The following information regarding the Franklin Project was provided by the SENCLand Chapter and recommended by BG Tom Jones, U.S. Army (Ret.), signatory to the below program description.
Recently, I signed a Pledge in support of Franklin Project, a private initiative sponsored by the Aspen Institute designed to expand civilian full-time national service with the goal of creating the kind of shared experience that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines get through their military service. Ultimately, the project is intended to build citizens who have a true stake in America and its future.
I firmly believe that the nation and all Americans would be well served by the success of this effort and are convinced that the military, veterans, and family community can play a significant role in generating support for a culture of national service.
The project was first proposed by General (Retired) Stan McChrystal in 2012 and was formally established in 2013. The basic premise is that national service cultivates the sense of citizenship America needs, and is the best solution to many of the urgent problems the nation faces.
By challenging the nation to create a 21st Century national service system that gives every young person an opportunity to serve the nation, the Franklin Project aims to secure the America's future prosperity and to reenergize the notion of citizenship in way that will bind the rising generation to itself and to the nation.
The specific objective is to create 1 million civilian national service opportunities every year for Americans between the ages of 18 to 28. A 1 million-strong civilian service corps would be on par with the more than 1 million Americans on active duty in our Armed Forces. Ideally, this effort would lead to a future environment where national service – military or civilian - is voluntary, but expected. Ideally, it would become an accepted rite of passage for all young Americans.
I specifically ask that you pledge your support for the project and the support of this big idea, and believe that obtaining the support of a significant number of member of the military, veterans, and family community will send a strong signal to the American public that this is a worthy national objective. Americans in general respect the military community's sense of service. By adding your endorsement you can help generate support and build credibility for this initiative.
To pledge your support, please visit the Franklin Project web site at http://www.franklinproject.org/pledge to lend your voice.
Your signature indicates that you agree with the concepts outlined in the pledge statement. It does not commit you to any other actions.
For additional information on the Franklin Project please visit this website: http://www.franklinproject.org.
BG Tom Jones, U.S. Army (Ret.)
This 80-page book from MOAA National guides you through ensuring your hard-earned military benefits are available to your survivors.
The complete workbook, as well as the interactive appendices that can be modified and saved to your computer, are available free of charge to members of MOAA.
See the attached page from the MOAA National's "Council and Chapter Policies and Procedures Guide" for a chart on how to address military personnel from the different services, both in formal writing, or when addressing documents, e.g., using rank abbreviations.
* This is a comrehensive, and ALL (or at least MOST) inclusive reference resource of telephone numbers to most everything related to military retiree needs.
* Visitors to this link may wish to download the document and bookmark it on your computer to ensure ready access.
- Researched by Mel Weiss, CWO-2 SC USN-Ret. & GM-14, Ret.
- This list was compiled in 2002 and information and/or updates are welcomed...e-mail at address: firstname.lastname@example.org
* The below downloadable file is the VA's Office of Public Health "Agent Orange Review" which provides information on Agent Orange and related matters to Veterans, their families, and others with concerns about herbicides used in Vietnam or other locations.
* This is the 49th Agent Orange Review that VA has published. This issue was completed in winter 2012 and does not include developments that occurred after that time.
* For past issues of the newsletter and other information, please visit the VA website link below.
* Check out this link to the hearing aid program offered by the military. It took me about amonth to get them through Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC.
* My contact at Fort Jackson: Tommy L. Alston and/or Linda Ruckrigel who can be reached at 803-751-0307. They can send you the information you will need to work with them. You will need to get a hearing test according to their specifications and a referral to HealthCare Finders - 804-751-2362 - who will call and quality you and set up appointments.
* Linda did the fitting and obtained the hearing aids and set them up...it only took two day trips to Fort Jackson. My hearing aid person in Winston suggested I get the Siemens' Motion 700 ITE in the ear and the Tek unit that accompanies it. The program cost was $970 vs the $8,300 plus tax retail,
* You might want to look up the Siemens' Motion 700 on the Internet; it has features that help in noisy environments and is also Bluetooth capable for TV, cell phones, etc.
* I tried to get the VA to give me a hearing test, but quit after months and mounds of paperwork. Medicare paid for the hearing test, NOT TriCare for Life.
