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PACT Act Updates

Latest PACT Act Actions

As the implementation of benefits under the PACT Act become fully active, studies reveal an even greater scope: Deployed troops inhaled toxic air even while off-duty, study finds ( militarytimes.com )

For those Veterans with chronic lung conditions like constrictive bronchiolitis, encouraging news: The VA has vowed to fix how veterans receive disability benefits for this burn pit injury. Critics say it’s taking too long | PBS NewsHour

For more information about how the PACT Act is helping Veterans and their survivors, visit VA’s PACT Act Dashboard. To apply for care or benefits today, visit www.VA.gov/PACT

or call 1-800- MYVA411 . More information on eligibility can be found at www.VA.gov/PACT .

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Posted 04/19/24 10:42 by Sandhills MOAA Under Governmental Permalink 1713523349
Veterans Administration Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network

This site displays VA facilities (Locations & Directions in North Carolina and Virginia. Additionally, you can find a monthly newsletter (Voice of VISN 6), news for specific facility (News & Events) and all the benefits and services offered by the Veterans Administration in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Posted 05/15/22 13:10 by Webmaster Under Governmental Permalink 1652634626
North Carolina Department of Veteran Affairs

Mission Statement

To support the uniformed military, both active and reserve, and their families and installations and communities as well as military veterans, their families, facilities and services in North Carolina by providing timely and responsive engagement; to enhance North Carolina's current military and veteran friendly environment and foster and promote business, technology, transportation, education, economic development, and healthcare by facilitating assistance and coordination between the Federal Government, the State, its political subdivisions and collaborative and supporting agencies.

Vision Statement

To create a state that fully accepts and supports the military and veterans and where their full potential and human capital is realized and valued; to support and create an engaged military and veteran populous that fully participates in all facets of our state’s life.

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Posted 05/15/22 13:06 by Webmaster Under Governmental Permalink 1652634407
DAV of North Carolina

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (DAV) DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA offers a variety of services to disabled veterans in North Carolina, including help with filing VA claims for disability compensation, appealing claims decisions and transportation to VA medical appointments. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Department of North Carolina has a Veterans Service Officer (VS) located at Winston-Salem VA Regional Office.

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Posted 05/15/22 12:43 by Webmaster Under Governmental Permalink 1652633038

Educational Top ▲

NCVVI.org

This site has a wealth of information and history of the Vietnam War: ncvvi.org go to links/resources then Vietnam War Source list.

Would be real interesting for Vietnam Vets and history buff.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:07 by Webmaster Under Educational Permalink 1650902822

Military Top ▲

Marine Corps League of North Carolina

The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937.

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Posted 05/15/22 13:02 by Webmaster Under Military Permalink 1652634159
National Guard Association of North Carolina

Our Mission: Here for the North Carolina National Guard, its Families and Retirees by remembering the past, securing the present, and improving the future.

The North Carolina Veterans Council was founded to serve as the coordinating body of all the veteran organizations, in order to positively impact the lives of all North Carolina Veterans. Our membership consists of 16 Veteran Service Organizations. Each organization has one vote on the Council.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:17:02 by Webmaster Under Military Permalink 1650903422
Association of the US Army

Voice for the Army - Support for the Soldier

OUR MISSION

AUSA supports soldiers, their families and Army civilians, provides a voice for the Army, and honors those who have served. As the Army’s premier, nonprofit, educational and professional association, we:

Educate those we serve (soldiers and their families, Army civilians, retired soldiers and veterans, and the businesses and industries that support the Army) with programs, products, resources and events…

Inform our members, Congress and the American public about issues affecting America’s Army – Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and…

Connect America’s Total Army, its industry partners, like-minded associations and other supporters at the national, regional and chapter levels.

OUR VISION

To be recognized by the Army, Congress, our industry partners and communities across the nation as the Army’s premier association and the foremost supporter of the Total Army.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Dedication

We are dedicated to our mission and to our members, displaying it through our service and commitment.

Innovation

We value innovative approaches to programs and technology.

Excellence

We value, encourage, recognize and reward excellence.

Inclusion

We are inclusive and embrace diversity.

Integrity

We expect integrity within ourselves and our stakeholders.

Nonpartisan

In all we do, we are nonpartisan and apolitical.

