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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Corporate Jobs Initiative Doubles Hiring Goal to 200,000 Veterans

  • January 29, 2014
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After achieving its goal to hire 100,000 veterans seven years early, a coalition of companies has pledged to double its hiring mark to 200,000 former service members by 2020. The 100,000 Jobs Mission, made up of 131 companies, hired 117,439 former service members within two years after setting its hiring goal in 2011, reported USA Today. “We have been able to make a difference in the lives of so many of our nation’s veterans, and those veterans bring tremendous skills and experience to the workplace,” said Maureen Casey, director of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase …

President Highlights Need to Support Veterans, Military Families

  • January 29, 2014
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President Obama underscored the importance of supporting service members as they transition into the civilian world during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. “We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home. And we all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families …

Midwestern Cities Take up Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • January 28, 2014
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The mayors of Des Moines, Iowa, Columbus, Ohio, and St. Paul, Minn., will take part in a friendly challenge to eliminate veteran homelessness in their cities by 2015. The competition follows a similar challenge between the mayors of Phoenix and Salt Lake City which spurred both cities to eradicate homelessness among military veterans. In December, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized Phoenix for reaching an effective level of zero veterans who were homeless for at least one year or had experienced four episodes of homelessness in the past year …

No Plans to Close Commissaries, Dempsey Says

  • January 28, 2014
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The Pentagon has not decided to close military grocery stores, but officials are looking for savings anywhere possible to mitigate the impact of budget constraints, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Officials asked the Defense Commissary Agency to assess the impact of reducing or eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the system, Dempsey said. Military exchanges do not receive a federal subsidy, and the same potential exists with commissaries, he noted …

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