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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Arizona Website Supports Military Children in Transition

  • July 1, 2014
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Arizona has launched a website to help students of military families and school personnel navigate the challenges associated with frequent relocations. The website’s development follows a 2012 executive order from Gov. Jan Brewer (R) establishing a council to coordinate the state’s participation in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children with local school districts and military installations, reported Sonoran News. The council and the interstate compact are designed to address issues such as enrollment, class placement, records transfer, immunization requirements, graduation requirements, attendance, exit testing and extracurricular opportunities. “This new website provides Arizona schools and military families with support to ensure all students have access to critical information when moving to a new school,” Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said in a written statement.

DOD Readiness Chief Gains Senate Confirmation

  • June 25, 2014
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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jessica Wright to be the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, the department’s senior official responsible for issues related to military and civilian personnel, including quality of life. Wright has been serving as acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness since January 2013, and previously served as assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved her nomination in January, but a floor vote had been delayed since then …

S.C. Legislation Eases Burden on Military Families

  • June 23, 2014
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South Carolina lawmakers believe they have made the state more military friendly after the Legislature last week passed a measure with a variety of provisions designed to improve the quality of life for service members and their families, and veterans. Four of the provisions came from DOD’s list of 10 quality-of-life issues it wants states to advance, reported the State. Jim Wegmann, chairman of the Beaufort Military Enhancement Committee, said the bill’s passage would help position the installations around Beaufort and the state to survive the next BRAC round …

Survey to Guide Funding for Veterans Programs in Los Angeles, Officials Say

  • June 18, 2014
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Government, business and nonprofit leaders in Los Angeles believe a new survey of Los Angeles County veterans conducted by the University of Southern California will help the region advance policies and programs best suited for the nation’s largest veteran population. “We have to target our work and, today, the data is going to help us do that,” said Anthony Hassan, director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the university’s School of Social Work …

Private Sector Is Better Positioned than Feds to Improve Veterans’ Employment, Recruiter Says

  • June 18, 2014
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Federal support for programs to boost veterans’ employment has been “inefficient at best and ineffective or counterproductive at worst,” according to a commentary in Forbes. The effectiveness of DOD and Labor Department transition classes for separating military personnel has been universally criticized, while “various government departments have funded the creation of duplicative online job boards, insulting and limiting military occupational specialty software translators and elaborate but underutilized ‘labor exchanges,’” writes Peter Gudmundsson, CEO of RecruitMilitary …

Los Angeles Initiative Sets Goal of Hiring 10,000 Veterans

  • June 16, 2014
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The city of Los Angeles last week launched a regional hiring initiative aimed at getting 10,000 veterans jobs by 2017 through the pledges of more than 100 companies and support from 40 nonprofit and public sector organizations. The city will commit $9 million over the next five years to link veterans with jobs, and ensure they account for 10 percent of those being served at the city’s new workforce development centers, set to open next month …

VA Reform Legislation Would Extend In-State Tuition to All Veterans

  • June 15, 2014
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The bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate last week to address the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling crisis includes a provision requiring public colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to veterans using their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits regardless of where they reside. Public institutions would be required to charge the in-state tuition rate to veterans while they are living in the state if they enroll within three years after separating from military service …

White House Helps Launch Nationwide Effort to End Veteran Homelessness

  • June 11, 2014
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Mayors from 77 cities in 35 states, along with four governors, have signed onto to a nationwide initiative supported by the White House and federal agencies to end veteran homelessness by 2015. The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, announced last week by First Lady Michelle Obama, will marshal federal, local and non-profit resources to end veteran homelessness in participating communities …

State Seeks Data on Effectiveness of Military Transition Programs

  • June 9, 2014
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Over the past several years, the state of Washington and Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been investing steadily in programs to help separating service members locate employment, but finding data on the success of those initiatives is proving elusive, officials told Gov. Jay Inslee (D) last week at a quarterly meeting of the state’s Military Transition Council. The problem is common across DOD, reports the News Tribune. An April Government Accountability Office study, for example, found little data showing how veterans fared six months after leaving the military …

Military Personnel More Likely to Engage in Troubling Financial Behaviors, Survey Shows

  • June 2, 2014
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The personal finances of service members are significantly weaker than the general population, according to a new survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. In many cases, military personnel are approximately twice as likely to engage in risky financial practices, including carrying credit debt from month to month, taking a cash advance from a credit card and making less than the minimum payment in the past year. Overall, 77 percent of service members said they have financial worries, with 57 percent saying they are very worried about the potential loss of income and job security due to defense cuts and downsizing. The survey found that 55 percent of military personnel believe they are financially prepared to deal with an emergency, according to press release.

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