November 2020 Veterans Voice Newsletter
MessageMessage from the Director
Message from the Director - November 2020
To my fellow veterans, families, and veteran advocates: 

In 2020, we've had to modify many veterans ceremonies in the interest of safety. Unfortunately, this included cancelling the wonderful Southern Nevada Veterans Day celebration held for over a decade at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home.  In lieu of this in-person event, NDVS is celebrating with veterans and their families across the State with the release of a State of Nevada Veterans Day video. It will be unveiled the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 11 on the NDVS YouTube Channel, the NDVS website, and posted on our social media pages.

Donna Lee Named Veteran of the Month and Forgotten Not Gone Named Veteran Supporter of the Month
We congratulate MsDonna Lee of Henderson for being named Veteran of the Month (VOM) and the Forgotten but Not Gone of Las Vegas for being recognized as Veteran Supporter for the Month (VSM) of November 

I Am Not Invisible Campaign
The Center for Women Veterans "I Am Not Invisible" project is coming to Las Vegas and features photographs of women veterans, which are made into posters and displayed at VA facilities around the country. 

Former NAS Fallon Commander Noted for His Courage as POW   
By Steve Ranson Nevada News GroupOriginally featured in the Nevada Appeal 

Two years ago at the annual National Vietnam War Veterans Day at Mills Park, Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell reflected on prisoners of war but specifically on the courage of retired Navy Capt. Wendell "Ray" Alcorn.

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HealthHealth and Wellness
COVID-19 and Our State Veterans Homes
Read the latest information about COVID-19 resident and staff updates.

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Family Connections Task Force & the Heroes for Heroes Program
The Family Connections Task Force was created by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) in August 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has already launched an exciting new volunteer program for community-based connections with veterans, called Heroes for Heroes.

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ProgramsPrograms and Services
An Update on VA Appeals
As a result of the pandemic, the Veterans Benefits Administration, closed many of its Regional Offices (ROs) impacting VBA's ability to conduct in person appeals. 

Clean Up Efforts at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery
With the recent expansion of group size limits, the Patriot Guard Riders of Southern Nevada organized a volunteer event to assist the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, which was a tremendous success. 

Nevada Veteran Memorial Cemeteries Update
Updates about services at Nevada Veteran Memorial Cemeteries under COVID-19 restrictions.

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Center for Women Veterans Virtual Roundtable in Nevada
Join us on December 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (PT), when the Nevada Department of Veterans Services will host a FREE Virtual Roundtable with featured speaker Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd, Executive Director, Center for Women Veterans (CWV). 

NewsNews You can Use
 Notice on Vehicle Tax Exemptions for 2020
The Governmental Services Tax Exemptions for Vehicle Registrations are a popular benefit used by many veterans in the State. As a result of the pandemic DMV offices were impacted and closed. These exemptions for veterans' vehicle registrations are based on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 - June 30. 

 A Lunch at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home
On October 7th, members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 989 and their associates threw a barbecue lunch for the staff of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home. This lunch was served by the VVA to the staff as an appreciation for their hard work, sacrifice, and commitment to the residents in their care, with all COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Applicants Wanted for LYFE Services Grant CARES Act Nov. 21 Deadline to Receive Stimulus Check
Veterans LYFE Services in partnership with the non-profit Rebuilding Together, is seeking applicants that are interested in applying for renovation and/or disability adaption of their home.

The funding for this program comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through Rebuilding Together under a new initiative for low income veteran families. Under this program, 11 participants will be identified before he start date of the program slated for July 2021. Candidates will likely need to be below the 80% median family household threshold in the HUD listing on their website.
Veterans that wish to apply for the program are asked to contact Veterans LYFE Services through the link below.

Notice for Veterans and Economic Impact Payments
Under the CARES Act, most individuals didn't have to do anything in order to receive their stimulus check. However certain individuals, to include some Veterans, needed to provide the IRS with information in order to receive these payments. The deadline to do this and still receive a check is November 21! The individuals who must undergo this additional step include those receiving Disability Compensation, Survivors Benefits, or Pensions from the Veterans Administration.

It is a quick (but necessary) process in order to receive the stimulus check.
Pahrump Banner Program
(Pahrump) - Three years ago Nye County commissioners voted to honor military veterans who resided within the boundaries of its local cities. But it took more than that vote to make the honors possible. It sought and gained approval from the Nye County Veterans Services Fund, as well as the Veterans Finance Committee.

Donated Surgical Mask
By Chuck N. Baker

The Southern Nevada chapter of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce has embarked on a mission to supply free masks to veterans organizations and other non-profit groups.

Nellis / Creech Air Force Base Adopt A Family Program

NDVS Job Posting
NDVS has open employment opportunities available at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, Nevada (near Las Vegas).   

The Nevada Department of Education, Training and Rehabilitation explains to file for unemployment in the State of Nevada.

RememberAlways Remember
  • National Veterans & Military Family Month
  • Warrior Care Month 
  • National Family Caregivers Month  
  • November 5-9 National Veterans Small Business Week
  • November 10 Marine Corps Birthday
  • November 11 Veterans Day
  • November 11 Armistice/Remembrance Day  
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