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Ebola Clearinghouse: This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) put in place new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Stay up-to-date on CDC’s efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and protect Americans at home at the new agency-created clearinghouse: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html 

VA Updates Disability Claims: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve veterans, families and survivors. VA believes that a standardized claim filing process will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking and provide information that is necessary to process their claims and appeals. 

Get the Latest on Fighting ISIL: The State Department launched www.state.gov/counteringisil where it will host the most up-to-date public information about the coalition, including the latest stats on members and their public support for coalition efforts. The Department of Defense (DOD) has also launched a website, www.defense.gov/counter-ISIL, which has up-to-the-minute information about the military line of this coalition effort against ISIL terrorists.

Mailing of Social Security Statements Resumes: The Social Security Administration announced it will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security Statements—once every five years for most workers—after it discontinued the practice in 2011. In addition, the agency is encouraging everyone to create a secure “My Social Security” account to immediately access their statement online 24 hours a day.