(VA) Blue Water Navy Claims, Free Audiobooks and Events for Disabled Veterans, Hispanic family defines service

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More than 22k Claims granted to Blue Water Navy Veterans in 2020

The National Archives is digitizing more than 1,800 deck logs to determine ship locations, which helps VA confirm service. VA estimates there are between 420-560k Vietnam-era Veterans who may be considered Blue Water Navy Veterans. 


Virtual Events this Week

Oct. 15 - Why Michigan? for Transitioning Service Members: LIVE 
Oct. 15 - State of Veteran Customer Experience Summit with Community and VSO Partners
Oct. 15 - VA Benefits Texas Townhall 
Oct. 15 - PAVE Connect: Reasonable Accommodations
Oct. 16 - VA Benefits Maine Townhall
Oct. 19 - Caregivers at the Forefront - 5th Annual National Virtual Convening
Oct. 19 - VA Benefits Iowa Townhall 
Oct. 20 - State of Veteran Customer Experience Summit with Corporate Partnerships 
Oct. 20 - VA Benefits Colorado Townhall
Oct. 21 - Social Isolation & Loneliness: Mindfulness Meditation


Nine Brothers

Hispanic family defines meaning of service

For the Fuentes family, that means celebrating the nine brothers who served in the military. Brothers Alfonso, David, Enrique, Ezequiel, Ismael, Marcos, Richard and Rudy all served in the Marine Corps, while Israel served in the Air Force.


Veterans can reschedule a cancelled VA health appointment

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Beautiful Lives Project offers free events for disabled Veterans 

The Beautiful Lives non-profit brings accessibility to as many people as possible. Find out how you can participate or host an event. 


VIDEO: How service-connected Veterans can find VA jobs

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Tax Filing Extension Deadline is Oct. 15

Got a tax filing extension due 10/15? Remember, get your IRS refund faster with efile combined with direct deposit.


An essential list of fall virtual events VA job seekers should attend

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Free Audio Books for Veterans with disabilities 

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable. 


Every Veteran has a story, what's yours? Share it with us. 

VA Podcasts:

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Borne the Battle

VA's Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program Director, Dr. Leann Bruce, talks where and what services are offered through the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP), and how paying attention to IPV can save a Veteran's or their family member's life.


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TAC Talks #2: Transformation 21 Total Tech Next Gen (T4NG)

Interested in contracting with the federal government? This five-episode series with the Technology Acquisition Center, covering proposal evaluations, innovation, debriefs and more.


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No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

Free Help for Homeless Veterans Dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for 24/7 access to VA services for homeless and at-risk Veterans

Homeless Veteran Chat Confidential, 24/7 online support for homeless Veterans and friends

https://www.va.gov/homeless for more information

Are You a Veteran in Crisis or Concerned About One? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)