Veterans Services Department Starts Christmas Tradition

Holiday traditions abound in Nevada, including those in which nature often calls the shots. For example, sometimes it’s a white Christmas, sometimes it’s not. But man-made traditions don’t depend on the weatherman. Rather they reflect the creativity and thoughtfulness of the men and women who participate and who continue without hesitation to make things happen. Jana McElhaney, the Event Coordinator for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, has taken charge of the department’s First Annual “Christmas Cards for Veterans” project in conjunction with participating schools in select counties.
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Father's Day Auto Show at The Nevada State Veterans Home, Community Outreach Director, Blake Boles, was at the NSVH for an auto show on Father's Day. Click here to read more.

Nevada State Veterans Memorial - Las Vegas,  The Las Vegas Memorial Foundation partnered with the State of Nevada Department of Veterans Services in providing a stunning location for this world-class national memorial and the support necessary for its creation and operation. Click here to read the NDVS June Newsletter, featuring the NSVM-LV Dedication

Congress Approves Arlington Cemetery Burials for Female WWII Pilots, click here for the rest of the story

Congratulations, Las Vegas' newly certified NVAs:  (left to right) -
Mark Swagerty, Stacy Romanowski, and Jericho Gozum, members of "Vets For Vets"!!

Honor Flight Nevada,  A program established to transport Nevada's veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. Helping every single veteran not only in Nevada, but across America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, to visit THEIR memorial.  An article on the latest Honor Flight can be found here.  An article on the previous Honor Flight can be found here.  

Nevada Department of Veterans Services Newsletter - June 2016

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Women Veterans Reporter - June 2016

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Father's Day Auto Show at Nevada State Veterans Home a Sizzling Success

June 19th, 2016, By Blake Boles

     BOULDER CITY --Those who ambled over to the koi pond at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City joined a myriad birds and insects in trying to find refuge from the heat, where hardy, gnarled trees provided smatterings of shade.   Despite the canopy above, it was well over 100 degrees underneath.  It was ridiculously hot to be in a suit.  Yet here we were --veterans, their family members, and home staff—ambling between classic automobiles, trucks, and a giant 1940's Cadillac --sort of a truck/bus anomaly that could best be described as a free-range locomotive.  

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Gold Star Mom Sends Troops Care Packages

“Many many thanks to all of you who participated in the Troop Care Packages sent May 6th to Afghanistan. Thanks for the homemade cookies and all the other items donated, including the funds to mail the packages…” said Sally Wiley, Nevada Gold Star Mom. “We have sent a total of 56 packages this year at a cost of $949.20. As you can see, from the pictures, these soldiers really do appreciate receiving care packages from home.”


Nevada State Veterans Memorial - Las Vegas, Dedication



Nevada Department of Veterans Services, and the Green Zone Network are getting a facelift

The NDVS website will be 'under construction' a few days in early-June as added functionality, content and a revised 2.0 NV VetNet (predecessor to GreenZone Network) is tested and operational. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We encourage you to click here and fill out the registration form for the profile that you best identify with, and we can assist you in registering with our new program (NV VetNet) when it comes online.


"Always Lost: A Meditation on War" is Coming to a Close

Dear Friends of Always Lost: A Meditation on War, 

We’re writing to let you know that after bringing a message of awareness and unity to more than 50 venues across the nation since 2010, the Always Lost traveling exhibition will be coming to a close this summer. Thank you for supporting this classroom project that began at Western Nevada College (WNC) and evolved into a poignant memorial that brought home the costs of war to communities throughout the United States.

 Click here to read more


Douglas County to host Mobile Vet Center (MVC) on June 9th

05/06/2016 Carl Schnook, W.A.V.E., Gardnerville, NV


The Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center (MVC) will be visiting Douglas County on June 9, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Click here to read more.



Service, sacrifice recognized on Memorial Day

By Hunter Terry and Max Lancaster

Boulder City Review

Hundreds of citizens from all over Southern Nevada, including many veterans and their families, filled and surrounded the chapel at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Monday, for the Nevada Veterans Foundation’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

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VA Secretary Grants Relief for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) disability compensation examinations conducted between 2007 and 2015.

