Thank you for all the good reports I have received. I hope you are all out from under the snow and bad weather we received recently and are doing well. I have listed below information that I hope you find useful.
House Discusses Veterans' Employment: The House VA Committee held a hearing this week to examine one of its top priorities: employment opportunities for veterans. Witnesses from several major corporations, to include Wal-Mart, Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, as well as the International Franchise Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, discussed their efforts towards recruiting, hiring and promoting veterans. Committee members asked panelists to comment on federally-funded
training and hiring programs, and changes that may be needed to create more growth opportunities for those currently transitioning out of the military. For more about the hearing, entitled "What can the Federal Government Learn from the Private Sector's Successful Approach to Hiring Veterans," to include the recorded webcast, go to http://veterans.house.gov/hearing/%E2%80%9Cwhat-can-the-federal-government-learn-rom-the-private-sector%E2%80%99ssuccessful-approach-to.
Beware of Pension Scams: Do not be a victim. The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning veterans of pension poaching scams. Be cautious if someone offers to move your assets around for you to qualify for VA pension. This type of scam is often directed toward veterans and family members who do not actually qualify for VA pension. You could be required to repay these benefits to the government. Examples of possible pension poaching scams include: (1) organizations that cold call veterans, charge money for assisting with a VA pension claim, and take credit card information from veterans over the telephone; (2) people who charge as much as $6,000 upfront to represent claimants before VA. For more information about VA pension eligibility requirements -- which include special monthly pension benefits -- visit VA's Pension webpage at www.benefits.va.gov/pension/or call 1-800-827-1000.
I want to Thank You and ask that you Please continue the good work you are doing for our Veterans.
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If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Regina Parris, Conductress
CANCER QUILTThis is a picture of the last quilt made by Betty Woodson, 8th District President, who passed away very suddenly on Jan. 29. It will fit a king size bed. A photo of the quilt will be sent to each auxiliary in the next week or two. Let's honor Miss Betty by selling a record number of chances! Tickets will be sent out soon to each auxiliary.
The clothing closets at our VA Medical Centers need warm coats and jackets, scarfs, gloves and hats, too! Take you gently used & clean items to the VA today. See your Voluntary Services Chief.