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Posts Tagged ‘military veterans’

Georgia Breaks Ground on Veterans Training Center near Robins AFB

  • August 26, 2014
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Georgia officials last week broke ground outside of Robins Air Force Base on a $10 million education and training center designed to assist veterans transitioning to civilian careers. The Georgia military academic training center — a partnership between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia — will serve as a gateway for veterans as they re-enter Georgia’s workforce and systems of higher education …

VA Awards $300M to Communities to End Veteran Homelessness

  • August 14, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding $300 million in grants to 301 community agencies across the nation to help tens of thousands of struggling veterans stay off the street, Secretary Robert McDonald announced this week. The awards under the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program represent a significant jump from previous years. In 2012, the department awarded $60 million to 85 community groups; last year, it awarded $100 million to 151 groups …

MacDill AFB Job Center Helps Transitioning Airmen Stay in Tampa

  • August 14, 2014
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A new career center at MacDill Air Force Base is offering separating service members assistance with their job search needs as they transition into post-military careers. Its services — including job search assistance, resume review, employer information sessions and recruitment events — also are expected to make it easier for more Air Force veterans to stay in the Tampa area. “Right now, we know that about six out of every 10 who transition out of the military at MacDill end up somewhere else than Tampa,” said Scott DeThomas, the outgoing base commander …

Question over Reach of Language Urging States to Offer In-State Tuition to Veterans

  • August 12, 2014
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Language in the recent VA health care reform legislation encouraging public universities to charge recently separated veterans in-state tuition rates may not be as forceful as lawmakers intended. The bill, signed into law by President Obama last week, does not force states to charge veterans in-state tuition at public universities, but schools that charge higher rates would not be eligible to receive veterans’ Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill education benefits. Lawmakers believed the provision would prevent a school from receiving GI Bill benefits from any veterans, including those paying in-state tuition, if even one eligible veteran was charged more than the in-state rates …

Oklahoma City Diversion Program Offers Veterans Second Chance

  • August 11, 2014
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Three years since its inception, a program in the Oklahoma City metro area allowing veterans to avoid prosecution for certain offenses related to their military service has helped dozens of participants turn their lives around. A typical participant is in trouble for crimes such as DUI, substance abuse and domestic violence stemming from post-traumatic stress disorder, reports KOCO. “We are awash in guys with issues with PTSD,” said Tim Wilson with the veteran diversion program run by the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office …

White House Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness Gains Momentum

  • August 5, 2014
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A White House challenge to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 has now been taken up by leaders in 182 communities across the nation, with 100 local officials signing on since June. First Lady Michelle Obama applauded the effort last week as she noted that the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans represent a “stain on the soul of this nation …

Transitioning Veterans Could More Easily Link to Local Services under Heitkamp Bill

  • August 4, 2014
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Legislation introduced by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) would make it much easier for communities to reach out to newly separated service members and help them overcome challenges in gaining access to services and benefits such as health care and housing, employment and education assistance as they transition back to civilian life. The Connect with Veterans Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a voluntary national directory of veterans that would be available to communities and state veterans affairs departments …

VA Reform Bill Retains Provision to Prompt States to Offer In-State Tuition to Veterans

  • July 31, 2014
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The compromise version of legislation addressing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling crisis includes a provision allowing veterans to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at public universities only if they are charged, at most, in-state tuition rates. The language does not force states to charge veterans in-state tuition at public universities, but in states that charge higher rates, the VA would not provide veterans any benefits for tuition and fees. Currently, the GI Bill covers tuition and fees at the in-state rate of public schools, but veterans may not always qualify for those rates due to the wide variance in state residency laws …

Lexington Joins Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • July 29, 2014
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Lexington, Ky., Mayor Jim Gray last week pledged to end veteran homelessness in his city in response to a recent White House initiative. “Everyone deserves a safe, clean place they can call home, especially men and women who have served our country,” Gray said. “Accepting this challenge is the right thing to do, and Lexington’s strong network of partners who serve veterans and other citizens who are homeless will be an important part of this commitment …

Senate Panel Encourages Entrepreneurship for Veterans

  • July 24, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee praised the Small Business Administration’s “Boots to Business” program for helping transitioning service members start businesses, according to its draft report accompanying the FY 2015 Financial Services spending bill, which funds the SBA. The report noted that the entrepreneurial curriculum is offered to service members as an option within the revised transition assistance program. The committee pointed out that many of SBA’s programs for veterans provide counseling and training after service members separate from DOD …

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