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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Senate Committee Advances Nomination of Candidate for DOD Readiness Chief

  • September 25, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday advanced the nomination of Jessica Wright to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, the department’s senior official responsible for issues related to military and civilian personnel, including quality of life. Wright has served as acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness since Jan. 1, and previously served as assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs …

Midwestern States Band Together to Offer College Credit to Veterans

  • September 24, 2013
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The university systems of seven Midwestern states have formed a coalition to help veterans gain college credit for the training they receive in the military. Over the past 18 months, the Multistate Collaborative on Military Credit has grown to include college systems and higher education executive officers in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio …

Survey Launched to Help Address Causes of Spouse Unemployment

  • September 23, 2013
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In an effort to better understand the factors making it difficult for military spouses to find jobs, the Military Officers Association of America and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) last week launched a military spouse employment survey. The study will focus on the employment pattern of all military spouses — including National Guard and Reserve, veteran and surviving spouses — especially related to their long-term career trajectories …

Military Families Inconvenienced by Furloughs, Survey Finds

  • September 22, 2013
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Even though service members were exempt from the recent furloughs of DOD civilians, many of them felt the effects because they depend on their civilian colleagues for many services, including medical care and maintenance in military housing areas. A new survey reveals that 72 percent of middle-class military families with annual household incomes of at least $50,000 reported being adversely affected by the furloughs of civilian defense workers. Forty-six percent of respondents cited reduced hours at military commissaries and exchanges as a negative consequence of the civilian furloughs, which affected more than 650,000 employees …

Education Secretary Participates in Town Hall at MCAS Yuma

  • September 17, 2013
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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan participated in a town hall meeting last week at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., where the quality of education for military dependents was the chief concern of military families and local education officials. Duncan — whose visit was part of the “Strong Start, Bright Future” annual back-to-school bus tour — underscored the detrimental impact of sequestration on schools in military communities that rely on federal impact aid. “To see sequestration take those scarce resources away is absolute nonsense, absolutely infuriating,” said Duncan, reported DOD. “I keep pushing folks in Congress on both sides of the aisle to get out of Washington and spend time in real communities and see what the impact of their dysfunction has on kids.”

Corvias Closes on Continental Group of Air Force Bases

  • September 15, 2013
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Corvias Military Living assumed responsibility earlier this month for the development and management of family housing at six Air Force bases in a 50-year transaction involving more than 4,000 existing homes. The privatization project, valued at $455 million in total development costs, will provide new and renovated housing for 3,840 military families using only $87.2 million in government funding …

First of Nine Intrepid Spirit Centers Opens at Ft. Belvoir

  • September 12, 2013
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Officials from the Army and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on the anniversary of 9/11 for the Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., the first of nine planned centers intended to treat service members suffering from the most severe forms of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The dedication ceremony also signified the transfer of the $11 million, 25,000-square-foot center to DOD. A second satellite center will open at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in October, and a third at Fort Campbell, Ky., in mid-2014 …

Survey Outlines Severity of Wounded Veterans’ Physical, Emotional Injuries

  • September 11, 2013
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The three most commonly reported injuries and health problems suffered by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan affect their mental well-being, according to a new survey of 14,000 service members injured since 9/11. Three-quarters of respondents reported experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder; 74 percent said they experienced anxiety; and 69 percent reported suffering from depression. The next most common injury reported was physical — severe back, neck or shoulder problems …

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