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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Network Extends Reach of Military Spouse Career Programs

  • September 8, 2013
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The Spouse Ambassador Network, DOD’s newest initiative to support the employment of military spouses, will expand available opportunities for spouses by combining the efforts of an array of military support organizations and 200 partnering companies, according to a defense official. The ambassador program, “a network of networks,” will prepare military spouses for careers through the efforts of organization such as the Military Officers Association of America, the National Military Family Association, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

Community Partnerships Offer One Solution to Budget Squeeze Faced by MWR Programs

  • September 8, 2013
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Morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) officials across DOD are making a variety of adjustments to maintain quality-of-life programs as they cope with budget cuts and other changes depriving them of needed resources. In many cases, officials have been forced to scale back programs and services, for example, by reducing the number of hours fitness centers, pools and libraries are open, reports American Forces Press Service. In other cases, service members and their families are being asked to pay nominal fees for aerobics and other fitness classes, or to rent outdoor recreation equipment …

Army Reintegration Initiative Supports a ‘Soldier for Life’

  • September 5, 2013
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The Army’s year-old Soldier for Life initiative is helping service members successfully transition into the civilian world by providing support on multiple fronts, from helping them obtain professional certifications to strengthening links with communities and nonprofits. “Our objective is to change the mindset of soldiers so they understand they are a soldier for life, that when they joined this team, the ultimate team, that they are on this team for life …

Growth of Special Courts for Veterans Provides a Second Chance on Life

  • September 4, 2013
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In the past five years, the number of veterans courts in the nation has jumped from five to 166, providing thousands of veterans, many with substance abuse problems, an opportunity to turn their lives around. The courts, which don’t deal with serious crimes, focus on treatment rather than punishment and offer defendants a host of social services to help them obtain housing, drug treatment, therapy to address post-traumatic stress disorder and a chance to go back to school …

Agencies Show Commitment to Transitioning Personnel

  • September 3, 2013
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The Defense Department and five other federal agencies signed a formal agreement last month codifying their continued commitment to help transitioning service members prepare for civilian life. The statement of intent is a milestone for the effort — involving the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Labor and Education, and the Office of Personnel Management and the Small Business Administration — to redesign the 1990s-era Transition Assistance Program (TAP), signaling that the revamped program is only the first step in improving transition services for service members that the partners plan to sustain over the long term …

Despite Budget Cuts, Air Force Strives to Improve Quality-of-Life Programs

  • August 22, 2013
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An initiative the Air Force launched two-and-a-half years ago to improve morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) services offers a possible path other services can follow amid fiscal constraints. The Air Force’s transformation initiative began with an assessment of what were the most critical services in terms of their impact on readiness. The review designated six core activities — fitness, appropriated-fund dining facilities, child and youth care, youth activities, outdoor recreation and libraries …

Community Colleges, Universities Adopt Best Practices to Support Veterans

  • August 20, 2013
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More than 250 community colleges and universities have embraced President Obama’s call to follow a set of guidelines devised by the departments of Education and Veterans Affairs to boost the prospects for veterans to succeed at institutions of higher education. The “8 Keys to Success” are designed to help veterans in their effort to afford and complete their college degrees, certificates, industry-recognized credentials and licenses as they prepare to enter the civilian job market. One of the best practices calls for educational institutions to collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate services for veterans …

Nevada Unveils One-Stop Portal to Aid Veterans

  • August 19, 2013
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Before a crowd of veterans group representatives, and community and business leaders, Nevada officials last week debuted the Green Zone networking portal, a one-stop website designed to link the state’s 300,000 veterans with employers, help them tap education and health care benefits, and connect them with other service providers. “We believe that in the areas of wellness, education and employment that this will provide the one-stop location for any veteran seeking a service and also for any service provider who is wishing to serve the veteran …

Lt. Governor’s ‘Listening’ Tour Stops at Three Illinois Defense Communities

  • August 18, 2013
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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon recently held listening sessions at the host communities of three military installations to gain a better understanding of the quality of life for residents neighboring Scott Air Force Base, Rock Island Arsenal and Naval Station Great Lakes. On the final stop of her tour in North Chicago, Simon and researchers from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs held small group discussions with residents about their satisfaction with employment opportunities, schools, infrastructure and health care …

VA Uses EUL to Build Supportive Housing for Veterans at New York Medical Center

  • August 7, 2013
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is using an enhanced use lease to create housing for at-risk veterans and their families at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Partnering with the VA on the $11.4 million project are the Finger Lakes Addiction Counseling and Referral Agency and Cazenovia Recovery Systems. Ohio-based KeyBank provided $5 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity to finance the project located on Cadence Square …

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