Holiday Intel Report, December 21



Another year is coming to the close, so we thought we’d do a big link drop for resources and useful information to keep you going through the New Year.

Health

We often mention the Veterans Crisis Line and how it has saved lives, but this video really drives home the enormous effort from dedicated folks to staff the call centers day and night. And as always, the Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, online through chat, and now by text at 838255.

Want to know more about what ails you? The A-Z Health Topic Index helps you find information on a variety of health concerns.

Benefits

Wondering what benefits you and your dependants may be eligible for? Check out our 2012 Federal Benefits for Veterans handbook, now available online in both English and Spanish. This comprehensive guide provides information on education, home loan, health care, and burial benefits.

With no down payment needed, VA-backed home loans are among the best in the business. If you’re looking to buy your own home, check out our resource page for more information and to see if you qualify.

I was proud to hear from many Veterans who graduated this year, but we still have lots of folks who will be in class this fall. Bookmark our GI Bill page for information, resources, and announcements. Our GI Bill Facebook page is another resource to keep track of what’s happening with your benefits.

Misc

The US Chamber of Commerce initiative, Hire Our Heroes, will debut online toolkits to help Veterans pinpoint growing job markets and find credible employers, among other features. In the meantime, check out their rolling list of hiring fairs across the country.

Despite some challenges, Veterans are leaving the service to continue with successful lives. We profiled 12 of them for our portrait project Strong at the Broken Places—an effort to show the nation what resiliency looks like. The project is ongoing, so if you’d like to participate, drop us a line.

Veterans are used to adapting to tough situations, working in small teams, and operating in high stress environments. Sounds like a small business doesn’t it? Learn how to create your own business, get information on upcoming conferences, and more.

A lot of folks ask, “How can I give back to Vets?” Check out our volunteer page for more information on how to get involved locally.

The fastest way to get VA news and information is from our Facebook and Twitter pages. Every VA medical center is now on Facebook, and new Twitter feeds are going up every week. Find your facility here.

Author

Alex Horton

Comments

  1. Robert J Casaletto    

    While a new home is great, a refinance with just OK credit is not so great. Here I am paying over $1100.00 a month in Mortgage, real estate taxes, condo fees and assessments, It along with my medicine co pays at the VA plus gasoline etc to get to the various Hospitals and food etc keeping me penny less. So when the day comes I need an extra over the counter med I do without. But what the heck. My mortgage gets paid on time with a 5.8% by direct pay from my checking account. With bad credit there would be no way I could afford my mortgage say at 2.8% or even 3% on a refinance. Add to that I wouldn’t have the protection of the lower fees of an original mortgage. I was told by a friend he got whacked $5500.00 closing costs on a refi. Hey I’d Be willing but I can’t get to fill out an app. Sarcasm!!! YOU BET.

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  3. Bernardine    

    I think it a shame for our true heroes do without and the va will econsider giving benefits to a boy that goes AWOL twice and leaves his post in afganistan just because needed to relieve himself. This conduct does not deserve reward. He was a disgrace to the uniform and to the country. I know because this boy is my granedson. When will society make people make people like him stand on his own? He just wants someone to take of him because he is too lazy to work. Since his discharge and before he hasn’t and won’t work as long as he can get away with it. Really sad.

  4. James Holloman    

    After watching the Veteran Crisis Line video, it really drives home the impact they have on helping veterans. I used them back 2008 when I came home for OIF Iraq.

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