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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Service Members Will Miss Commissary Benefit, Senior Enlisted Advisers Say

  • March 2, 2014
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Trimming the commissary benefit as part of an effort to lower defense spending would harm service members, the military’s top enlisted members told lawmakers last week. “I personally think it’s ridiculous that we’re going after something that saves a young lance corporal $4,500 a year,” Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett told the House Appropriations’ Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee …

Operation Enduring Opportunity Seeks Veterans for Franchising

  • February 25, 2014
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The International Franchise Association has set a goal of recruiting and training 80,000 veterans to become franchise owners in a campaign it is calling Operation Enduring Opportunity. One in seven franchises in the United States is owned by a veteran, according to VetFran, a program founded by the association. Veterans make good franchise owners because of their leadership abilities and their experience running standardized systems inherent to franchise operations …

DOD Proposes Scaling Down Subsidies for Commissaries

  • February 25, 2014
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Military grocery stores would not be closed under the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request, but discounts for service members and retirees would be greatly curtailed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. The department is proposing to reduce the annual direct subsidy provided to military commissaries by $1 billion over a three-year period; the annual subsidy now totals $1.4 billion. As a result, the savings on groceries enjoyed by military families would drop from an average of 30 percent to about 10 percent, according to a Pentagon briefing led by senior officials on background …

Use of Food Stamps by Service Members Continues to Grow

  • February 23, 2014
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Military grocery stores have seen a steady increase in the use of food stamps since the recession began in 2008, climbing 233 percent over the past five years. The growth rate of food stamp redemptions at commissaries, which has slowed more recently, has been attributed to the weak economic recovery, high unemployment rates for military spouses, and a move by some states to lower eligibility requirements for food stamps, making it easier for service members to qualify …

Former President Launches Initiative to Support Transitioning Veterans

  • February 20, 2014
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Former President George W. Bush called for a greater understanding of former service members at the Military Service Initiative Summit on Feb. 19, an event sponsored by the Bush Institute to focus attention on the issues facing post-9/11 veterans. “What most veterans want is to have their service understood and appreciated for what it is: a formative experience in their lives and a source of skills and values that prepare them to succeed in civilian life …

VA to Open Residential Facility Dedicated to Recent Veterans

  • February 19, 2014
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A new Department of Veterans Affairs residential treatment facility in San Diego will be devoted to helping veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan avoid homelessness. The 40-bed, 30,000-square-foot residential rehabilitation facility, set to open Monday, will serve as a test of whether there is an advantage to delivering care to younger veterans as a group. The VA will track the number of homeless veterans in San Diego as the program continues and monitor the residents’ progress after they leave the facility …

States Should Adopt Arizona’s Model to End Veteran Homelessness, Governor Says

  • February 17, 2014
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Arizona’s four-year-old initiative to end veteran homelessness throughout the state is moving toward a successful conclusion, according to a commentary by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) published last week in the Arizona Republic. “What we are accomplishing here in Arizona can and should be done in other states — and with the United States’ entire homeless population,” Brewer wrote. After Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced a five-year timeline in 2009 to end veteran homelessness, Arizona became the first state to create an office dedicated to addressing the issue …

Corporations Highlight Programs to Ease Civilian Transition

  • February 14, 2014
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Officials at several of the leading corporations in America detailed a variety of hiring and training programs intended to support service members transitioning out of the military during a recent hearing by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Representatives from Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise Association cited multiple initiatives available to veterans, including: Hiring Our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce project that has held more than 660 veteran job fairs across all 50 states since 2011 …

Spouse Support Program Now Aimed at Easing Military Families’ Transition

  • February 12, 2014
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As the size of the military continues to shrink following the drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department has begun to use the spouse employment program as a tool to help service members and their families transition out of the military rather than emphasizing the program’s goal of retaining mid-career personnel. “We really believe that if the spouse has an opportunity for career advancement and job opportunities, they will be the glue to support the transition of our service members back into the civilian community,” said Barbara Thompson, a DOD military family official …

Military Spouses Face Economic Disadvantages in Workforce, Study Concludes

  • February 12, 2014
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Military spouses face a substantial disadvantage compared to their civilian counterparts in employment, income and career advancement, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, conducted by Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), found that 90 percent of responding active-duty female spouses reported being underemployed, meaning they possess more formal education or experience than needed at their current or most recent position. About 95 percent of active military spouses are female …

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