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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Plan to Trim Commissary Benefits Troubles Military Families

  • April 6, 2014
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Military families across the spectrum of rank and income are concerned about the impact of the Defense Department’s proposal to drastically cut subsidies for military grocery stores, according to a new survey. Two-thirds of military families at pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000 said commissaries are a key part of their current compensation, according to the survey from the First Command Financial Behaviors Index. Three-quarters of respondents said eliminating the subsidies “would negatively impact their families …

Push to Hire America’s Veterans Faces Challenging Terrain

  • April 3, 2014
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While corporations have pledged more than 1 million jobs to newly minted veterans returning from two of America’s longest wars, the population of unemployed post-9/11 veterans estimated at about 210,000 has had difficulty finding work, the Washington Post reports. Veterans face no shortage of jobs programs and career events — Hero2Hired, Hire a Hero, Hire Heroes USA, Operation Hire Our Heroes, Hire America’s Heroes and Hiring Our Heroes are just some of the initiatives under way across the country …

More Focus Needed on Military Caregivers, RAND Study Concludes

  • April 1, 2014
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More effort is needed to support the 1.1 million-plus spouses, parents and friends caring for veterans injured and disabled since Sept. 11, 2001, a new RAND Corp. study recommends. Caregivers who assist post-9/11 veterans provide an estimated $3 billion in care annually, but despite those contributions, researchers found there are few public or private programs that directly support the needs of military caregivers …

Plan to Consolidate Exchanges, Commissaries Would Mitigate Budget Cuts

  • March 31, 2014
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A proposal from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to consolidate military commissaries and base exchanges could provide an alternate means to generate some of the savings required under the Pentagon’s plan to trim the annual subsidy for military grocery stores over the next three years. The AAFES proposal, submitted March 17 to senior DOD officials, concluded that a consolidation could save $250 million to $450 million a year in commissary overhead …

Entrepreneurial Course Helps Separating Service Members Launch Startups

  • March 26, 2014
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“Boots to Business,” an optional supplement to DOD’s newly revised Transition GPS program developed by the Small Business Administration, is providing transitioning service personnel a variety of tools to start their own small businesses. After a two-day introduction, soon-to-be veterans in this track enroll in an eight-week online course through Syracuse University aimed at helping service members prepare a business plan …

Some Commissaries Could Close in U.S., DOD Official Says

  • March 26, 2014
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A loss in business at U.S. commissaries due to cuts in subsidies proposed under the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request could force some military grocery stores to close, a senior DOD official told lawmakers Wednesday. The department is not proposing to close any commissaries; rather, its latest budget calls for reducing the annual direct subsidy to commissaries by $1 billion over the next three years. At that point, the lower funding would reduce the average discount for military families from 30 percent to 10 percent …

Unemployment Rate for Recent Veterans Improved Last Year

  • March 24, 2014
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The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans edged down in 2013, dropping to 9.0 percent from 9.9 percent the year before, according to a report last week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment for all veterans decreased slightly from 7 percent in 2012 to 6.6 percent. The overall unemployment rate in the United States was 7.4 percent in 2013. The youngest veterans, aged 18-24, however, experienced a jobless rate of 21.4 percent. “Those in the youngest group are experiencing unemployment at a higher rate than their nonveteran peers,” Teresa Gerton, deputy assistant secretary for policy for the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, told the Star-Herald. “But their labor participation rates are higher. Their attachment to the labor force is stronger. They’re out there trying to get a job,” Gerton said.

State Extends Jobs Program from National Guard to all Components

  • March 20, 2014
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South Carolina is expanding a jobs program originally aimed at helping National Guard members find employment to all transitioning service members. Operation Palmetto Employment has helped more than 1,800 National Guard members find work since it was launched in October 2011, cutting the unemployment rate for those service members from 16 percent to 4 percent. The initiative previously received a $750,000 grant from DOD …

Personnel Praise Enhanced Transition Assistance Program

  • March 19, 2014
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Transition GPS, DOD’s new week-long workforce transition curriculum is a marked improvement over the previous program, according to feedback from service members. “We have received very positive reviews from the service members,” Susan Kelly, director of DOD’s Transition to Veterans Program office, told American Forces Press Service last week. “They’re telling us they’ll use the content to prepare for transition, use it after they separate, [and] they know how to access resources they’re going to need before and after they separate …

House Republicans Propose Cutting 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

  • March 18, 2014
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A proposal by House Republicans would cut 115,000 civilian jobs from the Department of Defense over the next six years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut 15 percent of the DoD’s civilian workforce, saving $82.5 billion over the first five years of cuts, the bill’s sponsors argue, the Federal Times reported…

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