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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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.

House Bill Would Ease Veterans’ Transition

  • May 28, 2014
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The House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at increasing the number of service members who find jobs after leaving the military. H.R. 2942 would reauthorize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Professional Certification and Licensure Advisory Committee, which managed licensing and certification for job training programs for veterans separating from the armed forces, reported the Hill. It is designed to help veterans who have the appropriate military training and experience for civilian occupations but lack required licenses or certification for those jobs …

Wyoming Tops List of Best States for Military Retirees, Survey Says

  • May 28, 2014
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Citing its high scores in measures of economic health, quality of life and health care, a new survey ranks Wyoming as the top state for veterans to retire. Wyoming ranks first in the number of VA health facilities per 10,000 veterans and also ranks fourth highest in the number of veterans per 100 residents, reported Government Executive. Delaware ranked highest for quality of life for military retirees, New Hampshire has the best health care system for retirees and Mississippi has the best economic environment, according to the story. The survey, by WalletHub, a personal finance network, looked at a variety of factors, including housing prices, job opportunities and the number of veteran-owned businesses.

Murray Fights to Put Returning Veterans Back to Work

  • May 22, 2014
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Patty Murray has been a tireless advocate for veterans since joining the Senate, championing improved job training, expanded employment assistance and education benefits, increased funding for veterans health care and other benefits, housing assistance and accountability from the Veterans Affairs Department. The Washington senator’s efforts to address veteran unemployment culminated three years ago when legislation she authored, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, was cleared by Congress. The landmark, bipartisan legislation was designed to help put veterans back to work by providing job skills training as they leave the military and by easing the training and certification process they face …

Kaine Measure Would Help Troops Pay for Civilian Credentials

  • May 19, 2014
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Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) last week introduced legislation to help service members acquire credentials that would ease their transition into the civilian workforce. The 2014 Credentialing Improvement for Troop Talent Act would allow DOD’s tuition assistance program to pay for licensing fees and additional expenses such as training materials and test fees. Currently, the program provides financial assistance for postsecondary courses and degree programs but does not cover credentialing expenses …

‘Home Base Iowa’ Legislation Intended to Attract Veterans

  • May 15, 2014
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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Memorial Day is expected to sign legislation designed to bring more veterans to Iowa, particularly newly discharged service members and their families. The bill’s provisions include a requirement for colleges and universities to report their policies on awarding academic credit for military experience; a requirement for occupational licensing boards to offer credit to veterans with appropriate military training and experience …

Report Calls for Creation of Veterans Alliance in Cincinnati Region

  • May 15, 2014
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The local Easter Seals affiliate serving the Cincinnati metro area plans to help establish a regional veterans alliance to improve community support for veterans and military families, following the release of a new report recommending the move. An alliance would improve coordination of services for veterans in southwestern Ohio, according to the report from the Easter Seals Tristate’s Operation Vets Thrive. The group will consider joining up with a host organization or creating an independent non-profit …

Colorado Springs Clearinghouse Connects Veterans to Services

  • May 13, 2014
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A clearinghouse of service providers supporting military personnel, veterans and their families in Colorado Springs, Colo., has begun a new partnership with Pikes Peak United Way to offer an information and referral line for residents seeking assistance. “It’s a ‘no wrong door’ approach,” said Kate Hatten, executive director of the Peak Military Care Network. One week after the referral line’s launch, the network has received about six calls for help per day, a number Hatten expects to climb …

100,000 Jobs Mission Reaches for Hire Goal

  • May 12, 2014
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Companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission hired almost 141,000 U.S. military veterans through the first quarter of 2014, putting the coalition of 154 companies on a trajectory to surpass its new goal of hiring 200,000 veterans by 2020. At an event last week, Peter Chiarelli, former vice chief of staff of the Army, applauded the initiative for de-mystifying the impact of post-traumatic stress and recognizing there is no reason veterans affected by the condition cannot work …

Joint Chiefs Split over Wisdom of Slashing Commissary Subsidy

  • May 11, 2014
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In a break from the support for the administration’s budget request typically expected from senior Pentagon leaders, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. John Amos during a Senate hearing last week criticized the plan to reduce annual federal subsidies for military grocery stores by $1 billion over three years. The plan is projected to cut average savings for shoppers from 30 percent to 10 percent. “That’s a 66 percent drop in savings for my Marines. I don’t like that,” Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee, reported Stars and Stripes. “The commissary issue itself is radioactive …

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