Vacations for Veterans Provides Free Lodging for OIF/OEF Purple Heart Recipients

Nearly 45,000 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans have been awarded the Purple Heart, and one non-profit group has found an amazing way to say “Thank You” to those honored veterans.

Since 2007, Vacations for Veterans has been providing 7 days of free lodging to wounded Purple Heart recipients.  Hundreds of vacation home and time share owners in the United States, have generously donated the use of their getaway spot in support of this program.

Vacations for Veterans became so popular in 2011, that they had to start booking for 2012.  Anyone who knows a wounded Purple Heart recipient that deserves a break, please share this program with them.

People interested in donating use of their homes,  timeshares, money or time can do so here:

 

 

Non-Profit Organizations Continue to Waste Millions on US Postage in 2012

According to the 2012 Statistical Abstract, 71% of U.S. citizens are using the Internet at home, 80% are now also accessing the internet from phones, libraries, and internet cafes, and a whopping 90% of citizens under the age of 29 are primarily communicating online.

So, with over 200 million Americans capable of receiving email communications, why are countless large and small non-profit organizations and groups continuing to waste millions of dollars on paper and U.S. postage?

Is the fear of technology that powerful? Email vs Postage…..just how costly is it?

     Are those postage dollars spent really helping your group gain revenue through donations, or actually wasting valuable funds that could be better spent elsewhere?

How many people even read paper mail anymore, and how do you know they are reading what you send?

In March of 2010, ABC News reported (Video: Snail Mail vs E-Mail) that the number of Americans writing and reading “snail mail” was declining fast enough to put the U.S Post Office in a major budget crunch.  Why?  Because, according to statistics, email is the new “social fabric of American society,” when it comes to “how, and how fast, people communicate.”

With America trending toward email as their preferred method of communication, why would any non-profit choose to use snail mail for newsletters, communications, promotions, events, or fundraisers?  Maybe once or twice a year, sending a bulk fundraising campaign by snail mail still makes sense.

As for the rest of the year…..try THIS money-saving program for sending professional-looking promotions and newsletters via email!  Using an email program allows you to quickly reach your members, discover which folks are actually reading your promotions, and avoid constantly bothering those that really don’t want to hear from you.

Missouri Veterans Homes and Cemeteries in Jeopardy: Please Support HB 1731

Update: May 12, 2012

Great News!!!!
HB 1731 passsed out of the House early this morning and is now on it’s way to the Governor’s desk. Thanks to everyone for their support in this effort.

 

Original Post March 23, 2012:

Unless Missourian’s express their support of HB1731, the closing of area Veterans Homes and cemeteries is eminent.

The bill, which establishes a dedicated funding source to keep veterans homes and cemeteries up to par and operational, arrived in the Missouri Senate March 8, 2012 after overwhelmingly passing the Missouri House of Representatives (149-0) on March 1st, 2012.

The Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations (MAVO) held a rally in the state capitol on Thursday, March 22nd.  Hundreds of veterans, veterans family members, and veteran caregivers flooded the rotunda to show their support of the bill. Several nationally recognized speakers relayed their thoughts and feelings about the horrible reality of possible closures.

Here is a basic description of what the bill entails:

WHEREAS; if additional funding is not made available during Legislative Year
2012 (January thru May 2012) it will become necessary to begin the process of
closing beds, wings, and, possibly close one or more homes and cemeteries, and

WHEREAS; the current waiting list for admission to Missouri Veterans homes is
over 1600 and if such closings are permitted to happen the number waiting will
increase, and

WHEREAS; if homes are closed, Missouri State will owe the Department of
Veterans Affairs for the Federal share of 65% of the unappreciated costs of the
homes, now, therefore be it

RESOLVED; by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Missouri (VFW)
that the VFW URGE the 2nd Session of the 96th General Assembly while convened
in Jefferson City to enact legislation approving a one dollar ($1) addition to the
Entry Fee to all Missouri Gaming Boats and that the entire one dollar ($1) be
deposited in a dedicated Veterans Commission Fund, and be it further

RESOLVED: that the VFW and its entire membership be instructed that this is the
highest priority and that this be communicated to the Governor, all members of the
Legislature and the Executive Director and Commissioners of the Missouri
Veterans Commission.

HB 1731. Modifies how funds from the Lottery and the Gaming Commission Fund are distributed. Sponsor:. LR Number:. 5770H.03P. Fiscal Note not available. Committee:. Veterans’ Affairs, Emerging Issues, Pensions and Urban Affairs. Last Action:. 3/8/2012 – Second Read and Referred S Veterans’ Affairs, Emerging Issues, P

Please contact your local Missouri Senator and the Missouri Veterans Commission to express your support of HB 1731 quick passage in the Missouri Senate so that we can continue to house and properly bury Missouri’s veterans!

Professor says US Military Monitors Machines Better than Soldiers Mental Health

As the United States scratches their heads wondering what could have caused a 38 year old Army Staff Sergeant to allegedly massacre 16 Afghan men, women, and children on Sunday, one professor has an idea.

Dr. Bengt Arnetz, professor of occupational and environmental medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., suggested that the current system used by the military to detect or recognize mental health issues is woefully inadequate.

“All the systems have never been evaluated,” said Arnetz, whose research focuses on the effects of stress on the psychological well being of police, first responders and soldiers. “I think that they’re very, very bad at monitoring people close to the breaking point. We don’t have good surveillance tools.”

To give an example, Arnetz compared the maintenance and monitoring of military machinery to the maintenance and monitoring of soldiers’ mental states. “If you look at the machinery, you check for wear and tear and you do repair work and tune it up on regular basis,” he said. “Where soldiers are concerned; we don’t have a systematic approach.”

