarah.Meints@va.gov.

SUPPLIES: by November 12th, donated items are needed for Stand Down. Contact phone number (402) 763-6209 or email [ membership.ne.ala.unit362@gmail.com ] to arrange for donation pick up or delivery.

Hygiene items to be donated include soap, shampoo, conditioner, combs/brushes, razors, lotion, lip balm, sunglasses, nail files/clippers, and first aid/bandaids.

Clothing is needed for 90-100 men (sizes Medium – 3X), and for 9 – 12 women: (sizes Large-3X). All socks have been donated by the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Herman Unit. Other suggestions include underwear, sweaters/sweatshirts, and jeans, Outerwear needed are coats, stocking hats, gloves, scarves, and boots. Sleeping gear are also essentials: blankets, inflatable pillows or mats.

Food items should be easy to use(open by tabs or tearing, to eat out of).

FUNDING: Please send all cash donations to, Sally Johnson, ALA District 8, 17511 “O” Street, Omaha, NE, 68135. Make checks payable to “District 8 ALA” and be sure to insert on the memo line “Stand Down Donation.

” Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies, and community-based homeless service providers.

Veteran Honor Flight book

This 250 page book of photos about the twelve flights over the last ten years will be out by Veterans Day. The Omaha and Lincoln Hy-Vees will be selling the book during the free breakfast Monday November 12. Our volunteers will be at a table from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Veterans have gone on flights from over 250 communities around the state, so trying to get the word out. Wondering if it can be mentioned in a newsletter? Books can be purchased online at www.patrioticproductions.org.

BACON ENSURES AMERICA KEEPS ITS PROMISES TO VETERANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT

September 19, 2018

Danielle JensenAron Wehr

(402) 938-0300,(202) 225-4155

BACON ENSURES AMERICA KEEPS ITS PROMISES TO VETERANS

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a strong show of support for our nation’s veterans, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) voted on September 13 in favor of the Department of Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. This historic bill includes $86.5 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $5 billion above the 2018 fiscal year. It was passed by the House and Senate and is awaiting the President’s signature.

“Since I started in Congress and dating back to my years in the United States Air Force, taking care of our veterans has been one of my top priorities. Our servicemen and women, who dedicated their lives to the security of our nation, deserve the full range of benefits and care they were promised. This VA appropriations bill keeps us on the right track to fulfilling our promise to our veterans,” said Rep. Bacon. “Congress has made great strides to enact legislation that provides more options and greater care for our veterans. I look forward to continuing this effort.”

Included in this bill was funding for programs and services that provide critical help to our nation’s veterans. This bill included the following:

·         Funds VA medical care at $72.3 billion – providing for 7 million patients to be treated in the 2019 fiscal year, including:

               o   $8.6 billion for mental health care services

               o   $206 million for suicide prevention outreach

               o   $400 million for opioid abuse prevention

               o   $270 million for rural veterans’ health initiatives

·         A $1.75 billion increase over the advance funding already provided for ongoing care, including existing programs and MISSION Act programs like community care, caregivers, and other medical services (such as improved access to organ transplants)

·         Ensures funding $1.1 billion to modernize the VA’s electronic health record system to provide seamless care to veterans as they transition from military service

 ·         Speeds up claim processing for more than 450 thousand veterans who are waiting for the compensation they deserve.

SEC meeting

SEC meeting is on 27 October at 10:00am.

Location is the VFW H.Q. at 2431 No.  48th St.   Lincoln NE   402-464-0674

The Omaha World-Herald-honors Nebraska’s living veterans

The Omaha World-Herald is putting together a special section Veterans Day this year that honors Nebraska’s living veterans, As part of that process, they’re looking for local military veterans to share their info with the Omaha World-Herald . All of them who do, will be featured in an online gallery of local veterans. the Omaha World-Herald will pick some to feature more prominently in the section.

The Omaha World-Herald is asking all of these veterans to go to omaha.com/veterans, where they can fill out a short form about their service and submit some photos for our gallery.

The Omaha World-Herald contact
Dan Golden

Online editor

The Omaha World-Herald

402-444-1219

dgolden@owh.com

Scholarships for Military Veterans

These are for any military veteran or immediate family member and he/she may choose between trade/vocational schools, 2 year or 4 year universities.

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Law Office Of Matthew L Sharp Annual Military Scholarship

Link: Sharp Annual Military Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Application Due Date: 8/1/2018

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Keller Law Offices Scholarship for Military Veterans

Link: Keller Scholarship for Military Veterans

Amount: $1,000

Application Due Date:7/15/19