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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

New Website Helps Service Members Locate Housing in Host Community

  • January 5, 2015
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The Defense Department has launched a website, HOMES.mil, to help service members and their families, and DOD civilians find rental housing located near military installations. The listings provided by property managers are verified by military housing offices, reports the Navy Installations Command housing program. “HOMES.mil modernizes the way Navy Housing provides information on local rental properties and improves the housing service centers’ customer service to sailors and their families while helping to alleviate some of the burden and stress of PCS [permanent change of station],” said Greg Wright, Navy Housing program director. HOMES.mil offers a database of available rental listings, as well as contact information for service members’ current or prospective housing office. Military personnel also can use the site to list their own rental properties. The site allows property managers to create and update their listings, which can include photos, floorplans and descriptions of amenities.

Quality-of-Life Milcon Projects Shortchanged in Budget, Appropriators Point Out

  • December 23, 2014
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Cuts in the services’ military construction budgets to free up funds for operational readiness are placing the needs of service members in peril as essential quality-of-life milcon requirements such as child development centers, physical fitness facilities and troop housing are going unfulfilled, according to the House and Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittees. “Deferral of needed QOL [quality-of-life] investment can adversely impact troop readiness and jeopardize the health and safety of service members,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the FY 2015 omnibus spending bill signed into law last week by the president …

Persistence Needed in Battle against Veteran Homelessness

  • December 14, 2014
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The federal government has made significant strides in tackling veteran homelessness, but reaching President Obama’s goal of completely eradicating the problem is still years away, according to testimony last week by veterans service providers. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.),chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned the rationale for having more than 20 programs designed to take homeless veterans off the streets and provide them with housing, health care and employment assistance, reported Stars and Stripes. The programs are not duplicative in many cases since homeless veterans have diverse needs, said Baylee Crone, executive director for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans …

Authorization Bill Calls for Moderate Cut to Commissary Subsidy

  • December 9, 2014
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The compromise version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill supports trimming the federal subsidy for military grocery stores by $100 million for one year, significantly scaling back the Pentagon’s cost-cutting proposal. The Defense Department asked for a $200 million cut in the annual direct subsidy for commissaries in FY 2015 as part of a plan to reduce the government’s annual subsidy for commissaries from $1.4 billion to $400 million over three years. Fully imposing the proposal would slash the average savings on groceries from 30 percent to 10 percent …

Fayetteville Workshop Looks at Transition Issues for Military Families

  • November 24, 2014
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Last week’s fifth annual Forward March conference in Fayetteville, N.C., focused on ways to support military families in transition. Military families are particularly concerned about finding employment and healthcare after separating, according to Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association. Involuntary separations precipitated by spending cuts can add to the anxiety level. “There’s a lot of uncertainty, and what we found when we talk to military spouses is the information going out to service members is not going to the families …

Georgia Invests in Job Training Center for Service Members, Veterans

  • November 19, 2014
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The state of Georgia is spending $10 million to build a training center for military members and their families in Warner Robins to help veterans earn academic credentials needed to enter the civilian workforce. The Georgia Military and Academic Training Center, located next to Robins Air Force Base, is expected to support military personnel and veterans with education and training, credit transfers and job placement. Military members and veterans currently can attend many Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia University System schools to receive certifications in hundreds of educational programs …

Workforce Group Inks Partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • November 17, 2014
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The Susquehanna Workforce Network last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Aberdeen Proving Ground intended to support personnel entering the civilian job market as well as people seeking employment at the northeastern Maryland installation. Both parties have worked in partnership for years, but a formal agreement was needed to comply with Army regulations, reported the Cecil Whig. “It truly is a win-win, because as an office of one, Susquehanna Workforce Network brings a lot of resources,” said Marilyn Howard, the employment manager for the Army Community Service’s Family Support Center. “They benefit by getting increased communication of what is going on at the installation …

D.C. Breaks Ground on Innovative Model for Meeting Homeless Veterans’ Needs

  • November 12, 2014
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Officials from the Department of Housing and Development and the District of Columbia held a groundbreaking this week for an affordable housing development that will benefit homeless veterans beyond providing them a place to live. The $33 million, 124-unit apartment building will set aside 60 units for homeless veterans. In addition, the building in Northeast Washington allows case managers and social workers to work onsite with veterans in tandem with the local VA Medical Center, reports Government Executive. The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, funded through a mix of public and private support, follows the Housing First model for addressing homelessness. The approach calls for providing the homeless stable housing first, and then offering a variety of support services.

Congress Needs to Preserve, Expand Housing Aid Programs for Veterans, Report Says

  • November 11, 2014
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The nation has made significant progress in ending homelessness among veterans, but the 2015 goal set by President Obama is unlikely to be met. Rental assistance from all levels of government — which now helps more than 340,000 veterans afford housing — has played a central role in the 33 percent reduction in veteran homelessness between 2010 and 2014. It reaches only a fraction of veterans in need, however, and points to an effective approach for addressing veterans’ unmet housing requirements, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities …

First Lady, Madagascar Penguins Team up for Veterans Day

  • November 9, 2014
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First Lady Michelle Obama sends the “Penguins of Madagascar” on a top-secret mission to teach elementary and middle-school students about the many ways America’s military veterans can contribute to the nation. The six-minute video debunks the myths many Americans hold about veterans returning from duty. The video supports the GotYour6 campaign, an initiative focused on empowering veterans and shifting public perceptions of veterans through media. A recent study sponsored by GotYour6 reveals the contradictory perceptions Americans have of veterans. It finds that people’s views can be altered, partially through the support of the entertainment industry. “Not only does portraying veterans in a more neutral, asset-based role on television and film strengthen impressions of veterans and represent the most credible approach, it also holds the potential to engage the public in a new conversation about supporting returning veterans through opportunity rather than charity,” the study concludes.

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