If soldiers are expected to be some kind of low maintenance machine, it is no wonder that some soldiers may be hesitant to report unusual behavior on the part of their fellow troops.

“We have talked with police working in inner city Detroit, and they told me it’s very difficult to bring it up,” he said. “Sometimes when you bring it up… you see a behavior change, they either deny it or become quite aggressive. They don’t want to push it.”

Source: Soldier’s Alleged Kandahar Killing Spree: Were Warning Signs Missed?

The Million Veteran March on the VA

Updated October 13, 2013

Are You Looking for the Million Vet March on the Memorials? Read the full story here: Veterans Rally at Their Memorials

I want you to circle the date of Sunday, October 13, 2013.

And then I want you to help “circle the wagons” on that day to help protect and defend our brave veterans who risked their lives for our freedom – and now are being barred from visiting the memorials erected to honor their deeds.

In a mean-spirited fit of selfish anger, Barack Obama has shut down our nation’s war memorials. And he has declared open war on our honored veterans!

The World War II memorial … the Vietnam Veterans Memorial … the Korean War Veterans Memorial – Obama has shut them all down to force his will on the House of Representatives and frankly, to get revenge on the American people who oppose Obamacare and his other naked power grabs.

Let’s put it plainly: Barack Obama is behaving like a vicious tyrant. And if he succeeds in this assault on the democratic system, the Republic we love is at mortal risk. It’s just that simple. That’s why I am asking you now to take two decisive moves to show Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi – and all of their oppressive ilk in Washington – that “We the People” are still in charge. And we won’t rest until we take back our memorials and monuments! –

See more at: http://vetmarch.com/#join

See photos of the #1MVetMarch

Original Post: March 10, 2012 by VFWlady Laurie Cox

What began as a great idea is slowly becoming the latest rave for Veterans across the United States.  Many veterans who have dutifully served their country are tired of long waits, long lines, slow response, and poor facility conditions of the Veterans Administration Hospitals nationwide.

America’s weary soldiers are so tired of less-than-adequate treatment, that a few have decided to band together and do what they do best…MARCH!  Where are they marching?  Well, on Washington of course.  There is already a group on Facebook, and the response has been so overwhelming that a website is under construction.

All they need now is 1,000,000 marching veterans.

Based on the huge number of veterans using the VA system as their sole source of healthcare, getting a million to march shouldn’t be a problem.  Here is what the organizers have to say,

The march on the VA has been created by and for all honorably discharged Veterans and their family’s. This organization represents Veterans from all branches and all wars.

According to the VA there are currently 2.9 million disabled veterans. It is time they hear us loud and clear, we will no longer be pushed aside and ignored. It is time we stand up for ourselves and sound off. We are 1st class citizens and we will no longer be treated like trash.

The VA counts on us to give up and for the most part many of us have. Well that is over with, it is time we start making some demands and letting the VA know we are not going to give up, we will not quit, we will not surrender, This is a fight for ourselves and our family’s.

We will no longer be complacent in this we have a voice and we will use it. This a grass root effort, so please do all you can in the way of spreading the word. The tentative date for the march is October 4, 2012.” Ask to “Join the group” and support Veterans for better VA healthcare! 

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Simple Things Unemployed Veterans and Spouses Can Do to Make Money at Home

When you’re unemployed, every penny counts.  So, for all of you money-hungry penny wishers out there, here are some of my favorite boredom-curing money-making activities. These aren’t “schemes” or “scams”.  These are simple things that I started doing from home when I found myself unemployed in November of 2011.

All of these activities are so easy to do, that I continue to do them today. The combination of all of these easy jobs can generate enough to pay monthly bills,  have extra spending money, or put aside a little Christmas cash. They work for me, so I hope they work for you!

Become an Independent Contractor.  If you have technical writing, article writing, blog writing, editing, advertising, marketing, customer service, web research, website building, telemarketing, email marketing, or email-response skills (and you are computer-savvy), then you can land a job helping small companies online.

My favorite: oDesk.comoDesk will even let you “fire your boss” if you find one that is demanding, rude, or unresponsive to questions.

You can choose the number of hours you want to work, the time of day you want to work, and the number of days you want to work.

 

Do Surveys.  There are seriously thousands of survey sites out there that will pay for your opinion.  I’ve tried them all.  My favorite: Careers.org.

Careers.org is the #1 guide to career resources, jobs and occupations, online education and degree programs from online schools and universities in the US.  Their job-finding services are free, and they pay an average of $2.00-$5.00 per completed survey to those opting-in to receive them You may not qualify for every survey they send you, but they compensate you well for the ones you do complete.

Read Emails.  There are plenty of advertisers begging for people to click on their website.  If you like to browse the web, then why not get paid to look at advertisements?  My favorite: Inbox Dollars.

Inbox Dollars pays .02 cents per email add that you click to open.  They also pay you for playing games, searching the web, watching videos, using coupons, and much more!  The extra funds add up to around $100 per year, which is really nice to cash in around Christmas, and the coupons are nice for saving extra pennies!

Get Paid to Blog!  This vfwlady.com blog is not the only blog I publish.  There are tons of advertisers out there that pay an average of $10.00 per blog post if you own a decent blog that gets decent traffic.  I’ve seen some crazy blogs out there that get a lot of traffic.  So, if you like to blog (or already own a blog) check out my favorite handler:  BlogsVertise.com.

Blogsvertise lets you choose what blogs you want to post, so if there is a product that you do not like, or do not support, then you can simply pass on the post.  They also give you a generous 30 days to post the ones you choose.

Good luck in your job hunt, veterans :)  In the meantime…get to work!