Widow seeks citizenship info
May 1, 2012
Veteran's widow seeks citizenship information
Dear Sgt. Shaft:
May you please help me find information on my status. I am from
Lithuania and a resident of the United States since July 9, 2010.
My husband, a U.S. citizen and veteran, died recently.
We had been married for 10 years. Do you have any information on when
and how I might apply for U.S citizenship and how is this impacted by my
I will be very, very thankful for your help.
Via the Internet
I don't have any insight as to exactly how to help you. My suggestion
would be that you contact an immigration attorney or the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services at www.uscis.gov. Their National
Customer Service Center can be reached at 800/375-5283. I hope this
• In 2011, the Newman's Own foundation, through a partnership
with Fisher House Foundation, awarded the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA)
based in Alexandria, Va., a $300,000 grant to serve military families
The grant provides family support for military families nationwide
and has already impacted thousands of military and their families.
ASYMCA has distributed program grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 to
support programs at its locations serving Marine and Army families,
* Camp Pendleton, Calif.
* 29 Palms, Calif.
* Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg, N.C.
* Wheeler Army Air Field and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
* Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
* Fort Campbell, Ky.
* Fort Hood, Texas.
* Fort Sill, Okla.
Free ASYMCA programs target junior enlisted and their families, who
are typically younger and have more financial and emotional burdens
without nearby family to assist. As of March 2012, more than $200,000
has been provided in support of thousands of military and their
families. Direct support has included: emergency assistance, respite for
medical issues, summer camp opportunities for low-income families,
diapers, groceries, car repairs, emergency housing, house fires, and
support for travel and respite for families of wounded warriors.
Armed Services YMCA CEO Mike Landers is thrilled with the impact that
the Newman's Own donation continues to make for military families.
"We thank our friends at Newman's Own for their generous donation, as
well as the Fisher House for facilitating the Newman's Own award. We are
proud to partner to make military life easier and help our junior
enlisted military and their families 'pay it forward' by eliminating
problems today or ensuring they don't become greater ones tomorrow," he
For one Marine father from 29 Palms, California, the grant " brought
peace of mind to know (his) family would be taken care of when he
deployed " and know his " family would not be alone with no one to turn
The Armed Services YMCA was rated in the top 3 percent of charities
nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011, receiving its sixth consecutive
4-star rating. The ASYMCA makes military life easier with free and
low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 junior enlisted and their families
each year at 33 branches and affiliates nationwide. Visit www.asymca.org
to learn more.
The Fisher House Foundation is a unique private-public partnership
that supports America's military in their time of need. The program
recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and
the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond
that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans
Affairs. Visit www.fisherhouse.org to learn more.
The Newman's Own Foundation donates all net royalties and profits
after taxes it receives from the sale of Newman's Own products to
charity. To date, Paul Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have given
more than $300 million to thousands of charities around the world. Visit
www.newmansownfoundation.org to learn more.
For more information, contact Brittany Catton at email@example.com or 858/751-5755.
• The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its mental
health services to include professionals from two additional health care
fields: marriage and family therapists (MFT) and licensed professional
mental health counselors (LPMHC).
"The addition of these two mental health professions is an important
part of VA's mission to expand access to mental health services,"
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said. "Veterans and their
families can face unique challenges. By providing a complete range of
services, we can help them address those challenges and help keep more
The two fields will be included in the hiring of an additional 1,900
mental health staff nationwide that VA announced last week. Recruitment
and hiring will be done at the local level. The new professionals will
provide mental health diagnostic and psychosocial treatment services for
veterans and their families in coordination with existing mental health
professionals at VA's medical centers, community-based outpatient
clinics and vet centers.
VA has developed qualification standards for employment as LPMHCs and
MFTs and has announced the appointments of mental health and health
science professionals to serve on professional standards boards. The
boards will review applicants for LPMHC and MFT positions in the
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to determine eligibility for
employment and the government grade level appropriate for the individual
in the selected position. The boards will also review promotions in
• Rep. Harold Rogers, Kentucky Republican, and Bernadette
Budde, were named as recipients of the 2012 Adam Smith Award given by
the Friends of Adam Smith and Business Industry Political Action
Committee (BIPAC) organizations. Washington's most powerful and
influential leaders will gather to honor the recipients' achievements
and to witness their receiving this prestigious award at the 2012 Adam
Smith Awards Dinner on Wednesday, June 6, at the Andrew W. Mellon
Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Rogers and Ms. Budde will be recognized for their outstanding
records of achievement in supporting and advancing the principles of
free enterprise: free markets, low taxes, limited government, respect
for private property and stable economy. The Adam Smith Awards Dinner
emphasizes the pivotal role that free enterprise plays in America.
Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900,
Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or