Veteran policy updates and events, week of October 30



November 6, 2017


Hi everyone,

Whew, what a wild week! Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you’ve got power at home.This year, there are plenty of events leading up to and on Veterans Day.In addition to what I’ve mentioned here (and attached) seetheBureau of Maine Veteran Services events page. I’ll be back later in the week with more updates, as well.


(Links to the following news and research items are offered in the spirit of outreach and public education. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Senator or his staff.)

VA and Got Your 6 announce StorytellersX events across the nation, posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

On the eve of Veterans month, the VA, in collaboration with Got Your 6 and local Community Veteran Engagement Boards, will host a nationwide series of StorytellersX events in November and December. These events feature Veterans sharing their stories of post-military life. For these Veteran storytellers, who have included elected officials, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and educators, the project connects Veterans with their communities, helping to bridge the civilian-military divide.

November 7, 6-7:30 p.m., The General Henry Knox Museum, 30 High St., Thomaston, Maine


President proclaims November Veterans and Military Families Month, Events held nationwide throughout November, VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental AffairsNovember 1, 2017

Today, VA Secretary David Shulkin joined President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for the President’s signing of a proclamation establishing November as Veterans and Military Families Month.


>Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions, VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, November 1, 2017

Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that he is considering possible new presumptive conditions that may qualify for disability compensation related to Agent Orange exposure.


>VA Launches Program Aimed at Providing Veterans More Options in Claims Disagreements, VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, November 2, 2017

WASHINGTON Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will launch the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, or “RAMP,” with the goal of providing Veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA’s decision on their benefit claims.


>Message from Sarah Armentrout, Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports

Dear all, we are pleased to have Scott Monroe for a Veterans Driving Clinic here at Carlisle Academy, Nov 10, from 10am-1pm. All are welcome to attend and find out about more adaptive equestrian sport activities for veterans. Please share with anyone who you know may be interested. A flyer is attached with more details.


Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.7 Percent in October, V.E.T.S newsletter, November 3, 2017

<span “times=”” new=”” roman”‘;’=””>In October 2017, the veteran unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, down from 4.3 percent last October. In comparison, the non-veteran unemployment rate for October 2017 was 3.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted). Additionally, Gulf War II-era veterans (those who served after September 11, 2001) showed a rate of 3.6 percent for the month.<span “times=”” new=”” roman”‘;=”” text-decoration:=”” underline;=”” color:=”” #0563c1;’=””>View the full report<span “times=”” new=”” roman”‘;’=””>.

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Message from Samantha Warren, the University of Maine System

As you may be aware, the University of Maine System proudly serves more than 100 members of the Maine National Guard and nearly 1,300 Veterans or dependents who are using their Veteran parent’s benefits. As part of our commitment to supporting our student and employee Veterans as well as honoring the service of all Veterans in our communities,we are observing Veterans Day with many events across our campuses from Nov. 6-13Highlights include flag raisings, several Veterans luncheons and a service project at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland to ensure the graves of Veterans are properly marked.

I have attached a complete schedule of these events across the System as well as the media advisory we sent out below. Please let me know if you would like to join us in giving our gratitude to those who served or if I can provide additionainformationbout the resources our nationally recognized military friendly campuses provide for Veterans and their dependents. And, please feel free to pass along to your colleagues in your offices or to your constituents.


As always, I am eager to hear from you.Thank you for all that you are doing! Please feel free to call or write.


Best Regards,

Teague Morris
Outreach Director | Senator Angus S. King, Jr., Maine
4 Gabriel Drive, Suite 3 | Augusta, ME 04330
Tel: 207-622-8292 | Tel:1-800-432-1599| Cell: 207-252-8997
Fax: 207-621-0286 |







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