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Commemorative Book for Korean Veterans - Friday, April 04, 2014

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is distributing  special books to those veterans who served in the Korean conflict.

"Korea Reborn: A Grateful National Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth" is available for free to Korean War Veterans as a gift of gratitude from the Korean Government. 

The book is printed in the United States and paid for by the South Korean government. 

If you are a Korean veteran or family member of a Korean veteran and are interesting in obtaining a copy, 
please email veteran@la.gov 

If you would like to view the book online, please visit http://www.remembermyservice.com/Downloads/Korea-Reborn-Book-Preview.pdf 



 
Governor Jindal declares March 29, 2014 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in Louisiana - Saturday, March 29, 2014

Governor Jindal has declared Saturday, March 29, 2014 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in the State of Louisiana. 


 
LDVA PARTNERS WITH ACADIAN AMBULANCE TO HIRE VETERANS - Thursday, March 20, 2014
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2014

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS PARTNERS WITH ACADIAN AMBULANCE, ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO GARNER SUPPORT FROM LOUISIANA EMPLOYERS FOR HIRING VETERANS

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today a new initiative to secure support from Louisiana employers to hire Veterans, service members and military dependents.  This initiative seeks to streamline efforts to connect Veterans with employment opportunities with a goal of lowering unemployment rates among the Louisiana Veteran population.  

"With the U.S. Department of Defense proposing massive cuts to troop levels, we can expect the number of Veterans seeking civilian employment opportunities to rise sharply in the near future," says Rodney Alexander, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  "By partnering with companies like Acadian Ambulance that actively support hiring Veterans, we hope to connect more of our former service members with career opportunities for themselves and their families."

“Acadian Ambulance was founded in 1971 by employing medics returning from Vietnam.  The incredible training and work ethic of these veterans set the foundation for our company.  We are pleased to join the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in this initiative.  Acadian has a tremendous need for employees to fuel the growth in all of our divisions and we actively recruit veterans because they make phenomenal employees,” said Richard Zuschlag, chairman and CEO of Acadian Ambulance Service and Acadian Companies.

The new LDVA initiative will take a three-tiered approach to connecting Louisiana Veterans with job opportunities.  First, LDVA will actively seek statements of support from Louisiana employers that are willing to establish goals for hiring Veterans.  LDVA will establish a database of companies committed to recruiting and hiring Veterans and their family members and will promote these corporate pledges across the state.

Secondly, LDVA will provide assistance to employers as they seek to connect with Veteran job seekers including sharing of state resources, outreach efforts, recruiting event coordination and promotion, and more.  Finally, LDVA will work with Louisiana Veterans and their families to educate them on high demand careers within the state and will seek to connect them with educational programs and benefits as well as on the job training opportunities to develop skill-sets in these high demand areas.

"The values and leadership skills our Veterans developed during their military careers make them excellent candidates for companies that seek to employ persons with demonstrated skills and solid work ethics," says Secretary Alexander.  "I am passionate about supporting our Veterans and I am proud to partner with more companies like Acadian Ambulance as we bolster employment opportunities for the brave men and women who served our country with honor."

Since 1971, Acadian has provided the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade, the company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian's six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.

For more information on jobs available through Acadian Ambulance, please visit www.acadian.com/military

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LDVA ANNOUNCES PREPARATIONS FOR TROPICAL STORM KAREN - Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today actions it is taking to prepare for Tropical Storm Karen which is expected to make landfall this weekend with a projected path that could impact the eastern portion of Louisiana. LDVA is projecting possible impact to its Louisiana parish veterans service offices located in the southeast portion of the state as well as to the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Reserve.

"On the heels of the Governor's emergency declaration, LDVA is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Karen and is taking several steps to secure the facilities at greatest risk should this storm strike southeast Louisiana," says Rodney Alexander, secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  "While we remain cautiously optimistic that Tropical Storm Karen will not have a significant impact on Louisiana, we are taking the threat seriously and are making all the necessary plans to ensure our Veterans and staff are secure."

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home located in Reserve will provide shelter-in-place to all 150 resident Veterans. A limited emergency generator is on-site and ready for use to supply power to essential operations should the facility experience a loss of electrical power.  Additional supplies of medications, food and medical supplies have been secured and are in place at the facility. 

At this time, all LDVA Parish Veterans Service Offices will remain open and will operate on their normal schedules.  No other LDVA programs or services are expected to be impacted at this time.

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LDVA ANNOUNCES VA PLANS TO FUND GRANT APPLICATION FOR NORTHEAST LA VETERANS CEMETERY IN RAYVILLE - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today that it has received a letter of intent, sent overnight prior to the Federal government shut-down, from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stating it plans to provide grant funds to establish the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville.   Pending approval by Congress of VA's 2014 budget, this grant will fund 100% of the initial costs to develop the cemetery which will be located on property donated by the Franklin family of Rayville.

“I am extremely gratified to announce we are one step closer to securing grand funding for our state’s newest Veterans cemetery,” states Rodney Alexander, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. “After many years of planning, I am grateful to everyone who has supported this project and am pleased that VA has announced their support as well.”

This newest cemetery location is planned to provide for the needs of the approximately 35,000 Veterans and their families who reside in and around Northeast Louisiana. The property is located near I-20 off of Hwy 425/137 and will span approximately 50 acres.

LDVA currently operates two other Veterans cemeteries, Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery located in Keithville just south of Shreveport and Central LA Veterans Cemetery located just outside Fort Polk in Leesville.  A third cemetery location, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, is currently under construction with an anticipated opening in early 2014.

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Governor Jindal issues Proclamation to Honor Purple Heart Day - Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Governor Jindal Appoints Rodney Alexander as Secretary of LDVA - Wednesday, August 07, 2013