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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

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 …

Microsoft Trains Service Members for High-Tech Careers prior to Separation

  • November 20, 2013
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A pilot program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in northwest Washington is providing active-duty service members with intensive training and certification in software testing, allowing them to compete for high-tech civilian work after they leave the military. The 16-week pilot program, called the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, guarantees an interview with Microsoft for an entry-level software-testing position. The intensive training program is one example of recent efforts to ease the transition for personnel separating from the military …

DOD Funding to Run out for Housing Referral Service

  • November 19, 2013
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Funding for an online service that helps service members find available rental housing when they move to a new assignment is scheduled to run out at the end of December, but the service provider is looking for an alternate source of funding to continue the program. A spokesman for Navy Installations Command said the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are allowing the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) to end when their contract with Runzheimer International runs out next month …

Private Sector Easily Surpasses Joining Forces’ Hiring Goal

  • November 18, 2013
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Employers have trained or hired 380,000 veterans and military spouses through the Joining Forces initiative in less than three years, exceeding by almost four times the program’s initial hiring goal. First Lady Michelle Obama noted the milestone last week before representatives from 350 local and national companies at Walk Disney World as part of a forum designed to encourage companies to hire and train separating service members. She took the opportunity to urge employers to redouble their efforts to recruit veterans …

Michigan Legislation Eases Way for Veterans to Turn Military Skills into Civilian Jobs

  • November 17, 2013
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) last week signed a series of bills aimed at streamlining the process for veterans to gain professional licenses in the same fields they pursued in the military. The five bills Snyder signed cover veterans attempting to transfer their military experience into a variety of occupations, including emergency medical technicians, fire fighters, stationary steam engineers and boilers operators, mechanical contractors and residential builders …

Iowa Unveils Jobs Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • November 13, 2013
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The state of Iowa is launching an initiative to promote the state as an abundant source of jobs for veterans. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday announced “Home Base Iowa,” a private-public partnership to raise $6 million to market Iowa as a home for veterans and service members in search of jobs …

Veterans Are More Valuable Employees, Research Indicates

  • November 12, 2013
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A decision to recruit military veterans needn’t be based simply on a desire to show gratitude for veterans’ service or to burnish a reputation for being veteran-friendly. Veterans perform at higher levels and have lower turnover rates than other workers, according to research conducted by advisory company CEB. The company’s analysis shows a 4 percent performance advantage and a 3 percent lower turnover rate for veteran hires compared to non-veterans …

Garrisoning Is Major Cause Behind Civil-Military Divide, Think Tank Authors Say

  • November 11, 2013
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One step the military the military should consider to break down the civil-military divide is locating its installations closer to urban areas and reducing the extent to which its bases are self-contained cities, according to a commentary in the Washington Post. While rural settings allow the military vast spaces to train, geographic isolation limits interaction between service members and society at large, say authors Philip Carter and David Barno, senior fellows at the Center for a New American Security …

Kentucky Program Speeds Mental Health Treatment to Veterans

  • November 10, 2013
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The state of Kentucky, the Kentucky National Guard and the University of Louisville are collaborating on an initiative to deliver mental health treatment to veterans forced to wait months or longer to receive care from the federal government. The program’s objective is to provide treatment to veterans soon after they are referred or seek out counseling on their own. The Kentucky National Guard received an $80,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs to create the program …

Penn State Creates Research Center to Address Challenges Faced by Military Families

  • November 10, 2013
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Penn State has established a center to apply research from multiple disciplines to address the wide array of challenges faced by military families, including prolonged separations, frequent relocations and coping with the knowledge that loved ones are in harm’s way. Beyond leveraging interdisciplinary research, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness will build public awareness, evaluate programs and develop a new generation of applied researchers …

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