Posted by Julie Richardson

In classrooms all across America, long hours of curriculum are taught, thousands of papers are graded each day, yet teachers still find the time to constantly brainstorm strategies to support their diverse student population. They stay up late answering emails and stay after class to help a struggling student. On any given day, a teacher may wear the hat of educator, mediator, cheerleader, advocate, disciplinarian, nurse, counselor, and so much more. For many of us, there is no greater job!

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter. 

The recent change to the Home Loan Guaranty program aims to improve benefits delivery to Veteran homebuyers.  

Users may now text, call or chat to learn about resources
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) added a text messaging feature to the Women Veterans Call Center on April 23, providing another convenient way for women to seek information about VA benefits, health care and available resources.
Women Veterans can now text 855-829-6636 to receive answers and guidance about VA services.

By Dave Marks, NHTP PAO Public Affairs

Two basic rules of life are: 1. Change is inevitable and 2. Everybody resists change. That’s according to business management guru E. Edwards Deming.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne and his team of military healthcare professionals visited Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms April 17 to brief the command on the launch of the new electronic health record, MHS Genesis, which replaces the stand-alone legacy systems (CHCS, Essentris, Ahlta) and integrates all aspects of care in the military health system into one seamless portal. It connects the provider to the patient and offers a host of user-friendly features from messaging to prescription refills.

by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian T. Glunt, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

Sharing Sailors’ stories and photos with millions of Americans across the country has never been easier, and doing so can help increase Navy awareness nationwide.

The American Connections program tells the Navy’s story in newspapers, on radio and TV stations, in online publications and via social networks through the eyes of individual Sailors by using their local connections to cities and towns across the country. In addition to the recognition the program provides for Sailors and their commands, the stories help Americans throughout the country better understand their Navy, its mission and its contribution to national security.

By Capt. Leanna Maschino

With a faint scent of rusted steel throughout the echoing halls, Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) children and volunteers had a unique opportunity to spend the night in the historic USS Batfish (SS 310) submarine, Friday, in celebration of the Month of the Military Child.

The event, put on by the OKNG's Child and Youth Program, a sub-division of the OKNG's Family Program Office, gave the youngsters a chance to walk through history, listen to stories of past Sailors and sleep where the Sailors slept in the submarine during World War II.

By Master Sgt. Dan DeCook, Air Force Public Affairs Agency

As the permanent change of station peak season approaches, Air Force officials are reminding Airmen to review the Department of Defense policy on transportation of professional gear to avoid costly charges.

“We highly encourage Airmen get one-on-one counseling with their personal property processing office to learn exactly what is and what isn’t considered professional gear,” said Kevin Kennedy, Personal Property Activity deputy director. “Travelers should also carefully read through the Joint Federal Travel Regulation.”

By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2018 President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump invited military mothers and spouses to the White House today in honor of Mothers Day, and the president signed an executive order to enable military spouses to find work more easily in the private and federal sectors.

Mother's Day, which is this Sunday, is celebrated just one time per year, the first lady said to the gathering in the White House East Room. Today, I want to take this opportunity to let you all know that as mothers who are members of the military community, you deserve recognition for not only your love for your children, but for the dedication and sacrifice you make on behalf of our country each and every day, she said.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released a new online feature through the My HealtheVet portal that allows Veterans to access their medical images and associated study reports online.

Called VA Medical Images and Reports, the feature allows Veterans with a premium account to view, download and share copies of their radiology studies, such as X-rays, mammograms, MRIs and CTs, from the VA Electronic Health Record (EHR).

By Suzanna Brugler, NAVSUP GLS, Deputy, Office of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) Household Goods (HHG) provided information and moving tips directed toward Sailors and their families who will be executing a HHG move during the current peak season May 17.

HHG peak season runs from the beginning of May through August.

Start the process early and be flexible.