Department of Veteran Affairs – VA

Memorial Day 2020 Each VA national cemetery will conduct a brief wreath laying ceremony, accompanied by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps. In keeping with CDC guidelines to limit large gatherings, the ceremonies will not be open to the public. VA invites you to participate in these ceremonies virtually. Live stream links and videos of Memorial Day 2020 Ceremonies at VA National Cemeteries from across the country will be posted here as they appear on May 25. LIVE STREAM  Leave a tribute on Veterans Legacy Memorial Website The Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) website is the nation’s first digital platform dedicated entirely to the memory of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries. We invite family, friends, and visitors to leave tributes or comments on Veteran’s memorial pages. FIND YOUR LOVED ONE Questions on VA Burial Benefits? The VA Burial and Memorial Products Quick Start Guide (QSG) provides clear and concise information on VA burial benefits for Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. DOWNLOAD Questions on Survivor or Dependent resources? The Department of Veterans Affairs and  community partners TAPS, American Gold Star Mothers, AAFMAA, Wounded Warrior Project, & Travis Manion Foundation, American Red Cross, and Gold Star Wives of America have answered questions on RallyPoint. SURVIVORS TOGETHER Mortgage and housing assistance during the coronavirus national emergency Student Veteran Virtual Graduation Student Veterans of America (SVA) will be streaming a graduation ceremony for the hundred thousand Veterans graduating this year, as well as their families and friends on June 12, 2020 at 6 p.m. ET. Sign up to RSVP. Student Veterans – sign up to be recognized! Share your stories. SIGN UP All VA national cemeteries to commemorate Memorial Day, ceremonies not open to public. VA employee empowers her women Veteran peers VA’s Center for Women Veterans is advancing a cultural transformation throughout VA and aims to serve as a portal – monitoring and coordinating VA’s benefit services, outreach and programs – for women Veterans. One advocate is Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado, a VBA employee and Army National Guard Veteran, who empowers other women Veterans with her mantra, “I can, I will… watch me.” LEARN MORE  Join Carry The Load’s first virtual National relay with VA to Honor Fallen Heroes New VA coronavirus chatbot available The just released VA coronavirus chatbot is available 24/7 to quickly triage COVID-19 symptoms and answer your questions on testing options, stimulus payments and telehealth, and  even how to reschedule VA appointments. “At VA, our number one priority is delivering excellent customer service to our Veterans,” said Charles Worthington, VA’s chief technology officer. “It has been incredible to see VA staff from across the agency come together and deliver creative solutions. This product is a great example of VA’s commitment to using new technologies to improve our services.” LEARN MORE Borne the Battle: Navy Veteran, TEDx Veterans Affairs Organizer Prince Taylor Navy Veteran Prince Taylor believes that military service develops perseverance and discipline—traits that are useful for Veterans even after they the military. But transitioning out of the Navy wasn’t easy for Taylor. This week’s episode of Borne the Battle is a discussion with Taylor about his journey from multiple entry level jobs into dead-end companies, into VA’s human resources system, to organizing TEDx Veterans Affairs. LEARN MORE LISTEN Fighting 2020 Census Rumors. This is your source for facts about the 2020 Census. May Events May 21, 4 p.m. ET – Virginia Veterans: Under Secretary for Benefits hosts tele-town hall RSVP May 25 – Wear Blue Virtual Run to Remember with Team RWB –SIGN UP May 27, 4 p.m. ET – North Carolina Veterans: Under Secretary for Benefits hosts tele-town hall RSVP May 28, 1 p.m. ET – Lunch N Learn: Memorial Affairs Overview and Spiritual Resilience (VA Chaplain Service Resources) JOIN May 28, 2 p.m. ET – Promoting Veteran Mental Health with VA, Boulder Crest Institute, and Cohen Veterans Network JOIN Audio: 1-800-767-1750, access code 52655# This Mental Health Month, explore resources for Veterans.
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