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Encouraging Signs Revealed in Veteran Employment Survey

  • July 29, 2015
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Transitioning service members and veterans are showing greater confidence in their abilities, a feeling that is shared by employers, according to the results of the latest Veterans Talent Index, a survey sponsored by Monster and Military.com. “Generally, the process of changing attitudes and building confidence in a population tends to be slow,” said Greg Smith, president of Military.com. “However, in four short years, both employers and veterans have done so with great results. Veteran unemployment is down and confidence in their ability to achieve success in the civilian sector is up, thanks to the tireless efforts of many,” Smith said. Employers are hiring veterans because they are the best qualified candidates and because of their prior work experience, not because they served in the military …

Service Providers Strive to End Veteran Homelessness in Chattanooga

  • July 26, 2015
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Nearly a dozen social service agencies supporting the Chattanooga, Tenn., region met last week to coordinate their efforts to end veteran homelessness by next year. Chattanooga is among 75 cities striving to end homelessness among veterans as part of the Zero: 2016 initiative. “We’re going to get veterans housed,” said Donna Maddox, director of Joe Johnson Mental Health Center, reported the Times Free Press. Chattanooga has 80 homeless veterans according to the most recent annual point-in-time count. The city has housed 37 veterans in the past six months …

Legislation Easing Way for Veterans to Access Local Services Reintroduced in Senate

  • July 17, 2015
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Transitioning veterans could more easily gain access to services and benefits available in their communities, such as health care and housing, employment and education assistance, under bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Angus King (I-Maine) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). The Connect with Veterans Act, first introduced last year by Heitkamp, 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. Currently there is no mechanism for local governments to contact veterans and transitioning service members who already reside there or plan to relocate to link them with support services …

Education Overhaul Calls for Tracking Military Kids’ Performance

  • July 15, 2015
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Language in the House and Senate versions of legislation to overhaul the No Child Left Behind law would require states for the first time to track the academic progress of military children.
Tracking the performance of military children in school would help policymakers assess whether the nation’s education laws are working, said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who sponsored an amendment in committee in April to add a military child identifier to the Senate bill. The House passed its version of the bill replacing the current K-12 education law last week; the Senate is debating its measure this week. Both versions contain language requiring states to collect data on military children …

Community Support for Military Families, Veterans Will Need to Evolve, Carter Says

  • July 14, 2015
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Communities will need to find new ways to support military families and veterans as the military adapts new strategies and personnel policies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the National Association of Counties’ annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday. Carter mentioned two changes the military is considering as it designs new personnel policies to build and retain the Force of the Future. “Transition out of the military will look different than it did 70 years ago, or, for that matter, 10 years ago,” he said, reported DOD News. “It’ll mean that in the future, some might only serve for a time, while others may spend 25 years moving back and forth between national service and other opportunities …

Army Study Spurs Local Leaders to Improve School Quality

  • July 5, 2015
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The bulk of public school systems serving Army children fall broadly within the middle range when compared to other schools within their state, according to an Army-sponsored review of the quality of public schools and student achievement. The Army never released the 2014 study by WestEd, but officials have discussed the results with local school districts, Military Times reported last week. The study evaluates 393 public schools that serve 200 or more Army children on factors such as academic performance, attendance, student-teacher ratio, quality of teachers, graduation rate, and participation rates and performance on the ACT and SAT tests. WestEd researchers only compared the performance of schools serving Army dependents against state-wide norms, so it doesn’t help the Army or military families compare school systems across the nation …

South Carolina, Washington Enact Laws to Protect Welfare of Military Children

  • July 5, 2015
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Two states for the first time have enacted laws to protect military children from neglect and abuse. Child advocacy legislation signed last month by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) requires local child protective services to identify child welfare and neglect incidents involving active-duty military families and share this information with the appropriate military authorities as soon as possible, according to a DOD Live blog post by Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. “South Carolina and Washington have now set a precedent that we hope other states will follow in placing language in their state statutes that complements the DOD requirement to report all suspicions of child maltreatment to the state’s child welfare agency …

JBLM Commander Reaches outside Installation to Ease Transition for Service Members

  • June 22, 2015
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One of the most challenging turning points in a service member’s career is making the transition from active duty to civilian life. The prospect is not unlike choosing — or being compelled — to shed a familiar, comfortable, even protective, skin, to assume a strange new one that is in no way guaranteed to be a smooth fit. To help military personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., prepare to meet this challenge, Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., the installation’s commander, has worked to develop resources and cultivate contacts in the surrounding community and at the state and federal levels that separating personnel can tap to pursue private or government job training and career opportunities …

Largest Military Clusters Attract Veterans in Droves, Rankings Show

  • June 22, 2015
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Four cities in regions that host large concentrations of military personnel — Virginia Beach, Va., Colorado Springs, Colo., San Antonio and San Diego — topped Military Times’ first-ever ranking of the best places for military veterans to live. The results are hardly surprising as defense communities have always pointed to the number of veterans that remained — or returned — after their service as proof of both their military friendliness and quality of life. Those factors likely explain a veteran population in San Antonio which exceeds 100,000. “When they were assigned here at one time or another, they had a very positive experience with the community,” said Bob Murdock, director of the city’s Office of Military Affairs …

Senate Bill Would Allow Favorable Lease Terms to Local Schools

  • June 17, 2015
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Local school systems would be able to lease property at military installations for less than fair market value, under a provision in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill now under debate in the Senate. The bill would amend 10 U.S.C. Section 2667 — the federal statute authorizing the enhanced use leasing program — to allow the military services to lease non-excess property for less than fair market value to a local education agency, or to an elementary or secondary school. The change is intended to help school systems that support military families, according to the committee report accompanying the legislation. The bill text, S. 1376, and committee report, S. Rpt. 114-49, are available on congress.gov.

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