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Backlog of veterans claims dips below 100,000 cases

The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently reported that disability claims have fallen below 100,000 cases, showing that the efforts made in modernizing their systems are paying off.

New Tricare Drug Prices Take Effect Oct. 1, Pentagon Says

Due to changes with Tricare, Military families and retirees who regularly refill some brand-name medications at retail pharmacies will need to either switch to home delivery, get their drugs at a military treatment facility or start paying for them out of pocket beginning October 1.

Martinsburg VAMC Hosting Open House

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold an open house for all Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) Veterans showcasing the new OEF/OIF/OND clinic on Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Professional Development Opportunity

Massachusetts General Hospital's Psychiatry Academy is offering a free, 11.5 CME/CE online seminar, "Mental Health Care for Family Members of Post 9/11 Veterans: Practical Approaches to Addressing the Impact of the Invisible Wounds of War on Families," starting September 14th. Click on the image to register.

PGCC: Veterans Welcome Back Week

September 8th through September 11th, Prince George's Community College and the Veterans Upward Bound Program host "Veterans Welcome Back Week."

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched two new no-cost training programs. The Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, which are designed to help transitioning Service members and Veterans from all eras learn the skills they need, as well as earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.

10 Back-to-School Deals for Military Families

With the start of the new school year, there are numerous deals available for military families which provide them with discounts and other resources to make this school year a success.

MD Gold Star Mothers Crab Feast

Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter is sponsoring their annual Crab Feast and Bull Roast Sun September 20th in Chesapeake Beach, Md. Tickets cost $55 per person. Contact Lee Ann at to purchase tickets.

Veterans Writing Project Seeking Participants

Veterans Writing Project is seeking participants for their free 2 day workshop September 19th and 20th. Applications must be submitted by Friday September 11th. For more information, go to

Comedy Bootcamp for Vets

The Armed Services Art Partnership (ASAP) is offering a free 6 week Comedy Bootcamp class for interested Veterans starting Sept 27th. For more information, go to

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