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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Georgia Streamlines Process for Veterans to Obtain Professional Licenses

  • December 12, 2013
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A new Georgia law went into effect last week making it easier for transitioning service members to enter the civilian workforce by expediting the transfer of certain military certifications to professional licenses. Veterans now can apply online to have their military experience recognized by the state; they will be required to complete the application within 180 days of discharge from active duty …

Veterans Courts Offer Treatment, Rehabilitation for Offenders

  • December 5, 2013
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The rapid growth of veterans courts has made a significant difference in the lives of veterans, cutting their number of arrests by 88 percent in the year after entering the special court. Since the first veterans treatment court was founded in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2008, the number of veteran courts across the country has rapidly grown to 130. Speaking this week at the first national Vet Court Conference, Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki said that two-thirds of veterans who come before the veterans courts successfully complete their treatment …

Partnerships Help New Jersey Employers Connect with Veterans

  • December 4, 2013
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New Jersey employers are trying new initiatives to recruit and train veterans in the latest sign that corporate America is striving to cut the jobless rate for veterans. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey earlier this year launched a program to train and hire veterans in cooperation with Rutgers University-Newark and the nonprofit Workforce Opportunity Services. About a dozen veterans in the 39-week program participate in an internship program at Horizon during the day, and then take classes in business and software development in the evening …

Veterans Push Back at Talk of Closing Commissaries

  • December 2, 2013
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Veterans and active duty service members at Fort Bragg and the neighboring community of Fayetteville, N.C., say commissaries provide a valuable benefit and would be greatly missed, a possibility raised by the recent news that top Pentagon officials have asked the Defense Commissary Agency to create a plan to close all stateside commissaries. Mark Erskine, commander of American Legion Post 230 and an Army veteran on 100 percent disability, cannot imagine losing the stores where he buys his food and basic household supplies …

RAND Study Examines Benefits of Divesting DOD Schools

  • December 2, 2013
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The RAND Corp. is looking at the costs and benefits of operating DOD schools for military dependents in the continental United States, the latest study to focus on a potential divestiture that could help the military stretch its shrinking budget dollars. The study, which is costing the Pentagon $905,000, will review 60 schools at 15 installations that enroll about 23,000 schoolchildren, reported Stars and Stripes. The review will compare the performance of DOD schools with nearby public schools. It will not look at overseas schools operated by the DOD Education Activity …

Ancillary Support Programs to Be Eliminated at Air Force Facilities, Welsh Says

  • December 2, 2013
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Nonessential support services that contribute to the quality-of-life for airmen and their families but do not support the Air Force’s primary mission can be expected to succumb to the budget knife, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said last week. Welsh cited several examples of facilities that would be cut, including golf courses, bowling alleys, auto hobby shops and others that are not self-supporting. “These things have made our way of life a lot of fun for families and military members, but we cannot afford them anymore …

What is the Future of Base Services Like Commissaries?

  • December 2, 2013
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The 2014 Installation Innovation Forum will feature multiple sessions on innovative ways to deliver on-base services as budget pressures force DOD officials to come up with new ways to make their scarce dollars go further. The latest example is a recent request by top defense officials for a plan to close all domestic military grocery stores …

DOD Awards $13.2M Grant to Community to Replace School at Dugway Proving Ground

  • November 26, 2013
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The Tooele County School District, Utah, will receive $13.2 million from DOD to demolish and replace a high school at Dugway Proving Ground, the department announced last week. The school district is providing matching funds of $2.7 million for the project, which will serve 120 students in grades seven through 12. The school district, which leases land from the Army for the school, will own and operate the new high school …

NFL Team’s Support Helps Jacksonville Improve Veterans Services

  • November 25, 2013
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The Jaguars Foundation is contributing $1 million to help Jacksonville expand a range of services for veterans. Earlier this month, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Jaguars owner Shad Khan cut the ribbon on the city’s new veteran resource and reintegration center, a project designed to better support veterans with social services, housing assistance and employment services. The city also is adding a social services specialist to its military affairs office to assist veterans, reported First Coast News. “This will assure that Jacksonville continues to be known throughout the country as the number one home for returning veterans,” said Khan.

Further Cuts Will Harm Commissary Benefit, Agency CEO Says

  • November 25, 2013
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Military grocery stores struggled during fiscal 2013 to cope with cutbacks in funding triggered by sequestration, Joseph Jeu, director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency, told lawmakers last week. Civilian furloughs forced most commissaries to close one day a week for six weeks. A department-wide hiring freeze already had resulted in staffing at two-thirds of the commissaries falling below required levels. As a result, some customers waited in checkout lines for 20 to 30 minutes …

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