New Military hymn released for Veterans Day 2022

Planners for the services, ceremonies and observances of Veterans Day 2022 now have a new resource to consider: a military hymn entitled, “Ever Faithful to the Call.”

Army Korean & Vietnam Combat Engineer, and Composer Tom Lough turned to chaplains, veterans, family members, widows, and church music professionals for their ideas and suggestions in the hymn’s development. Field testing of the hymn in late 2021 provided additional feedback for the final revisions.

The four-verse hymn was sung recently as part of an organ recital in the West Point Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy. Craig Williams, the chapel organist, said, “I feel this hymn has the potential for widespread use in military and civilian settings for Veterans Day and other occasions as well.” “Ever Faithful to the Call” is a hymn that honors the service of our soldiers as they do whatever is necessary to keep us free. Please consider this hymn for use in ceremonies, events, and services for Veterans Day 2022. Share this information with interested others as well.

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News You Can Use

Happy Birthday to the United States Coast Guard The Caregiver Support Program (CSP) is honored to recognize the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) 232nd birthday! The Coast Guard began its service to our nation on August 4, 1790, under President George Washington at the request of Alexander Hamilton. Today, USCG remains “always ready” with more than 44,000 service members.

To our Veterans of the USCG, we thank you for your service. And to our caregivers, thank you for your dedication and commitment to our USCG Veterans. In celebration of USCG’s birthday, we invite you to visit VAntage Point and read the extraordinary stories of Veterans who proudly served in the Coast Guard.

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New Veterans Crisis Line phone number – 988

July 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Effective July 16, Veterans have the option to Dial 988 then Press 1 to connect with caring, qualified responders for 24/7 crisis support.

In response to the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act designating the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, the Department of Veterans Affairs has made it more user friendly to access the Veterans Crisis Line.

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VA and VVA Present: Age-Friendly Care Options Available at VA

As we get older, our health care needs may change. Learn how VA’s age-friendly programs – designed around your wants and needs – can help support you at every stage of life.

VA is partnering with Vietnam Veterans of America on April 6, at noon (ET), for a Facebook Live Event that will showcase how VA is improving and expanding age-friendly health care resources for older Veterans.

During the event, VVA and VA’s Geriatrics and Extended Care team will discuss various programs and services available – including home and community services, residential settings and nursing homes, long term care options and more.

To join, visit VVA’s Facebook page on April 6, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. ET

Veteran Phishing Warning

If you receive a suspicious email from the Department of Veterans Affairs, DO NOT open the email or click on any attachments or links. VA does not send emails asking for personal information, threatening emails, or emails claiming to take adverse actions on claimants or beneficiaries (jail or lawsuits). If you receive any of these emails or are in doubt about any communications appearing to be from VA, please contact VA directly at 1 (800) 827-1000.

Phishing is a type of cyber-attack where the attacker sends a message designed to deceive a person and convince them to reveal sensitive information to the attacker. It is the most common means attackers use to gain unauthorized access to a device to obtain sensitive information.

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VA will propose adding rare cancers to the presumed service-connected list as related to military environmental exposure

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to propose adding certain rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities in relation to military environmental exposure to particulate matter.

VA determined through a focused review of scientific and medical evidence there is biologic plausibility between airborne hazards, specifically particulate matter, and carcinogenesis of the respiratory tract, and that the unique circumstances of these rare cancers warrant a presumption of service connection.

Based on these findings, VA’s Secretary is proposing a rule that will add presumptive service connection for several rare respiratory cancers for certain Veterans. The cancers under consideration include:

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VA proposes updates to rating schedule for respiratory, auditory and mental disorders

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing changes to the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities specifically pertaining to the respiratory, auditory and mental disorders body systems.

The proposed updates to the rating schedule for these conditions will enable VA to incorporate modern medical data and terminology to provide Veterans with more accurate and consistent decisions.

“Veterans who currently receive compensation for a service-connected condition in these body systems will not have their disability rating impacted when the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities is updated,” said Thomas Murphy, Northeast district director, performing the delegable duties of the undersecretary for benefits. “Updating the rating schedule allows Veterans to receive decisions based on the most current medical knowledge relating to their condition.”

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Faith Leaders hosting legal advice clinics

The Knoxville Bar Association is pleased to announce that a Faith and Justice Legal Advice Clinic will be held on February 12, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9919 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN.  The goal of the Faith and Justice Alliance is to build a coalition of faith leaders in the Knoxville area and to host legal advice clinics at places of worship to give people a less intimidating environment to talk to a lawyer. Participants in the Faith & Justice Alliance will invite congregants from their churches, synagogues, and mosques to bring their legal questions as well. 

Please feel free to print and share a copy of our flyer for this event.

The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance is a project of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission.  In the Knoxville area, the program is coordinated by the Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the University of Tennessee College of Law, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, and the generous lawyers, law students, and others volunteering their time and talent.  This is a general advice and referral clinic with volunteers prepared to advise on a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support, and personal injury, among other issues.

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Welcome Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation

We are pleased to announce the first Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation in Minnesota to the VMFC network, Fort Snelling Memorial Chaple Foundation, Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Thank you Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. and Lay Leader Bev Johnson for joining our mission. Blessing to good health

VA telehealth and telecounseling is available and a good way to help veterans who are isolated and alone during this crisis. Please click here to learn more about the VA’s Video Connect Help Desk Support.