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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

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 …

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