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Nov 2019:  Sleep Product Evaluations

We created Tuck with one goal in mind – to be your one-stop shop for everything sleep. As sleep products continue to evolve and advancements develop in sleep science, we’ll make sure we always have you covered with the latest in sleep news and information.

 

Regardless of whether you need a new mattress, want to research CPAP machines, or need to figure out what’s keeping you awake at night, you’ll find it all at Tuck.com!

Sleep Disorders in Military Veteran Populations
How Does Trauma Affect Sleep?
Military and Veteran Mattress Discounts

 

Sep 2019: 

  • The 2019 Best Military-Friendly Online Colleges highlights 50 accredited colleges that provide strong military communities and support networks. The Military-Friendly Scores are calculated using data collected from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Comparison Tool, which evaluates military culture, online support, flexibility and financial assistance. We additionally include a ranking of 20 schools that support an unlimited number of students and offer unlimited financial contributions through the Yellow Ribbon Program. 
  • The 2019 Most Affordable Military-Friendly Online Colleges list ranks 25 of the most economical options with support for military students. In addition to their low annual tuition rates, these schools participate in the Tuition Assistance program and have high Military-Friendly Scores.

Sep 2019: Tips and Tricks to Safely Buy a Car as a Military Family

Arizona Attorney General's Office: Protecting Arizona seniors from abuse and exploitation is an important priority for the Attorney General's Office. The office provides information on scams and consumer fraud, takes legal action against those who prey on seniors and supports legislation to protect seniors. Click here for details on services for Seniors.

The Life Care Planning Packet can be downloaded from that site. If you need to create or update an Advance Care Directive, the VA has several forms and information sheets to help you.  Click here.

Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet.

Founded in 2007 by caregivers for caregivers, Caring.com helps those caring for seniors make better decisions, while saving time and money. Caring.com has helped millions of families nationwide select the right senior care products and services for their loved ones. In addition, Caring.com helps caregivers feel less alone and less stressed while navigating the many difficult senior care decisions. Many of our employees have had personal experience with caregiving and are passionate about making this mission a reality.

Applying the latest technology to this humane mission, we offer families:

  • Relevant elder care information and support, as well as comprehensive senior living and senior care directories – with information about independent living, assisted living, memory care, in-home care, skilled nursing, and other senior care services (as well as how to pay for these options)
  • Hundreds of thousands of consumer reviews to help families research and select senior living communities and in-home care agencies
  • Referrals from expert Family Advisors to specific service and product providers that are best matched to families’ needs, budgets and preferences
  • A trustworthy, nationwide team of Family Advisors and senior care professionals, who are among the most highly trained, highly skilled, and knowledgeable experts in senior care

We provide all of these services at no charge to families, and with high integrity and empathy — marrying rigorous data-driven thinking with real concern for caregivers and the quality of their experience.


Women Veteran Art Program - Starting in April in Phoenix and Mesa  Click here for more info.

I have been working with the Arizona Veterans Art Program as they have been establishing their women vet only art programs.  They have been offering free art classes to veterans for over five years, but they realized that there is also a need for women vet classes.  There are two monthly offerings that are being offered at this time - see the attached flyer. 

Please connect with the program coordinator at the location where you are interested in attending classes.  They are anxious to get started and would LOVE to have you participate.  It is free and a wonderful experience.

I attended a co-ed class in Tempe and highly recommend it.  Now, I am anxious to attend the women vet only workshop in Phoenix!

A little bit about the Arizona Art Alliance's Veterans Outreach Program can also be found at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56ha1tRo0ec

John Fontana is the first person on this video.  He was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame because of his program of using art as a way for veterans to connect with one another, learn from some amazing artists, and heal.   thx- gabe

 

Mesothelioma & Veterans (MesotheliomaHelpNow.com)

Our Purpose

MesotheliomaHelpNow.com was created to be a source of hope and empowerment to those affected by mesothelioma. By providing accurate and helpful information and resources, patients and their families better can understand their treatment, support and legal options.

Though mesothelioma is a rare cancer, you and your family are not alone in your fight against this tragic disease. Mesothelioma Help Now is your trusted advocacy center available to help you all your questions. Whether you want to know what treatment options you have, the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Help Now are committed to helping you.


ADOT News from the Motor Vehicle Division

 
  • WILL YOUR LICENSE FLY? – More people are asking about the Travel ID than ever before. That’s probably because October 1, 2020 is getting closer by the day. That date is when the Transportation Security Administration will implement new, more rigorous ID requirements for air travelers. That means you will need a federally-compliant ID to get through an airport security checkpoint and other federally-controlled sites such as federal buildings.

The MVD offers the Travel ID, a driver license or ID card that meets the federal requirements. You can make an appointment at servicearizona.com to come to an MVD office to get your Travel ID. Many Authorized Third Party offices can perform this service, too.

In order to get your Travel ID, you will need to bring a form of ID such as birth certificate or valid US Passport. Your current standard driver license will not suffice. You also need to bring something with your Social Security number and TWO documents that prove you’re an Arizona resident such as a utility bill, bank statement or similar document with your current address. If you’ve changed your name, please bring documentation to demonstrate that.

For a complete list of acceptable documents and for more information, please visit www.azdot.gov/travelid.

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  • AZ MVD NOW – The future is AZ MVD NOW. You may have heard of AZ MVD NOW, but if you haven’t, you will see more about this exciting and secure online way to manage your vehicle registration, look at motor vehicle records, do some title transactions, schedule appointments, and much more.

2019 is the year in which AZ MVD NOW becomes a more important part of doing business with MVD online and on your schedule.

