Expanded "No Proof of Good Health" period for VGLI

As of November 1, 2012, separating servicemembers will have even more time, 240 days, from their date of separation to apply for Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) without providing proof of good health. After the 240-day “no health” period, separating servicemembers will still have an additional eight months to apply for VGLI, but must then provide proof of good health. The extension of the “no health” period from 120 to 240 days is based on findings by VA that the initial 120 days after separation is not enough time for many servicemembers to assess their life insurance needs.

VA has extended the use of the old VAF 21-22 until further notice

VA has extended the grace period allowing ROs and PMCs to accept the older June 2009 version of the VA Form 21-22, Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant’s Representative, until further notice. The reason for the delay is that VA is still programming VONAPP Direct Connect (VDC) to accept the new VA Form 21-22.

Joliet CBOC is moving and expanding in Spring 2013

From a VA flyer:

The Joliet Community-Based Outpatient Clinic will be expanding and moving from 2000 Glenwood Avenue, Joliet to a "new, much larger location at 1201 Eagle Street, Joliet".

The Joliet CBOC is open weekdays from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. It offers the following services:

Vets get 1.7% COLA starting 1 December 2012

The increase in COLA affects VA compensation for disabled veterans and surviving spouses. The COLA bill ties the rate for veterans' COLA to increases in Social Security compensation, which are determined each year by the consumer price index, or CPI.

Position available

3rd Shift Sanitation Group Lead- Starting rate is $18.00 (May be higher, depends on experience)
· Must be experienced with sanitation standards within food industry.
· Must be willing to work overtime.
· Bilingual is a plus (Spanish)
3rd Shift Maintenance Mechanic- Starting rate can be anywhere from $15.00 to $21.00)
· Must have electric, motor, machine trouble-shooting experience.
· Food Industry experience is a plus.
· Bilingual (Spanish) is a plus.
· Must be willing to work overtime.

Please see


for further information

Google+ hub for Vets

Google has built a Google+ hub called VetNet to help veterans and their spouses find civilian jobs. Please see http://goo.gl/0A2zO for more information.

Home Depot Civilian Career Workshop

As part of our strong, ongoing commitment to America's military, The Home Depot is proud to announce a special one-day event across the nation: Mission:Transition.

Unlike a job fair, these Civilian Career Workshops focus on helping service members and veterans transition successfully into the workforce in any industry. With service at the center of our core values, we are proud to arm service men and women with knowledge and resources to navigate a successful transition into a meaningful career. It is our goal to serve the military community.

College of DuPage Women Veterans Fair

There will be a free Illinois Women Veterans Fair hosted from Noon to 4:15 pm on Saturday, October 27th at the Student Services Center at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Please email womenveterans@cod.edu or womenveterans@illinois.gov for more information or to register for the event. There will be workships on PTSD/MST, resiliency, and transitioning to civilian life.

Online Toolkit Aims to Support Mental Health Providers Serving Veterans in the Community

From a VA Press Release dated today -

The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new online Community Provider Toolkit (www.mentalhealth.va.gov/communityproviders) aimed at delivering support, therapeutic tools, and resources to community providers treating Veterans for mental health concerns.

Another scam targeting veterans

Please be aware of a scam targeting veterans.

A veteran from another state has reported receiving a call from someone
named "James" who congratulated him on his VRAP approval. He advised him

that he knew the exact amount he was approved for and that the $8500
would be directly deposited into his account within 45 minutes of him
giving his banking account number and routing number and paying $205 for

the service fee. This person is not affiliated with the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA). VA will never call you and ask for private

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