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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Partnerships Focus on Finding Veterans a Career

  • April 29, 2014
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While many initiatives across the nation are focused on placing transitioning service members into jobs, two promising programs aim to help veterans find careers outside of the military. The 11-year old Helmets to Hardhats job training program helps veterans obtain certification in the construction industry through a no-cost apprenticeship program. Veterans receive a certification they can transfer to any state and receive training in how to read a blueprint, among other skills …

White House Introduces One-Stop Jobs Tool for Veterans

  • April 27, 2014
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The White House last week launched a one-stop career portal to connect veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses with employers. The new online resource is the first interagency tool to link public and private job opportunities, detailed career and training resources, and the ability to build a resume and translate applicants’ military skills into civilian equivalents …

DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Surpasses Hiring Goal

  • April 23, 2014
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A Pentagon program has connected more than 60,000 military spouses with jobs, exceeding the White House’s goal for the initiative and overcoming many of the challenges to hiring military spouses. “Eighty-five percent of military spouses actually have some college, 25 percent of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 10 percent have an advanced degree,” said Meg O’Grady, a senior program analyst in DOD’s office of family policy and children and youth …

White House to Mark Third Anniversary of ‘Joining Forces’

  • April 23, 2014
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First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are asking Americans to ask questions about “Joining Forces” via social media, as part of the events celebrating the initiative’s third anniversary today. On Wednesday, Obama and Biden will speak to service members, families and employers at the Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at Fort Campbell, Ky., and will answer some questions about the initiative they launched to mobilize all sectors of American society to support service members and their families …

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