Nevada Department of Veterans Services Newsletter              December  2016 
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By Blake Boles

LAS VEGAS, NV  (November 16th, 2016)  -- In the spirit of his continuing mission to make Nevada "the most military and veteran friendly state in the nation," Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services honored a veteran in Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 16th.  The ceremony is held every month to celebrate the accomplishments of Nevada's heroes that have faithfully served their country, and have gone on to greatly benefit their communities.  Honored as the Veteran of the Month was US Army veteran and American Legion National Executive Committee Member Ronald Michalski of Henderson.    

Michalski enlisted in the United States Army in 1960 as an aircraft mechanic.  He has been an active member of several veteran service organizations, including the American Legion and Catholic War Veterans and has volunteered extensively with the VA, National Guard, and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. 

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by Chuck Baker

LAS VEGAS-(November 28, 2016) -- An event featuring the solemn placement of a wreath commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War was held today at the State's Nevada Veterans Memorial, located on the grounds of the Grant Sawyer Building. The wreath was placed by veteran Eadward Dixon, who served as an F-156 aircraft crew chief in Afghanistan.  
The keynote speaker was Kathleen Dussault, deputy director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS). As a Navy admiral, she was aboard the USS Concord and received word on August 2, 1990, that Saddam Hussein had invaded Kuwait. Her ship moved quickly and in anticipation of the conflict was the first U.S. naval vessel at the time to enter the Suez Canal, even before the war had officially begun. That was fortunate, since as a logistic ship it was not out fitted for combat. 
By Barbara Carson, SBA Official 
Published: November 1, 2016 
This year, to support current and future service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded three institutions and one business the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP) grant.  
Offered by the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, this grant assists the grantees in providing entrepreneurial training to service-disabled veterans looking to start or grow a business.  
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By Blake Boles

LAS VEGAS, NV  (November 9th, 2016)  --  In a touching ceremony that recalled the struggles of returned veterans, UNLV hosted a 'Run/Walk to Remember' 5 kilometer race and ceremony on November 9th.  The ceremony, which once again raised the horrific statistic of 20 military suicides per day, was attended by several dozen veterans, community partners, UNLV staff and students. 

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) For the past five years, Army Veteran Leif Apag and his family have constantly been moving. 
"Financially, we're not too secure," his wife, Galedien Apag, said. "So we've been moving from Vegas back to here." 
But in few months, all of that is about to change thanks to the Northern Nevada chapter of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals. Leif, his wife, and one-year-old daughter were chosen to receive a free home and they were chosen for the sacrifices Lief has made. 
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By Blake Boles

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV  (November 3rd, 2016)  -  In a decked out ballroom fit for an inauguration, the veteran service organization U.S. Vets hosted its 8th Annual Benefit Dinner.  The event, held at the Aliante Casino, Resort and Spa, included a vast live auction, a brass quartet, photo booth, and a 'Wine Pull' table 40 feet long.  Proceeds went toward the U.S. Vets Las Vegas location's operational costs for the next year. Over $100,000 was raised in a single night, something the organization has never done before.  

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NDVS is recruiting now for AmeriCorps members statewide for the Nevada Vet Corps. If you are a veteran or family member and would like more information about how you can become an AmeriCorps member and serve as part of  Nevada Vet Corps, click here.
Commander Richard Small of the Military Order of the Purple Heart honors a veteran resident during one of NDVS' VIC (Veterans In Care) Ceremonies
By Blake Boles

HENDERSON, NV  (October 21st, 2016)  --  Every old soldier has a story.

     "Greg" Louis Rappaport was more than cordial upon having received visitors on short notice, at the Merrill Gardens assisted living home in Henderson, Nevada.  He regaled attendees with anecdotes about his being an All-American football player at Arizona State University, before it was even a college.  He showed old pictures of himself; he was indeed a mountain of a man, with a neck like a tree trunk.  He talked of how nice the interviewers were from ESPN.  He showed off his 'shadow-box' of US Army medals that he had earned, all the while downplaying his Bronze Star with Cluster for five acts of bravery.  He talked about how he didn't tell his future wife in Youngstown that he loved her, for fear that she would be brokenhearted if he didn't return.  "She was the most beautiful woman in the world.  And I mean that!"  he said.  He talked about her dimples.  He talked about how, after he returned from fierce combat in Europe, he called his future wife in Ohio out for a date and the first thing she said was, "I know who this is.  What took you so long?!"

(FERNLEY, NV) –  The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NNVMC), in cooperation with the State Public Works Department (SPWD), has broken ground on a major construction project as part of the state’s Capital Improvement Program.  

This project will affect the main entrance, main parking lot within the cemetery grounds, and the plaza area between the Information Center and Pavilion. New pavement and concrete will replace the old entrance and plaza. The project is expected to be completed before the end of this year.  

To ensure the cemetery is accessible through the duration of the project, a second entrance has been opened along the cemetery’s west fence line, just north of the maintenance area. Signage, directing traffic away from the work zone to the new entrance, has been installed.  

