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VA launches Make the Connection

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Make the Connection, a new campaign launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is creating ways for veterans and their family members to connect with the experiences of other veterans – and ultimately to connect with information and resources to help them confront the challenges of transitioning from service, face health issues, or navigate the complexities of daily life as a civilian. The campaign’s central focus is a website, www.MakeTheConnection.net, featuring numerous veterans who have shared their experiences, challenges, and triumphs. It offers a place where veterans and their families can view the candid, personal testimonials of other veterans who have dealt with and are working through a variety of common life experiences, day-to-day symptoms, and mental health conditions. The website also connects veterans and their family members with services and resources that may help them live more fulfilling lives. At MakeTheConnection.net, veterans and their family members can explore information on mental health issues and treatment – and easily access support – in comfort and privacy, anywhere and anytime. Visitors to the website can customize and filter their online experience, directly connecting with content that is the most relevant to their own lives and situations. VA’s Make the Connection campaign is raising awareness through public service announcements, advertising and partnerships with veterans service organizations and mental health service providers nationwide. For more information, visit www.MakeTheConnection.net, or VA’s mental health services website at www.mentalhealth.va.gov.

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Governor Quinn Honors Illinois Veterans - Attends Memorial Ceremonies in Chicago, Rock Island and Marseilles

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CHICAGO – November 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn celebrated Veterans Day by honoring IllinoisVeterans and servicemembers at four memorial ceremonies across the state. Governor Quinn unveiled thePortrait of Soldier Memorial exhibit at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus and in Moline. He alsoattended the City of Chicago Veterans Day event and the dedication of the Fallen Soldiers Tree Memorial atIllini State Park in Marsellies.

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Vouchers for Veterans, and Other Bad Ideas

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And that’s just one of the Republicans’ really bad health care ideas.

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Columbia Actively Recruits Veterans

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A recruiter visits Marine bases to interview potential students, and finds they present a stark and mostly pleasant contrast with the standard 18-year-old.

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Sunday Dialogue: Ideas for Cutting Military Spending

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Readers respond to a former assistant secretary of defense’s suggestions for Pentagon cuts.

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Did you know?

Military Funeral Honors ceremonies must be scheduled in advance.

The law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, which includes the folding and presentation of the United States flag and the playing of “taps,” upon the family’s request. This Department of Defense program calls for the funeral director to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family.