September 2020 Veterans Voice Newsletter
MessageMessage from the Director
Message from the Director - September 2020
Message from the Director

To my fellow veterans, families, and veteran advocates:

As we head into September, NDVS is in the midst of updating our Strategic Plan.  The goals and objectives we develop now will chart NDVS' path for the next year and beyond.  I am always energized by this process!  There is so much work to do and to be excited about as we continue the Department's 77-year history of serving Nevada's heroes.

Under Secretary Paul Lawrence Live Tele-Townhalls
Under Secretary Paul Lawrence Live Tele-Townhalls

Warden Named Veteran of the Month and Simons Named Veteran Supporter of the Month
We would like to congratulate John Warden for being named Veteran of the Month (VOM) and Wendy Simons as Veteran Supporter of the Month (VSM) of August. 

Sparks Mayor Ron Smith Leaves Behind a Legacy of Being a Champion for Nevada's Veterans
"The Nevada Veterans Service Commission (VSC) expresses its condolences for the loss of Sparks City Mayor Ron Smith," said VSC Chairman William "Bill" Baumann. "Mayor Smith will always be remembered as a gentle and kind man who cared about everyone in the city he loved. 

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Passing of a Notable Veteran: Ramiro "Ram" Parocua 
The veteran community of Nevada lost a notable veteran on August 4, 2020 in Ramiro "Ram" Parocua of Henderson. Parocua, a Past Department Commander for the Disabled American Veterans was a well-known and active member of the veteran community in southern Nevada.

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Nevada Women Veterans Survey
Are you a woman veteran living in Nevada? The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) would like to hear about your military background and gaps in services. Please take our brief Nevada Women Veterans Survey, so we can learn more about your needs. Thank you!

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September 2 - the 75th Anniversary of the end of WW2
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

Victory over Japan Day or V-J day, references two different days and are often easily confused. It's used for August 15th as that was the day the Japanese government communicated its intention to surrender to the US. However the formal surrender was not signed until September 2nd. 

Caregiving on the Homefront - Resources 
The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) hosted a free, virtual conference, Caregiving on the Homefront, for family caregivers of veterans on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.  All the resource links are listed on the NDVS website.

HealthHealth and Wellness
COVID-19 and Our State Veterans Homes
During the past month, there have been several days and even weeks during which none of the residents at the Northern and Southern State Veterans Home have tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the SNSVH
On Saturday, August 22, the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home (SNSVH) in Boulder City celebrated its 18th anniversary with a drive-thru celebration.  This celebration was open to both family members of residents and the local community, they were asked to decorate their vehicles, play music and blow noisemakers.

ProgramsPrograms and Services
Nevada Veteran Memorial Cemeteries
The COVID-19 pandemic is still impacting the way we and other veterans' cemeteries across the country are conducting business. 

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You Can Still File a Claim and Speak with a Veteran Service Officer
If you want to file a claim, continue pursuing an appeal, or speak with a Veterans Service Officer, NDVS ensures services are still available to veterans and their families.

Harriet Tubman: Union Soldier
In the mid-nineteenth century, Harriet Tubman (c. 1822 -1913), a runaway slave from Maryland, helped fellow enslaved African Americans make their journey to freedom through the Underground Railroad (a collection of escape routes and safe houses). 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month!
Kim Donohue,  Suicide Prevention Program Manager

As we move into September, the Nevada Department of Veterans Services Suicide Prevention Program continues to actively lead statewide efforts to connect communities with life-saving prevention education resources. 

Artifact Lockbox
The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) has several artifacts in its possession we are offering to Veteran Service Organizations in the State.

NewsNews You can Use
Welcome to the Team
August has been an exciting month as the Department welcomed two new program managers to the team: Rachel Jelenic and Tom McCourt.

PVA - Nevada Chapter's Work In Developing Their Organization
Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America (NV PVA) has been improving the quality of life of veterans with spinal cord injuries and dysfunction for the past 20 years in Nevada. NV PVA is part of a national organization.

 VA Volunteers Slowly Returning
 By Chuck N. Baker

(Reno & North Las Vegas) - One thing that veterans and their families know is that when it comes to volunteering, they are on top of the list. Most of the time they are too humble to admit it, but the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) across the nation would suffer tremendously if it were not for all of the volunteer hours that are accounted for. 

Military service conducted for WWII pilot

News Anchor Celebrates Lives of Local Heroes

NDVS Job Posting
NDVS is looking for Certified Nursing Assistants, Registered Nurse, and Licensed Practical Nurse 2 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


September (Month) - National Suicide Prevention Month
  • September 2 - V-J Day (Victory over Japan) 
  • September 7 - Labor Day  
  • September 11 - Patriot Day, 9/11 Remembrance Day 
  • September 17-23 Constitution Week  
  • September 17 - Citizenship Day/Constitution Day 
  • September 18 - U.S. Air Force & Air National Guard Birthday 
  • September 18  - Office of the Sec. of Defense Birthday  
  • Third Friday in September National POW/MIA Recognition Day 
  • Last Sunday in September Gold Star Mother's Day 
  • Sept. 21 (begins), Sept. 28 (ends) Warrior Games, 2020 - CANCELED (
  • September 25 - Disabled American Veterans Birthday
  • September 27 (Sunday) - Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day
  • September 29 - National Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day
  • September 29 - Lady Vets Birthday


Mark Your Calendar
Mark Your Calendar
Nevada Department of Veterans Services