For locations, be sure to link to RACHAP/RHAPP Locations, under Hearing Adis, on the website link below.
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* A new guide, North Carolina for Veterans Resource Guide (for Veterans, their Dependents and Survivors) has recently been published.
* Click here to open and read, or save to your own computer for future reference.
* Resource materials included: employment, health care, VA benefits, housing, personal services and education. The guide covers veterans programs, benefits and services, and federal, state, county, non-profit organizations and more...
* The North Carolina's Division of Veterans Affairs Directory can be opened here. It has numerous web addresses and web links for VA resources in North Carolina.
* The NCDVA also publishes newsletters regularly...click on the below downloadable file(s) to read recent editions of "NC4Vets Newsletters".
* Click here for the November 15, 2015 edition which features:
- Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
- New NC Veterans Cemetery Dedicated in Goldsboro
- NC4VTES PSA Reaches Nearly 20k in Weekend Release
- 2016 Conference at VMI; Anatomy of a War Experience
- Homeless Vets get Meal and Assistance at Local Event
- Hiring Fair to Feature Employment Opportunities Aimed at Veterans
- Disabled Veterans May Receive Support Through Low Energy Assistance Program
- Veterans Day Parade Attracts the Patriotic
- VA Launches Hepatitis C-Advanced Liver Disease Disparities Dashboard
VeteranAid.org provides information, free of charge, to veterans, their spouses and families where a veteran, the surviving spouse of a veteran, or the responsible family member of a veteran, can apply for VA's Aid and Attendance Special Pension, a benefit which could make the difference between a veteran or surviving spouse living in a high-quality assisted living facility versus a state-operated nursing home.
Link: Veteran Aid website
Jeff Turner of the Veterans Leadership Council North Carolina - Cares announces the restart of their regular monthly newsletter which is a report to friends and supporters. The Council has brought back “By Popular Demand,” as they say, the Medal of Honor section so many have enjoyed. Other new additions include: a Legislative Update, where you can keep current on veteran-related legislation both in Washington and here in Raleigh, and a Leadership Profile, in which we will introduce you each month to a new member of our team!
Click here to read the 2015 Memorial Day newsletter from VLCNC-Cares.
* Listed below are several links that provide resource support on issues that are important to veterans:
The below link is to the Virtual Wall– Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The names, and profiles, of persons lost, or missing, from the Vietnam War can be located by last name, state, and various other forms of searching.
Individual profiles can be viewed, as well as printed, and the location of the individual service member on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall can ascertained.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is an online educational and support resource for mesothelioma cancer patients and caregivers dedicated to providing answers to patients. The service has a range of information on it's site that talks about the cancer itself, the types of treatment that is expected, and preventative measures. Since mesothelioma is a rare cancer, a big focus is directed on the care a patient needs and their mission is to continually provide relevant, timely, and factual information to support those who are suffering.
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The below link is to a resource web site with offers free services for patients dealing with the cost of treatment.
* A Community Outreach team at the Mesothelioma Group which supports the American Legion, VFW, and many other veteran organizations.
* A part of their mission is to spread mesothelioma awareness to veterans and their family members.
* Mesothelioma targets many veterans because of the extensive amount of asbestos absorbed in veterans lungs when handling past military equipment.
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* As part of a Community Outreach team, the below link is provided for access to the Mesothelioma Guide.
* Veterans comprise 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone.
* The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past.
* Part of the mission of this organization is to spread awareness to veterans and their families; their website offers free veteran specific resources and support for patients and families.
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* Mesotheliomahelpnow is a website to educate and support mesothelioma patients and their families because the more one knows about a disease, the better prepared they will be to cope with everything that comes their way.
* Follow the below link to learn more on services provided.
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This is an active online community made up of medical professionals: two thoracic nurses with more than 25 years of experience, Ricki Lewis, PhD, geneticist who has proven to be an invaluable expert resource for MesotheliomaHelp as we report on the latest breakthroughs in gene therapy, two caregivers and survivors that share their experiences and advice with our readers.
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* This is an organization created to help the millions of people who were exposed to asbestos, a cancer causing mineral. Many of these men and women were exposed at work or during their military service and are now suffering from asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma cancer, a devastating and nearly always fatal disease.
