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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Murray Fights to Put Returning Veterans Back to Work

  • May 22, 2014
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Patty Murray has been a tireless advocate for veterans since joining the Senate, championing improved job training, expanded employment assistance and education benefits, increased funding for veterans health care and other benefits, housing assistance and accountability from the Veterans Affairs Department. The Washington senator’s efforts to address veteran unemployment culminated three years ago when legislation she authored, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, was cleared by Congress. The landmark, bipartisan legislation was designed to help put veterans back to work by providing job skills training as they leave the military and by easing the training and certification process they face …

Kaine Measure Would Help Troops Pay for Civilian Credentials

  • May 19, 2014
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Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) last week introduced legislation to help service members acquire credentials that would ease their transition into the civilian workforce. The 2014 Credentialing Improvement for Troop Talent Act would allow DOD’s tuition assistance program to pay for licensing fees and additional expenses such as training materials and test fees. Currently, the program provides financial assistance for postsecondary courses and degree programs but does not cover credentialing expenses …

‘Home Base Iowa’ Legislation Intended to Attract Veterans

  • May 15, 2014
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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Memorial Day is expected to sign legislation designed to bring more veterans to Iowa, particularly newly discharged service members and their families. The bill’s provisions include a requirement for colleges and universities to report their policies on awarding academic credit for military experience; a requirement for occupational licensing boards to offer credit to veterans with appropriate military training and experience …

Report Calls for Creation of Veterans Alliance in Cincinnati Region

  • May 15, 2014
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The local Easter Seals affiliate serving the Cincinnati metro area plans to help establish a regional veterans alliance to improve community support for veterans and military families, following the release of a new report recommending the move. An alliance would improve coordination of services for veterans in southwestern Ohio, according to the report from the Easter Seals Tristate’s Operation Vets Thrive. The group will consider joining up with a host organization or creating an independent non-profit …

Colorado Springs Clearinghouse Connects Veterans to Services

  • May 13, 2014
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A clearinghouse of service providers supporting military personnel, veterans and their families in Colorado Springs, Colo., has begun a new partnership with Pikes Peak United Way to offer an information and referral line for residents seeking assistance. “It’s a ‘no wrong door’ approach,” said Kate Hatten, executive director of the Peak Military Care Network. One week after the referral line’s launch, the network has received about six calls for help per day, a number Hatten expects to climb …

100,000 Jobs Mission Reaches for Hire Goal

  • May 12, 2014
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Companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission hired almost 141,000 U.S. military veterans through the first quarter of 2014, putting the coalition of 154 companies on a trajectory to surpass its new goal of hiring 200,000 veterans by 2020. At an event last week, Peter Chiarelli, former vice chief of staff of the Army, applauded the initiative for de-mystifying the impact of post-traumatic stress and recognizing there is no reason veterans affected by the condition cannot work …

Joint Chiefs Split over Wisdom of Slashing Commissary Subsidy

  • May 11, 2014
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In a break from the support for the administration’s budget request typically expected from senior Pentagon leaders, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. John Amos during a Senate hearing last week criticized the plan to reduce annual federal subsidies for military grocery stores by $1 billion over three years. The plan is projected to cut average savings for shoppers from 30 percent to 10 percent. “That’s a 66 percent drop in savings for my Marines. I don’t like that,” Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee, reported Stars and Stripes. “The commissary issue itself is radioactive …

Philanthropies Pledge $102M for Military Families

  • May 8, 2014
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First Lady Michelle Obama last week announced a $102 million philanthropic initiative to support military families over the next five years. The Veterans Philanthropy Exchange will allow participants to share best practices, create new resources and recruit even more donors, Obama said from the Washington headquarters of the Red Cross …

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 …

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