You can start a free account with AZ MVD NOW, right now! Go to www.servicearizona.com, click on the AZ MVD NOW icon and get started. It costs nothing and takes just a few minutes. The future is AZ MVD NOW!

  • eTitle – One of the great things you can do at AZ MVD NOW is transfer titles online. Yes, ONLINE. For Arizona-registered vehicles and one-owner to one-owner transfers, eTitle makes it easy to transfer a title and you avoid an office visit! For more information: azdot.gov/etitle.

 


VA Welcome Kit

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.

Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in different ways. Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.

Feel free to share this guide with friends or family members who need help with their benefits too. Download your VA Welcome Kit and print out copies for yourself and others:

Download your VA Welcome Kit in black and white.

Download your VA Welcome Kit in color.


Explore VA.gov to learn about your benefits

Disability

File a claim for disability compensation for conditions related to your military service, and manage your benefits over time.

Health Care

Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.

Education and Training

Apply for and manage your GI Bill and other education benefits to help pay for college and training programs.

Housing Assistance

Find out if you're eligible for VA home loan programs to help you buy, build, repair, or keep a home. If you have a service-connected disability, see if you qualify for a housing grant to help you live more independently.

Careers and Employment

Apply for vocational rehabilitation services, get support for your Veteran-owned small business, and access other career resources.

Life Insurance

Explore VA life insurance options for Veterans, Servicemembers, and families. Manage your policy online, file claims for benefits, and access helpful resources.

Pension

Apply for monthly payments for wartime Veterans and survivors with limited or no income who meet certain age and disability requirements.

Burials and Memorials

Get help planning a burial in a VA national cemetery, order a headstone or other memorial item to honor a Veteran's service, and apply for survivor and dependent benefits.

Records


 

List of resources to help fuloughed Veteran federal employees https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVAVBA/bulletins/22831bc


Looking for a tech career? See the announcement below from Cisco!

TALENT BRIDGE 4 VETERANS

 Cisco is pleased to announce the new FREE Talent Bridge for Veterans Matching Engine, connecting transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard, Reservists, and military spouses to employers looking for tech talent.  This is a unique opportunity to connect with hundreds of employers, including Cisco, CDW, Ingram Micro, Red River, Tech Data, and many more, who are currently looking for qualified tech talent like you.

 As a member of the military community, Cisco recognizes the commitments and sacrifices you have made and is ready to help ease the burden of searching for your next career move.  With Talent Bridge for Veterans, you create a personal profile that helps employers find you based on your education, industry and military experience, certifications, and location preferences to provide instant access to jobs that align to your skills.  Explore opportunities as you begin your transition, or apply for a job right away!

 To access the tool, candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) majoring in a technology field-of-study (e.g. engineering, computer science)

  • Associate’s Degree with at least 2 years related IT/networking industry experience

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification (or higher)

 Ready to find a great opportunity? Click here to request your access to the Talent Bridge for Veterans Matching Engine at no cost.

 Find your best future and take your next step in a technology career today with Cisco’s Talent Bridge for Veterans. To learn more, watch this video.


TREA: The Enlisted Association Mission Statement: The mission of TREA: The Enlisted Association is to enhance the quality of life for uniformed services enlisted personnel, their families and survivors –including veterans, active components,reserve components, and all retirees; to stop the erosion of earned benefits through our legislative efforts; to maintain our esprit de corps, dedication and patriotism; and to continue our devotion and allegiance to God and Country


Agent Orange Newsletter https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/publications/agent-orange/agent-orange-2018/index.asp


VetTix

Give Something to Those Who Gave.
Vet Tix * provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. We support our troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service to our country.  https://www.vettix.org/executivestaff.php

LCpl Parsons Welcome Home Fund for Vietnam Veterans

The program will expand our mission to care for veterans from all US military service branches who are catastrophically injured from combat operations in Vietnam.

https://semperfifund.org/get-assistance/lcpl-parsons-welcome-home-fund-for-vietnam-veterans/


ASVAB TESTS

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. It measures a young adult’s strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success.  The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.  The official site of the ASVAB Testing Program is http://official-asvab.com/index.htm.  There are multiple sites (Google ASVAB) that offer practice tests and videos to help prepare for the ASVAB, one of which is https://www.mometrix.com/academy/asvab-test/.


Our work at SocialWorkLicensure.org is to provide the materials needed for social work professionals to flourish in their careers and extend a helping hand to our communities.


As a part of our commitment to aiding our veterans, we’ve created a guide to military and veterans affairs social work licensure – a resource providing degree, licensing and certification, and salary and career outlook information, along with a Arizona State and a general guide to social work licensure. It’s our hope that these guides will help ease the journey for those who are pursuing a path in social work, and especially those with an interest in helping our veterans and servicemembers.

Have a look at our guides here:

Guide to Military and Veterans Affairs Social Work Licensure - https://socialworklicensure.org/types-of-social-workers/military-social-work/

Guide to Social Work Licensure in Arizona - https://socialworklicensure.org/state/social-work-licensure-arizona/ 

Guide to Becoming a Social Worker - https://socialworklicensure.org/articles/become-a-social-worker/

The sacrifices our veterans have made go too often forgotten or unrepaid. But we can give back in a small, meaningful way, with a simple gesture from you: please post a link to these guides on the American Legion, Mary Ellen Piotrowski Post 94 website, for instance, here: http://azlegion94.org/index.php?id=13. Your contribution will make a positive impact on the health of our veteran and servicemember communities.

Thank you for your help in sharing these educational resources.

Thank you,

Allison Bowman | ABowman@socialworklicensure.org
Marketing Communications
SocialWorkLicensure.org



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