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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Industry Coalition Pledges to Hire 100,000 Veterans for Construction Jobs

  • February 11, 2014
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A broad coalition of more than 100 construction companies and associations have committed to hiring 100,000 veterans over the next five years, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday during a conference focusing on employment challenges for transitioning service members. “I know that you all have made this commitment not just because it is the patriotic thing to do … [but also] because you know that America’s military turns out some of the highest-skilled, hardest working employees this country has ever seen,” Obama said …

DOD to Consider Tracking Suicides among Military Dependents

  • February 11, 2014
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DOD may consider tracking suicides among service members’ families, after a new report shows that tracking such patterns could help officials target suicide prevention programs toward military dependents. The department carefully tracks suicide trends among service members, but so far has not studied suicide among their spouses and children …

Nonprofit Group to Help Wounded Veterans Gain Independence

  • February 6, 2014
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Wounded Warrior Project has committed $30 million to two initiatives aimed at ensuring the most seriously wounded service members have the ability to live as rewarding and independent a life as possible. This year the organization is setting aside $10 million for 250 veterans with brain injuries, missing limbs and other potentially limiting injuries to achieve independence through additional medical care, therapy and assistance programs. About $20 million will be placed in a trust that will ensure independent living for 40 veteran families for at least 20 years …

Engineering, IT Best Bets for Veteran Job Seekers

  • February 6, 2014
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Young veterans leave the service with a wide range of experience, preparing them for careers in the engineering and IT fields, health care and other services, according to a new list of the 10 Best Jobs for Veterans. The list focuses on positions that don’t require a lot of additional training for veterans. Emergency medical technician, paralegal and legal assistants, training and development manager, and construction program manager are some of the best positions for veterans, allowing candidates to tap their unique training and leadership skills …

Labor Department Grants Support Reintegration of Homeless Veterans

  • February 4, 2014
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Two Labor Department grants totaling $900,000 will be used by the recipients, Advocates for Human Potential in Sudbury, Mass., and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C., to ease homeless veterans’ transition to civilian life. The $450,000 grants, awarded under the department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, will help improve the group’s ability to deliver services to homeless veterans, including female veterans and homeless veterans with families …

Veterans Need Only Pay In-State Tuition Rates under House Bill

  • February 4, 2014
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Veterans taking advantage of their G.I. Bill benefits would be charged in-state tuition rates at any public university, regardless of their state of residence, under legislation approved by the House on Monday. H.R. 357, which would go into effect on July 1, 2016, is intended to help veterans attend the public school of their choice …

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 …

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