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November 2018 Veterans Voice Newsletter
Message Message from the Director
Message from the Director - November 2018
On behalf of the State of Nevada I would like to invite you to several exciting upcoming events.

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Veteran of the Month Has Civil War Connection
WWII veteran Kenneth Hill received the Governor's recognition and honor as October's Veteran of the Month in a special ceremony that took place in the lobby of the Grant Sawyer building in Las Vegas last month.  

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American Legion Darrell Dunkle Post 1 Receives Governor's 
Recognition and Honor  
The American Legion Darrell Dunkle Post 1 received recognition as the October Veteran Supporter of the Month in a ceremony held in the Old Assembly Chamber in Carson City last month. 

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Missing in Nevada Project Keeps Promise to 12 Veterans and a Spouse
On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 26 members of the Patriot Guard Riders escorted 12 veterans and the spouse of one of the veterans, to their final resting place. This was the second Missing In Nevada Mission for Southern Nevada. 

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Boulder City Mines Gold
Boulder City's history is steeped in honoring veterans and the city's Grace Community Church plays a key role in those traditions. For the past 12 years, the church has held Gold Star Family Day as a tribute to families who have lost a loved one in combat.

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Dedication of Battle Born Memorial to Nevada's Fallen
Just a reminder about the upcoming dedication ceremony for the new Battle Born Memorial to Nevada's Fallen. The event will be held in Carson City on November 9, 2018. The reception for Gold Star Families is scheduled for 9:00 AM inside the State Archives/Library building located at 100 North Stewart Street. The public ceremony will be outside of The Archives at 10:00 AM.

More than 100 Nevada Gold Star parents and their guests will be in attendance. We would love for you to join us.

Save your seat by registering here: http://bit.ly/2PUuoKt. or, contact David Johnson at 775-825-9846, johnsond@veterans.nv.gov.

We hope to see you there!
Join Us for the Premiere of the New 
Northern Nevada State Veterans Home
Just a reminder about the upcoming Premiere and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks!

The event will be held December 17, 2018. Tours of the facility will begin at 4:30 PM. The formal Ribbon Cutting Ceremony featuring Governor Brian Sandoval will begin at 6:00 PM.

The new home is located at 36 Battle Born Way in Sparks, which is near the intersection of Galletti Way, across from the DMV.

Seating is limited!!! Save your seat by registering here: http://bit.ly/2PtpFzt or, contact Sandi TenBoer at 775-825-9757, tenboers@veterans.nv.gov .

We hope to see you there!

Also, take a peek at the latest video of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home Construction!:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ZZ2vkDgXw&feature=youtu.be 
Gulf War Veteran? Free Gift for You!
The State of 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. It includes a companion, feature-length documentary on DVD. The set retails for $49.95 but is yours, free, because of your service.

The high quality book was published in 2016 by Remember My Service Productions. It is full color, printed on heavy glossy paper. The 9" X 11" book has a hardcover and dust jacket.

We regret we cannot mail the free book sets due to cost. But you may arrange to pick up your free copy by emailing hendryt@veterans.nv.gov . We can make arrangements for you to pick up your copy from the nearest NDVS office. Thank you for your service!
Korean War Veteran? This Free Gift is For You!
For a limited time the nationally acclaimed book Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth and The Remembered War, a 2014 GI Film Festival-selected documentary, are being bundled together in a collector's edition commemorative book and DVD set.

Both the book and DVD remember and honor the brave Americans who served during the Korean War. Their fight for freedom in a war-torn, distant land has nourished a modern and prosperous Republic of Korea, one of the world's most powerful testaments to the fruits of liberty.

The books are a gift from the South Korean government and are made available to you, Korean War veterans, at NO COST! The book retails for $49.95 but again, it is yours free, if you are a Korean War veteran. While we honor the service of all who veterans, this offer is a special gift reserved only for those who served in combat during the Korean War.

The high quality book was published in 2016 by Remember My Service Productions. It is full color, printed on heavy glossy paper. The 9" X 11" book has a hardcover and dust jacket.

We regret we cannot mail the free book sets due to cost. But you may arrange to pick up your free copy by emailing hendryt@veterans.nv.gov . We can make arrangements for you to pick up your copy from the nearest NDVS office. Thank you for your service!
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More Awards and Honors for Southern Nevada State Veterans Home
Our residents, families and all of NDVS continue to be very proud of the outstanding example set by the leadership and staff of the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home.
 
The Home has maintained exceptional ratings in the Customer Service Pinnacle Awards program achieving a 5-Star rating, the highest possible!  Now, the Home has recently achieved another recognition! 

