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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Spouse Employment Reaches Hiring Milestone Two Years Early

  • August 5, 2013
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The challenge to employers to hire 50,000 military spouses led by the White House and Defense Department reached its goal more than two years early last week, Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told members of DOD’s Military Family Readiness Council on Monday. The effort was promoted through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership — part of DOD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program — a group of more than 180 employers that pledged to recruit military spouses …

Young Children Feel the Strains of War Too, Research Finds

  • July 23, 2013
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Children in military families under the age of six are particularly vulnerable to the impact of deployments and other challenges related to military service, according to a new report by Child Trends. Parents and caregivers should be taught to better manage child behavior as the strain on military families after more than a decade of war is felt by young children just as it is by older children and non-deployed adults, according to the report. Young children are at risk because of their emotional dependence on adults and their developing brains’ susceptibility to high levels of stress …

Universities Question Impact of Bill Allowing Veterans to Pay In-State Tuition Rates

  • July 21, 2013
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University officials are expressing multiple concerns about legislation requiring public colleges to charge all veterans in-state tuition rates, including the potential it could harm veterans currently receiving benefits for tuition and fees through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. Different versions of the bill introduced earlier this year in the House and Senate would deny federal funding to schools that did not offer discounted rates to all veterans …

Connecticut Law Expands Hiring Incentive Program to All Veterans

  • July 18, 2013
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Connecticut businesses will be eligible for state incentives for hiring unemployed veterans of any generation, under legislation state officials celebrated Thursday. The measure expands existing legislation that covered only unemployed veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or military operations in Iraq. The new bill covers all veterans who have served at least 90 days and were honorably discharged from the military …

Does the VA Need a QDR?

  • July 17, 2013
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The House Veterans Affairs Committee is considering a measure requiring the Veterans Affairs Department to prepare a long-term planning document that would be analogous to DOD’s quadrennial defense review.
According to the draft legislation, a four-year veterans review would help establish “a national strategy for meeting the nation’s commitment to veterans” by broadly outlining spending and programming needs.
At a committee hearing Wednesday, Robert Snyder, acting assistant secretary for VA policy and planning, said he did not favor the proposal as the department already has a similar multi-year planning review under way, reported Stars and Stripes. Veterans groups said it is not yet clear whether a quadrennial review modeled after the Defense Department’s planning effort is appropriate for VA programs.

Layoffs at Navy Installations to Spare Priority Programs

  • July 15, 2013
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Layoffs of up to 745 civilian employees announced last month by Commander, Navy Installations Command are not expected to diminish the service’s quality-of-life and direct operation support programs. The elimination of the positions, which amounts to 5 percent of the command’s workforce throughout its shore enterprise, is needed to mitigate a significant funding shortfall by the end of the year. The command is slated to suffer a $600 million budget cut in fiscal 2014 …

SBA Office Helps Lead Ft. Campbell Veterans to Launch New Businesses

  • July 14, 2013
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Clarksville, Tenn., the home of Fort Campbell, recently has found itself becoming the home of an increasing number of businesses started by veterans, military spouses and active service members. The trend makes sense, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which says transitioning service members are “natural entrepreneurs, possessing the training, experience and leadership skills to start businesses and create jobs …

Private Sector Push to Hire Veterans Eases Employment Outlook

  • July 8, 2013
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The effort launched by the White House and adopted by corporate America to hire military veterans seems to be paying dividends, with service members entering the civilian workforce finding a much friendlier reception from potential employers. A slowly improving economy likely also is a factor in veterans’ enhanced employment prospects, but the public commitments by large employers to seek out veterans stand out, reports the Los Angeles Times …

Key for Communities to Support Veterans is Integrating Efforts of Nonprofits, Agencies

  • July 7, 2013
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Greater collaboration on the community level among nonprofits and local agencies delivering services to returning veterans is needed to ensure service members successfully transition into society, according to a commentary by David Sutherland, co-founder and chairman of the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services, published in the Huffington Post. “We need like-minded and complementary organizations to unite and deliver “wrap-around” services — education, employment, health care, transportation, housing, access to legal and financial services, etc. — all in their community. We need these non-profits, government agencies, civic and corporate entities talking to each other about collective impact in their communities …

Pilot Allows Veteran Corpsmen, Medics to Work in San Diego ERs

  • July 4, 2013
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A pilot program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs is allowing former corpsmen and medics to work in San Diego-area emergency rooms. Under the Intermediate Care Technician program, military veterans work under the supervision of a doctor or nurse, reported ABC10 News. “They can do everything from applying splints to suturing lacerations, take blood or start IVs, something that would require taking a nurse or doctor away from the more urgent things they’re needed for,” said Nancy Howerton, VA emergency room nurse manager. Without the program, the veterans would not be able to work in a hospital. Many of the intermediate care technicians in the program are attending school to become certified.

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