Veterans Voice
August 2021
Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) Newsletter
Serving Nevada's Heroes since 1943 ~ Donate to NDVS
Director's Message * Honoring Heroes * Health & Wellness * Programs & Services * News * Always Remember
Monthly Director's Message, Kat Miller
August will kick off a flurry of activities that will continue through the Fall of this year. If you haven’t been engaged, you will have a lot of opportunities to get involved in the weeks ahead. I encourage you to check out the events section in this edition of Veterans Voice and join us at an upcoming event.  Make sure to check local and state health authority guidelines regarding protection against COVID-19 before participating in public events. Read More
Honoring Our Heroes
Sandra Valdezate Named Veteran of the Month & Greg Weeks and Steve Custer
 Named Veteran Supporter of the Month
Sandra Valdezate
Greg Weeks and Steve Custer 
We congratulate Sandra Valdezate for being named Veteran of the Month (VOM) and Greg Weeks and Steve Custer for being recognized as Veteran Supporter for the Month (VSM) of August. Read More
Free Gift for our Gulf War Veterans
Kuwait is providing a special “thank you" to the men and women who served in Operation Desert Storm. Gulf War veterans may receive a free commemorative, first-edition book, The Liberation of Kuwait. Read More
Remembering the Gulf War - This Day in History 
This month marks an important anniversary for Gulf War veterans. On August 2, 1990, Iraqi forces invaded the neighboring City of Kuwait. Read More
Third Year Celebration for
Buffalo Soldiers Day in Nevada
In 2019, Gov. Steve Sisolak declared Buffalo Soldiers Day in Nevada to be recognized annually on July 28th, honoring our nation’s first Black soldiers in a peacetime army. Read More
Health and Wellness
New Info On Eviction Moratorium
On Saturday, July 31, 2021, the extension of the national eviction moratorium ended but there are still resources available that can help. Read More
Eligible for Vax Nevada Days Cash/Prizes If Vaccinated at the VA?
We’ve received so many questions on whether Nevadans who received their COVID-19 vaccination from a VA facility are eligible for cash and prizes available through the public health initiative, Vax Nevada Days. Read More
Northern Nevada State Veterans Home
Seeking Lead Volunteer for Silver State Store
If you are interested in volunteering at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home (NNSVH) to launch the Silver State Store as the Lead Volunteer, please read the following information.
Patio Donation Provides Flair to Outdoors at Northern Nevada State Veterans Home  
(Reno, NV) – Residents of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home (NNSVH) may now relax in style on any one of three patios at the home, thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #989 (VVA #989) and a $5,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. Read More
Welcome to our New Veterans Services Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Sarah Hogue recently joined the Nevada Department of Veterans Services as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager. Hogue was raised in Reno, Nevada and is thrilled to be returning to the Silver State after living in CA, MI, and WA with her active duty husband (U.S. Navy) who is now stationed at Naval Air Station Fallon. Read More
Programs & Services
What You Need to Know about the VA Expansion of Presumptive Conditions
The VA has recently announced an expansion of presumptive conditions related to Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures. Read More
Welcoming Our Women Veterans Service Officer 
Savannah Aseoche was recently hired as the Women Veterans Service Officer by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. She has been with NDVS since March 2020 and has been a compassionate and determined advocate for veterans, service members, and their families. Read More
REGISTER for the Virtual Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Educational Series
August 17, 24, and 31, 2021 at 1pm Pacific Time
The Nevada of Department of Veterans Services in collaboration with the Perry Foundation is hosting a FREE series of virtual MST workshops for women and men who are veterans, active duty, Guard, Reserves, healthcare providers, community partners, and supporters. Read More
Fresh Start for Graduates of
Henderson’s Veterans Court
On July eighth Deputy Director of Operations Fred Wagar and Justice Reintegration Program Manager Tom McCourt attended a graduation ceremony for participants in Henderson’s Veterans Treatment Court. Read More
Welcome our New Education & Employment Program Manager Helena Otero
Helena Otero is the Education and Employment Program Manager for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, where she identifies barriers facing veteran students and creates/implements solutions. Read More
News You Can Use
Native American Tribal Newsletter
Home Repair or Handicap Modifications Assistance 
Rebuilding Together Northern and Southern Nevada are local non profits that help low income families repair their homes but did you know that they also love to help Veterans. Click Here 
A Night of Politely Palling Around with the Veterans K-9 Corps in Reno
If someone says, “dog training,” what comes to mind? Chances are it’s not sitting on the patio of a local restaurant, ordering food and drinks. But this is full on dog training. Click Here 
Adopt a Dental Veteran Program
Job Postings for Veterans
Looking for a new job or do you have a job to post? Check out our job postings or post a job on the NDVS website Click Here 
On-the-Job Apprenticeship Programs
Have you thought about a job that pays you while you learn? There are two ways to gain valuable skills while earning a wage either through On-the-Job Training or through Apprenticeship Training. Click Here to learn more!  
Always Remember
Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month
August 2 – Iraq invaded Kuwait and five days later, Aug. 7, 1990, President George Herbert Walker Bush ordered the organization of Operation Desert Shield in response. (1990)
August 4 – Coast Guard Birthday (1915)
August 7 – Purple Heart Day (1782)
August 14 – Navajo Code Talkers Day
August 14 – Congressional Medal of Honor Society Birthday (1863)
August 16 – National Airborne Day (1940)
August 29 – Marine Forces Reserve Birthday (1916