We ask for understanding and cooperation from the public as the Nevada Department of Veterans Services continues to improve the NNVMC for our veterans and their families.
by Blake Boles 
CARSON CITY, NV (November 21st, 2016) -- During a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion, Desert Truck Driving School was honored as Nevada's Veteran Supporter of the Month for November. The Veteran Supporter of the Month Award recognizes both active organizations and non-veteran Nevada community members that provide exceptional support to military stationed in Nevada, Nevada veterans, and their families. This program expands the Nevada Veteran of the Month Award (VOM) by shining a bright light on individuals who, while not serving in uniform, help veterans with no expectation of recognition or award. It also serves to recognize the contributions of organizations who donate their time and energy to improve the life of our veterans. The Veteran of the Month/Veteran Supporter of the Month Ceremonies are a part of Governor Brian Sandoval's pledge to make Nevada "the most veteran and military friendly state in the nation." 

By Blake Boles

NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV  (November 21st, 2016)  -- The Veterans Day Celebration of 2016, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in North Las Vegas, was twice the size of last year's event.   Row after row of vintage and custom vehicles thrilled onlookers.  Hamburgers and hot dogs were served by charming volunteers who bent over backwards to make sure veterans attending the event were comfortable.  Later in the day, a live band later regaled attendees with classic hits.  It was, in a word, wonderful.

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Western Nevada College Foundation is adding three new scholarships to benefit veteran students attending Western Nevada College. These scholarships, generously funded by Frontier Communications of Gardnerville, are designed to encourage postsecondary education among the local veteran population. 
“Western Nevada College is grateful to Frontier Communications and local manager, Jojo Myers for their incredible show of generosity. These scholarships will help honor our veterans while encouraging them to pursue higher education,” said Kevin Burns, WNC veterans resource center director. “The transition from military life can be full of challenges. These scholarships will help make life a little easier for three of our veterans.” 
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Any veteran or his or her spouse, parent or child can purchase a veteran license plate. The applicant certifies that he or she qualifies by signing the Veteran License Plate Application (SP 33).

The initial cost for veteran plates with a standard number is $61 plus a Prison Industry fee of 50 cents per plate. The annual renewal fee is $30. The initial cost for personalized versions is $97 plus a Prison Industry fee of 50 cents per plate. The annual renewal is $50.  $25 of the initial fee and $20 of the annual renewal fee are used to support outreach programs and services for veterans and their families administered by Nevada Department of Veterans Services

Availability Plates with standard numbers are in stock at DMV Full Service offices. You can order personalized versions by mail, fax or in person at a DMV Full Service office. See How Do I Get These Plates?

Veteran Unit Decal Plates : The DMV is authorized to offer veterans plates with extra space for unit logos. Army Airborne and Navy Seabees are available as well as Air Force and Army logos on National Guard Plates.

Motorcycle plates for Army Airborne and Navy Seabees are not in stock and must be custom-ordered. Visit the Nevada DMV website to learn more. 

NDVS Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) are available to assist any veteran, family member of a veteran, or Nevada resident on active duty. NDVS offers free assistance with filing claims for service-connected disabilities, non-service-connected pension, and other benefits afforded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) at three locations; Reno, 775-321-4880; Las Vegas,  702-224-6025; and Elko, 775-777-1000.

Assistance includes aid in the filing of claims, support during the appeals process, representation at local hearings, and guidance with requests for discharge upgrades. To schedule a claims appointment at one of our offices, call the number of the office closest to you.

In addition to in-office appointments, NDVS offers Rural Outreach events in the following areas:

NORTH -- Austin, Gardnerville, Hawthorne, Silver Springs, Battle Mountain, Ely, West Wendover and Winnemucca

SOUTH -- Beatty, Laughlin, Mesquite, Pahrump and Tonopah

For more information on our Rural Outreach, or to schedule an appointment during one of our Rural Outreach events, please call one of the numbers listed above to contact a VSO in your region.

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Beatty and Las Vegas

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Battle Mountain

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Silver Springs
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Tonopah and Mesquite

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Las Vegas

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Gardnerville and Laughlin

Pahrump every Monday and Friday
The Nevada Attorney General’s Office of Military Legal Assistance (OMLA) provides pro bono (free) legal assistance and representation to active duty, reserve and National Guard service members in a wide area of civil law matters. The OMLA also currently provides assistance to veterans with wills and powers of attorney.

The OMLA is a comprehensive, statewide program combining the joint efforts of legal aid organizations, private sponsors and the State Bar of Nevada to address the need for affordable legal representation in our military communities.

In order to receive legal assistance from this program, active military and reserve service members should seek referral from their respective Judge Advocate General. Veterans should seek referral from their respective Veterans Services Office. Click here for the statewide listing.

                              OMLA workshops scheduled through 2016
December 3rd
   Yerington Public Library
20 Nevin Way
Yerington, NV

2017 Dates are coming soon!
Location: American Red Cross, 4570 Longley Lane. Reno, NV 89502

To register, contact David Gamble at 775-326-6050, or email  
Location: Conference Center of Las Vegas. 6590 Bermuda Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89119

F or more details, visit
location:  Bear's Best Las Vegas.  11111 West Flamingo Road.  Las Vegas, NV

To register, for pricing,  or for more information, contact Ricardo Ortiz at 702-514-4175
Location:  3535 W Sahara Ave Las Vegas NV 89102

for more information, contact Phil Kohen at 702-579-3570
Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (14 Veterans Way. Fernley, NV 89408) 
Call 775-575-4441 for more details.  

Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (1900 Veterans Memorial Dr. Boulder City, NV 89005)
Call 702-486-5920 for more details.