Colleagues and Fellow Veterans, As with the first Friday of each month, the BLS employment statistics were released today. Attached is our monthly ‘cheat sheet’ for your use and information. The national unemployment rate for August 2017 increased slightly from 4.3% to 4.4% and the Veteran unemployment numbers for August 2017 increased from 3.5% to 3.7%. Thanks to all of you who are working directly or indirectly, to ensure our Veterans have meaningful employment. BLS_Employment_Data_August_-_2017.pdf V/R Curtis L. Coy Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity Veterans Benefits Administration U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC 20420 VA Core Values: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence (“I CARE”) Please Remember: If you would like to review prior messages sent through this listserv, click If you would like to research, find, access, and, in time, manage your VA benefits and personal information please visit and/or register at

VET NET NEWS Resource Events & Networking Calendar (Sep-Nov 2017)

Big E Vets Free Day Sept 15

Greetings Team Boston and Beyond:

Attached is a calendar and information update for Veteran/Military member and family services and activities throughout eastern and central Massachusetts.  Please use the attached flyers and notices as needed.

Issues of interest in this edition:

–          New “Forever GI Bill” signed into law

–          Ongoing research studies at VA facilities – paid participation (see attached flyer)

–          Long Lines for Medical Treatment?  Not at the VA!

–          Arredondo Brothers Bridge Dedication, Brookline –Sept 28

–          TRIBUTE TO WOMEN VETERANS -30th Annual Luncheon – Oct 21st

And much more.  Given the large number of events taking place in the next few weeks, I will be sending more flyers for these activities in another message.


Boston Regional Veterans Network  – soon to be established via the sponsorship of Brighton Marine Health Center.  Your participation is encouraged as they lead a collaborative effort to establish this network of care along the lines of the “Unite Us” service model.  A detailed message will follow.

As always, please keep us posted on events and news in your area of operations and thank you for your on-going work to serve America’s finest.  Tell us about your team/organization and send a couple of photos that we can share with all (*please send in text format as well as flyer).


“One Team! One Fight!”



David Hencke, US Dept of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Outreach Coordinator

Director’s Office, VA Boston Healthcare System

O: 857-364-5934; C: 617-275-6101

“VA Boston – Only the Best for America’s Finest!”

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