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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Law School Clinic to Help Veterans Obtain Disability Benefits

  • January 27, 2014
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The University of Missouri School of Law has opened a clinic to provide legal assistance to veterans who cannot afford a lawyer. The program is part of a clinical course for third-year law students who work in partnership with experienced attorneys to assist veterans who are appealing disability benefits decisions made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The clinic has six active cases, and gets calls every day from veterans who need legal assistance, Angela Drake, law professor and clinic adviser, told the Columbia Daily Tribune. Due to limited resources, though, the clinic is forced to refer cases it can’t handle to other organizations or attorneys. The clinic is funded by a $250,000 donation from an anonymous source.

Revamped Transition Program Provides Ingredients to Launch Post-Military Careers

  • January 26, 2014
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Soldiers’ success in benefiting from the Army’s retooled transition program relies on several principles, including earlier career planning and improved support from their commanders. Officials spent several years surveying and interviewing soldiers before revamping the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) for helping soldiers transition to civilian life. The Army’s analysis revealed three activities needed to ensure successful transitions, ACAP Director Walter Herd told the Army News Service …

Veterans Support Organization Expands Transition Initiative to California

  • January 23, 2014
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One of the largest organizations representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is expanding an innovative program for helping recent veterans successfully transition to civilian life to California, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) announced Thursday. The Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) connects post-9/11 veterans and their families to local resources and to one-on-one support with the organization’s veteran transition managers. The program provides veterans and their families with access to an array of services, including employment, education, housing and mental health …

DOD Considers $1B Cut to Commissary Budget

  • January 22, 2014
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The Pentagon is considering recommending that funding for military grocery stores drop by $1 billion, or 71 percent, over three years as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, reported A cut of that magnitude likely would lead to the widespread closure of commissaries, with stateside stores bearing the brunt of the impact. The recommendation under discussion would reduce the Defense Commissary Agency’s current budget from $1.4 billion to $400 million by FY 2017 …

Study to Explore Link between Legal Services, Mental Health for Veterans

  • January 20, 2014
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Two legal assistance groups will embark on a two-year study of the impact from embedding free legal services within Veterans Affairs facilities, testing the connection between legal help and health and quality of life among veterans. The study will be conducted by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, the first legal organization to provide services in a VA setting, and the New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers …

Philadelphia Opens Service Center Devoted to Female Veterans

  • January 16, 2014
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Philadelphia officials this week opened a veterans service center dedicated to the needs of women, a first for the city and an acknowledgement of the growing number of female veterans. Women are the fastest-growing group using veterans services, Lori Maas, women veterans program manager for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Philadelphia, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. She said the average age of female veterans is 42 …

OPM Proposes Relaxing Restriction for Military Spouses to Gain Federal Tenure

  • January 15, 2014
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Breaks in federal service would not disqualify employees, including military spouses, from attaining career tenure in the government, under a recent proposal from the Office of Personnel Management. The proposed rule, published last week, would eliminate the existing requirement that federal employees work three years in “substantially continuous” service to qualify for tenure, which provides job security along with other benefits …

Suicide Rate for Young Veterans Rises

  • January 12, 2014
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The rate at which male veterans under the age of 30 commit suicide jumped by 44 percent from 2009 to 2011, according to data released last week by the Department of Veterans Affairs. “That’s concerning to us,” said Jan Kemp, VA’s national mental health director for suicide prevention. Kemp said the pressures of leaving the military, transitioning to life as a civilian and combat injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder all play a role in the challenges young male veterans face, according to Stars and Stripes.The suicide rate for all veterans over the three-year period remained steady, though, because older veterans experienced a slight drop in suicides. Overall, suicide rates are significantly higher for military veterans than the civilian population.

DOD Awards $16M Grants to Build Elementary Schools at Kansas, New Mexico Bases

  • January 8, 2014
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School districts in Albuquerque, N.M., and Junction City, Kan., will each receive $16 million grants from the Defense Department to replace elementary schools at neighboring military installations. Albuquerque Public Schools will receive $16.3 million to demolish and rebuild Wherry Elementary School located on Kirtland Air Force Base. Geary County Unified School District 475 will receive $16.1 million to build the new Fort Riley Elementary School …

Labor Department Provides Training Funds for Transitioning Troops at Lewis-McChord

  • January 7, 2014
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About 900 transitioning military personnel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will receive a variety of employment services through a $5.6 million national emergency grant from the Labor Department. The grant will provide the personnel with case management, support services and training to help them apply skills they acquired through military service in the civilian workforce, according to a press release. Only $2.9 million will be released initially, with additional funding being allocated as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance. The grant was awarded to the Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium and will be operated by the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council. “The Department of Labor, industry partners, educators and workforce professionals at the local level have made it our common mission to help our veterans transition successfully from military service to civilian life,” said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

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