U.S. Department of Transportation Co-Sponsors Month-Long National Online Dialogue on Transportation Issues

U.S. Department of Transportation Co-Sponsors Month-Long National Online Dialogue on Transportation Issues Affecting Veterans, Military Service Members, and Their Families May 7-June 8

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Invites You to Participate in a National Online Dialogue on Veterans Transportation

“Strengthening Transportation Choices So We Can Serve
Those Who Have Served Their Country”

America’s fighting forces and military personnel stationed around the world do a superb job of protecting our rights and freedoms here at home by performing their duty every day, and as a grateful nation, we must do ours.

Now more than ever, we must address the family, home, and community challenges facing our all-volunteer force as thousands return home, and as thousands more seek jobs, education, and medical care for themselves and their loved ones. Many of them have indicated they lack access to transportation for work, school, medical care, other health services and recreation or leisure activities.

That’s why President Obama has directed that the U.S. should deliver the best possible transition services for personnel returning to civilian life—and offer new avenues of support for other veterans here at home, including access to reliable, affordable, accessible transportation.

Over the past six months, the Administration has committed over $60 million for innovative projects and partnerships around the U.S. that will enhance access to local transportation services that meet the needs of returning service members, including wounded warriors, veterans, and their families. (Learn more about these investments.) This vitally important effort will help these men and women connect with the opportunities they need and deserve—from jobs and job training centers to schools, hospitals, day care centers, and recreation. But, we know more can be done to help communities and service providers connect with this population. So we need to hear from everyone—individuals and their trusted stakeholders as well as local transportation providers and community leaders. This is why we are holding a national online conversation about the best ways to address the transportation challenges.

We want to listen closely to the men and women who are returning to civilian life, pursuing jobs, and education, and settling children in school—and to our wounded warriors who face additional challenges. We also want to listen to all who strive to serve them. Learn more about “Strengthening Transportation Choices So We Can Serve Those Who Have Served Their Country” or visit www.projectaction.org starting May 7 to register and add your voice to the conversation!

ATTENTION! All Veterans and Active Duty Personnel

From the desk of Ron Silva, BIC

Please help spread the word about the seminars and help us educate as many veterans as possible before they enter the home buying market.

Did You Know…

~100% Financing available for a new home using a VA Loan- up to $625,500.00

~Refinance your existing VA Loan- No appraisal required

~Refinance to a VA Loan- Cash out up to 90% of the appraised value of the property, maximum value of $625,500.00

~You can use your VA Certificate more than once

Attend a FREE educational seminar to learn more about your VA Home Loan benefit

Saturday April 28th 10:00 am–12:00 pm

J. Walter Cameron Center ~ 95 Mahalani St Wailuku, HI 96793

Call 357-4444 – to R.S.V.P

 

Please Note The Current Information Regarding DD-214.

Please pass on to other vets.

It’s official; DD-214’s are NOW On-line.

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following web site for veterans to gain access to their DD-214’s

on-line: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.

Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.

Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the on-line web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records center mail room and processing time.

Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.

Vietnam Veteran’s Education Center

Vietnam Veteran’s Education Center

For the past year I have been volunteering for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington D.C.

I collected photos of all 42 Maui County Fallen Soldiers from the Vietnam War. The goal is to find a photo of each Soldier whose name is etched on the Wall, all 58,272 of them. To date over 30,000 photos have been submitted including all the Maui County Soldiers.

After submitting each photo to the Virtual Wall in Washington D.C. I was asked by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund if I

could help raise money to honor the Maui Soldiers to build the Education Center. The Center will break

ground Veterans Day 2012, the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. They have

asked for $1,000 per Soldier, $42,000. The Education Center will be an underground facility adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. It will teach future generations about the Vietnam War and display the hundreds of thousands of memorabilia that have been left at

the Wall for the past 30 years.

VVMF is a non profit organization, all funds donated have been private, there is no government funding.

If you would like to make a donation to honor the Maui Soldiers please make all checks out to:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund c/o Paul Laub President Maui County Council

1003 Front St. Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

He will forward the checks to me to be recorded, then they will be sent to VVMF immediately.

If you prefer to use a credit card go to www.vvmf.org/thewall at the top right of the homepage click on Donate Now.

If you use this method of payment please email Paul Laub at mauilaub@aol.com to report the amount so I may

record the donation for Maui County.

Thanking you in advance for honoring our Maui boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Aloha and Mahalo Janna Hoehn

Notice of Hearing

The Senate Committees on: Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs; Judiciary; and Health will hear HB2798, relating to a veterans treatment court, on 3/21/12 at 10am in room 016.

The instructions for submitting testimony are listed at the bottom of each hearing notice. Please note that the contact information and locations to submit testimony is unique to each committee.

If you have any questions or need help submitting testimony, please feel free to contact me at 586-8455 or militarypkg@capitol.hawaii.gov.

STATE BILLS COMMENT PERIODS

Attached is the updated measure tracking report and two new Notices of Hearing.

The Senate Committee on Health will hear HB1723, relating to the Tricare Program, on 3/16/12 at 1:30pm in room 229.

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection will hear the following bills on 3/29/12 at 9am in room 229:

HB2257, Relating to Professional and Vocational Licensing (military spouses)

HB2258, Relating to Professional and Vocational Licensing (consider military training)

The instructions for submitting testimony are listed at the bottom of each hearing notice. Please note that the contact information and locations to submit testimony is unique to each committee.

If you have any questions or need help submitting testimony, please feel free to contact me at 586-8455 or militarypkg@capitol.hawaii.gov.