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Blue Star Museums

Fourth Season of Blue Star Museums Kicks Off with Over 2,000 Museums Nationwide Offering Free Admission to Military Service Members and Their Families, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums for a complete list of participating museums.Full Story

Joining Forces

On Tuesday, April 12, first lady Michelle Obama announced “Joining Forces,” an initiative to support the unique challenges faced by troops and military Families.Full Story

Military veterans to get priority for police jobs under COPS grants

Federal grant program to put more cops on the street emphasizes jobs for military veterans who served after 9/11.Full Story

Virginia Wounded Warrior Program

Enhancing the Quality of Life for Virginia’s Veterans, Service Members and their Families.Full Story

Helping Employers Connect to Job Seeking Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

In June 2011, Dr. Biden launched the Military Spouse Employment Partnership with close to 60 companies. Full Story

AOS announces the arrival of the Virtual Resiliency Campus
The AOS Virtual World is the next generation of innovation for virtual world services and resources designed to serve Soldiers and Families worldwide.
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Army OneSource introduces Money Matters Mobile!
Money Matters Mobile is available now! Access the new financial readiness application through your SmartPhone browser today and begin taking steps to ...
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Bureau Gets Service Members Debt Relief From Predatory Lender
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 13 state attorneys general obtained about $92 million in debt relief from Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver...
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Welcome to Virginia Community Support

Hello and welcome to the Virginia Community Support page. My name is Laura and I am the Community Support Coordinator for Virginia. My goal with Army OneSource is to provide resources and support services and to implement a proactive and integrated program to ensure all customers receive the same quality of service and support from the closest component resource.

MyFreeTaxes

MyFreeTaxesVeterans and active duty military can join millions of their fellow Americans and save money at tax time. MyFreeTaxes provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance both online and in person for qualified individuals and families earning $58,000 or less. MyFreeTaxes.com is the only free online tax preparation and filing service available in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., allowing users to file both a federal and state return no matter where they live. Learn more at myfreetaxes.com/ArmyOneSource.

These cities have an IRS certified tax coach onsite in a Veterans organization to assist Service members, Veterans and their Family members with preparing their own taxes through MyFreeTaxes.

  • Washington DC – VA Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center
  • Dallas, TX – Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center
  • Atlanta, GA – Ft. McPherson Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center
  • Nashville, TN - Operation Stand Down
  • Detroit, MI – VA Hospital & Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center
  • Jacksonville, FL – City of Jax Department of Military Affairs & Veterans Services
  • Chicago, IL – Workforce Centers promoting through Veterans staff
  • Los Angeles, CA – Workforce Centers promoting through Veterans staff

MyFreeTaxes Flyer

 

Download the MyFreeTaxes Flyer for more information.







Our Military Kids - National Guard Families Eligible for Grants!

Our Military KidsAttention National Guard Families! Our Military Kids wants to help your family through this deployment. 

If you have a child ages 5 to 18 whose parent is currently deployed overseas with the National Guard (180-day deployments for Army, 120-day deployments for Air), your child is eligible for a grant. The grants, which can be up to $500, will pay for up to six months of an extracurricular activity of your choice. This includes sports, fine arts, and tutoring programs – almost any activity other than religious programs, daycare, and private school tuition.

The process is simple.

Click here to select the appropriate one page application.

  • Download and complete the application, send it to Our Military Kids – along with copies of three supporting documents:

1) A copy of the Title 10 deployment orders;

2) A form of ID for your child that proves dependency to the service member – we accept a Military ID, birth certificate, or 1172 DEERS form;

3) Fee/pricing information that clearly states the cost of the activity of your choice – a flyer, brochure, invoice, etc.

  • After Our Military Kids receives your application and documents, a check is sent within 14 days directly to the service provider of the activity.

Visit Our Military Kids FAQ page for any questions. If you don’t see an answer to your question, call the Our Military Kids office at (703) 734-6654.  Keep in mind – Our Military Kids can only provide grants to children with a parent who is currently deployed – if your service member has yet to deploy, or has already returned home, the child is not eligible.

Our Military Kids looks forward to recognizing our littlest warriors for their service to our country!



Published October 26, 2012
Associated Press

WASHINGTON –  The students in the Saturday morning class trickle in and, as they introduce themselves around a table, reveal far more intimate biographies than just name and hometown.

One confesses to demons he struggles to control. Another says he's here to find a community. "Forgive me," an Iraq war veteran begins haltingly. "I have to use notes. I have a brain injury."

The students are participants in a veterans writing seminar at George Washington University, where for two days they immerse themselves in the basics of the craft and learn how to plumb for therapeutic and creative purposes their experiences in places like Iraq, Bosnia and Vietnam. The class is a non-credit weekend seminar open to veterans and their relatives, but the university plans to soon adapt the model into a for-credit semester-long course for student veterans.

The seminar is part of a trend of veterans-only courses offered at colleges and universities, part of a concerted effort to cater to a population that tends to be older, more experienced and farther removed from the classroom than traditional undergraduates.

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eknowledge and MLB Players Hit a Home Run, Donate $200 SAT and ACT Test Prep Programs to Military Families

Spring Training isn’t just for athletes – study for the upcoming SAT and ACT exams now! 

Thanks to the support of professional athletes from MLB, eKnowledge is donating $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ Programs to help students prepare for college entrance exams.

The eKnowledge SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ programs come in a single DVD and include more than 11 hours of video instruction, 3000 files of  supplemental test prep material, sample questions, and  practice tests.  Students select the training they need and study at their own pace.  PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

The donation project is in alliance with the Department of Defense, and supported by 75 groups, athletes and organizations. eKnowledge has donated 200,000 programs with a value of $38 million at no profit to the company.

To order your donated DVD online:  www.eKnowledge.com/USO 
to order by telephone call: 951-256-4076
NOTE:  you must use this special link to obtain the Military discount!

*There is a nominal charge of $17.55 per standard SAT or ACT program for the cost of materials, processing, distribution and customer service. 



2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 to reach important community resources such as disaster information, opportunities to volunteer, and various community services. 

For more information, visit 211.org or search the 2-1-1 online resource directory in your state. 

West Virginia 211 
www.wv211.org 
Email: info@wv211.org

Virginia 211
www.211virginia.org
Hearing Impaired Users:
Dial 711 for Virginia Relay 
then dial 2-1-1
VideoPhone users dial 1-800-230-6977



State Operation Recognition-Diploma Program West Virginia: Under State Code §18-2-34

State Operation Recognition-Diploma Program West Virginia:  Under State Code §18-2-34 provides for the awarding of high school diplomas, either by the county board in the county in which the Veteran resides or the county in which the Veteran would have received his or her diploma, whichever location the Veteran chooses, to any surviving World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, or Vietnam Conflict Veteran who meets eligibility requirements. 

Click Here for eligibility and application instructions http://www.veterans.wv.gov/Pages/OperationRecognition.aspx.



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VetConnection

Find various resources for Veterans and their Family Members at VetConnection.  

Resources at VetConnection:

  • jobs
  • healthcare
  • job training
  • education
  • housing assistance
  • financial guidance
  • legal advice
  • more

For more information visit www.vetconnection.org.



US Dept. of Labor-West Virginia Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

The purpose of the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.

Click here for more information.