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07/11/2023 05:00 AM EDT

Get the Recruitment & Retention, Employment & Integration, Well Being & Treatment, Service women in the News, Women Veterans, and Upcoming Events DACOWITS news from June 2023. [From DACOWITS]

07/03/2023 04:30 PM EDT

“Start a mindfulness practice? I don’t have time!” Most people have one minute to spare for their own health and well-being. Join Employee Whole Health Program Manager and Nurse Marcy B. Newman as she guides you through a one-minute intention setting practice. [From VA News]

07/03/2023 12:00 PM EDT

Anne Eloise Sweeney was born into a famous military family on September 19, 1912, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Her father was Maj. Gen. Walter C. Sweeney, Sr., a decorated soldier who fought from the Spanish-American War through World War II, and her brother earned fame at the Battle of Midway in 1942. Anne, meanwhile, would have to work her way up from the very bottom in a service that was only supposed to last for the duration of the war “plus six months”—the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). [From VA News]

We honor her service.

07/03/2023 10:30 AM EDT

Birth control is available at VA and we’re here to talk about it. Whether or not you’re ready to start a family, have other plans in mind, or you’re just busy raising your little ones right now, we’re here for you. You have access to contraception care services and a wide range of birth control options at VA. [From VA News]

07/03/2023 09:30 AM EDT

Pursuing higher education can be both intimidating and costly, especially for first-generation college students and military service members. However, with access to the right resources and support systems, these challenges can be conquered. I am a U.S. Army Reserve service member and first-generation college student using the Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606) program and the Defense Department’s tuition assistance. [From VA News]

07/02/2023 04:30 PM EDT

Gay Marine Corps Veteran Dave Mapp remembers the day he was told he had 18 months to live after being diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Nine years later, he’s in remission and living proof that anything is possible with a positive attitude… and great health care through VA. Mapp was a guest during Bay Pines VA’s Pride Month observance, where he spoke about his experiences as a Veteran and as a patient with VA. [From VA News]

07/01/2023 10:30 AM EDT

Thanks to the PACT Act, millions of Veterans who were exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances are now eligible for VA health care and benefits. While there is no deadline to apply for PACT Act-related benefits, there is urgency. Most Veterans and survivors who apply for benefits or submit an “Intent to File” by August 9, if granted, will have their benefits backdated to August 10th of last year – the day that President Biden signed the PACT Act into law. [From VA News]