Click here to read the Press Release.

Credit One Bank Connects HomeAid Southern Nevada, U.S.VETS to Further Serve Local Homeless Veterans

LAS VEGAS, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Credit One Bank, a major employer in the Las Vegas community, is bringing together two of their longtime partners—HomeAid Southern Nevada and U.S.VETS – Las Vegas to better meet the needs of at-risk veterans in Southern Nevada. A $434,000 commercial kitchen remodel, funded in part by Credit One Bank and designed and built by HomeAid, will enable U.S.VETS to more effectively serve three meals a day to formerly homeless veterans now living in the Las Vegas residential facility.

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Always Lost: A Meditation on War Now Available for the Visually Impaired Nevadans

Carson City, NV – In recognition of Memorial Day, Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) announces the completion of an audio book of literary work from the compelling exhibition Always Lost: A Meditation on War. The recorded book gives visually impaired Nevadans the ability to experience the poignant personal stories and writings about Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

The idea for the Always Lost exhibit started in 2008 when Western Nevada College (WNC) sociology professor Don Carlson decided to pay tribute to the human toil of war. The exhibit began as a creative writing class project at WNC and evolved into a traveling Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial. The Nevada Arts Council and local donations funded a traveling exhibit. From 2010-2016, the Always Lost exhibit was displayed at more than 50 venues nationwide from colleges to veterans’ organizations and back home at prominent places such as the Nevada State Legislature building.

The audio book includes all of the original literary work from the exhibit including the original poetry and personal story of Army Specialist Noah C. Pierce, who died by suicide after two combat tours in Iraq.

Any Nevada resident unable to read regular print materials as the result of a temporary or permanent visual or physical limitation may sign up for this service and borrow the recording.

Nevada Talking Book Services is part of the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records Division. For more information regarding Nevada Talking Book Services, visit their web site at www.nsla.nv.gov<http://www.nsla.nv.gov> or call 1-800-922-9334. NTBS is part of the network of state libraries that support the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

CONTACT:

Hope Williams

Department of Administration

Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records Nevada Talking Book Services

775-684-3381

hwilliams@admin.nv.gov

Doug Williams wants veterans to know the state has a job for you

Doug Williams was hired to fill the newly created position of Nevada State Veterans Coordinator. His job: Finding veterans jobs in state government.

“There’s such a diverse range of occupation groups and classifications that we have,” he said.

And those men and women exiting the service have experience and skills that fit a wide range of those different state jobs.

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VA National Research Week

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Governor Honors Commissioner Chuck Harton on his 91st Birthday

Charles (Chuck) Harton, who has made his home in Reno for 38 years, retired from the US Marine Corps as a First Sergeant with twenty three years of service. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the NDVS Veterans Service Commission, has served as national director of the Navy League of the United States and also president and director of the Reno Council of NLUS. Chuck is a member of the Marine Corps League and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Caleb Cage Awarded Veteran of the Month, May 2016


Caleb Cage – Veteran of the month for May 2016, along with his wife, Brooke, and children, Arlo and Charlotte, pose for a picture with Governor Brian Sandoval.

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VA selects new Director of the Center for Women Veterans

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of a new director of the Center for Women Veterans.

Kayla M. Williams assumed duties this week as Director, serving as primary advisor to the Secretary on Department policies, programs and legislation that affect women Veterans.

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Make a Difference!Become a Nevada Veterans Advocate




The Nevada Veterans Advocates (NVA) Program educates and certifies you so you can help connect veterans to service providers.

To become an Advocate, take the free Nevada Veterans Advocacy Course on-line.

For more information call 775-688-1653

Make a Difference!Become a Nevada Veterans Advocate




The Nevada Veterans Advocates (NVA) Program educates and certifies you so you can help connect veterans to service providers.

To become an Advocate, take the free Nevada Veterans Advocacy Course on-line.

For more information call 775-688-1653

Make a Difference!Become a Nevada Veterans Advocate




The Nevada Veterans Advocates (NVA) Program educates and certifies you so you can help connect veterans to service providers.

To become an Advocate, take the free Nevada Veterans Advocacy Course on-line.

For more information call 775-688-1653

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