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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Nevada Unveils One-Stop Portal to Aid Veterans

  • August 19, 2013
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Before a crowd of veterans group representatives, and community and business leaders, Nevada officials last week debuted the Green Zone networking portal, a one-stop website designed to link the state’s 300,000 veterans with employers, help them tap education and health care benefits, and connect them with other service providers. “We believe that in the areas of wellness, education and employment that this will provide the one-stop location for any veteran seeking a service and also for any service provider who is wishing to serve the veteran …

Lt. Governor’s ‘Listening’ Tour Stops at Three Illinois Defense Communities

  • August 18, 2013
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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon recently held listening sessions at the host communities of three military installations to gain a better understanding of the quality of life for residents neighboring Scott Air Force Base, Rock Island Arsenal and Naval Station Great Lakes. On the final stop of her tour in North Chicago, Simon and researchers from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs held small group discussions with residents about their satisfaction with employment opportunities, schools, infrastructure and health care …

VA Uses EUL to Build Supportive Housing for Veterans at New York Medical Center

  • August 7, 2013
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is using an enhanced use lease to create housing for at-risk veterans and their families at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Partnering with the VA on the $11.4 million project are the Finger Lakes Addiction Counseling and Referral Agency and Cazenovia Recovery Systems. Ohio-based KeyBank provided $5 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity to finance the project located on Cadence Square …

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 …

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