Military and Veterans Service Alliance
of the Lowcountry South
Carolina

Announcements


Next Partnership Meeting: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11:00am
BJWSA Lucile Fripp Horry Community Room
6 Snake Road, Okatie, SC 29909

All meetings are open to active-duty military members, veterans, and military families; social service, faith-based, and governmental bodies that strive to serve these populations; as well as the general public. 
Please RSVP to the MAVSA Facilitator at TamraMAVSA@Gmail.com. 


Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass

Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country

Many Veterans, with a service connected disability rating, are entering Federal parks for free with the Lifetime National Parks Access Pass from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is another way a grateful nation says thank you for the service and sacrifices of Veterans with disabilities.

Camping under the stars – Credit NPS / Emily Ogden

Camping under the stars – Credit NPS / Emily Ogden                         

The Access Pass admits disabled Veterans and any passengers in their vehicle (non-commercial) at per-vehicle fee areas; and, the pass owner plus three additional adults where per-person fees are charged. In addition to free entry at participating parks, the Access Pass includes discounts on expanded amenity fees; such as camping, swimming, boat launching and guided tours.

Veterans who have a VA disability rating, (10 percent or higher) are eligible for the Lifetime Access Pass—with two ways to apply.

First, disabled Veterans can apply in person at a participating federal recreation site. Simply present photo identification (Drivers license, State ID, Passport) and documentation proving a permanent disability (VA awards letter, VA ID with service connected annotation, VA summary of benefits, or receipt of Social Security disability income). That’s It. The Pass is free and issued at the time of entry.

Second, if applying by mail, send a completed packet and $10 processing fee to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The packet should include:

Pass delivery expected 10-12 weeks after receipt.

Make sure to have photo ID available when using your Lifetime Access Pass and enjoy the majestic scenery and abundant recreational opportunities our National Parks provide. (May 2019)

Subscribe to the VA's Veterans, Family, and Community 
Engagement Newsletter

 
The Newsletter frequency is increasing to once every other week, in order to provide you with more timely resources in our common mission of serving Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors in our communities. If you are interested in receiving this bulletin please subscribe to the VEO Community Engagement link . The VA strongly encourages you to share with engaged individuals in your community networks. Thank you for the incredible work you do every day in service to our Veterans and those who support them. (May 2019)

Douglas Webb
Veterans Experience Office | Veterans, Family, and Community Engagement Directorate |

Data, Insights, and Analytics Division | NC SC VA |
Department of Veterans Affairs

202.552.9346
douglas.webb2@va.gov

Veteran Tickets 

The 
Veteran Tickets Foundation
provides free or discounted event tickets to military, veterans, and families.



PTSD Research Program

The Savannah Veterans Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Research Program is a large scale research study being conducted by Medical University of South Carolina/Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System/University of Michigan Medical School, and VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California San Diego. It is a randomized controlled trial of sertraline, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and their combination in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with PTSD. Veterans who have, or believe they have, symptoms of PTSD and wish to participate in the study should call the Savannah VA clinic at 912-920-0214 ext. 2169.  There are two public service announcements for the study.  They are Veterans PSA and Providers PSA.




Vietnam War Commemoration

In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and "in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War."  The program will span the period from 2015 to 2017.  Go to www.vietnamwar50th.com for more details.


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