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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Committee Chair Rejects DOD’s Compensation Reforms; Adjusts A-10 Fleet Retirement

  • May 5, 2014
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The full committee portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill rejects most of the Obama administration’s proposed reforms to military benefits, including plans to slash subsidies for commissaries and slow increases in the basic allowance for housing. The chairman’s mark rejects other cost-saving reforms in the Pentagon’s FY 2015 budget as well, including plans to retire the Navy’s 11th aircraft carrier and to hold a new BRAC round in 2017. The legislation, however, embraces in part the Air Force’s proposal to retire its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft …

Reservists Face ‘Different Stressors’ in Returning from Combat

  • April 29, 2014
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According to the latest figures from the Pentagon, suicides among active-duty service members dropped in 2013 from the previous year but rose among Reservists, highlighting the different set of problems facing members of the Guard and Reserve. “There’s a growing amount of data — including our own research — that the Guard and Reserve soldiers are unique, with different stressors and problems,” said Dr. Craig Bryan, executive director of the National Center for Veteran Studies …

Partnerships Focus on Finding Veterans a Career

  • April 29, 2014
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While many initiatives across the nation are focused on placing transitioning service members into jobs, two promising programs aim to help veterans find careers outside of the military. The 11-year old Helmets to Hardhats job training program helps veterans obtain certification in the construction industry through a no-cost apprenticeship program. Veterans receive a certification they can transfer to any state and receive training in how to read a blueprint, among other skills …

White House Introduces One-Stop Jobs Tool for Veterans

  • April 27, 2014
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The White House last week launched a one-stop career portal to connect veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses with employers. The new online resource is the first interagency tool to link public and private job opportunities, detailed career and training resources, and the ability to build a resume and translate applicants’ military skills into civilian equivalents …

DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Surpasses Hiring Goal

  • April 23, 2014
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A Pentagon program has connected more than 60,000 military spouses with jobs, exceeding the White House’s goal for the initiative and overcoming many of the challenges to hiring military spouses. “Eighty-five percent of military spouses actually have some college, 25 percent of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 10 percent have an advanced degree,” said Meg O’Grady, a senior program analyst in DOD’s office of family policy and children and youth …

White House to Mark Third Anniversary of ‘Joining Forces’

  • April 23, 2014
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First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are asking Americans to ask questions about “Joining Forces” via social media, as part of the events celebrating the initiative’s third anniversary today. On Wednesday, Obama and Biden will speak to service members, families and employers at the Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at Fort Campbell, Ky., and will answer some questions about the initiative they launched to mobilize all sectors of American society to support service members and their families …

Partnership with NBA is a ‘Slam Dunk,’ Dempsey Says

  • April 21, 2014
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DOD, the National Basketball Association and USA Basketball launched a new partnership last week to support local communities and hundreds of thousands of active and retired armed forces members and their families through the sport of basketball. The program will focus on community service, transition, leadership and rehabilitation for those with life-altering injuries. On Friday Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey praised the collaboration, saying it will help solve problems at the community level …

Moves Pose Mental Health Risks for Military Kids, Study Shows

  • April 20, 2014
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Moving to a new town or city poses significant challenges for the mental health of children in military families, especially for teenagers, according to a new study. The researchers looked at the medical records of 548,336 children between ages 6 and 17 with at least one parent in the military; almost 25 percent of the children moved during the past year …

Charlotte Nonprofit Helps Connect Veterans, Employers

  • April 17, 2014
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A Charlotte, N.C.-based organization attempting to give a boost to veterans transitioning to civilian life is raising its goals after helping more than 500 veterans connect with local employers over the past year and improving veteran recruitment efforts at 24 companies. Charlotte Bridge Home — which links separating service members with education, employment and healthcare resources at the local, state and federal level — aims to double both figures this year, reports television station WSOC. “We’re not just trying to fill slots, we want the right job for the right veteran and vice versa …

Senate Hearing to Provide Joint Chiefs Chance to Defend Cuts in Benefits

  • April 17, 2014
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The Senate Armed Services Committee is providing the Joint Chiefs of Staff a rare opportunity to make clear the tradeoff between accepting the changes in military pay and compensation the Pentagon has proposed or risking further deterioration in the military’s readiness. The May 6 hearing is slated to include testimony from all seven of the four-star officers that make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff. To mitigate the impact of spending caps initially mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act, defense officials have looked for savings in skyrocketing personnel costs. The cutbacks to compensation included in the department’s five-year budget would save $2.1 billion next year and $30 billion through fiscal 2019 …

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