VMF November 2022 Newsletter

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November 2022

Newsletter

Vol. 2, No. 8

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"For generations, millions of Americans have answered the call to serve -- taking the sacred oath to defend and preserve our Nation's ideals of liberty and democracy. These patriots represent the best of us. On Veterans Day, we honor their service, dedication, and valor and are forever grateful for their sacrifice.” — President Joe Biden

 

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Editor’s Message —

Greetings. November 11th Veterans Day is a time we set aside to honor our Veterans. In these volatile times, Veterans'  contributions to our American Way of Life are even more evident. The VMF Caucus this year is participating in the National Bells of Peace remembrance (see details below) sponsored by The Doughboys Foundation and we invite every one of our DA members as well as all your acquaintances to participate! Knowing it is often difficult to participate in an event, we are bringing the celebration to you, no matter where you are!  You do not need to visit a national cemetery or attend an official  program ( but if you have these possibilities, please do!). Everyone, wherever you are on 11/11 at 11 am local time can participate by ringing a bell and if you do not have a bell, you can download the Bells of Peace App and have it ring automatically from your smart device! You can do this alone or with some friends! Take photos of your commemoration and send them to us, so we can document this wonderful event! You can also share your participation on social media using the hashtag #bellsofpeace.

Can we count on you? How incredible it would be to have 100% participation!

Terese Sarno

Editor

 

ABOUT #BELLS OF PEACE 2022

Toll “Bells of Peace” on 11/11 at 11am local time, and honor all those who served and sacrificed in WWI. Bells of Peace is a U.S. national "bell tolling" remembrance created in collaboration with the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 2018. The Doughboy Foundation has since promoted it as an annual remembrance of those who served in WWI and of the moment when the guns fell silent, and bells tolled on the Western Front… on the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour in 1918, after four years of brutal combat.

"No Bells? No Problem!" A great solution is the free Bells of Peace Participation APP that can be used right off your smartphone, with a group of phones or from your phone using a public address system.  The App is available for iOS and Android smartphones. Go to the Bells of Peace Participation App page to learn more.

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ADVOCACY

VA closes gap in survivor benefits for LGBTQ+ Veterans and survivors  October 13, 2022

What you need to know about VA benefits in the aftermath of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian 

White House releases blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights

Warrior Call Day Sunday After Veterans Day

VA Travel Pay Reimbursement

Online medical debt relief application now available

Free legal services for Veterans, service members

White Ribbon VA Pledge with VA Secretary Denis McDonough

Veterans can get tools, resources at Military OneSource

Veterans receive free access to online small business library

VA librarians working to get Veteran information to community libraries

How the PACT Act is Already Helping Veterans 


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NOVEMBER is
National Veteran & Military Families Month
National Family Caregivers Month
Warrior Care Month

November 1-5  National Veterans Small Business Week

November 3     Interview Prep Workshop USO MVP Zoom 1600 CET

November 4     Mindfulness Meditation - 11a.m. to noon ET 

November 6     Daylight Savings Time ends

November 8     ELECTION DAYElection Day Vote Hands Up
November 8     Federal Resumé Workshop USO MVP 1700 CET      

November 9     VMF Caucus Meeting 0700 EST WebEx link
November 9     World Freedom Day
November 9     Milspouse Resumé Workshop USO MVP Zoom 1700 CET

November 10   US Marine Corps 246th Birthday

November 11 - Veterans Day Annual remembrance National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. in person or online at 10:30am Eastern LIVE STREAM YouTube.Com/c/TheDoughboyFoundation  Bells of Peace is observed at the 11th hour (local time) of the 11th day of the 11th month.         

November 13 - National Warrior Call Day 

November 15   SkillBridge Info Session USO MVP Zoom 1700 CET

 

Traveling in the U.S. in November?

Veterans Day 2022 free meals, discounts and offers

Veterans Day 2022 Parades, Events and More

Thank you for your service! The National Park Service and Operation Live Well thank military personnel and their families for their service and invite them to enjoy their national parks.

