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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Law Enforcement Agencies Embrace Veterans

  • October 21, 2013
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More than half of the nation’s law enforcement agencies are actively recruiting veterans, reported the Navy Times. According to the paper’s “Best for Vets: Law Enforcement 2014” survey, more than seven in 10 enforcement agencies attend military-specific job fairs, and 75 percent have developed relationships with the U.S. Department of Labor…

Easing Transfer of Professional, Academic Credentials Key to Supporting Military Families

  • October 17, 2013
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Finding ways to make it easier for service members, their spouses and children to transfer professional and academic credentials would go a long way to improving the quality of life for military families in Illinois, according to the results of a survey released this week by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. The survey also recommended the state develop an economic impact study to measure the local and state-wide benefits generated by Illinois’ military bases …

Higher Education Responds to Rising Enrollment of Veterans

  • October 16, 2013
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As college enrollment by veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq continues to increase, 26 states have directed their boards of education to explore awarding academic credit for military training and experience. Over the last two years, 19 states have passed such legislation, according to the Education Commission of the States. “There’s a lot of interest in a lot of different circles [in helping] veterans,” said Cathy Sandeen of the American Council on Education …

DOD Unveils Online Curriculum for Transition Assistance Program

  • October 14, 2013
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The Defense Department has introduced an online version of the curriculum for Transition GPS, the redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) intended for separating service members. “We recognize that many of our service members don’t have access to brick and mortar classrooms for transition instruction,” said Susan Kelly, director of the Transition to Veterans Program …

With Civilians Back, Many Family Support, MWR Programs Are Open

  • October 9, 2013
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Many family support and other quality-of-life programs are open at installations across the United States, following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recall Saturday of most civilian workers that had been furloughed since the government shutdown began last week. “The government shutdown has affected a wide range of services, but we are doing all we can to maintain our covenant with the military community at the Department of Defense,” said Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy …

Dedicated Services Ease College Transition for Veterans

  • October 7, 2013
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Increasing numbers of universities and community colleges are offering on-campus veterans centers to help returning veterans access their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits and provide other guidance, with some offering more comprehensive academic, psychological and physical support. “Many veterans are re-integrating into society and many are integrating onto college campuses for the first time, so the college atmosphere is very important,” said Michael Dakduk, executive director of Student Veterans of America …

Recall of Civilian Workers Allows Commissaries to Reopen

  • October 7, 2013
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Military commissaries closed due to the government shutdown resumed normal operations Monday, although it may take up to five days to get the shelves fully stocked, according to the Defense Commissary Agency. Stores normally closed on Mondays will reopen on their next scheduled operating day. Reopening the military grocery stores restores a major benefit for service members and their families, as the discounts on food provide savings approaching 30 percent. On Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that most defense civilians who had been furloughed following the government shutdown can return to work. Read the story in USA Today.

Schools Remain Open for Military Children, but Commissaries to Close

  • October 1, 2013
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The government shutdown will have a varying impacts on services provided to military personnel, with schools run by the DOD Education Activity for military children remaining open while military commissaries will be forced to shut their doors. School personnel are exempt from the emergency furloughs imposed on about half of the Pentagon’s civilian workers as a result of the shutdown that began Tuesday. Schools will operate on a normal schedule and scheduled student activities will continue …

Pilot Program to Use Social Media to Link Veterans with Employment Services

  • September 29, 2013
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The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is launching a two-year initiative to find out whether social media will help it more readily provide young veterans unemployment benefits and other services to find jobs. The goal of the $700,000 federally funded pilot is to engage recent veterans more quickly in an effort to shorten the interval needed to obtain employment and, as a result, reduce the amount of time they collect unemployment insurance …

Connecticut to Streamline Procedures for Awarding Veterans Credit for Military Experience

  • September 26, 2013
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Veterans soon should find it easier to obtain occupational certificates and licenses in the same field as their military specialties as a result of an executive order Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed this week. The order requires state authorities to review their procedures for issuing occupational and professional licenses and certificates to make sure they take into account military education and training. It also directs state agencies to identify state and federal regulations that pose potential barriers to recognizing relevant military education and skills …

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