— AARP selected Maui residents William “Bill” and Lena Staton to receive the 2017 Hawaii Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious state volunteer recognition award. The Andrus Award is an annual award for exemplary volunteer leadership named after AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967), who exemplified AARP’s motto: “To serve, not to be served.” The Statons conceived of and coordinated the “Maui Welcomes Home Her Vietnam Veterans” event on Maui as part of the 50th Commemoration of the …

—   By Mac McLean Cameron Smith has a simple message for the state’s 311,000 veterans: We’re here to help. But he’s having difficulty getting that message across. “Sometimes, our veterans have not been raising their hands,” said Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) since 2013. “We can do a much better job at helping them connect.” Smith launched a series of campaigns two years ago aimed at older, female and LGBTQ veterans. He’s forming new partnerships …

— AARP Louisiana has a Speakers Bureau whose volunteers give presentations on topics such as fraud prevention, caregiving, health care, veterans resources and more. Louisiana is home to about 660,000 family caregivers and more than 290,000 veterans, two-thirds of whom are 50 and older. Louisiana ranked 12th in the nation in incidents of fraud complaints per capita reported to the Federal Trade Commission. To schedule a speaker for your community group, or to become an AARP speaker, call LaTonya Scott at …

— Kentucky is home to more than 300,000 veterans, and nearly 3 out of 4 are 50-plus. AARP Kentucky is committed to supporting the needs of veterans of all generations and helping them through the transitions they face in civilian life. “Veterans and their families, especially those who served in the Vietnam era, often feel forgotten,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP state president. “They value our efforts to bring focus to their service and sacrifice.” In 2017, AARP Kentucky cosponsored the World …

— AARP Oklahoma donated $10,000 to help a veterans organization replace a van that was totaled by a tornado in August. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard Post 7977 in Skiatook travels up to six days a week to attend veterans’ funerals throughout Oklahoma. A 15-person volunteer team performs rifle salutes and flag presentations for family and friends of the deceased. The honor guard relies on community donations to support the program. More than 68,000 AARP members in Oklahoma are …

— AARP Iowa announced on Nov. 10 that it is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across Iowa and nationwide. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as …

— AARP Nebraska is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across Nebraska and nationwide. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as often as the rest of the …

— What follows is a news release from New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, dated November 13, reprinted with permission. Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces a settlement between 24 states, including New Hampshire, and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution. The settlement resolves allegations that VietNow misrepresented its charitable programs to donors.  A receiver will be appointed to dissolve the organization.  The settlement includes an injunction order against VietNow’s directors and officers and …

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— A recent study showed that military veterans are more likely than other Americans to be the victims of scams. The study, conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network, found that more than twice as many veterans as non-veterans lost money to scam artists during the past five years. Some of the scams were aimed specifically at programs and charities geared to veterans. Military veterans are more likely than other Americans to be the victims of scams, a new study shows. The study, …

— AARP North Dakota has joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across North Dakota and nationwide. The goal of Operation Protect Veterans is to educate and protect veterans from losing money to con artists. A new AARP survey …