FSUSA NEWSLETTER / DECEMBER 24, 2021

December 23, 2021

Christmas is a time of joy… and sometimes a few challenges. This week’s Freedom Sings USA's Newsletter gives you some news that might help veterans and their families through the holidays and into the new year. Read more here.

NORAD TELESCOPE LAUNCH ON COLLISION COURSE WITH SANTA?:

Santa may need to put his reindeer on high alert this Christmas Eve to avoid a collision with NASA's long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope as it's being launched from a base in French Guiana.

LINK HERE:

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/12/21/norad-track-santa-hoping-hes-not-hit-telescope-launch-christmas-eve.html

FINDING THE JOY.HOLIDAY HELP FOR VETS WITH PTSD:

The winter holiday season is regarded by many as a wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can be a painful reminder of past times when life seemed better, or maybe worse. Family gatherings and other holiday events may be stressful for someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

LINK HERE:

https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/54878/helping-veterans-cope-ptsd-holidays/

IMMEDIATE HELP FOR VETS IN CRISIS:

In a time of crisis, the Veterans Crisis Hotline is here 24/7. There are a lot of groups who can offer vets a community of support. But in a crisis situation, there is no better place to turn than the official Veterans Crisis Hotline. If you or a loved one are in crisis, please don't hesitate to call.

Call now:

800-273-8255 (PRESS 1)

OR visit website:

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net

SOMETIMES HELPING OTHERS IS A GREAT WAY TO HELP OURSELVES:

We need to look out for each other. Not only because it the right thing to do, but also because it's the healthy thing to do. Sometimes the best way to combat depression and isolation is to volunteer with groups like Habitat for Humanity and others.

LINKS FOR VETERANS WHO WANT TO VOLUNTEER:

https://www.ihelpchattanooga.org/need/detail/?need_id=647250

https://www.habitat.org/volunteer/near-you/veterans-build

PANDEMIC PROTECTION: GI BILL HOUSING BENEFITS EXTENDED:

Veterans receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will get their full housing stipends through the spring even if classes are forced to go back online (under a bill signed Tuesday by President Joe Biden). The bill, dubbed the R.E.M.O.T.E. Act, extends a COVID-19 pandemic protection for student veterans.

LINK HERE FOR MORE INFO:

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/12/21/pandemic-protection-vets-using-gi-bill-housing-benefit-extended-june.html

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