2425 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: 703-841-4300

Member Services: 1-855-246-6269

Email: membersupport@ausa.org

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Posted 04/25/22 16:18:24 by Webmaster Under Military Permalink 1650903504
US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Reserve is a flexible, responsive operational force that exists to support the Coast Guard roles of maritime homeland security, national defense (domestic and expeditionary), and domestic disaster operations.

The Coast Guard depends on the Reserve force to be always ready to mobilize with critical competencies in boat operations, contingency planning and response, expeditionary warfare, marine safety, port security, law enforcement and mission support.

Reservists obtain and maintain proficiency and readiness through a combination of training and augmentation. Commanders, commanding officers and officers-in-charge shall ensure Reservists under their authority receive appropriate training and augmentation opportunities and administrative support. By doing so, Reserve forces will achieve mobilization readiness, while providing increased capacity to the local command. Individual Reservists shall obtain and maintain the skills and personal readiness required to mobilize.

Vision

The Coast Guard’s only dedicated surge force, the Reserve, is a contingency-based workforce, trained locally and deployed globally to meet Coast Guard mission requirements.

Mission

To provide operationally capable and ready personnel to support Coast Guard surge and mobilization requirements in the Homeland and abroad.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:19:46 by Webmaster Under Military Permalink 1650903586
US Army

OUR MISSION: OUR PURPOSE REMAINS CONSTANT

To deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars by providing ready, prompt and sustained land dominance by Army forces across the full spectrum of conflict as part of the joint force.

The Army mission is vital to the Nation because we are the service capable of defeating enemy ground forces and indefinitely seizing and controlling those things an adversary prizes most – its land, its resources and its population.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:20:27 by Webmaster Under Military Permalink 1650903627
US Marine Corps

MARINES ARE THE FIRST TO FIGHT AND DETERMINED TO SUCCEED.

Since 1775, Marines have valiantly fought and died to protect our nation and advance its ideals. Our long and proud heritage of faithful service is fueled by an uncommon fighting spirit and the grit to continue on when others quit. From Belleau Wood to Afghanistan, the United States Marine Corps is America's stand-in force - always ready when our nation is least ready.

1. Marine Corps Air Station New River

Marine Corps Air Station New River

Jacksonville, NC 28545

2. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

100 Roosevelt St

Cherry Point NC 28533

3. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune, NC 28542

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Posted 04/25/22 16:21:08 by Webmaster Under Military Permalink 1650903668
US Navy

Mission Statement

The United States is a maritime nation, and the U.S. Navy protects America at sea. Alongside our allies and partners, we defend freedom, preserve economic prosperity, and keep the seas open and free. Our nation is engaged in long-term competition. To defend American interests around the globe, the U.S. Navy must remain prepared to execute our timeless role, as directed by Congress and the President.

Who We Are

We are America's primary forward deployed force. Diverse, united, and tough, we are and will remain the most lethal global maneuver force in the world. As great power competitors threaten the global commons, we will rise to deter and defeat those challenges, protect the American homeland, and protect our economic prosperity by keeping the arteries of commerce open on the world's interconnected oceans. As Sailors, forged by the sea, we will continue to be the Navy this nation needs.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:21:49 by Webmaster Under Military Permalink 1650903709
US Air Force

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight, and win...airpower anytime, anywhere.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:

With a Total Force of more than 689,000 personnel, Airmen work to support all aspects of airpower, which includes five core missions: air superiority; global strike; rapid global mobility; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and command and control. Airpower also requires people and resources dedicated to unit readiness, base infrastructure and talent management.

"Delivering airpower for our nation requires more than just aircraft; It requires Total Force Airmen – active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilians – in all Air Force specialties working together as a seamless team to operate, maintain and enable our mission and bring the unique capabilities and effects of airpower to bear." -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:22:30 by Webmaster Under Military Permalink 1650903750

Veterans Top ▲

American Legion
American Legion
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Our Mission

To enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion's vision statement is "The American Legion: Veterans Strengthening America."

A VETERAN IS A VETERAN - which means The American Legion embraces all current and former members of the military and endeavors to help them transition into their communities.

SELFLESS SERVICE - which means The American Legion celebrates all who contribute to something larger than themselves and inspires others to serve and strengthen America.

AMERICAN VALUES AND PATRIOTISM - which means The American Legion advocates for upholding and defending the United States Constitution, equal justice and opportunity for everyone and discrimination against no one, youth education, responsible citizenship and honoring military service by observing and participating in memorial events.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - which means The American Legion meets the unique needs of local communities.

