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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

New Hampshire Establishes Court to Hear Veterans’ Cases

  • July 13, 2014
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By next month, New Hampshire’s first court designed to handle criminal cases involving veterans linked to substance abuse, trauma and other issues stemming from their military service will begin hearing cases in Nashua. On Thursday, top state judicial and military officials, including Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), dedicated the Veterans Behavioral Health Track court, reported Army Times. The court is not intended to provide veterans a get-out-of-jail-free card, said Maj. Gen. William Reddel, adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard …

Nonprofits Help Wounded Veterans Serve Communities Dealing with Disasters

  • July 8, 2014
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Two national veterans groups are partnering to provide wounded veterans the necessary experience and training to serve communities that have suffered a natural disaster or other crisis. The Wounded Warrior Project is funding the Team Rubicon initiative and will provide participants a stipend and a 12-month fellowship to serve in a leadership role in one of Team Rubicon’s 10 domestic regions. “This collaboration will provide opportunities for this generation of veterans to serve together again while serving communities in crisis,” according to a joint press release. Team Rubicon teaches veterans the skills of first responders to deploy with emergency response teams. “We feel that this partnership will grow and evolve over time, leading both organizations to improve programs that serve our nation’s veterans,” said Jake Wood, CEO and cofounder of Team Rubicon. “For Team Rubicon that means providing better leadership and mental health support opportunities for our volunteers, who in turn can then better serve communities in need.”

Illinois Law Eases School Transition for Military Families

  • July 2, 2014
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Legislation signed into law last week by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will make it easier for the children of military families to transfer into Illinois schools following a military reassignment. “When a military family has to pick up and move to Illinois, we need to make sure the process is worry-free, especially when it comes to enrolling in a new school,” Quinn said in a written statement. “This new law will ensure that our children of military parents are supported during the school transfer process so they can join their new classmates without delay …

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 …

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