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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Transitioning Veterans Could More Easily Link to Local Services under Heitkamp Bill

  • August 4, 2014
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Legislation introduced by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) would make it much easier for communities to reach out to newly separated service members and help them overcome challenges in gaining access to services and benefits such as health care and housing, employment and education assistance as they transition back to civilian life. The Connect with Veterans Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a voluntary national directory of veterans that would be available to communities and state veterans affairs departments …

VA Reform Bill Retains Provision to Prompt States to Offer In-State Tuition to Veterans

  • July 31, 2014
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The compromise version of legislation addressing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling crisis includes a provision allowing veterans to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at public universities only if they are charged, at most, in-state tuition rates. The language does not force states to charge veterans in-state tuition at public universities, but in states that charge higher rates, the VA would not provide veterans any benefits for tuition and fees. Currently, the GI Bill covers tuition and fees at the in-state rate of public schools, but veterans may not always qualify for those rates due to the wide variance in state residency laws …

Lexington Joins Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • July 29, 2014
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Lexington, Ky., Mayor Jim Gray last week pledged to end veteran homelessness in his city in response to a recent White House initiative. “Everyone deserves a safe, clean place they can call home, especially men and women who have served our country,” Gray said. “Accepting this challenge is the right thing to do, and Lexington’s strong network of partners who serve veterans and other citizens who are homeless will be an important part of this commitment …

Senate Panel Encourages Entrepreneurship for Veterans

  • July 24, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee praised the Small Business Administration’s “Boots to Business” program for helping transitioning service members start businesses, according to its draft report accompanying the FY 2015 Financial Services spending bill, which funds the SBA. The report noted that the entrepreneurial curriculum is offered to service members as an option within the revised transition assistance program. The committee pointed out that many of SBA’s programs for veterans provide counseling and training after service members separate from DOD …

Iowa Judge Wants to Create Court to Keep Veterans out of Jail

  • July 23, 2014
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An Iowa judge is trying to establish a veterans court in Woodbury County to help military veterans obtain essential services to cope with drug and alcohol addiction and mental health problems while keeping them out of jail. “They come back broken [from Iraq and Afghanistan], and we’re starting to see them in our court system,” District Judge Jeffrey Poulson told the Omaha World-Herald. Poulson envisions matching participants with a mentor who could provide advice, but would not act as a counselor …

Los Angeles Mayor Joins Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • July 21, 2014
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to end veteran homelessness in his city during a regional veterans summit last week, joining scores of mayors who previously accepted the Obama administration’s challenge. Garcetti also reiterated an earlier promise to work with the county to secure 10,000 jobs for veterans by 2017. First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke at the summit, praised both of the mayor’s commitments. “The idea that any of our veterans are spending months, or even years, struggling to find a job is unacceptable …

DOD Awards STEM Grant to School District Supporting Missouri Post

  • July 21, 2014
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Waynesville R-VI School District recently received a $300,000 grant from the DOD Educational Activity (DODEA) to help it implement a program encouraging students at the school system neighboring Fort Leonard Wood to take college-level math and science courses. The grant will help support an additional five advanced placement (AP) courses in the school district located in central Missouri. DODEA partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) college readiness program …

DOD Awards $62.6M to Improve Facilities at California, Virginia School Districts

  • July 16, 2014
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The Defense Department is awarding $62.6 million to two school districts in Southern California and one in Northern Virginia to upgrade elementary and middle schools at neighboring military installations. The San Diego Unified School District will receive $34.1 million in grant funds to renovate, repair and construct new classrooms at Doris Miller and Joy Bright Hancock Elementary Schools at Naval Base San Diego. The district is providing an additional $8.5 million in non-federal matching funds for the two schools …

UAB Health System Initiative to Identify Veterans, Improve Care

  • July 15, 2014
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, in partnership with Joining Forces, has launched an initiative for providers to identify whether their patients are veterans. The “Have you ever served in the military?” campaign is intended to improve health care by helping providers obtain a military health history which will allow clinicians to consider unique exposures and concerns of veterans. “By recognizing our servicemen and women, we can improve their quality of life and overall health outcomes …

Maryland Lawmaker Moves to Boost Fisher House Funding

  • July 14, 2014
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The foundation which provides free lodging near military and veterans hospitals for relatives of service members would get a $16 million boost under a provision in the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill passed last month by the House. An amendment sponsored by Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) would increase federal funding to the Fisher House Foundation to $20 million so that more houses could be built to accommodate the families of those wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Currently there are 63 Fisher Houses located on 23 military installations and 24 VA medical centers across the country …

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