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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Phoenix, Salt Lake City End Veteran Homelessness

  • January 6, 2014
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Salt Lake City has become the second city to eradicate homelessness among military veterans, just two-and-a-half weeks after Phoenix announced it had reached the same goal. The two cities have engaged in a friendly competition triggered by the Obama administration’s campaign to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015 …

Maryland County Consolidates Veterans Services on College Campuses

  • December 22, 2013
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A new initiative in Montgomery County, Md., aims to make its public colleges the area’s central access point for veteran services, including mental-health counseling, benefits assistance and academic guidance. The elected leader of the county, a suburb of Washington, D.C., believed local college campuses would be a logical place to address gaps in veterans services because many veterans take advantage of the higher education benefits covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill …

RAND Study to Assess Magnitude of ‘Veteran Caregiver Crisis’

  • December 19, 2013
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The RAND Corp. is conducting a comprehensive study of the needs of military and veteran caregivers intended to lay “the groundwork for a national response to the military and veteran caregiver crisis,” the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced last week. RAND will complete a comprehensive needs assessment, determine the number of individuals currently serving as military caregivers and identify their specific needs, according to a press release. The findings also will shed light on what current policies, programs and initiatives are working to support caregivers, and where gaps exist …

Survey to Assess Experience of Veterans in Their First Job

  • December 17, 2013
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Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the behavioral health firm VetAdvisor this week began conducting a survey to determine why veterans leave their initial post-military jobs. The survey is intended to provide insight into how organizations can best structure employee retention programs for veterans. Researchers said the goal is to help veterans get on career paths quicker and help companies improve efforts to retain veterans, reported Stars and Stripes. “We don’t want veterans just to become ‘starter employees,’” said Dan Frank, CEO of VetAdvisor. “The companies we’re talking to are realizing it’s not just about hiring veterans but keeping them, too,” Frank said.

Veterans Legislation Eludes Enactment in 2013

  • December 16, 2013
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The legislative year is about to close this week without any major veterans bills becoming law, a disappointment to advocates after a string of accomplishments on Capitol Hill in the previous two sessions. In early fall, veterans groups were hopeful as several initiatives, including one granting in-state tuition rates at public universities to veterans regardless of their hometown, appeared to have bipartisan support …

DOD Leads Feds in Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

  • December 16, 2013
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A senior White House environment official last week praised DOD’s bold leadership in implementing President Obama’s executive order setting targets for federal agencies for conserving energy and reducing their carbon footprint. “The leadership from the Defense Department in renewable energy has been outstanding,” Jonathan Powers, the Obama administration’s federal environmental executive, told the audience at the Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum …

Senate Caucus Highlights Veterans Issues, Community Partnering for Congressional Staff

  • December 15, 2013
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Lawmakers, DOD officials and local leaders addressed some of the most pressing issues for active-base communities at the first-ever Senate Defense Communities Caucus-hosted briefing last week, including military-community partnering, economic development and veterans’ quality of life. “Communities being responsive and welcoming to transitioning veterans, and thinking outside of the box to find solutions when working with the military are important in this time of tighter budgets,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) …

Georgia Streamlines Process for Veterans to Obtain Professional Licenses

  • December 12, 2013
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A new Georgia law went into effect last week making it easier for transitioning service members to enter the civilian workforce by expediting the transfer of certain military certifications to professional licenses. Veterans now can apply online to have their military experience recognized by the state; they will be required to complete the application within 180 days of discharge from active duty …

Veterans Courts Offer Treatment, Rehabilitation for Offenders

  • December 5, 2013
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The rapid growth of veterans courts has made a significant difference in the lives of veterans, cutting their number of arrests by 88 percent in the year after entering the special court. Since the first veterans treatment court was founded in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2008, the number of veteran courts across the country has rapidly grown to 130. Speaking this week at the first national Vet Court Conference, Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki said that two-thirds of veterans who come before the veterans courts successfully complete their treatment …

Partnerships Help New Jersey Employers Connect with Veterans

  • December 4, 2013
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New Jersey employers are trying new initiatives to recruit and train veterans in the latest sign that corporate America is striving to cut the jobless rate for veterans. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey earlier this year launched a program to train and hire veterans in cooperation with Rutgers University-Newark and the nonprofit Workforce Opportunity Services. About a dozen veterans in the 39-week program participate in an internship program at Horizon during the day, and then take classes in business and software development in the evening …

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