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Posts Tagged ‘Military Families’

Veterans Affairs Budget Would Receive Boost under FY’15 Request

  • March 6, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs would be allocated $163.9 billion under President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget request, a $10.1 billion increase over current funding levels. The proposal includes $1 billion to create a Veterans Job Corps, an initiative to put former service members to work as police officers, emergency response personnel and park rangers. Congress has rejected that plan each of the last two years, calling the idea too broad and expensive …

Los Angeles Takes on Veteran Homelessness

  • March 5, 2014
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Los Angeles officials, local advocates and the Veterans Affairs Department have taken on the daunting task of finding housing for former service members in the city with the highest number of homeless veterans in the nation. Phoenix and Salt Lake City recently met a White House goal of eliminating homelessness among veterans by 2015, but with about 6,000 homeless veterans on any given night, the challenges in Los Angeles are an order of magnitude greater than those smaller cities …

Jacksonville Grant Program Supports Veterans, Transitioning Personnel

  • March 4, 2014
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The city of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise are partnering to support local organizations serving veterans and active-duty service members transitioning to civilian life. As part of a five-year partnership launched last November, the Jacksonville Military Veterans Community Partnership Grants program will focus on services that support the transition to civilian life, provide emergency financial assistance, support local career assistance, provide military spouse and family support, and encourage wraparound social services …

DOD Soliciting Input for New List of Military Family Issues States Should Address

  • March 2, 2014
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The Pentagon is preparing its annual list of issues affecting service members and their families in which “state governments are the primary agents for making positive change,” and is gathering input for its fiscal 2015 list. “Each year, DOD selects issues for states to consider that represent barriers resulting from the transience and uncertainty of military life,” according to the Feb. 28 Federal Register notice. In the past, the department has asked states to ease the hurdles children in active-duty military families face when they transfer school districts, including problems involving records transfer, class and course placement, qualifying for extracurricular activities and fulfilling graduation requirements. Suggestions should address whether the issue can be corrected through a change in state procedure or policy. Responses are due April 14.

Service Members Will Miss Commissary Benefit, Senior Enlisted Advisers Say

  • March 2, 2014
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Trimming the commissary benefit as part of an effort to lower defense spending would harm service members, the military’s top enlisted members told lawmakers last week. “I personally think it’s ridiculous that we’re going after something that saves a young lance corporal $4,500 a year,” Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett told the House Appropriations’ Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee …

Operation Enduring Opportunity Seeks Veterans for Franchising

  • February 25, 2014
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The International Franchise Association has set a goal of recruiting and training 80,000 veterans to become franchise owners in a campaign it is calling Operation Enduring Opportunity. One in seven franchises in the United States is owned by a veteran, according to VetFran, a program founded by the association. Veterans make good franchise owners because of their leadership abilities and their experience running standardized systems inherent to franchise operations …

DOD Proposes Scaling Down Subsidies for Commissaries

  • February 25, 2014
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Military grocery stores would not be closed under the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request, but discounts for service members and retirees would be greatly curtailed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. The department is proposing to reduce the annual direct subsidy provided to military commissaries by $1 billion over a three-year period; the annual subsidy now totals $1.4 billion. As a result, the savings on groceries enjoyed by military families would drop from an average of 30 percent to about 10 percent, according to a Pentagon briefing led by senior officials on background …

Use of Food Stamps by Service Members Continues to Grow

  • February 23, 2014
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Military grocery stores have seen a steady increase in the use of food stamps since the recession began in 2008, climbing 233 percent over the past five years. The growth rate of food stamp redemptions at commissaries, which has slowed more recently, has been attributed to the weak economic recovery, high unemployment rates for military spouses, and a move by some states to lower eligibility requirements for food stamps, making it easier for service members to qualify …

Former President Launches Initiative to Support Transitioning Veterans

  • February 20, 2014
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Former President George W. Bush called for a greater understanding of former service members at the Military Service Initiative Summit on Feb. 19, an event sponsored by the Bush Institute to focus attention on the issues facing post-9/11 veterans. “What most veterans want is to have their service understood and appreciated for what it is: a formative experience in their lives and a source of skills and values that prepare them to succeed in civilian life …

VA to Open Residential Facility Dedicated to Recent Veterans

  • February 19, 2014
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A new Department of Veterans Affairs residential treatment facility in San Diego will be devoted to helping veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan avoid homelessness. The 40-bed, 30,000-square-foot residential rehabilitation facility, set to open Monday, will serve as a test of whether there is an advantage to delivering care to younger veterans as a group. The VA will track the number of homeless veterans in San Diego as the program continues and monitor the residents’ progress after they leave the facility …

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