Thursday, May 3, 2018

Message from the Director

Greetings and Welcome to May!

Memorial Day will be here before you know it. Thank you for sharing your activities and events! With your help, we have been able to assemble a very full calendar for this month. Click here if you wish to review it:

We're getting a lot of interest early on about Memorial Day events. In Fernley, the ceremony starts on Monday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. In southern Nevada, I will be attending the ceremony in Boulder City, also scheduled on Monday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget the "Flag-In" events at both cemeteries! This ensures an American flag is placed on each gravesite. This year, the "Flag-In" events will be held on Saturday, May 26. For more detail, including the times and locations to meet inside the cemeteries, click here:

I also want to thank everyone in southern Nevada who turned out for our free, two-day Nevada Veterans Advocate (NVA) workshop in Henderson! There was record-breaking attendance and interest; we're already planning the next free event. It will be in held in October in Elko. We will share times, dates, location as soon as this information is available.

As an NVA, you are a specially trained volunteer who can be of tremendous help to veterans or military members. The training allows you to assist in connecting these individuals to earned benefits, resources or programs. If you cannot attend the next free training, you are always welcome to become an NVA by taking our online course! Visit here to learn more:

Speaking of advocates, the United Veterans Legislative Council is ramping up to take the concerns and issues identified in our recent Veterans Legislative Symposia in Reno and Las Vegas to Nevada lawmakers. The Nevada Department of Veterans Services will have a report on the Symposia that we will post to our website soon.

Finally, we received very positive news recently from the federal government regarding construction funding for our new Northern Nevada State Veterans Home! We learned we will receive more than $33 million dollars in a new VA construction grant this year! Click the link below to find out why a federal rule change, championed by Senator Dean Heller and supported by our Congressional delegation, made all the difference in the world!
The new veterans' home is being built in Sparks, Nevada. Its completion remains on schedule, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for December 2018!  It's my belief this project would have never happened without the leadership of Governor Sandoval, all our elected leaders and you!

Kat Miller

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