(VA) Expanded Caregivers Assistance, Join the Fire Corps, ShopVCS.com $1,000 Spending Spree

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Expanded Assistance for Family Caregivers 

Family caregivers have expanded benefits and support from VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC), with training, enhanced respite care, counseling, technical support, beneficiary travel, a financial stipend, and access to health care. 


Virtual Events this Week

Oct. 8 - VA Benefits Townhall Live for Ohio Veterans

Oct. 13 - VA Benefits Townhall Live for Michigan Veterans

Oct. 14 - Heroes Connect: NestlĂ© Hiring Veterans Event

Oct. 14 - VA Benefits Townhall Live for Pennsylvania Veterans

Oct. 14 - PAVE Connect: How to Choose the Right Major


VA Working Harder than Ever to Connect with Veterans and Improve Customer Experiences

Dr. Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D., Under Secretary for benefits at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs talks tele-town halls and reaching 2.5 million Veterans to date in 2020. 


Dr. Lynda Davis, Chief Veterans Experience Officer shares how VA is listening to the voice of the Veteran and using customer experience feedback to improve customer experiences at VA.


4 ways VA is improving access to care in 2020


Veterans Supporting Veterans on Mental Health Day

Tag 10. Take 10. Pledge10. Reach out to 10 battle buddies and take 10 minutes to prioritize your mental health on World Mental Health Day, October 10, and everyday. Learn about Team RWB's #RWBPledge10 initiative hosted in partnership with Starbucks, TrueCar, and the Pledge10 Collective. 


VA is hiring more nurses during the coronavirus pandemic 

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Veterans: Join the Fire Corps

Post-9/11 Veterans, up to age 35, have a unique opportunity to apply for a 10-month intensive training program in fuels reduction, fuels management, and wildland firefighting. The program is now open and runs January 10 – October 8, 2021.


VA awards adaptive sports grants for Veterans 

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Free Caregiver Resources from AARP

AARP is not only a champion of civilian caregivers but an advocate for military caregivers as well, providing free resources to all Veterans, military personnel and their families regardless if they are AARP members. Whether you need caregiving help or you want to give help, here's what you can do right now.


Listen to Vietnam Veterans Discuss Their Experiences with PTSD


VA Is Making Direct Deposit Easier and Safer

On October 13, VA is making it easier for Veterans to enroll and/or change their bank account information online, and is helping to eliminate fraud.


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

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ShopVCS.com, Win a $1,000 Shopping Spree!

Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare, their families and VA employees have access to exclusive online shopping benefits at ShopVCS.com.

For a limited time, creating your free account at ShopVCS.com automatically enters you to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

VA Podcasts:


Borne the Battle

Before achieving his dream to become a WWE Superstar, Marine Veteran Stephen Kupryk served as a machine-gunner with two tours to Afghanistan.



Fresh Focus: Pregnancy

This series covers the entire maternal diet… from what to eat when you are thinking of starting a family to feeding your newborn.



TAC Talks: Federal Acquisition Process

Interested in contracting with the federal government? Join the first of 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.)