The RA17 Riders have raised $325,000 of their $500,000 goal.  Help them get to the finish line!

Our 310 mile bike ride is coming up very quickly! The OSC team and Ride Allegheny riders have been preparing for months for our biggest fundraiser of the year. Help support our nations veterans through Operation Second Chance and Ride Allegheny. BE THE ONE to make a difference in the life of a wounded, injured, or ill veteran and their family!!!

Donate to the cause here: http://rideallegheny.org/donate.php

 

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Free Rides to Veterans for Job Interviews

Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to veterans for job interviews

By Leo Shane III and Andrew Tilghman, Staff writers 8:10 a.m. EST November 10, 2015

An Uber app is displayed as cars drive by in Washington, D.C. The ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber will be donating free rides to veterans who need transportation for job interviews.(Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will donate tens of thousands of free trips to veterans for transportation to work, job interviews and other critical needs, officials announced Tuesday.

The move is part of a broader effort by the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to help end homelessness among veterans, and encourage corporate partners to fill the unmet needs of America’s military families. Initiative officials made the announcement on behalf of the two companies on the eve of Veterans Day.

The ride-sharing services offer on-demand transportation services in metropolitan areas across the country, allowing people to use their phones to request and pay for cab service.

“We have heard time and time again that transportation to and from work and job interviews is often a significant hurdle for homeless veterans trying to find work,” Air Force Col. Nicole Malachowski, Joining Forces executive director, wrote in a statement hailing the announcement.

“If a veteran is working a night shift or employed in a remote area of a city, public transportation is not always a viable option, and there is limited funding available for alternative transportation.”

Company officials said the rides will be made available in coming months, through veterans organizations working with the Labor Department’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.

In addition, Uber officials announced plans to allow customers to donate $5 toward additional rides for veterans on Veterans Day, through the company’s apps.

The most recent estimates put the number of homeless veterans in America at just under 50,000 people. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that more than two-thirds of those veterans live without access to reliable transportation, limiting their ability to gain and hold jobs.

More information on the free rides will be available on the Department of Labor website, and on the Uber and Lyft websites.

Veterans & Service Dogs: An Information Session

Veterans, their families, advocates, and others interested in learning about how service dogs can assist Veterans with disabilities are invited:
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street, Spring Room
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Click here to register for this event.
Click here for a printable pdf version of this event.

During this informative discussion, you will learn:

  • What types of disabilities, injuries, or illnesses a service dog can be trained to assist with
  • What service dogs can and cannot do, including a live demonstration
  • Who is a good candidate to partner with a service dog
  • What are realistic expectations about being partnered with a service dog
  • How Hero Dogs raises and trains its service dogs
  • How Hero Dogs trains and supports Veterans
  • What Veterans’ responsibilities are for training and partnering with a Hero Dog
  • How to apply for a service dog from Hero Dogs

Please join us for this informative discussion! Plenty of time for questions and answers will be available after the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hero Dogs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises, trains, and provides service dogs free of charge to Veterans in the Greater Baltimore Washington Metro Area. We are having a free informational event for Veterans, their families, advocates, and others interested in learning about how service dogs can assist Veterans with disabilities.
Please share the details.

http://www.hero-dogs.org/veteran-information-session/

It’s Never to Early to Plan for Veterans Day

Shared from Serving Together…

2015 Washington D.C. Area Veterans Day Events

Arlington National Cemetery – November 11, 2015, 11 a.m. Across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge, Arlington, Virginia. (703)607-8000This is the national Veterans day service with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony.
Women In Military Service For America Memorial – November 11, 2015,  3:00 p.m.Located at the Gateway to Arlington National Cemetery.  The ceremony is free and open to the public and will include formal military honors, a keynote address, veterans’ remarks,and a wreath laying.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial – November 11, 2015, 1 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War America’s other conflicts.
Vietnam Women’s Memorial – November 11, 2015, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.and 2-4 p.m.  Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC. (301) 314-8505. Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories “in their own voices” about their experiences. There will also be stories featuring soldiers of the current struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan and other locations around the world.

World War II Memorial –November 11, 2015, 9 a.m. 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC. (202) 619-7222. Wreath laying ceremony.
Navy Memorial – November 11, 2015. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202)737-2300. The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath, at the Lone Sailor Statue in commemoration of Veterans Day.
Air Force Memorial – November 11, 2015, 11 a.m. One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. Wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war.
National Cathedral Veterans Day Tribute Concert – 2015 Date to Be Announced, 7:00 p.m. 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC. Washington National Cathedral will honor the service of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families with a concert tribute, featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra, Washington National Cathedral Singers and selections from American War Letters. The event is free and open to the public with no ticketing required.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens – November 11, 2015. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free.
Manassas Veterans Day Parade – November 7, 2015, 11 a.m. Manassas, Virginia. The community parade includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations.
National Marine Corps Museum – 2015 Date to Be Announced, noon. 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia. (800) 397-7585. Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting.

Putting Veterans and Survivors in control of their disability claims from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Attention Veterans and Survivors

Filing is easier. Learn more.

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Learn more about taking control of your claim

Putting Veterans and Survivors in control of their disability claims

Last month, VA reached a historic low in the disability claims backlog by dipping below 100,000 to 98,535 – and the number of these claims (pending more than 125 days) has come down even further since. This milestone means that VA is processing disability claims faster and more efficiently so that Veterans, their families, and Survivors get the benefits they deserve.

By participating in the Fully Developed Claims program, Veterans and Survivors can take charge of their claims by submitting all relevant records with their claims at once. The fastest way to receive a decision on your disability claim is by filing an FDC electronically through eBenefits.va.gov.

Visit VA’s website to learn more about filing an electronic Fully Developed Claim and what you can do to get started.

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