You no longer have to wait for a copy of your DD-214 - It's official; DD-214s are NOW Online. Please pass on to other vets. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ or try http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.
Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site.
Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time. Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.
Calling for Hospitality Room Help! The time is quickly approaching to pack up and head to our State Convention. It is a very important time for our American Legion Family as we renew the bonds of comradeship, make plans for the future that effect every member of every Post, and determine the best ways to continue to meet the needs of Veterans across our State and Nation.
Many of you will be taking the trip on behalf of your Post, District, and as part of the mighty First Division. Most pay for a good part of this out of their own pocket. Your time and efforts on behalf of the American Legion Family is both important and appreciated. Every vote counts and without member participation, we simply can not effect the changes and support you as Veterans deserve.
Did you serve at Camp Lejeune sometime between 1953 - 1987? It was found that the water source at the base was contaminated with industrial solvents that are linked with certain health conditions. Based on the Veterans Administration review of current medical science findings, VA Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a presumption of service connection for the folling conditoin: Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma Scleroderma, Parkinson's Disease or Aplastic Anemia/Myelodysplastic Sydromes [more info]
American Legion's Dispatch - Agent Orande VA benefits expanded - The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some VA benefits for Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).
Roosevelt University partners with the Department of Education to develop “Veterans Upward Bound” program. In order to find success in today’s society, many veterans are required to enhance their skills. As a result, further education is often the key to starting a second career. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free-of-charge program (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) that helps veterans, who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, to prepare for enrollment at the college of their choice.
Cook County Military & Veterans Discount Program is announced. We are writing to inform you about an exciting new program being rolled out by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs. After Veterans Day, November 11th 2014, we will begin issuing the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card. Our goal is create a network of businesses throughout Cook County that offer discounts and incentives to active duty military and veterans, and encourage businesses to offer these discounts year-round.