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Register For Your CDVA, Operation Welcome Home Benefits

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Attention members of the 129th Rescue Wing, 162nd Combat Communications Group, 149 Combat Communications Squadron and 561 Air Force Band! You may be eligible for federal and state benefits, please register to receive these benefits. Specifically, for members who have served on Title 10 and Title 32 status.

Title 10 status includes national service in missions commanded by and funded by the federal government. Title 32 includes National Guard duty and inactive duty training (required drills and training) under the command of the state governor.

Please read the excerpt from Brig. Gen. Mary J. Kight, the California adjutant general, memorandum for California National Guard servicemembers dated June 14, 2010.

1. California National Guard Servicemembers have continuously answered the nation's call to serve, whether that service has been in the form of Title 10 or Title 32 status. For the most part, service in our military entitles members to federal and state benefits which require registering for those benefits. In addition to registering for your federal benefits, I encourage all qualifying Guard members to register with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) and take advantage of earned state benefits for military service.

2. Registration with the CDVA opens the door to information and assistance in areas such as educations, healthcare, employment services, CalVet farm and home loans, fishing and hunting licenses, and state park and recreation passes. Registering also allows you the opportunity to identify your local county veteran office which serves as another outstanding source for information and assistance.

3. While registering is not mandatory, again, I encourage all qualifying Guard members to register with CDVA. Veterans can complete the registration process by visiting the CDVA website (http://www.cdva.ca.gov/vetservice/reintegration.aspx) or through the CDVA link on the California National Guard homepage (http://www.calguard.ca.gov/pages/default.aspx).

4. A new program for veterans provided by the CDVA, California's Operation Home Program (www.veterans.ca.gov) facilitates the connection of returning veterans with information and assistance for access to those hard-earned benefits. Inspired by veterans, this California program was created in gratitude for service to this country. Veterans have already expressed heartfelt thanks for this new program.

5. Take the time to register for your state and federal veteran benefits!

For more information about the office and its programs please visit the 129 RQW Airman & Family Readiness website at http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/resources/familyreadiness.asp. To View past and present versions of the Post It please go to http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100708-075.pdf