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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Spouse Employment Ranks High among Military Families’ Concerns

  • September 23, 2014
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Concerns about military pay and benefits, along with changes in the retirement system, ranked as the top two issues cited by service members, military spouses and veterans in a wide-ranging survey conducted by Blue Star Families. Military spouses and active-duty members also cited spouse employment as one of their top five lifestyle concerns, reported Government Executive. Military spouses frequently experience challenges finding jobs, primarily due to a lack of child care, frequent moves or employer bias. “Within open-ended responses, many spouses described encounters with potential employers who reportedly held preconceived notions that military spouse job seekers lacked adequate education, skills or experience, or who were concerned that frequent moves would ultimately mean short periods of employment …

Tech Entrepreneurs Tackle Veteran Unemployment

  • September 21, 2014
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A group of tech entrepreneurs and companies are mashing together data on the skills of veterans trying to enter the civilian job market with the job requirements of employers in an attempt to use big data to narrow the veteran unemployment gap. The group also has pulled government data on veteran unemployment claims to map the misalignment between veterans and the job market geographically. So far, Veterans Talent is primarily a proof-of-concept of what can be developed when private companies and government agencies collaborate …

Federal Partnership to Train Veterans for Solar Industry Jobs

  • September 18, 2014
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The Energy Department will launch a veterans’ job training pilot project at up to three military installations this fall to train veterans for jobs in the solar industry, the White House announced Thursday. The pilot project will rely on DOE’s network of more than 400 community college-based solar training institutions to train veterans for jobs in solar system design, installation, sales and inspection, according to a White House fact sheet. The White House announced the project as part of more than a dozen executive actions to advance the deployment of solar energy and promote energy efficiency. In April, the administration launched the Capital Solar Challenge, directing federal agencies, military installations and federally subsidized complexes to identify opportunities to deploy solar energy at federal locations across the National Capital region. The General Services Administration is hosting an industry day on Oct. 23 to discuss potential opportunities and explain its procurement approach to developers and investors.

Officials Dedicate Intrepid Center at Ft. Campbell

  • September 11, 2014
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Military leaders and members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund formally dedicated the new Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Monday to treat returning service members with traumatic brain injuries and other conditions. The Fort Campbell facility is the third of nine planned Intrepid Spirit Centers nationwide. The first two centers — dedicated last fall at Fort Belvoir, Va., and at Camp Lejeune, N.C. — already have provided care for 2,000 service members, reported the Army News Service. Centers are currently under construction at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Hood, Texas. The Fort Campbell center anticipates treating 1,300 to 1,500 patients annually …

Many Military Families Seek Food Aid, Survey Finds

  • September 11, 2014
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An estimated 25 percent of households with a member currently serving in the military receive food assistance from the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest provider of charitable food assistance to low-income Americans, according to a recent survey conducted by the nonprofit. The survey estimated that 620,000 households that seek food assistance from a Feeding America network agency include at least one member serving in the military. Jennifer Gilmore, executive director of the Feeding America San Diego food bank, said she was shocked recently to see 300 people lined up at a military housing development to collect bags of produce …

Veteran Homelessness Drops Significantly since 2010

  • September 7, 2014
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The number of homeless veterans has fallen by one-third over the past four years, according to data released by the federal government last month. The annual point-in-time count conducted in January showed there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, down from nearly 75,000 in 2010. There was nearly a 40 percent drop in the number of veterans sleeping on the street …

Pentagon Initiative Smooths Service Members’ Path into Civilian Careers

  • September 3, 2014
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A DOD initiative is making it easier for separating service members to obtain civilian credentials in a range of fields so they can quickly enter the civilian workforce. So far, the department has implemented pilot credentialing programs in seven major professions — truck driving, medical, supply, automotive mechanics, aircraft mechanics, information technology and manufacturing. In fields in which military training nearly matches private sector requirements, such as welding, service members can step right into a civilian job with only a little bit of gap training, said Frank DiGiovanni, the department’s director of force readiness and training …

All 50 States on Board Interstate Schools Compact after New York Enacts Measure

  • September 2, 2014
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A long-standing goal of the Pentagon was reached last month after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation adopting an interstate agreement designed to ease the transition for military children transferring to a new school district, making it the 50th state to embrace the compact. The goal of the interstate compact is to make transition easier so that military children — who typically attend from six to nine different school systems from K-12 — are afforded the same opportunities as other children. States that sign the compact agree to follow common guidelines in handling issues such as enrollment, class placement, records transfer, immunization requirements, graduation requirements, attendance, exit testing and extracurricular opportunities …

Georgia Breaks Ground on Veterans Training Center near Robins AFB

  • August 26, 2014
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Georgia officials last week broke ground outside of Robins Air Force Base on a $10 million education and training center designed to assist veterans transitioning to civilian careers. The Georgia military academic training center — a partnership between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia — will serve as a gateway for veterans as they re-enter Georgia’s workforce and systems of higher education …

Unused Runway Converted to Training Site for Air Reserve Programs

  • August 26, 2014
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A dead runway at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., is now being used to train airmen for a variety of occupations, including tractor trailer and crane operators, and explosive ordnance disposal technicians. Dobbins donated the runway and several acres of land to the Air Force Reserve Command’s Expeditionary Combat Support Training Certification Center in 2001, according to Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs. AFCEC manages some of the training programs offered by the training center; other programs include mobile aircraft arresting systems and use of the reverse osmosis water purification unit …

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