Tour Station Five: Disabled American Veterans, U.S. Military Veterans Learning and Resource Center

Disabled American Veterans has created this area at the U.S. Military Veterans Center; the main DAV Campus consists of six regions or “sims.” The white signboard on the left launches a National Service Officer directory when clicked; the red map on the right launches a DAV Chapter Locator. A clickable laptop on the DAV information desk launches the official DAV website where you can learn how to join as well as what services DAV provides. A clickable easel nearby provides a Landmark to teleport to the main DAV Campus. You will also notice a clickable easel next to the information desk…it will send a message to DAV’s representative – Reanea Burnstein. Lying on the information desk is a clickable issue of DAV magazine. As you explore the DAV area, be sure to pick up a t-shirt and examine the photo display of the six-region facility they are constructing to deliver information, outreach and services to veterans. If you are in real life a member of Disabled American Veterans, send an Instant Message to Annee Hotshot or Reanae Burnstein with your real life name and DAV membership number. You will then be added to the DAV in Second Life group and have access to the entire DAV facility, including the members-only areas.

Tour Station Four: U.S. Military Veterans Learning and Resource Center

Welcome to the U.S. Military Veterans Learning and Resource Center. As you enter the building, you will pass a Donation Box, but please do not feel obligated in any way to contribute. We do however appreciate the support of our many friends.

As you continue forward, notice the two magazine racks…a blue one for VFW Magazine on the left and a red one for DAV Magazine on the right. Each of these is clickable and will open the respective magazine in a browser.

Please take a moment to glance left, overhead, straight ahead, and right when you enter the building. To the left is our VFW Post Extension, operated by a real-life VFW Post Commander, Nomad Albatros. Overhead you will notice a bronze plaque honoring the veterans who seek and provide information and support. And to the right is a nationally authorized Disabled American Veterans office in Second Life.

Straight ahead is the Information and Help Desk–we have provided a bell to ring that pages staff to provide services such as Center tours, look up needed resources, and admit veterans to the U.S. Military Veteran group. Vet Center Guides provide tours of our area and assist with admitting veterans to the group with the correct service. Members of the Management Team can also be paged to provide accurate information about such topics as how to locate your state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, VA benefits eligibility, joining a Veterans Service Organization, applying for VA disability, how to obtain your DD214 and more. And of course anyone in the Management Team can admit visitors to the U.S. Military Veteran group.

If you need assistance from a Manager/Owner, look at the Help Desk for names lit up in green. This indicates that the corresponding Management Team Member is online and can be paged to the Veterans Center to assist you. Please click on the photo of any staff member whose name is lit up in green to send an Instant Message requesting assistance.

Several memberships are available to those interested in joining. All require prospective group members to provide satisfactory demonstration that he or she is genuinely a U.S. military veteran/active duty, a family member of a vet, or in real life supports veterans and/or active duty service members. We do this in the course of friendly, casual conversation to screen out role-players and pretenders. We do NOT require submission of a DD214. Typically we invite current members of the group, particularly those of the same service and time period, to report to the Veterans Center to welcome the newcomer. One of the singular events in a day at the U.S. Military Veterans Center is the arrival of fellow veterans at the teleport landing point to welcome one of their own to our growing family.

When those vets are satisfied that the newcomer is truly a veteran, they notify the Management Team Member or Vet Center Guide on duty so that the newcomer can be admitted into the group.

Also note the computers on the Help Desk. One of them launches this blog. The other opens the official website of the National Native American Veterans Association, a Veterans Service Organization.