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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Partnership with NBA is a ‘Slam Dunk,’ Dempsey Says

  • April 21, 2014
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DOD, the National Basketball Association and USA Basketball launched a new partnership last week to support local communities and hundreds of thousands of active and retired armed forces members and their families through the sport of basketball. The program will focus on community service, transition, leadership and rehabilitation for those with life-altering injuries. On Friday Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey praised the collaboration, saying it will help solve problems at the community level …

Moves Pose Mental Health Risks for Military Kids, Study Shows

  • April 20, 2014
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Moving to a new town or city poses significant challenges for the mental health of children in military families, especially for teenagers, according to a new study. The researchers looked at the medical records of 548,336 children between ages 6 and 17 with at least one parent in the military; almost 25 percent of the children moved during the past year …

Charlotte Nonprofit Helps Connect Veterans, Employers

  • April 17, 2014
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A Charlotte, N.C.-based organization attempting to give a boost to veterans transitioning to civilian life is raising its goals after helping more than 500 veterans connect with local employers over the past year and improving veteran recruitment efforts at 24 companies. Charlotte Bridge Home — which links separating service members with education, employment and healthcare resources at the local, state and federal level — aims to double both figures this year, reports television station WSOC. “We’re not just trying to fill slots, we want the right job for the right veteran and vice versa …

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 …

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