Little Fire Ants On Maui!


The Dept. of Agriculture has confirmed that Little Fire Ants have been found on Maui, imported on hapu`u tree ferns from the Big Island.   Lowe’s and Home Depot nurseries have not yet found all the ferns that they sold.  Timing is essential!

Little fire ants have the potential to destroy our very way of life on Maui and severely damage our economy.  They have already impacted the Big Island in a terrible way.  We need to do everything we can to try & contain this threat.  The damage they could do to our lands, homes, agricultural endeavors, pets, recreation, and the tourism industry are incredibly serious.

Please watch this documentary and pass it on to everyone you know


Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery Rules…..

Dear Members of our Armed Forces, our Veterans, our family members, and our Veterans Organizations,


We have been receiving complaints concerning violations occurring at our Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery at Kaneohe.  These infractions have been taking place during the weekends and on holidays when the State Cemetery Staff is not on duty.  We have repeatedly passed out information to our Veterans through the Oahu Veterans Council over the last three months and through briefings with Veterans Organizations as well as with members of the general public during our weekday operations.  Unfortunately, the violations have persisted.  Consequently, the State Office of Veterans Services is reviewing measures to place uniform security on duty for these periods.  Security personnel will advise clientele visiting the cemetery of the rules violation, present them a copy of the rules and regulations, and ask them to comply.  If they choose not to comply, the uniformed security will request that they leave the cemetery.  If they are still non-compliant, the uniformed security will contact the Honolulu Police Department for removal and enforcement.  There is no plausible reason for the latter to ever occur.  For those loved ones who are buried at our State Veterans Cemeteries, we accomplish pre-burial meetings with all families and they sign an agreement concerning the rules and standards for the cemetery. These cemetery rules were established to maintain respect, honor, and dignity for all those who are buried and those who visit these hallowed grounds.  Attached are our current cemetery rules and standards.  These rules apply specifically to our Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe, but we are asking our County Directors on our neighbor islands who maintain our Veterans Cemeteries to adopt these measures as well to ensure these high standards are maintained.  Please feel free to share this info with your fellow Veterans, your family members, and finally, your friends.  Our goal and objective is to ensure our State Veterans Cemeteries are maintained at a level of excellence…we owe this to the sacrifices of all those who have made these hallowed grounds their final resting place.

Thank you in advance for your kokua and assistance!


Ron Han

Please click here for Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery Rules

Adult Day Health Program

I am passing on information about our Adult Day Health Program.  Please feel free to pass this on or let us know if there is any chapter / organization / group that might be interested in this program.

Admission & Eligibility

Private Pay Rates

Mail Packet Checklist

Responsible Party Contact Info

Admission Application 2010

Physician Letter For APP   

H & P

Physicians Orders

Michelle Draculan, RN, is the Adult Day Health Program Director.  She is available as a guest speaker and to give interested parties tours etc.

Thank you
All the best,

Georgia Otterson
Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home
1180 Waianuenue Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Michelle Draculan, RN
Director of Adult Day Health
Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home
1180 Waianuenue Ave.
Hilo, Hi 96720
(808) 961-1504



AT&T Jobs

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself; I am currently interning this summer with AT&T and I am working on pipelining transitioning military, veterans, and military families into the company’s career options.

The team I’m working with is responsible for a few key pillars:

1. Training of our recruiters and hiring managers on “The Value of a Veteran”and how to connect with us;

2. Identification and execution of effective recruiting pipelines to attract military and veteran candidates, as well as maintain relationships with agencies like yours;

3. Many other military-related initiatives.

I was hoping you might have time to chat sometime soon so I can go over AT&T’s hiring needs and how to best position them in front of your constituents. I also wanted to share with you the landing portal for AT&T’s Military Recruitment-From there, candidates can search for careers, use our MOS translator, and a host of other tools.

You can visit AT&T’s Career website at

I should note that all of AT&T’s openings wrap to the major job boards, as well as ,,, and others.

Additionally, a feed of openings useful for the immediate region is available by bookmarking or placing the RSS feed in your mail handler.

Please let me know when you are free to talk so we can go over the best way to position us in front of your troops.

Andy Cheng
Intern, Military Talent Attraction

Rethink Possible

You may also contact:
Chris Norton
Senior Program Manager, Military Talent Attraction Global Talent
Attraction & Diversity 340 Mt Kemble Ave Morristown, NJ 07960
P: 973.775.7810
M: 609.575.6050


Important Resources

Important Resources

Federal Benefits Booklet for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-TALK (8255), Press 1
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans or their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a TEXT MESSAGE to 838255 to receive support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
1-877-4AID-VET (424-3838)
Online Chat support is also available.

VA Caregiver Support Line
1-855-260-3274 (National),
1-808-433-0371 (Local Coordinator)

VBA – Veterans Benefits & Assistance
(Compensation & Pension, Education, Home Loans, Vocational Rehabilitation, Life Insurance, etc.)
Connects Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives – you can customize this site to your specific needs.

Military One Source/Wounded Warrior “Veteran” Resource Center

National Resource Directory
Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with Those Who Support Them

National Center for PTSD

The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. There are 7 centers across the country, one of which one is located in Honolulu. Goals/Objectives of the National Centers for PTSD include:

•    Promote improved assessment and treatment of PTSD
•    Advance the scientific understanding of PTSD
•    Advance PTSD education for clinicians, researchers, and Veterans through development and dissemination of information
•    Support the global war on terrorism through collaborations with the Department of Defense
•    Advance VA’s emergency medical response capability
•    Provide consultation to VA’s top management and other agencies on a continuing basis and during national emergencies

Vet Center Information
Vet Centers offer a wide range of services to assist with a successful transition from military to civilian life at no cost to Service members or Veterans or their family members. Services include:

•    Individual and group counselling
•    Marital and family counselling
•    Bereavement counselling
•    Medical and benefits referrals
•    Employment counselling
•    More Services…

Vet Center Directory/Locations:

Hawaii Office of Veterans Services

VA Pacific Islands Health Care System Facebook!

VA to Provide Veterans with Vouchers for Health IT Competency Exams

In an effort to create jobs in rural America, the Federal Government
is working to increase the number of trained health information technology (health IT) workers over the next two years.

The VA Office of Rural Health (ORH) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to promote and distribute health IT training materials to Veterans living in rural areas.

In addition, ORH is providing free vouchers to Veterans living in rural areas to take the health IT competency exams. These exams can help assess competency levels for those who have relevant work experience, training or education in health care or IT.

There are six exams available:


There are 230 nationwide test centers offering the exams and vouchers are accepted at all Pearson Vue test centers. Find the test center closest to you.


 For more information about the Office of Rural Health, visit

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH), please send an email to

Nancy Maher, PhD
Program Analyst, Office of Rural Health
Office of the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Health
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Ave
Washington, DC
(202) 461-1774