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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Georgia Breaks Ground on Veterans Training Center near Robins AFB

  • August 26, 2014
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Georgia officials last week broke ground outside of Robins Air Force Base on a $10 million education and training center designed to assist veterans transitioning to civilian careers. The Georgia military academic training center — a partnership between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia — will serve as a gateway for veterans as they re-enter Georgia’s workforce and systems of higher education …

Unused Runway Converted to Training Site for Air Reserve Programs

  • August 26, 2014
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A dead runway at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., is now being used to train airmen for a variety of occupations, including tractor trailer and crane operators, and explosive ordnance disposal technicians. Dobbins donated the runway and several acres of land to the Air Force Reserve Command’s Expeditionary Combat Support Training Certification Center in 2001, according to Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs. AFCEC manages some of the training programs offered by the training center; other programs include mobile aircraft arresting systems and use of the reverse osmosis water purification unit …

VA Awards $300M to Communities to End Veteran Homelessness

  • August 14, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding $300 million in grants to 301 community agencies across the nation to help tens of thousands of struggling veterans stay off the street, Secretary Robert McDonald announced this week. The awards under the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program represent a significant jump from previous years. In 2012, the department awarded $60 million to 85 community groups; last year, it awarded $100 million to 151 groups …

MacDill AFB Job Center Helps Transitioning Airmen Stay in Tampa

  • August 14, 2014
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A new career center at MacDill Air Force Base is offering separating service members assistance with their job search needs as they transition into post-military careers. Its services — including job search assistance, resume review, employer information sessions and recruitment events — also are expected to make it easier for more Air Force veterans to stay in the Tampa area. “Right now, we know that about six out of every 10 who transition out of the military at MacDill end up somewhere else than Tampa,” said Scott DeThomas, the outgoing base commander …

Question over Reach of Language Urging States to Offer In-State Tuition to Veterans

  • August 12, 2014
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Language in the recent VA health care reform legislation encouraging public universities to charge recently separated veterans in-state tuition rates may not be as forceful as lawmakers intended. The bill, signed into law by President Obama last week, does not force states to charge veterans in-state tuition at public universities, but schools that charge higher rates would not be eligible to receive veterans’ Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill education benefits. Lawmakers believed the provision would prevent a school from receiving GI Bill benefits from any veterans, including those paying in-state tuition, if even one eligible veteran was charged more than the in-state rates …

Oklahoma City Diversion Program Offers Veterans Second Chance

  • August 11, 2014
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Three years since its inception, a program in the Oklahoma City metro area allowing veterans to avoid prosecution for certain offenses related to their military service has helped dozens of participants turn their lives around. A typical participant is in trouble for crimes such as DUI, substance abuse and domestic violence stemming from post-traumatic stress disorder, reports KOCO. “We are awash in guys with issues with PTSD,” said Tim Wilson with the veteran diversion program run by the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office …

End of Quest for All 50 States to Adopt Schools Compact in Sight

  • August 6, 2014
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The aim of state education officials and the Pentagon for all 50 states to adopt an interstate agreement designed to smooth the transition for military children transferring to a new school district is almost at hand, after New Hampshire last week became the 49th state to adopt the pact. The lone remaining state, New York, already has approved legislation adopting the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; its governor is expected to sign the measure shortly …

White House Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness Gains Momentum

  • August 5, 2014
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A White House challenge to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 has now been taken up by leaders in 182 communities across the nation, with 100 local officials signing on since June. First Lady Michelle Obama applauded the effort last week as she noted that the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans represent a “stain on the soul of this nation …

Louisiana Defense Communities Honored for Supporting Military Children

  • August 4, 2014
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Local school districts and community groups supporting Fort Polk and Barksdale Air Force Base received Partnership of Excellence Awards from the Military Child Education Coalition last week for collaborations with neighboring installations that address transition and educational issues affecting military children. In Central Louisiana, Fort Polk Progress, the Vernon Parish School District and Fort Polk, along with other local and state partners, received the Outstanding Partnership award for their recent initiative to assess the performance of the district’s schools and craft a plan to plug significant gaps …

Transitioning Veterans Could More Easily Link to Local Services under Heitkamp Bill

  • August 4, 2014
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Legislation introduced by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) would make it much easier for communities to reach out to newly separated service members and help them overcome challenges in gaining access to services and benefits such as health care and housing, employment and education assistance as they transition back to civilian life. The Connect with Veterans Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a voluntary national directory of veterans that would be available to communities and state veterans affairs departments …

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