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Veterans In Care Program Marks Major Milestone
Who would have imagined the launch of a new outreach program to find our hidden heroes in care facilities would result in 167 recognition ceremonies, in addition, there were visits to 112 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the State, to express appreciation to 2,069 veterans for their service to our nation.

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It Takes a Village - of Veterans!
On the surface, a village of veterans looks just like any other town or neighborhood. There are men, women, children, and an occasional dog and cat. But for the hundreds of tenants who live in several of the local Veterans Village locales, it can mean the difference between living on the street or in a safe and homey apartment complex.

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$100,000 VA Grant Helps with Transportation in Rural Nevada
Highly Rural Transportation Grants (HRTG) is a grant-based program that helps Veterans in highly rural areas travel to the VA or VA-authorized health care facilities to receive medical care.

Adaptive Sports Program Receives a nearly $50,000 Grant
Adaptive Sports programs in the City of Las Vegas, Reno and Sky Tavern received a financial boost: Nearly $50,000 grant program offered through a VA program.
 
NDVS has partnered with the City of Las Vegas, City of Reno, and Sky Tavern to provide a robust and diversified adaptive sports program.

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Vegas PBS Supports Mental Health and Suicide Intervention
"Mental illness affects everybody." That is the message driven home to a group of local residents who attended the Mental Health Forum presented by Vegas PBS in late September. There was an advance showing of a Channel 10 television show hosted by Casey Smith, who interviewed a panel of health experts. Several of those experts, as well as others, also answered questions in person at the forum held at the station's Educational and Technology Campus on Flamingo Road.

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VA Notes Pay Raise for Retirees and Disabled Veterans 
Military retirees, those who receive disability or other benefits from the  Department of Veterans Affairs, federal retirees, and social security recipients will see a 2.8 percent pay raise in their monthly checks in 2019.

It is the biggest  Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) increase in seven years, equaling as much as $369 a month for those at the top of the  retirement paycharts.

Home Depot Provides Boost to 
Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
On a crisp fall morning, employees from The Home Depot gathered at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NNVMC) in Fernley to complete projects as part of The Home Depot Foundation's commitment to supporting Veterans.

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City of Henderson Sponsors Veteran's Resource Fair
The City of Henderson is providing veterans of all ages and their families with a one-stop source for assistance to those who served our country. The Veteran's Resource Fair will bring together veterans organizations along with industry services and local government departments impacting veterans. Veteran advocates can provide attendees with information on housing, drug and alcohol assistance, as well as VA benefit information.

Congratulations to Outstanding Nevada Veterans Advocates!
Last month the Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) recognized five Nevada Veterans Advocates (NVAs) for their outstanding volunteer work in a special recognition ceremony last month. Each participated in a minimum of five outreach events, with some participating in even more events across northern Nevada!

Become a Nevada Veterans Advocate!
The volunteers with the Nevada Veterans Advocate (NVA) program are passionate about helping veterans. They've not only completed a 20-hour online course and received certification, but many have been saying they wanted to do more! NDVS wants those NVA's to know, we heard you! So NDVS is now involving NVA's in community events to provide veteran outreach. We invite you to become an NVA and join in the fun.

Become a Patriot Employer!
Depending on your skill set, landing a good-paying job can be a challenge, particularly for military members transitioning from service to civilian life. That's in part what the Patriot Employer Program seeks to address. 

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The 100th Anniversary of the World War One Armistice
After the Balkan Wars, Europe was split, largely between The Ottoman Empire and the Turks. Many of the countries under Ottoman control were unhappy about the lack of reform and autonomy promised by the Ottoman Empire. They established the Balkan League to respond to this lack of reform. The Balkan League wished to join together into Yugoslavia. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Heir Presumptive of Austria-Hungary, was responsible for military action, including the occupation of Bosnia and Herzergovina and Serbia, at this time. He was next in line for the throne.

Meet Best-Selling Author and Combat Historian Patrick O'Donnell
Spend your Veterans Day with us and meet New York Times best-selling author Patrick O'Donnell!

The book signing is part of a day-long event at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The day begins at 9:00 AM. There will be WWI exhibits and displays to mark the anniversary of the end of the "Great War."
The formal Veterans Day ceremony begins at 1:30 PM at the Home.

Save your seat by registering here: http://bit.ly/2O0pa2p or, contact Josh Loftis at 775-825-9748, loftisj@veterans.nv.gov .
We hope to see you there!
The United States Marine Corps to Celebrate its 
243rd Birthday November 10
The U.S. Marine Corps was formed as a security force, of sorts, serving as an infantry unit aboard naval vessels and responsible for protecting the ship's officers. This was sometimes so evident that the Marine's quarters would be positioned between the Officer's quarters and the rest of the ship - to serve as a buffer between them and the rest of the crew.

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Mark Your Calendar - November 2018
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