* The website (below) is a comprehensive asbestos disease informational resource. Additionally, mesothelioma victims and their loved ones are offered the following items, free of charge: a comprehensive Mesothelioma & Asbestos Guide; 3 must-read mesothelioma books written by medical professionals and mesothelioma survivors; veteran benefits assistance, and more.
This posting was provided by Kaitlin Wilson, Public Relations Specialist for the Mesothelioma Lawyer Center and is intended to further increase awareness and help those in need.
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Mesothelioma.net is a website which provides free resources, education, support, and hope to veterans, and others...
* Sponsored by Seeger Weiss LLP, the Mesothelioma Resource Online site provides answers and support for people diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, as well as their families and loved ones.
* Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos and has long been considered a mystery and incurable. However, over the past two decades, physicians, scientists and researchers have begun to unravel this mystery and help people diagnose mesothelioma in its earlier stages, while providing more extensive forms of treatment, vast resources, and general information to make coping and survival more about optimism rather than uncertainty.
Need more information? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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* The Mesothelioma Treatment Community is a website full of information on asbestos, mesothelioma cancer, treatment options and much more. Recently, videos for our visitors have been added.
* As a mesothelioma resource, the website is a non-profit and isn't affiliated with any law firm or attorney.
* Mesothelioma is 100% disabling because there is no cure. The Mesothelioma Treatment Center exists to raise enough awareness in hopes to find a cure, as well as be an outlet for all who are suffering by offering all the information and guidance they could possibly need.
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Created to provide information to treatment, clinical trials, and free VA benefits support, the Mesothelioma Veterans Center was created to help veterans who developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure. The organization has one thing in mind, To Serve Those Who Served.
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* The Pleural Mesothelioma Center is a mesothelioma related resource on the Internet. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma, accounting for roughly 75% of all diagnosed cases.
* While many sites are great sources for general Mesothelioma information, this site considers itself to be the best Pleural Mesothelioma information source online to help spread awareness.
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Open this webpage for information about the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The site provides free practice tests for all categories of the ASVAB so persons interested in joining the military can get a sense of the questions they will expect to see on the ASVAB.
ConsumerSafety.org strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.
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Drug Lawsuit Source provides current information on dangerous drug and defective medical device lawsuits to both consumers and the legal industry.
* The Maritime Injury Center is a purely informational site made up of a team of medical professionals and military experts who work to promote the Jones Act and have no ties to legal firms or services.
* While most legal referrals for maritime accidents are from the time of injury, if they arise from use of the Internet, referrals are provided to a local firms in areas based on an internal database of he center.
* Moving Help Guide is a resource created to serve as a guide for moveing. It provides information and resources that may otherwise not be known are available. The resource link exists so as to enable making moves simpler and easier.
* Information on various types of moving services is provided, as well as tips on how to save money, as well as information about companies that provide moving help and moving labor services.
* Be sure to link to the Moving Help Guide About Page to review their policies and how information about moving resources are provided on a "not for fee" basis.
* The Veteran Golf Association was established in 2014 and is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the game of golf to veterans and their family members.
* To accomplish this goal, they will organize competitive leagues for juniors, seniors, ladies, and men at golf courses around the country.
* To learn more about the association and their mission, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VGAgolf or www.vgagolf.org.
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* The Public Health Corps has numerous resource links designed to assist with the many challenges faced by persons with disabilities.
* Click to link to any of the resources listed below for more information.
Verizon is honored to support veterans and military spouses across the country with employment opportunities, career resources, state-of-the-art technology and benefits exclusive to military families. Read about their military network, view current openings, and learn more about the programs available here.
Verizon has also compiled an infographic detailing their military recruiting efforts and awards recognizing their military support. Click here to open a link to the infographic
Are you into model railroading? Visit this world of modeling that goes WAY BEYOND model railroading...truly amazing!
* This is an interesting video on YouTube that details the history and current status of the first plane in the U.S. Air Force to be designated as Air Force One.
* At the end of the video is a request to extend the information about this historic plane on social media, etc. with the hope that it will find a permanent home in an appropriate museum and not be relegated to becoming scrap or harvested for spare parts.
* Definately worthwhile to spend five minutes watching!