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— The federal government is urging some 133,000 veterans who had money improperly withheld from their severance payments for combat-related injuries or other disability compensation to apply for tax refunds. In some cases the improper withholding dates as far back as 1991. The Department of Defense (DOD) is sending letters to the eligible veterans this month, stating the amount of the disability payment and telling them what to do to receive a refund. Survivors of veterans who would have been eligible …

— Virginia Beach, Virginia – Virginia residents reported 7,656 cases of identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission during 2017, yet a new AARP survey finds that almost half of consumers ignore experts’ recommendations to regularly shred their sensitive financial records. . That’s why AARP Virginia is offering free on-site document shredding from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 during a Fraud Watch Network Event. Leading identity theft expert Frank Abagnale will be the keynote speaker for the event …

— AARP Mississippi is inviting all Veterans in the area to attend the AARP Veterans Town Hall on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will be held at the Brown Mississippi Baptist Church, 980 Stateline Road East in Southaven. Veterans may bring one guest. Lunch will be served. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reported that 219,000 Veterans resided in Mississippi. AARP Mississippi seeks to bring together Veterans of all eras to …

— Donna Cavill of Escanaba served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, part of that in the Desert Storm combat phase of the Gulf War. As if the intensity and danger that come with combat service are not enough, Cavill recalled how she was treated as a second class citizen in Saudi Arabia because she is a woman. “Women weren’t even allowed to drive,” she said, shaking her head. It’s for military veterans like Donna who put their lives …

— Kentucky Traveling Vietnam Wall Joins Friday After 5 for Veterans Spotlight in Owensboro New memorial honoring Kentucky’s fallen and POW/MIA in Vietnam War on public display in Owensboro’s riverfront McConnell Plaza before and after Friday After 5. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky’s replica of the Vietnam Wall makes its first trip to Owensboro as part of Friday After 5’s Veterans Spotlight celebration. The Traveling Kentucky Vietnam Wall includes the names of 1,105 Kentuckians killed in the Vietnam War, taken prisoner, or still …

— Please join AARP Michigan as we honor and support veterans, military and their families by connecting them to benefits and resources at two free events in the Upper Peninsula on July 12 and 13. At these events, AARP Michigan will host the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to pass along information to veterans  about benefits earned through their service. There will be representatives from a variety of veterans service providers through the local Veteran Community Action Team to talk about benefits and answer …

— Batter up! Please join AARP Oklahoma as we honor our local military and veterans at the Tulsa Drillers’ July 5 baseball game. Veteran and Military Appreciation Night will be held at OneOK Field, 201 N Elgin Ave., Tulsa. All veterans and military personnel receive two free field reserved game tickets with presentation of a military ID at the Drillers’ box office. A free fireworks show will be held after the game concludes. The Drillers will face the Midland RockHounds with …

— By Kim Keister Brian T. Smith served the American people for more than 30 years. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and retired as a Navy captain, saw combat and received a number of military awards. Smith, who turns 57 this month, has pivoted to serve in a different way. He advocated for military retirees and disabled veterans during this year’s Maryland General Assembly session. “There was a connection to give back to the community and state by going to …

— Once again, AARP Tennessee and AARP Kentucky are cosponsoring a Welcome Home festival for veterans. The event will run Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 12-16, in Clarksville, Tenn., home to Fort Campbell, on the border between the two states. The festival will feature the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a parade, food and wine tastings and a concert. The celebration honors everyone who served in the armed forces and is open to the public, with some free and some ticketed events. More …

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— Once again, AARP Kentucky and AARP Tennessee are cosponsoring a Welcome Home festival for veterans. The event will run Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 12-16, in Clarksville, Tenn., home to Fort Campbell, on the border between the two states. The festival will feature the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a parade, food and wine tastings and a concert. The celebration honors everyone who served in the armed forces and is open to the public, with some free and some ticketed events. More …