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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Engineering, IT Best Bets for Veteran Job Seekers

  • February 6, 2014
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Young veterans leave the service with a wide range of experience, preparing them for careers in the engineering and IT fields, health care and other services, according to a new list of the 10 Best Jobs for Veterans. The list focuses on positions that don’t require a lot of additional training for veterans. Emergency medical technician, paralegal and legal assistants, training and development manager, and construction program manager are some of the best positions for veterans, allowing candidates to tap their unique training and leadership skills …

Labor Department Grants Support Reintegration of Homeless Veterans

  • February 4, 2014
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Two Labor Department grants totaling $900,000 will be used by the recipients, Advocates for Human Potential in Sudbury, Mass., and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C., to ease homeless veterans’ transition to civilian life. The $450,000 grants, awarded under the department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, will help improve the group’s ability to deliver services to homeless veterans, including female veterans and homeless veterans with families …

Veterans Need Only Pay In-State Tuition Rates under House Bill

  • February 4, 2014
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Veterans taking advantage of their G.I. Bill benefits would be charged in-state tuition rates at any public university, regardless of their state of residence, under legislation approved by the House on Monday. H.R. 357, which would go into effect on July 1, 2016, is intended to help veterans attend the public school of their choice …

Industry Officials Share Keys to Recruiting Veterans with House Panel

  • January 30, 2014
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Private sector officials shared lessons learned from their successes recruiting veterans during a hearing this week by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Maureen Casey, managing director of military and veterans affairs for JPMorgan Chase, updated lawmakers on lessons the financial services giant learned during the launch of its military hiring program. To reach its target, JPMorgan reevaluated its hiring practices and established a new recruiting team with the ability to translate military skills into civilian ones …

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