Veterans Voice
January 2022
Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) Newsletter
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Director's Message * Honoring Heroes * Health & Wellness * Programs & Services * News * Always Remember
Monthly Director's Message, Kat Miller
To my fellow Veterans, families, and supporters:

Happy New Year!

Before I share exciting announcements about events coming up in the New Year, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention two major events that happened in the waning days of 2021. Read More.
Honoring Our Heroes
Martin Aguilar Named Veteran of the Month & Merri Perry
 Named Veteran Supporter of the Month
We congratulate Martin Aguilar for being named Veteran of the Month (VOM) and Merri Perry for being recognized as Veteran Supporter for the Month (VSM) of January.  Read More
Wreaths Across America 2022 
Every year, Wreaths Across America events are held throughout the nation including at our own State Veteran Memorial Cemeteries. We want to thank the hard work of the organizations and volunteers from across Nevada who made this event possible. Read More
Las Vegas Veterans Remember Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later 
We had to share this in case you missed it or want to see it again. Navy veterans David Miller and Isabelle Delnagro share their memories on that fateful day, December 8, 1941. Read More
Health and Wellness
Nicole Owczarski Named Administrator for
Northern Nevada State Veterans Home
The Northern Nevada State Veterans Home will ring in the New Year with a new administrator. Nicole Owczarski will take over the reigns at the northern Nevada skilled nursing facility on January 3, 2022.  Read More
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Brings Holiday Joy and Gifts to Residents of Northern Nevada State Veterans Home 
We are thankful for the generosity of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) who provided a little extra help for Santa and brought holiday cheer to the residents of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home. Read More
Quilts of Valor Wraps Residents With Holiday Warmth and Cheer at
Northern Nevada State Veterans Home  
Volunteers with the organization, Comstock Lode Quilters for Quilts of Valor, along with members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter #989, presented 96 hand-made quilts to honor all of the veterans and spouses living at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home. Read More
The Crombie Academy Graduated their First Class
We graduated the first graduating class from the PFC David “Nick” Crombie Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Academy this past December and are incredibly proud of their participation in the inaugural class. Read More
Exposure Risk Questionnaire 
Have you served in the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, take the Exposure Risk Questionnaire today! Read More
Programs & Services
Nevada Veterans Benefits Registry 
Have you heard of the Nevada Benefits Registry? As NDVS works to better serve the Veterans of Nevada, information from the registry will help inform the department about the needs of the community.  Read More
NDVS Speaker’s Bureau  
As we head into a new year, NDVS is proud to showcase our revamped Speaker Bureaus page. Whether you’re looking for the right speaker or an emcee who will take your virtual conference, webinar or meeting to the next level? Read More
Congress Passes the Remote Act for
Veteran Students 
Congress passed the REMOTE Act for veteran students on December 21st. This law extends many of the various COVID-19 protections enacted for veterans and family members using the G.I. Bill from the end of 2021 to June 1st 2022. Read More
SAVE THE DATE: Women Veterans Conference
March 12th, 2022 
Please join us for NDVS’ Annual Women Veterans Conference on 12 March 2022 in Reno, Nevada. The theme for the 2022 Conference is: “Emergence: A way forward.” Read More
News You Can Use
Veterans Tax Exemption 
Did you know that many of Nevada’s veterans and surviving spouses are eligible for an annual “Veterans Tax Exemption?”
This exemption can be used for either their vehicle registration’s Governmental Service Tax Fee or to reduce their property taxes. Read More
Veterans License Plates 
Did you know that here in Nevada we currently have 22 license plates available of which 10 also have a motorcycle equivalent? These plates allow for the veterans in our state to pick out a plate and personalize it according to their preference. Read More
Veterans Legislation Passed in Congress in November 
At the tail end of November, President Biden signed four new veterans bills into law. These bipartisan bills gear towards reforming the agency to better address the needs of our nation’s veterans. While they have been signed, the Department of Veterans Affairs will still need to determine the implementation of these bills. Read More.
Reno Welcomes New VA Medical Center Executive Director 
By: Ryan Coverdell

Kevin Amick, VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) newly appointed Executive Director, stepped on Nevada desert early November. Faced with the extensive task of running VASNHCS, northern Nevada’s VA health care system providing care to our nation’s heroes, Mr. Amick went straight to work. Read More.
State of Nevada launches ‘Community Recovery Grant’ using American Rescue Plan funds to provide direct relief for community services  Read More
NDVS Job Postings
Looking for a new job? Check out our job postings 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
January 2022
Vietnam Veterans of America Founded (Jan 1978)  
January 1 – Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Birthday (1924) 
January 17 – Persian Gulf War - January 17, 2021, marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of Desert Storm, the military operation to reverse Iraq’s August 1990 invasion of Kuwait. 
Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 Jan1991)  
Operation Desert Storm (17 Jan 1991 – 28 February 1991)  
January 31 – Panama Operation Just Cause (Dec 20, 1989 – Jan 31, 1990)  
January 31 – Tet Offensive: Vietnam War