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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Industry Officials Share Keys to Recruiting Veterans with House Panel

  • January 30, 2014
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Private sector officials shared lessons learned from their successes recruiting veterans during a hearing this week by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Maureen Casey, managing director of military and veterans affairs for JPMorgan Chase, updated lawmakers on lessons the financial services giant learned during the launch of its military hiring program. To reach its target, JPMorgan reevaluated its hiring practices and established a new recruiting team with the ability to translate military skills into civilian ones …

Corporate Jobs Initiative Doubles Hiring Goal to 200,000 Veterans

  • January 29, 2014
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After achieving its goal to hire 100,000 veterans seven years early, a coalition of companies has pledged to double its hiring mark to 200,000 former service members by 2020. The 100,000 Jobs Mission, made up of 131 companies, hired 117,439 former service members within two years after setting its hiring goal in 2011, reported USA Today. “We have been able to make a difference in the lives of so many of our nation’s veterans, and those veterans bring tremendous skills and experience to the workplace,” said Maureen Casey, director of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase …

President Highlights Need to Support Veterans, Military Families

  • January 29, 2014
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President Obama underscored the importance of supporting service members as they transition into the civilian world during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. “We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home. And we all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families …

Midwestern Cities Take up Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • January 28, 2014
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The mayors of Des Moines, Iowa, Columbus, Ohio, and St. Paul, Minn., will take part in a friendly challenge to eliminate veteran homelessness in their cities by 2015. The competition follows a similar challenge between the mayors of Phoenix and Salt Lake City which spurred both cities to eradicate homelessness among military veterans. In December, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized Phoenix for reaching an effective level of zero veterans who were homeless for at least one year or had experienced four episodes of homelessness in the past year …

No Plans to Close Commissaries, Dempsey Says

  • January 28, 2014
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The Pentagon has not decided to close military grocery stores, but officials are looking for savings anywhere possible to mitigate the impact of budget constraints, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Officials asked the Defense Commissary Agency to assess the impact of reducing or eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the system, Dempsey said. Military exchanges do not receive a federal subsidy, and the same potential exists with commissaries, he noted …

Law School Clinic to Help Veterans Obtain Disability Benefits

  • January 27, 2014
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The University of Missouri School of Law has opened a clinic to provide legal assistance to veterans who cannot afford a lawyer. The program is part of a clinical course for third-year law students who work in partnership with experienced attorneys to assist veterans who are appealing disability benefits decisions made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The clinic has six active cases, and gets calls every day from veterans who need legal assistance, Angela Drake, law professor and clinic adviser, told the Columbia Daily Tribune. Due to limited resources, though, the clinic is forced to refer cases it can’t handle to other organizations or attorneys. The clinic is funded by a $250,000 donation from an anonymous source.

Revamped Transition Program Provides Ingredients to Launch Post-Military Careers

  • January 26, 2014
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Soldiers’ success in benefiting from the Army’s retooled transition program relies on several principles, including earlier career planning and improved support from their commanders. Officials spent several years surveying and interviewing soldiers before revamping the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) for helping soldiers transition to civilian life. The Army’s analysis revealed three activities needed to ensure successful transitions, ACAP Director Walter Herd told the Army News Service …

Veterans Support Organization Expands Transition Initiative to California

  • January 23, 2014
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One of the largest organizations representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is expanding an innovative program for helping recent veterans successfully transition to civilian life to California, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) announced Thursday. The Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) connects post-9/11 veterans and their families to local resources and to one-on-one support with the organization’s veteran transition managers. The program provides veterans and their families with access to an array of services, including employment, education, housing and mental health …

DOD Considers $1B Cut to Commissary Budget

  • January 22, 2014
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The Pentagon is considering recommending that funding for military grocery stores drop by $1 billion, or 71 percent, over three years as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, reported Military.com. A cut of that magnitude likely would lead to the widespread closure of commissaries, with stateside stores bearing the brunt of the impact. The recommendation under discussion would reduce the Defense Commissary Agency’s current budget from $1.4 billion to $400 million by FY 2017 …

Study to Explore Link between Legal Services, Mental Health for Veterans

  • January 20, 2014
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Two legal assistance groups will embark on a two-year study of the impact from embedding free legal services within Veterans Affairs facilities, testing the connection between legal help and health and quality of life among veterans. The study will be conducted by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, the first legal organization to provide services in a VA setting, and the New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers …

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