Veterans' News You Can UseCompiled by the Veteran Journal Staff
Buried Veterans’ Records Available On Internet
The VA’s Nationwide Gravesite Locator at www.cem.va.gov also has records for some state veterans’ cemeteries and burials in Arlington National Cemetery since 1999.
These records used to be on paper and microfilm.
Private companies have put some of the information
online and charged for it, but the VA information is free.
The VA’s gravesite navigator includes names, dates
of birth and death, military service dates, service branch
and rank if known, cemetery and grave location. The
VA will withhold some information, such as next of kin,
The site will be updated daily. Annually, about 80,000 veterans are buried at national cemeteries.
Labor Dept. Offers Vets Assistance Website
The e-VETS Resource Advisor is divided into two
sections: General Services and Personal Profile.
DFAS Expands Services For Retirees
Customers choosing to use this new feature will be asked to enter their social security number and Personal Identification Number. Customers can use the same PIN to access the IVRS that they use to access myPay.
Retirees and annuitants will be able to obtain specific account information regarding correspondence address, allotments, Certificate of Eligibility or Report of Existence, deductions, gross and net pay, Survivor Benefit Plan coverage and federal and state taxes.
DoD Announces To Selectively Employ Retirees
The policy has a number of restrictions and requirements. A retiree can only be hired into hard-to-fill positions where the retiree has unique or specialized skills or qualifications. A retiree cannot be reemployed in his or her previous job position unless someone above the hiring official approves it and certifies the critical conditions. Before any retiree can be hired, the position must be offered to qualified defense workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
For executive level positions, only the secretaries of the military departments or heads of defense agencies and field activities may appoint annuitants to such positions.
VA Calls For Improved Services For Disabled Vets
The task force was created to give the VR&E program an independent examination, evaluation, and analysis.
The task force recommended that VA improve the independent living program and expand current services to National Guard and reserve personnel.
To view the full VA report, go to www.fpmi.com/lerpress/VRE_Report_2004.pdf
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