American Veteran News 03.26.16

DECADES LATER, FORGOTTEN MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT GETS MILITARY GRAVESIDE HONORS — FOX NEWS — A 1906 Medal of Honor recipient is finally receiving full military honors Friday at a cemetery in Washington state decades after he was buried without fanfare. Emil Fredreksen was one of 11 men awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions aboard the gunboat USS Bennington in San Diego in 1905. But after his death in 1950, he was buried quietly at Seattle’s Evergreen Washelli Cemetery with no headstone. Friday’s public ceremony at 2 p.m. local time addresses that oversight, a fitting remembrance for a forgotten American hero. It is taking place on National Medal of Honor Day, celebrated every March 25 to honor the recipients of America’s highest award for military valor. “It’s very emotional for me,” cemetery manager Brenda Spicer told KIRO-FM. “To know his story and the wonderful things he’s done and to know that he’s going to be honored and his memory cared for forever, it’s definitely emotional.”

85-YEAR-OLD VETERAN UNCOVERS VITAL BENEFITS HE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HE HAD — PIX — NEW YORK – At 85-years-old, Malcolm LaPrade has done it all. Earning a sizable income in his younger years as a self-employed stockbroker on Wall Street, he earned his money and lived his life to the fullest. He traveled the world, collected art and unique knick-knacks, which now adorn every corner of his quaint Chelsea apartment on West 16th Street. As of recent, LaPrade doesn’t do much traveling after a debilitating knee injury, which has left him relegated to a bed. Having never set up a savings plan for his golden years, he was using his own money to cover round-the-clock home care and he was going broke. “When I suddenly realized I was going to be broke I said to one of the nurses I’m going to try to see if the government could do something for me,” he said. “The nurse said ‘oh no they’re not going to do anything,’ well I’m glad I didn’t take her advice. “

WHAT EVERY VETERAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AGENT ORANGE BENEFITS — LIFELINE FOR VETS — Estimates from the US Department of Veterans Affairs show that almost 3 million Americans may have been exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and in certain other combat areas. Many of these military veterans have experienced a range of medical conditions and diseases that have been linked to exposure to this powerful herbicide mixture. As a result, many veterans may qualify for Agent Orange benefits. Agent Orange was a chemical herbicide mixture that was used to eliminate any dense foliage and tropical f

FALLEN OHIO SOLDIER TO BE HONORED IN FUTURE US ARMY MUSEUM — MILCOM — CLEVELAND — A northeast Ohio woman killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan will be among the first soldiers featured in a gallery of the future National Museum of the U.S. Army. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports the Army Historical Foundation says 1st Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf will be featured in the museum’s Soldiers’ Stories Gallery. The 24-year-old Alliance woman was killed in 2011 while serving on a cultural support team attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force. Officials expect to break ground this year for the museum in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The gallery will feature a larger-than-life etching of the faces of 41 soldiers chosen for service representing Army core values including courage and integrity. White-Stumpf posthumously received awards including the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.

5 LESSONS FOR VETS BEFORE YOU START YOUR OWN BUSINESS — MILCOM — For years, military service has been recognized as one of the leading indicators of entrepreneurial success. According to a report by the U.S. Small Business Administration, veterans are 45% more likely to be entrepreneurs than non-veterans, and over 13% of veterans have been self-employed in recent years. The traits and skills our nation’s service members possess make them great entrepreneurs. That doesn’t mean that service members automatically become experts on starting and running small businesses once they leave the military. Many get help. Over the last three years, more than 35,000 transitioning service members and spouses have participated in the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training program, organized by the Small Business Administration in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

VA IDENTIFIES ADDITIONAL BENEFICIARIES IN NEED OF FIDUCIARY ASSISTANCE — VA — WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that an information technology system that it deployed in 2014 and enhanced in 2015, the Beneficiary Fiduciary Field System, allowed it to identify claim processing errors affecting approximately 14,000 Veterans and survivors. These Veterans’ and survivors’ claims were initially filed over many years, with some going back as far as 2000. The errors concern cases in which VA had proposed that due to disability or age the beneficiary was unable to manage his or her VA benefits without assistance, but did not complete the action by transferring it within VA for appointment of a fiduciary. These cases represent approximately four percent of such proposals since 2000.

THIS IS THE IRAQ WAR DOCUMENTARY EVERY VETERAN MUST SEE — T&P — Combat journalist Michael Ware arrived in Iraq in 2003 and stayed until 2010. His film is the rawest account of the war we’ve seen. 2016 is a strangely appropriate year to release a documentary about the war in Iraq. Nearly half a decade after the last American combat troops officially withdrew from the country, Iraq and the surrounding region remains marred in the political infighting and sectarian violence that erupted soon after Saddam fell. Meanwhile, recent attacks by affiliates of the Iraqi-born Islamic State have rocked the the Western world, raising the prospect of more to come. And of course, despite official claims that America’s combat mission in the Middle East is over, U.S. boots are back on the ground. The Iraq War is far from being won.

HOW TO BE A GI BILL EXPERT: KNOW YOUR PAYMENT — T&P — The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the greatest education benefit program since World War II and arguably just as successful. Since 2009, over 1.5 million people have used it to achieve their educational goals. I’ve experienced how the program helps, what works best, and what doesn’t work including payments sent to you and your school. Nothing is more cherished yet more misunderstood than payments under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Master how the payments work because not doing so could leave you struggling financially.

7 COMPANIES OFFERING SALES JOBS FOR VETS OF ALL RANKS — T&P — These 7 Hirepurpose partner companies offer jobs for motivated veterans who served in any occupational speciality. Sales. It’s a function that can be found in virtually every sector and one that is well-suited to veterans who understand people skills, leadership, and team motivation. After all, a company can have the best products and services in the world, but if it can’t convince people to purchase its product, then there is no profit or impact to be made. While those veterans who have a bachelor’s degree or higher or who have been trained in the recruiting, customer service, or public relations fields will have a bit of a competitive edge when looking for a sales role, some starting positions with these seven Hirepurpose partner companies offer training programs for motivated veterans who served in any occupational speciality. Veterans of all ranks and backgrounds should definitely take a look.


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