Veterans Voice
March 2021
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, military members, families, and supporters: 
 
Across the United States, March is recognized as “Women’s History Month." And this month, Governor Sisolak will proclaim March as “Women’s Military History Month in Nevada” during the NDVS-hosted 2021 Virtual Women Veterans Conference (March 3rd from 9:00 A.M. to noon). 
Honoring Our Heroes
Willette Gerald Named Veteran of the Month &
The Las Vegas Raiders Foundation Named Veteran Supporter of the Month
Willette Gerald
Las Vegas Raiders Foundation
We congratulate Willette Gerald of Las Vegas for being named Veteran of the Month (VOM) and the Las Vegas Raiders Foundation for being recognized as Veteran Supporter for the Month (VSM) of March. Read More
Women's Military History Month in Nevada
On January 25, 2021, Governor Sisolak signed a Proclamation declaring March 2021 as Women’s Military History Month in Nevada.  Read More
Remembering Richard Walker
Richard was a respected and loved member of many veterans organizations throughout the Las Vegas valley, beginning with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), where he served as Department Adjutant for more than 10 years. He was the a past DAV Department of Nevada National Executive Committeeman, representing Nevada as well as Arizona and Hawaii.
Health and Wellness
Covid-19 Vaccine Update from the VA Healthcare Systems Serving Nevada
AARP & the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announces a
Free Respite Relief Program
AARP and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation recently expanded their FREE Respite Relief Program for Veteran and Military Family Caregivers nationwide. Read More
Programs & Services
Introducing a new appointee to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Advisory Committee
NDVS is pleased to announce Governor Sisolak has appointed Mrs. Elizabeth “Libbie” Smith to serve on the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SNVMC) Advisory Committee. Read More
Remembering Childs Querta  
NDVS sends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Childs Querta. Read More
News You Can Use
Agent Orange and the Perimeter Rule
In 1972, the VA established the “perimeter rule,” stating that Agent Orange was only allowed to be sprayed around the outer circle of an area. In many cases involving veterans who served in Thailand, except for those who worked in security, the VA grandfathered the perimeter rule back to 1964. Those who served in areas inside sprayed areas, or inside the perimeter, were often presumed not to have been affected by the chemicals. Read More
American Legion Post 31's Open House
For many years the post owned its own building, and held a collection of historic memorabilia that told the story of the first veterans who established the local group. Much of the collection also reflected the growth of Boulder City itself, which began as a geographical area owned by the federal government as the dam was being built. But as time moved on, so has the post home. Read more
Vietnam War Veterans Day 
The nation officially honors him/her each year with Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29. Our Vietnam veterans are worthy of thanks all year long, but on their special day of acknowledgement, perhaps they deserve a warmer smile, a more hardy greeting and a stronger elbow or foot bump! (or at least a tougher fist bump). Read More
Always Remember
Women’s Military History Month in Nevada  
March 3 – Navy Reserve Birthday (1915) 
March 3 – Women Veteran History Month Recognition 
March 5 – Seabee Birthday (1942) 
March 13 – United States K9 Corps Birthday (1942) 
March 15 – American Legion Birthday (1919) 
March 15 – Jewish War Veterans Birthday (1896) 
March 17 – Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature (VAMDAL); every other year when NV Legislature is in session, third Wednesday in March 
March 20 – Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) (March 20, 2003 – Dec. 15, 2011)
March 25 – Medal of Honor Day (1863) 
March 28 – Blinded Veterans Association Birthday (1945) 
March 29 – National Vietnam War Veterans Day (1973)  
March 29 – Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) Birthday (1943)