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Homefront Help: TRICARE State-Specific e-Alerts

July 18, 2013
By Rita Boland

With the Atlantic hurricane season heading into its most dangerous months, TRICARE beneficiaries have another means for keeping up with the effects to their coverage. The insurance group has created state-specific e-alerts to inform subscribers how TRICARE has been affected during and after severe weather in their areas. Customers can sign up for the notifications at www.tricare.mil/subscriptions.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: USA Battle Buddies

July 11, 2013
By Rita Boland

Canine partners long have provided comfort to humans with a variety of ailments. USA Battle Buddies exists to form those bonds of support between dogs and combat wounded veterans suffering from physical disabilities and emotional stress related to their military service. The goal is to help these former service members transition more easily to civilian life.

Interested veterans can learn about requirements to participate and how to apply online. USA Battle Buddies also offers opportunities for the general public to support its mission. The program accepts European purebred German Shepherds between the ages of 1 1/2 and 3. People also can donate money and supplies.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Happy Fourth of July

July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July from our team at SIGNAL Magazine!

Homefront Help: VA Voluntary Service

June 20, 2013
By Rita Boland

Plenty of people say they support the military, but for those looking to put their money where their mouth is, the VA Voluntary Service offers diverse opportunities to help the nation’s veterans. Though the VA is often associated with hospitals, the organization has various facilities where volunteers can make a difference. To learn more, fill out the form posted on the website; it also has an option for people who would rather make a monetary donation than a time donation. The FAQ page has additional information.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: Klein Tools’ Camo Pliers and $25,000 Donation

June 13, 2013
By Rita Boland

Klein Tools will donate $25,000 in 2013 to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of U.S. service members and wounded warriors. The donations are planned to be outright and not connected to any sales or promotion, but Klein is giving its customers a chance to show their support for the military as well. And the opportunity comes with a fancy, exciting name.

The company has introduced Limited Edition Camouflage 2000 Series High-Leverage Side-Cutting Pliers. To create the tools, Klein transformed the look of its most popular 2000 Series Side-Cutting Pliers with a plastic-dipped camouflage handle design and a black-oxide plier head with a laser-etched “Support Our Troops” logo. The items all will be manufactured in the United States.

Anyone who wants to order a set should visit the company’s Distributor Locator to find a store that carries them, because the tools are not available online. So hurry on down for pliers full of pride, just don’t drop them in any wooded areas.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: Veterans Charity Challenge

June 6, 2013
By Rita Boland

The Veterans Charity Challenge is giving away $100,000 to charities that support the military community. But that’s only the beginning. Because of the way the contest is set up, participating groups will raise other money for their causes along the way, resulting in higher contribution totals. Here’s how it works.

Craigconnects and The Rahr Foundation are celebrating the former’s two-year anniversary by awarding monetary prizes to fundraising teams that bring in the most donations between noon Eastern on May 23 and July 3. In addition to the top three overall prizes of $35,000, $25,000 and $15,000, an additional $25,000 will be given to charities throughout the campaign as weekly Bonus Challenges. Donors can win prizes along the way, too.

Everyone can participate in the Veterans Charity Challenge by registering a fundraising page on CrowdRise and collecting for U.S.-based 501(c)3s with missions that benefit veterans’ causes and military families. People who want to take part can join an existing team, create their own team or donate online. Download the complete rules for more details.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: Amtrak Discounts

May 16, 2013
By Rita Boland

Woo Woo! All aboard! And first in line! Amtrak offers a 10 percent military discount to active-duty troops and their dependents on the lowest available fare on most trains. Troops in uniform also are welcome to jump to the head of the ticket line.

The rail service also has Veterans Advantage card program for veterans, active duty military personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserve and next of kin family members. The program requires a paid membership and includes discount on Amtrak and with other vendors. If you take advantage of the free 30-day trial period, be aware you must opt out of the program at the end or you will be billed from then on.

With air traffic controllers on furloughs and security lines getting ever longer, now might be the perfect time to try a trip by train.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: Veteran Tickets Foundation

May 9, 2013
By Rita Boland

An empty seat at a big production does no one any good. So, the Veteran Tickets Foundation provides free or discounted tickets for all sorts of shows and events to members of the military community. Organization personnel work with leagues, groups and venues to obtain the passes and also accept donations of tickets or funds from the general public. The military community can check out the Events section to find out which shows and games are or will be available. To request tickets, users must create an account with the website.

Through the Hero’s Wish program, certain troops, veterans and families of service members killed in action can ask one time for specific tickets to a single event and donors will help to fulfill the request.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: Building for America’s Bravest

May 2, 2013
By Rita Boland

Helping troops wounded in battle is not only patriotic, it also can be a lot of fun. The Gary Sinise Foundation puts on or takes part in many events to help build the community around troops and first responders. One of its initiatives is the Building for America’s Bravest program to construct smart homes for severely wounded veterans. Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are touring in 2013 to help raise the funds necessary for the effort by selling tickets and seeking sponsorships and donation. The next concert takes place May 10 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Florida, to help Sgt. Michael Nicholson, USMC, who became a triple amputee and has traumatic brain injury after being hurt by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

More concerts are scheduled throughout the year across the country. Go rock out for a great cause!
 

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: My HealtheVet

April 18, 2013
By Rita Boland

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering My HealtheVet as the personal health record to help veterans, active-duty troops, dependents and their caregivers partner better with their health care teams. Members of the military community who have not accessed their account in a while will find upgraded features including different levels of accounts. Eligible personnel who have never created an account may want to apply for one now to access all the benefits available.

Options available to site visitors include direction to the most popular features, including the most requested forms. The enhanced Blue Button adds several categories of information from the VA Electronic Health Record. Or veterans can request a handbook personalized to their particular needs.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

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