Upcoming DA Activities

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November 2022
November 8: General Election
November 8: Special General Election–California U.S. Senate, Oklahoma U.S. Senate

November 8: Louisiana Open Primary Election

December 2022
December 6: Arkansas General Runoff, Georgia General Runoff

December 10: Louisiana General Election

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WHAT’S CONGRESS UP TO?

H.R. 5918 To amend title 38, United States Code to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs repays members of the Armed Forces for certain contributions made by such members towards Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, and for other purposes passed by the House of Representatives September 28, 2022; September 29, 2022-Received in the Senate, read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R. 7589 REMOVE Copays Act - September 28 passed by House of Representatives

H.R. 8510 Strengthening Whistleblower Protections at the Department of Veterans Affairs Act

Passed by House Sept. 29, 2022 after being edited and passed  by Senate Sep. 19, 2022. Latest Action: Senate - October 11, 2022- Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Democratic lawmakers, veterans groups urge the VA do more to provide abortion services

A letter, dated October 7, 2022, from several House Democrats (including all Dem HVAC members) to OPM regarding VA's regulation rule on abortion services. 

US military policy changes to protect abortion access, defend providers against legal trouble

Ensuring Access to Reproductive Health Care  Memorandum from the Secretary of Defense

Biden urges voters to elect Democrats to protect abortion rights

Who are the 195 veterans running for Congress in 2022?

What's in the so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill that could impact the whole country 

What to know now that Biden's student debt relief is temporarily blocked (October 22, 2022)

Help Reshape VA’s Mission Statement

Take the Student Veterans of America (SVA) survey

“Democrats believe America must continue to have the strongest military in the world…Our country has a sacred, moral responsibility to keep faith with all our veterans and wounded warriors. We must take care of those who have put their lives on the line to defend us.”       DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM


VETERANS’ ISSUES

Health

VA extends delay of electronic health record launch to June 2023

VA's burn pit registry ineffective in helping veterans seek care, new report finds

Women Veterans health care: Reasons to consider VA

Health care coverage options for military veterans 

Online Health Library Available for Veterans 

New feature expands Veterans’ ability to customize VA profile

Smartphone check-in now at most VA health facilities

Simulation leads to improved care for Veterans

Genetic research sheds new light on Veteran suicide risk

Smartphone check-in now at most VA health facilities

VA accelerates effort to get new employees at their jobs to keep up with health care demands

Mindfulness Meditation - Join VA’s free, phone-based class Designed for Veterans of all eras, this class will help you manage the challenges and stressors of everyday life. Each class covers a topic related to mindfulness with a guided meditation practice. Classes are available from 11a.m. to noon ET on these upcoming days: November 4, December 2, January 6, and February 3. Join any or all classes.

Education

How Biden’s loan forgiveness could impact Army student loan incentives

Military Families Resources for Young Children | Sesame Street

The WWI Memorial "Virtual Explorerfor use at home or in school

The USO's Military Virtual Programming Series 

DoD Schools Ranked Best in the United States on Nation's Report Card

Veteran Recognition

Veteran of The Day

107-year-old World War II veteran receives Silver Star

How a 12-year-old tricked the Navy into letting him fight in WWII

Honoring Our Veterans

Employing homeless Veterans: We all have a job to do


Click here for our Spotlight Interviews with Veterans by Wiesbaden HS Students

Click here for our Podcast & Social Media Recommendations

Click here for our Poetry Corner

Click here for our Film and Book Recommendations

Click here for our Brain-Zone Quiz

Click here for our Educational Resources

Click here for our Virtual Museum


GLOBAL VMF CAUCUS MEETINGS

The Global VMF Caucus Steering Committee meets once a month. 

All Democrats Abroad members are welcome to attend. 

Here is the WebEx link for Wednesday November 9 at 0700 EST (Rotation 1).


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Editor:

Terese Sarno (Germany)

Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair:

Kee Adams Evans (Guatemala)

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