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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

First Lady, Madagascar Penguins Team up for Veterans Day

  • November 9, 2014
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First Lady Michelle Obama sends the “Penguins of Madagascar” on a top-secret mission to teach elementary and middle-school students about the many ways America’s military veterans can contribute to the nation. The six-minute video debunks the myths many Americans hold about veterans returning from duty. The video supports the GotYour6 campaign, an initiative focused on empowering veterans and shifting public perceptions of veterans through media. A recent study sponsored by GotYour6 reveals the contradictory perceptions Americans have of veterans. It finds that people’s views can be altered, partially through the support of the entertainment industry. “Not only does portraying veterans in a more neutral, asset-based role on television and film strengthen impressions of veterans and represent the most credible approach, it also holds the potential to engage the public in a new conversation about supporting returning veterans through opportunity rather than charity,” the study concludes.

Utah Launches One-Stop Shop for Veteran Entrepreneurs

  • November 2, 2014
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State and local leaders, along with representatives from veteran service providers, businesses and the U.S. Small Business Administration last week announced a new partnership designed to connect veteran entrepreneurs with training, education, loans, marketing and business guidance, college credit for military service and other support. The Utah Veteran Owned Business Partnership will provide Utah veterans — a population which stood at 150,000 in 2013 — a one-stop shop to help them transition to civilian life, reported Deseret News. “What we’re trying to do is make it easy for them to find those services and connect with them so they can spend their time and energy bringing jobs to the economy and progressing,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams …

Pittsburgh-Area Groups Attempt to Coordinate Veterans Services

  • October 30, 2014
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The Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Heinz Endowments have launched an initiative to coordinate the 180 organizations in the Pittsburgh region that provide services to veterans and their families. The effort’s aim, jumpstarted by a $50,000 planning grant from Heinz Endowments, is to create a coordinated network of service providers. The grant initially will be used to conduct a needs analysis of available resources and services. Participating organizations next will develop a provider network that leverages services from all sectors to address the needs of Pittsburgh’s veteran community …

DOT Awards $1M to Community Colleges to Train Veterans as Commercial Drivers

  • October 23, 2014
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The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges to train military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The schools will use the funds to recruit, train and provide students job placement assistance after graduation. The grants will provide training for nearly 400 new students, according to the agency’s press release. “Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation deserve opportunities that utilize the skills and training they received on the job on military bases overseas and at home,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx …

Chattanooga Service Providers Gather to Support Veterans

  • October 21, 2014
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Dozens of veterans service groups in Chattanooga, Tenn., provided clothes, food, dental check-ups, flus shots, haircuts and other services during Operation Veteran Outreach on Sunday. The one-day event was part of Mayor Andy Berke’s push to end veteran homelessness by December 2016, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It followed a recent initiative to count the city’s homeless residents. That effort counted 100 homeless people at 25 separate locations; about 20 percent were veterans. It’s one thing to provide services, the challenge is linking veterans with housing, according to Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition Executive Director Stephen Wright. The crux of the problem is the city lacks sufficient affordable housing, Wright told the newspaper.

North Texas to Open One-Stop Center for Veterans Services

  • October 19, 2014
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A newly formed nonprofit in north Texas is making plans to open a one-stop center to connect veterans with a full range of services, including employment, housing, education, health, transportation, legal and financial management. The Veterans Center of North Texas will act as a referral center for more than 200 service organizations for veterans from six counties. It also will verify veterans are receiving federal benefits they are entitled to. The center follows the model offered by similar organizations in other parts of Texas …

Texas Initiative to Connect Veterans to Training, Jobs in High-Demand Industries

  • October 15, 2014
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The Texas Workforce Commission last week launched an initiative to boost the hiring of veterans in some of the state’s most high-demand industries — petrochemical, advanced manufacturing and information technology. The commission designated $4.3 million from the state’s Skills Development Fund to establish the Veteran and Industry Partnership, which will link industry associations, local Workforce Solutions partners and community colleges to develop training for veterans. Local workforce development boards have partnered with industry leaders and 17 colleges throughout Texas to identify high-demand workforce needs in local areas and develop expedited training programs for veterans …

Delaware Expands Veterans Court to Entire State

  • October 7, 2014
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A veterans court will begin hearing cases in Delaware’s Sussex County this month, bringing the problem-solving philosophy for handling veterans in trouble with the law to all three of the state’s counties. The move follows the success of the veterans treatment court in neighboring Kent County, which had been handling cases originating in Sussex. Of the 71 veterans whose cases were diverted to the Kent court since it was established in 2011, 63 graduated from the nearly year-long program …

Employers Need to Focus on Retaining Veterans, Survey Finds

  • October 6, 2014
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Nearly half of veterans stayed in their first job after leaving the military for 12 months or less, while almost two-thirds left their first job within two years, according to a new survey by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and VetAdvisor. Veterans cited a lack of job satisfaction and opportunities for advancement as primary factors for leaving those jobs, reported Military Times. Nine out of 10 respondents to the survey of 1,400 veterans identified the opportunity to use their skills and abilities as the most important aspect of civilian employment. Veterans also identified several aspects of career development, benefits, work environment and employee relationship with management as important retention considerations …

New Commissary to Support Pittsburgh-Area Service Members, Veterans

  • October 6, 2014
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The nine-year odyssey to replace the commissary and post exchange at an Army facility closing as a result of BRAC 2005 is almost complete, with the grand opening for new stores set for later this month. After the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, located outside of Pittsburgh in Collier, was designated for closure in 2005, local veterans and military support groups lobbied lawmakers and the Pentagon to retain a post exchange and commissary in the region, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Even with the closure of the Kelly Support Facility, the area still is home to several units — the Army Reserve’s 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the Air Force Reserve’s 911th Airlift Wing and Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing …

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