OneSource Benefits Expanded To Serve Recently Separated Veterans Longer

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The Department of Defense has extended the eligibility period for the Military OneSource program. Formerly 180 days, the new timeframe for OneSource eligibility is one year after honorable discharge or retirement from service.

The OneSource program is centered around helping new veterans adjust to civilian life. They have career help, insurance advice, and counseling for the veterans and their families, just to name a few of their transitional services.

This extension went into effect on August 13 of this year, and it is a rare bit of positive VA news. Newly minted veterans can always use a hand getting back into “Civilian Mode.”

Think back to when you had been out of the military for one year. A single year. Did you have your life figured out again? Or were you still searching for work, still feeling distant from family, and still constantly reminding yourself not to have your hackles up all the time?

Many recently discharged veterans move, since their old bases are nowhere near their old hometowns or extended families. Sometimes they are moving their households back stateside from overseas. OneSource has relocation help.

Again, think back to when you or your loved one had just gotten out of the service. Perhaps you are even going through it right now. Moving is stressful enough for civilians, stressful enough when you are staying within the same city as before.

A military relocation is a job and a half compared to that. A military relocation without a military assignment on the other side of it, even more so.

OneSource helps vets file taxes, too. All those exceptions and deductions for military service can really come in handy, but I have got to admit they are dang confusing at times.

If you are reacquainting yourself to a life mercifully free of MREs… but also free of your old unit, your barracks, your prior sense of purpose? Give OneSource a look. The website is a bit sparse, but what it really does is connect you to the people who can help fight your corner.

Counseling Program Director Lee Kelley says OneSource is “powered by people with extensive knowledge and training in meeting the needs of our military community, many of whom have also served or lived in military families.” Boots on the ground, so to speak.

But wait. Why does this change in policy make so much sense? Surely this cannot be correct.

Well, the expansion is in accordance with the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019. In light of the statesman’s recent passing, I have to say, one of our staunchest advocates on the Hill has left behind some pretty big shoes to fill.

Regardless of your overall politics, regardless of how much you agreed with Senator McCain in general, the man brought integrity and accountability to the political sphere, a livelihood typically devoid of either. He was one of us and he fought for us. He served honorably and well. He will be missed.


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  1. Hey Editorial Staff,

    In your thoughts on McCain although you cover all the Dem talking points on the old songbird you skip all the facts that are related to Veterans. You do recall where ground zero for the wait list scandal is?

    Here is a more fitting memory of the War Criminal.

    A tribute to John McCain as song by McCain himself in 1969 as he was selling out America.


  2. Borderline ‘intent” ethics?

    * Trump backers blast treatment of Ivanka and Jared at McCain’s memorial service


    Sep 2nd 2018 1:43PM

    Some supporters of President Trump are speaking out about an alleged lack of regard given to Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner during Arizona Senator John McCain’s memorial service in D.C. on Saturday. 

    According to Politico, there have been complaints about their seating position within the Washington National Cathedral, with former Trump aide Sam Nunberg saying, “It was a very nice gesture by Jared and Ivanka to attend. I find it contemptible that the McCain family couldn’t seat them in a better, more respectable section.” 

    They were reportedly seated in a section with other members of the current administration including chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton as well as former White House officials like John Kerry who was Secretary of State under President Obama. 

    The Politico piece also states that “Trump’s allies groused about Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s presence at an event that portrayed the president in such a negative light, with one person calling their attendance a ‘huge mistake.’” 

    In fact, their very presence was questioned given the lack of invitation extended to President Trump himself. 

    However, the New York Times’ Katie Rogers shed some light on the situation, tweeting: “Ivanka Trump was asked to attend the funeral by @LindseyGrahamSC when they met on Capitol Hill earlier this week and she shared her condolences, per a White House official. Graham said it would be a nice gesture for Ivanka & Jared to attend, but cleared it w/ Cindy McCain first.” 

    1) The NERVE?…. Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner “were” graciously seated in an area much-kinder than I’d would have offered.
    Albeit, the duo, no matter where they sat, recognized & heard the repeated & obviously adequately deserving jabs at “current”” POTUS!?!?

    2) I’m outta the loop, but who the heck is @LindseyGrahamSC to request: ““Ivanka Trump was asked to attend the funeral by @LindseyGrahamSC when they met on Capitol Hill earlier this week and she shared her condolences, per a White House official. Graham said it would be a nice gesture for Ivanka & Jared to attend, but cleared it w/ Cindy McCain first.”

  3. Operator of dog training school charged with fraud, money laundering
    By Guillermo Contreras
    August 22, 2018

    Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a principal figure of a canine-training operation after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges related to fraud and money laundering.

    Bradley Croft, 46, who has said he was a founder of Universal K9, was taken into custody days after his property was the target of a raid by agents with the FBI, and the IRS’ Criminal Investigation division. The agencies would not comment Wednesday, but the Express-News verified the arrest through other sources. The indictment is not yet public but is expected to be released when Croft appears in federal court on Thursday.

    San Antonio Police Department officers assisted. The Express-News confirmed that the Department of Veterans Affairs also was involved in the investigation.

    “Universal K9 specifically outreaches to veterans and offers a two-week K9 Handlers course or a ten-week trainers course in which any veteran may utilize his or her GI Bill to cover 100% of course costs, including the canine,” Universal K9 said in a lawsuit it filed recently against former students.

    It costs $12,500 for a 10-month course, according to exhibits included in the lawsuit.”

    Full Article At: “”

  4. Just Another one of those murderous, thieving VA Nurses who brought her work home.

    VA Dept. nurse admits poisoning husband with eye drops over three days, faces murder rap
    By Robert Gearty | Fox News, September 1, 2018

    “A South Carolina man who appeared to have died of a fall was poisoned with eye drops by his wife who has been charged with murder, according to reports.

    Detectives arrested Lana Sue Clayton, 52, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nurse, Friday in the July 21 death of Steven Clayton at their upscale waterfront home in Clover, The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C. She was also charged with unlawful malicious tampering of food.

    Steven Clayton, 64, was found in the foyer of his home after what appeared to be a fall down the stairs, the paper reported.

    An autopsy determined he died of poisoning, according to the paper. She then confessed to spiking his water with a chemical found in over-the-counter eye drops to relieve redness.”

    Full Article At: “”

    1. Now they really need to look into all veterans deaths at the VA location she worked at.

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