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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

DOD Considers $1B Cut to Commissary Budget

  • January 22, 2014
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The Pentagon is considering recommending that funding for military grocery stores drop by $1 billion, or 71 percent, over three years as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, reported Military.com. A cut of that magnitude likely would lead to the widespread closure of commissaries, with stateside stores bearing the brunt of the impact. The recommendation under discussion would reduce the Defense Commissary Agency’s current budget from $1.4 billion to $400 million by FY 2017 …

Study to Explore Link between Legal Services, Mental Health for Veterans

  • January 20, 2014
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Two legal assistance groups will embark on a two-year study of the impact from embedding free legal services within Veterans Affairs facilities, testing the connection between legal help and health and quality of life among veterans. The study will be conducted by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, the first legal organization to provide services in a VA setting, and the New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers …

Philadelphia Opens Service Center Devoted to Female Veterans

  • January 16, 2014
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Philadelphia officials this week opened a veterans service center dedicated to the needs of women, a first for the city and an acknowledgement of the growing number of female veterans. Women are the fastest-growing group using veterans services, Lori Maas, women veterans program manager for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Philadelphia, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. She said the average age of female veterans is 42 …

OPM Proposes Relaxing Restriction for Military Spouses to Gain Federal Tenure

  • January 15, 2014
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Breaks in federal service would not disqualify employees, including military spouses, from attaining career tenure in the government, under a recent proposal from the Office of Personnel Management. The proposed rule, published last week, would eliminate the existing requirement that federal employees work three years in “substantially continuous” service to qualify for tenure, which provides job security along with other benefits …

Suicide Rate for Young Veterans Rises

  • January 12, 2014
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The rate at which male veterans under the age of 30 commit suicide jumped by 44 percent from 2009 to 2011, according to data released last week by the Department of Veterans Affairs. “That’s concerning to us,” said Jan Kemp, VA’s national mental health director for suicide prevention. Kemp said the pressures of leaving the military, transitioning to life as a civilian and combat injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder all play a role in the challenges young male veterans face, according to Stars and Stripes.The suicide rate for all veterans over the three-year period remained steady, though, because older veterans experienced a slight drop in suicides. Overall, suicide rates are significantly higher for military veterans than the civilian population.

DOD Awards $16M Grants to Build Elementary Schools at Kansas, New Mexico Bases

  • January 8, 2014
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School districts in Albuquerque, N.M., and Junction City, Kan., will each receive $16 million grants from the Defense Department to replace elementary schools at neighboring military installations. Albuquerque Public Schools will receive $16.3 million to demolish and rebuild Wherry Elementary School located on Kirtland Air Force Base. Geary County Unified School District 475 will receive $16.1 million to build the new Fort Riley Elementary School …

Labor Department Provides Training Funds for Transitioning Troops at Lewis-McChord

  • January 7, 2014
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About 900 transitioning military personnel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will receive a variety of employment services through a $5.6 million national emergency grant from the Labor Department. The grant will provide the personnel with case management, support services and training to help them apply skills they acquired through military service in the civilian workforce, according to a press release. Only $2.9 million will be released initially, with additional funding being allocated as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance. The grant was awarded to the Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium and will be operated by the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council. “The Department of Labor, industry partners, educators and workforce professionals at the local level have made it our common mission to help our veterans transition successfully from military service to civilian life,” said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

Phoenix, Salt Lake City End Veteran Homelessness

  • January 6, 2014
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Salt Lake City has become the second city to eradicate homelessness among military veterans, just two-and-a-half weeks after Phoenix announced it had reached the same goal. The two cities have engaged in a friendly competition triggered by the Obama administration’s campaign to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015 …

Maryland County Consolidates Veterans Services on College Campuses

  • December 22, 2013
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A new initiative in Montgomery County, Md., aims to make its public colleges the area’s central access point for veteran services, including mental-health counseling, benefits assistance and academic guidance. The elected leader of the county, a suburb of Washington, D.C., believed local college campuses would be a logical place to address gaps in veterans services because many veterans take advantage of the higher education benefits covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill …

RAND Study to Assess Magnitude of ‘Veteran Caregiver Crisis’

  • December 19, 2013
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The RAND Corp. is conducting a comprehensive study of the needs of military and veteran caregivers intended to lay “the groundwork for a national response to the military and veteran caregiver crisis,” the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced last week. RAND will complete a comprehensive needs assessment, determine the number of individuals currently serving as military caregivers and identify their specific needs, according to a press release. The findings also will shed light on what current policies, programs and initiatives are working to support caregivers, and where gaps exist …

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