Official Newsletter of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services      FEB 2016
                                            Veterans Training With NDVS
                                     NEVADA VETERANS ADVOCATE
        If you or someone you know is interested in learning how to become a Veterans Advocate, plan to attend a  FREE TRAINING
     February 20-22, 2016
          Suncoast Hotel & Casino
                                     9090 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89144
                                        CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

If you have questions about the event or would like to volunteer
during this event, call 702-791-9000 ext.14473                                   
      $300 Scholarships are available to help with the cost of gas and hotel stay for individuals
                         who reside in Southern Nevada and more than 75 miles outside of the
                        Las Vegas area. To apply for the scholarship, please call 775-321-4880



February 8-11 Southern Nevada Celebration
Surviving Pearl Harbor crew members of the Battleship USS Nevada will reunite
February 8-12 in the Las Vegas area to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of the ship's commissioning.
The Crew Members of the legendary Battleship are gathering for a week of
tributes, history, fellowship and reminiscing with old shipmates.
Events are being planned at the Nevada State Museum at Springs
Preserve with special USS Nevada exhibits, the Southern Nevada
Veterans Home and Veterans Cemetery, a documentary film premiering at
Dam Short Film Festival, Las Vegas Veterans Memorial, and many more.
For more information about how you can participate
and honor these sailors contact:

and special guests to honor the valiant men who served
on the USS Nevada from 1916 to Pearl Harbor through the end of WWII
March 11 Carson City Capitol Grounds Centennial Ceremony

This year marks the Centennial Anniversary of the Battleship
Nevada becoming an official United States Navy Warship -
USS Nevada BB-36

 Las Vegas Veteran Memorial






Nugget Casino, Sparks

Room Discounts Available




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Honored for Residents' Satisfaction

February 1, 2016

Read more here




Richard Keirn

Nevada Veteran of the

Month, January 


  Donald Podlas

Nevada Veteran of the

Month, April


Please click the name for these Veterans' stories



Summer Games in Salt Lake City

 Come to The Games this summer in Salt Lake City. It changed his life, it will change yours. Read his powerful remarks and sign up now. Read the full story
Sky Tavern - Mt Rose 

Sky Tavern at Mt. Rose/Reno offers an adaptive ski school for Veterans. Specially trained   staff assist
Veterans excel in winter sports. Participation in a safe environment empowers those
who in turn gain  confidence for outdoor recreation.

City of Reno
Paralympic Sport Reno: U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee,
 and the City of Reno have partnered to create Paralympic Sport Reno. Paralympic Sport
Reno is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults with physical
and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level and raise the
profile of Paralympic sport nationally. Contact us for a detailed schedule of activities and clinics.
Classes start in April!! For more information or to register contact April Wolfe at 775-333-7765.

National Golden Age Games - Let the Games Begin!
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently accepting applications from Veterans
 interested in competing in the 2016 National Veterans Golden Age Games.
The 2016 National Veterans Golden Age Games take place in Detroit, Michigan, July 10-14.
Nearly 800 veteran athletes are expected to compete in competitive events, including air rifle, badminton,
 boccia ball, bowling, cycling, field, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, power walk,
shuffleboard,  swimming, table tennis and track.
Veterans ages 55  and older can complete applications online at . Applications  accepted through March 4.


VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald to Reform Vets' Appeals Process
Last week I presented to the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee the way forward for the important transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs-what we call MyVA. We aim to improve our care and services to all Veterans. In order to do that, I made clear that we would need Congress' help in legislating a fair, streamlined, and comprehensive process for new appeals, as well as providing much needed resources to address the current pending inventory of appeals. I look forward to working

IRS Offers Free Filing to Veterans, Families
The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the nation's 2016 individual income tax filing season opens Jan. 19, 2016, with more than 150 million tax returns expected to be filed this year.
People will have several extra days to file their tax returns this year. Taxpayers have until Monday, Apr. 18 to file their 2015 tax returns and pay any tax due because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C., falling on Friday, April 15. The IRS expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers to again receive tax refunds this year. Last year, the IRS issued 109 million refunds, with an average refund of $2,797.
Boulder City Library hosts "Always Lost: A Meditation on War" starting February 1
The Boulder City Library hosts the nationally touring arts and humanities exhibition "Always Lost: A Meditation on War" February 1 - March 11, 2016. The heart of this unique war memorial is the Wall of the Dead, individual faces and names of U.S. military war personnel who perished in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since Sept. 11, 2001.
Called "a national treasure" by viewers, "Always Lost: A Meditation on War" offers a sacred space for viewers to contemplate the effects of war on each of us. The Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Boulevard, is open every day. The "Always Lost: A Meditation on War" exhibit is free and open to the public.
For viewing times and information: (702) 293-1281.



Grant for Homeless Vets' Housing in Carson City

A $40,636 federal grant to help homeless veterans who need housing in Carson City was awarded to the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA), officials announced Wednesday.
The grant will be used to help out at the development called the Jeanell Drive Apartments on
the city's north side, a project spearheaded by FISH (Friends In Service Helping) and already
approved by city government but not yet built.
Click here for the entire story.  

News, Networking, Jobs & Education, Health and More
"Building Trust," a production of USA Today in cooperation with U.S. Veterans Affairs, explores, in depth, issues important to veterans, families, and the country which welcomes them back. In 183 pages, this electronic publication covers VA-specific issues, the power of networking to successful transitioning to civilian life, the changing scope of jobs and education, and developments in health services.

Oldest Female Veteran, Alyce Dixon, 108, Remembered
The oldest female Veteran, the high-spirited, fun-loving, amazing local celebrity, Alyce Dixon, died peacefully in her sleep at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Community Living Center. She was 108 years old.
She is well-known in the community for her elegant sense of style, her long repertoire of eyebrow-raising jokes and very strong opinions. She credits her long life to sharing and caring.
Click here for the entire story.