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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Texas City Launches Economic Development Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • April 17, 2014
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The East Texas city of Tyler, located halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, La., wants to become the nation’s most veteran friendly community. To pursue that goal, the city’s chamber of commerce is launching a veteran and military growth initiative, an effort to attract and support the large number of veterans already residing in Texas …

Pay, Benefits Reform is Needed, Marine Corps’ Enlisted Leader Tells Lawmakers

  • April 15, 2014
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The highest ranking enlisted Marine is under fire from his own troops after telling a congressional panel that a deterioration in readiness due to sequestration is more harmful to personnel than moderate cuts to pay and benefits. Marines are not running around thinking about “compensation, benefits or retirement modernization,” Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett told the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee last week …

Non-Combat Injuries Hinder Veterans’ Return to Everyday Life

  • April 14, 2014
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When it comes to the most enduring impact of 12-plus years of war, coping with health problems not considered combat-related may be the primary legacy for the majority of veterans. While more than 50 percent of service members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 say their physical or mental health has deteriorated, most of those health problems do not stem from injuries suffered in combat. Almost 80 percent of those reporting worsening health — about 1 million service members — say they were not seriously injured in combat …

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden: New Help on the Way for Veterans’ Caregivers

  • April 14, 2014
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More than 5.5 million Americans care for wounded service members and veterans, “and they shouldn’t have to bear that alone,” First Lady Michelle Obama said Friday at the White House. She was joined by Jill Biden, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) at an event highlighting…

Database Confirms Concentration of Veterans with PTSD in Defense Communities

  • April 13, 2014
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Defense communities have always considered themselves a popular choice for separating service members looking for a place to settle down, or at least jump start their civilian lives. A new analysis of Veterans Affairs data shows that military communities also have the highest number of veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a conclusion that, while hardly surprising, should alert local officials to the importance of ensuring there is a sufficient amount of mental health services available in their communities …

Ft. Hood Tragedy Points toward New Mission for Military, Obama Says

  • April 10, 2014
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As President Obama on Wednesday eulogized the three soldiers killed in last week’s shooting at Fort Hood, his remarks signaled a change in focus for the military from a decade-plus of war in Iraq and Afghanistan to a battle to cope with its lasting consequences for those who fought there, reported the Washington Post. “We must honor these men by doing more to care for our fellow Americans living with mental illness, civilian and military …

Veterans to Gain Credit for Military Training from Washington Universities

  • April 8, 2014
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Washington state public universities will be required to award academic credit to veterans for military training courses, under a law signed last week by Gov. Jay Inslee (D). The new law creates a “gentle mandate” for state colleges to award academic credit to individuals that completed any military training course that meets certain criteria, according to state Sen. Steve O’Ban (R). Schools also are required to provide a copy of their policy on awarding credit to all enrolled students that list prior military service in their admissions applications …

Plan to Trim Commissary Benefits Troubles Military Families

  • April 6, 2014
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Military families across the spectrum of rank and income are concerned about the impact of the Defense Department’s proposal to drastically cut subsidies for military grocery stores, according to a new survey. Two-thirds of military families at pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000 said commissaries are a key part of their current compensation, according to the survey from the First Command Financial Behaviors Index. Three-quarters of respondents said eliminating the subsidies “would negatively impact their families …

Push to Hire America’s Veterans Faces Challenging Terrain

  • April 3, 2014
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While corporations have pledged more than 1 million jobs to newly minted veterans returning from two of America’s longest wars, the population of unemployed post-9/11 veterans estimated at about 210,000 has had difficulty finding work, the Washington Post reports. Veterans face no shortage of jobs programs and career events — Hero2Hired, Hire a Hero, Hire Heroes USA, Operation Hire Our Heroes, Hire America’s Heroes and Hiring Our Heroes are just some of the initiatives under way across the country …

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