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Sailing for Wounded Veterans

Do you know of a Veteran who recently returned from Afghanistan or Iraq, who is disabled and new to your area.  As an example, if I knew of such a Veteran living in Long Beach, California and I know the doctors recommended the Veteran should get out and be around other people, how about a day sailing trip with a group? There is a group that offers rides on a sail boat to groups of Disabled Veterans.  But, wait, what about transportation for a Veteran that does not know about the area, how can they get from Long Beach to the sail boat docked at the California Long Beach Harbor?


The National Resource Directory provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.


This website has information about all sorts of resources for veterans for each state. This is a wonderful website and resource that is worth checking out. Go to: . To find resources in your area, go to the dropdown list for Find Information by State or Territory, then click on Go.


Do your part and get the word out to any veteran you know in need of help.


By Rod Kobayashi & Steve Wohl

(revised by MOS webmaster 12/09/2010)

Soldier's Home Needs Help!
I am writing this in an effort to get some assistance for the Soldier's Home located at 1301 Orting-Kapowsin Highway, Orting, WA 98360.
During a conversation with Mrs. Lynn Zemke the Therapeutic Recreation Director at the home. She has stated they have about half the funds they need to do some renovations at the home and were expecting to get matching funds from the state to be able to begin the renovations to help the veteran's that call the facility home. The recent financial down turn has possibly put an indefinite hold on those matching funds.
I have very busy schedule right now and I don't have the time that this project requires be put into making it happen. I am hoping that the MOS can step up as a whole and help these veterans improve their living situation.
I have been to the facility on a couple of different occasions and have plans this April to complete some volunteer work for my FLRP training when my work and training schedule permits.
I think this facility could use some serious expansion in addition to the renovations they are looking to have done. Some people live in rooms barely big enough to hold their hospital bed and a wall locker for their personal effects. I have had larger rooms to myself during my military career.
I have seen some recent episodes of Extreme Home Make-over and I have a thought and could use some help putting it together. They have mentioned on the show that they are looking to help military service members this season.
I think if the members of the MOS can help me get a video together asking the team from Extreme Home Make-over to come to the Orting Soldier's Home and possibly help build a new building on the campus with larger rooms for the resident's as well as improve some of the on site physical therapy facilities it would improve the lives of several military veterans that live there.
I look forward to responses from anyone that can help.  
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Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP)

Fellow MOS members:


I have taken an excerpt from the Headquarters Office EEO & Diversity that discusses the IRS’ requirement for the Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP).  I have also uploaded the current DVAAP plan in our shared documents folder on the MOS site.  This is an interesting read for our fellow disabled veterans, as well as, anyone considering recruitment of disabled vets.  It’s important to know where the IRS stands on Disabled Veteran issues.


Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP)


Federal agencies are required to have an affirmative action program for the recruitment, employment and advancement of disabled veterans and to develop an annual Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) Plans. Agencies must submit a DVAAP accomplishment report to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The report includes efforts used to promote employment and advancement opportunities for disabled veterans as well as certain veterans of the Vietnam era and the post-Vietnam era that are qualified for such employment and advancement. Agency and OPM responsibilities are covered in title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulation part 720, Subpart C, and also 38 United States Code, Section 4214. In the IRS the report is prepared by the Human Capital Office and is submitted to Treasury through the Servicewide EEO and Diversity office.


2006 IRS Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) Accomplishments


IRS Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) Plan FY 2004 - 2009


U.S. Office of Personnel Management Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) Reports

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