Veterans Voice
January 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
To my fellow veterans, families, and supporters:

Happy New Year!

The best news of 2021 is the COVID-19 vaccine and the beginning of the end to this terrible pandemic.

Honoring Our Heroes
Al Camp Named
Veteran of the Month
Congratulations to Al Camp for being named Veteran of the Month (VOM) and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 730 Service Office for being recognized as Veteran Supporter for the Month (VSM) for January 2021.
Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 730 Service Office Named Veteran Supporter of the Month
Nevada Journalist Publishes 
Book Honoring WWII Veterans 
While exploring the USS Arizona Memorial, Ranson came across a piece of information that stopped him in his tracks... Read More
Air Force Christmas - From Very Needy To Very Merry 
“These are certainly challenging times for us all and in times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we really are.”
Veteran Tax Exemptions 
Did you know that many of Nevada’s veterans and surviving spouses are eligible for an annual “Veterans Tax Exemption”? Read More
Wreaths Across America - SNVMC 
Numerous participants expressed their appreciation to event organizers for way Wreaths Across America was held.
Wreaths honor veterans at Christmas - NNVMC
Kat Miller, director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, said, “Despite the pandemic, volunteers still find a way to honor the veterans.” 
Health and Wellness
COVID-19 and Our State Veterans Homes
The latest COVID-19 updates. Read More
Heroes for Heroes
"This pandemic is causing us all to better understand the detrimental impacts of loneliness and isolation. The Heroes for Heroes program gives veterans and volunteers a virtual space to form authentic, reciprocal relationships.” says Casey Acklin, Coordinator for the NEST Collaborative. Read More
Early Christmas at NNSVH
As our country continues to work through the pandemic, the residents of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home received early Christmas presents.
Mendive Elementary School Students Donate to NNSVH
 “Our Mendive student body and staff were honored to help support our veterans. As teachers, we love to see our students learn to look outside of themselves and give back to others.” Read More
Programs & Services
Women Veteran Conference
Featured Speaker: Shoshana Johnson

Over the next two months, look for more details and registration information on the NDVS Women Veterans event page and social media. Read More
NDVS Is Launching Our
“In the Know”
Veterans Benefits Webinar Series   
Discharge Upgrade Webinar: Wednesday, January 13 at 1 p.m.
Register today - it's free! Read More
NDVS Employee becomes Ambassador for PREVENTS program 
The goal of PREVENTS is to prevent suicide – among our veterans and all Americans. Ambassadors will be integral to the overall work of PREVENTS by building awareness and momentum in every state… Read More
News You Can Use
Guitar For Vets   
G4V has two Nevada chapters: one at the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Gardnerville and a second chapter at the VA Medical Center in Reno. Read More
Benefits Update for Retirees 
On December 3, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) announced that they will be eliminating the offset of benefits for spouses receiving money both Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) and Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC). Read More
Young Solider Saw Action with
1st Cavalry Division 
Charles E. Youmans, whose daughter Anita Trone lives in Fernley but has spent many years working part time for Kent’s Supply in Fallon... 
Marines Help to Open Hearts Each December    
“We are grateful for funds to help the parents and children to enjoy a Merry Christmas.” Read more
Always Remember
Vietnam Veterans of America Founded (Jan 1978)  
January 1 – Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Birthday (1924)  
January 17 – Persian Gulf War 30th Anniversary  
Operation Desert Shield (Aug 2, 1990 – Jan 17, 1991)   
Operation Desert Storm (Jan 17, 1991 – Feb 28, 1991)  
January 31 – Panama Operation Just Cause (Dec 20, 1989 – Jan 31, 1990)  
January 31 – Tet Offensive: Vietnam War