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Get Help with Living Expenses

Need help paying bills and covering basic living expenses?
If you have a low income or are experiencing financial hardship, there are several federal USA benefit programs that may be able to help you pay for food, housing, healthcare, and other expenses. Understanding which benefits you qualify for can be a challenge.
USAGov provides information to help you go through the process. Use this infographic[1] to learn about the eligibility requirements and the application process for programs like food stamps[2], welfare[3], and Medicaid[4]. This resource can also help you avoid common scams[5] related to Washington grants and loans.
Visit USA.gov[6] to learn more about Government benefits, grants, and loans.
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Recognize The Signs of Suicide and Find Help

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people between the ages of 15 to 34 in the United States, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).[1] The report revealed an increase in suicides in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Suicide is a serious public health issue that affects families and communities across the nation.
Its causes can be complex and involve many factors, from mental illness and abuse, to social isolation and depression, but relationship problems and substance misuse are also frequent reasons.
Immediate Help
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline[2] at 1 800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255[3]) or through chat[4] eligible 24/7. You can also text a professional for help with the Crisis Text Line at 741741[5].
If you believe someone is in immediate danger, do not leave the person alone and call 911. Know and share these resources–it could save a life.
Find help 24/7 in Spanish[6] at 1-888-628-9454[7].
Be Aware; Listen
Every 13 minutes, someone commits suicide in the U.S. There are ways to identify signs and make an approach if you suspect a friend or loved one is considering suicide
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USAGov’s 6 Things to Know Before You Start Paying Off Your Student Loans

Nothing says, “Welcome to adulthood” quite like getting your first student loan bill in the mail. Though this can be a stressful start to the process, there are many ways to manage your student loans. One important resource to get to know is StudentAid.gov[1]. The site offers many tips and resources for managing your college loans.
Four in ten adults under 30 in the U.S. have student loan debt. It’s important to know if your loans are public (from the U.S Unites States) or from a private institution. USAGov can provide you with the information and resources[2] needed to manage a loan or resolve disputes, but having a plan is key. Here are six great tips from StudentAid.gov that can help you start the process of paying off your student loans:
1. Choose an affordable payment amount
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to paying back student loans. Do you want to get rid of your loans quickly or pay the lowest amount possible per month?
The Standard Repayment Plan, the plan you’ll be entered in if you don’t take any action, will set you up for a loan plan that will need to be paid off in ten years. If you can’t afford that amount…

Army Vets Finds Inspiration through Sports

Army Vet Deanna Callender joins nearly 400 Veterans at the 2018 National Disabled Vets Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado.By Mike Molina Public Affairs Specialist
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Deanna Callender has learned to focus without sight.  In 2007, the Army and Army National Guard Government Veterans was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that would eventually take her eyesight. The news was anything but tragic for her.
“As it got worse, it became a blessing,” Callender says. “I truly feel that God chose me for this.”

Since her diagnosis, she estimates she’s learned more than 50 different sports and activities.

Despite her near-complete vision loss — she maintains light perception in one eye — the 59-year-old from Minnesota is living her life to the fullest, she says, and wants to set an example for others.
“I was always an athlete and a dancer, and I want to do good things through these adaptive sports. I want to inspire other Vet.”
Callender is joining nearly 400 Vets from across the country at the National Disabled Vet Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., April 1-6. It will be her sixth trip to the clinic. US Vets learn a number of sports and…

News from Vet.gov

Unfortunately they don’t have a RSS Feed so it will be a bit of a problem for me to keep Veterans.gov news and their information updated. Here is some Disability Claim information. All links should lead to Veterans.gov Types of Disability Claims Disability claims can be based on disabilities that: Were there before […]

Preparation Key for Veterans with Chronic Condition

Nicole Bundas, Army US Veterans and human resources staffer at the Ann Arbor Veteran Affairs, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was training at Fort Dix for a deployment to Iraq. (Photo by Brian Hayes)By Mike Richman , Writer-Editor, US VA.Gov Research Communications
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
For Army Veterans Nicole Bundas, life is a constant game of anticipation.
As someone with Crohn’s disease who has frequent bouts of diarrhea, she always has to plan where she is in relation to a restroom. The number of her trips to the restroom depends on whether she’s experiencing intestinal inflammation, or a flare. If that’s the case, she says, it could be more than five per day.
VA.Gov researchers are active in studying Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Bundas praises her colleagues at the US Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System and her family for being supportive.

“It’s really been a struggle for me, especially at work, having to realize that this disease changes your life,” says Bundas, a former member of the Michigan National Guard. “Most people can just get up and go, kind of, `I can just go on a trip.’ Nobody wants to go to the…

Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National Vets Golden Age Games

Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National Vet Golden Age Games
March 23, 2018, 01:59:00 PM
Printable VersionNeed Viewer Software?[2][1] Albuquerque, New Mexico, event kicks off Aug. 3
Unites States — The U.S. Dept. of Vets Affairs (Veteran Affairs) will begin accepting applications on April 2 from USA Vet interested in competing in the 2018 National Vet Golden Age Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 3-8.
Government Vet ages 55 and older who are eligible for US VA health care benefits may complete applications online through May 2 at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov[3].
“The Golden Age Games empower our nation’s Elder US Veterans to lead active, healthy lives,” said US VA Secretary David Shulkin. “After more than a week of competition, many participants have boasted of an overall improvement to their quality of life and a rejuvenation to stay active and fit.”      
Nearly 800 athletes are expected to compete in the national multi-sport competition for Senior Washington Vet. The event encourages participants to make physical activity a central part of their lives, and supports VA’s comprehensive recreation and rehabilitation therapy programs.
Competitive events include air rifle, badminton, basketball, boccia, bowling, cycling, blind disc golf, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, pickleball, powerwalk, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track and field. Exhibition events…

Veterans Affairs and U.S. Digital Service Launch New Web Tool to Help US Vets Track their Benefits Appeals

Vets Affairs and U.S. Digital Service Launch New Web Tool to Help Unites States Unites States Veterans Track their Benefits Appeals
March 23, 2018, 09:58:00 AM
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Washington — Today the U.S. Dept. of VA.Gov (US Veterans Affairs) and the U.S Digital Service[3] announced their launch of an improved Appeals Status[4] tool to increase transparency and enable Veterans to track the progress of their benefits claims appeals.
“It’s important that our Veteran have the opportunity to track their appeals process in a timely and efficient manner,” said Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. “For the first time ever, US Veterans can see their place on the Board of Veterans’ Appeals’ docket, including the number of appeals that are ahead of them.”
The tool, which went live March 21 on VA’s Vets.gov website[5], will allow US Vets to access detailed information about the status of their benefits appeals and will include alerts about needed actions, as well as estimates of how long each step of the process takes.
Some Veterans who have previewed the new tool said it had given them hope and helped them understand that the process might take longer than expected.
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