ADVANCING THE VISION - which means The American Legion educates, mentors and leads new generations of Americans.

HONOR THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US - which means The American Legion pays perpetual respect for all past military sacrifices to ensure they are never forgotten by new generations.

The American Legion's motto is "Veterans Strengthening America."

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Posted 04/25/22 16:14:59 by Webmaster Under Veterans Permalink 1650903299
Veterans Administration
VA Burial Benefits

Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our National cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a government headstone, marker, or medallion, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for burial allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the Veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the family. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran.

The Veterans family should make funeral or cremation arrangements with a funeral provider or cremation office. Any item or service obtained from a funeral home or cremation office will be at the family's expense. The VA created Planning Your Legacy: VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit, to assist Veterans and their family members in pre-need planning and record storage.

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Posted 05/15/22 13:16 by Webmaster Under Veterans Permalink 1652634969
Veterans of Foreign Wars

Our Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.

Who We Are

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.

We trace our roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.

In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations that would eventually band together and become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. Today, membership stands at more than 1.5 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.

Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, we won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active duty service members, and members of the guard and reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which is planned for construction at our nation's capital.

We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide. Please check out our latest fact sheet or spend some time browsing our site to learn why No One Does More For Veterans.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:15:40 by Webmaster Under Veterans Permalink 1650903340
Vietnam Veterans of America

VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. VVA strives to achieve the following:

• Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans

• Seek full access to quality health care for veterans

• Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service

• Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care

• Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans

• Seek the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs

• Support the next generation of America’s war veterans

• Serve our communities

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Posted 08/22/22 11:28 by Webmaster Under Veterans Permalink 1661182103

Media Top ▲

Stars and Stripes Magazine

The sole mission of Stars and Stripes is to provide first-hand reporting from bases around the world and unbiased, credible news to America’s military. Although part of the DOD, Stars and Stripes must earn most of its operating budget. That’s an important part of being independent and free of censorship – and also why support from readers is so vital.

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Posted 08/22/22 10:17 by Webmaster Under Media Permalink 1661177847
The Army Times

The trusted resource for Army news and information!

Soldiers and their families rely on Army Times as a trusted, independent source for news and information on the most important issues affecting their careers and personal lives.

Army Times, first published in 1940, is a part of Sightline Media Group. Throughout its history, the company has a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches of the U.S. military, the global defense community, the U.S. federal government, and several special interest, defense-oriented industry sectors.

Army Times provides quality, unbiased reporting on the important issues for the military community.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:10 by Webmaster Under Media Permalink 1650903049
The Navy Times

The trusted resource for Navy news and information!

Sailors and their families rely on Navy Times as a trusted, independent source for news and information on the most important issues affecting their careers and personal lives.

Navy Times is a part of the Sightline Media Group, formerly known as the Army Times Publishing Company, which first published Army Times in 1940. Throughout its history, the company has a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches of the U.S. military, the global defense community, the U.S. federal government, and several special interest, defense-oriented industry sectors.

Navy Times provides quality, unbiased reporting on the important issues for the military community:

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Posted 04/25/22 16:10 by Webmaster Under Media Permalink 1650903128
The Air Force Times

The trusted resource for Air Force news and information!

Airmen and their families rely on Air Force Times as a trusted, independent source for news and information on the most important issues affecting their careers and personal lives.

Air Force Times is a part of the Sightline Media Group, formerly known as the Army Times Publishing Company, which first published Army Times in 1940. Throughout its history, the company has a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches of the U.S. military, the global defense community, the U.S. federal government, and several special interest, defense-oriented industry sectors.

Air Force Times provides quality, unbiased reporting on the important issues for the military community.

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Posted 04/25/22 16:10 by Webmaster Under Media Permalink 1650903176
""Marine Corps Times
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The trusted resource for Marine Corps news and information!

Marines and their families rely on Marine Corps Times as a trusted, independent source for news and information on the most important issues affecting their careers and personal lives.

Marine Corps Times is a part of the Sightline Media Group, formerly known as the Army Times Publishing Company, which first published Army Times in 1940. Throughout its history, the company has a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches of the U.S. military, the global defense community, the U.S. federal government, and several special interest, defense-oriented industry sectors.

Marine Corps Times provides quality, unbiased reporting on the important issues for the military community

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Posted 04/25/22 16:10 by Webmaster Under Media Permalink 1650903217