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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Use of Food Stamps by Service Members Continues to Grow

  • February 23, 2014
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Military grocery stores have seen a steady increase in the use of food stamps since the recession began in 2008, climbing 233 percent over the past five years. The growth rate of food stamp redemptions at commissaries, which has slowed more recently, has been attributed to the weak economic recovery, high unemployment rates for military spouses, and a move by some states to lower eligibility requirements for food stamps, making it easier for service members to qualify …

Former President Launches Initiative to Support Transitioning Veterans

  • February 20, 2014
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Former President George W. Bush called for a greater understanding of former service members at the Military Service Initiative Summit on Feb. 19, an event sponsored by the Bush Institute to focus attention on the issues facing post-9/11 veterans. “What most veterans want is to have their service understood and appreciated for what it is: a formative experience in their lives and a source of skills and values that prepare them to succeed in civilian life …

VA to Open Residential Facility Dedicated to Recent Veterans

  • February 19, 2014
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A new Department of Veterans Affairs residential treatment facility in San Diego will be devoted to helping veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan avoid homelessness. The 40-bed, 30,000-square-foot residential rehabilitation facility, set to open Monday, will serve as a test of whether there is an advantage to delivering care to younger veterans as a group. The VA will track the number of homeless veterans in San Diego as the program continues and monitor the residents’ progress after they leave the facility …

States Should Adopt Arizona’s Model to End Veteran Homelessness, Governor Says

  • February 17, 2014
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Arizona’s four-year-old initiative to end veteran homelessness throughout the state is moving toward a successful conclusion, according to a commentary by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) published last week in the Arizona Republic. “What we are accomplishing here in Arizona can and should be done in other states — and with the United States’ entire homeless population,” Brewer wrote. After Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced a five-year timeline in 2009 to end veteran homelessness, Arizona became the first state to create an office dedicated to addressing the issue …

Corporations Highlight Programs to Ease Civilian Transition

  • February 14, 2014
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Officials at several of the leading corporations in America detailed a variety of hiring and training programs intended to support service members transitioning out of the military during a recent hearing by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Representatives from Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise Association cited multiple initiatives available to veterans, including: Hiring Our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce project that has held more than 660 veteran job fairs across all 50 states since 2011 …

Spouse Support Program Now Aimed at Easing Military Families’ Transition

  • February 12, 2014
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As the size of the military continues to shrink following the drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department has begun to use the spouse employment program as a tool to help service members and their families transition out of the military rather than emphasizing the program’s goal of retaining mid-career personnel. “We really believe that if the spouse has an opportunity for career advancement and job opportunities, they will be the glue to support the transition of our service members back into the civilian community,” said Barbara Thompson, a DOD military family official …

Military Spouses Face Economic Disadvantages in Workforce, Study Concludes

  • February 12, 2014
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Military spouses face a substantial disadvantage compared to their civilian counterparts in employment, income and career advancement, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, conducted by Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), found that 90 percent of responding active-duty female spouses reported being underemployed, meaning they possess more formal education or experience than needed at their current or most recent position. About 95 percent of active military spouses are female …

Industry Coalition Pledges to Hire 100,000 Veterans for Construction Jobs

  • February 11, 2014
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A broad coalition of more than 100 construction companies and associations have committed to hiring 100,000 veterans over the next five years, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday during a conference focusing on employment challenges for transitioning service members. “I know that you all have made this commitment not just because it is the patriotic thing to do … [but also] because you know that America’s military turns out some of the highest-skilled, hardest working employees this country has ever seen,” Obama said …

DOD to Consider Tracking Suicides among Military Dependents

  • February 11, 2014
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DOD may consider tracking suicides among service members’ families, after a new report shows that tracking such patterns could help officials target suicide prevention programs toward military dependents. The department carefully tracks suicide trends among service members, but so far has not studied suicide among their spouses and children …

Nonprofit Group to Help Wounded Veterans Gain Independence

  • February 6, 2014
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Wounded Warrior Project has committed $30 million to two initiatives aimed at ensuring the most seriously wounded service members have the ability to live as rewarding and independent a life as possible. This year the organization is setting aside $10 million for 250 veterans with brain injuries, missing limbs and other potentially limiting injuries to achieve independence through additional medical care, therapy and assistance programs. About $20 million will be placed in a trust that will ensure independent living for 40 veteran families for at least 20 years …

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