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Officials Dedicate Intrepid Center at Ft. Campbell

  • September 11, 2014
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Military leaders and members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund formally dedicated the new Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Monday to treat returning service members with traumatic brain injuries and other conditions. The Fort Campbell facility is the third of nine planned Intrepid Spirit Centers nationwide. The first two centers — dedicated last fall at Fort Belvoir, Va., and at Camp Lejeune, N.C. — already have provided care for 2,000 service members, reported the Army News Service. Centers are currently under construction at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Hood, Texas. The Fort Campbell center anticipates treating 1,300 to 1,500 patients annually …

Veteran Homelessness Drops Significantly since 2010

  • September 7, 2014
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The number of homeless veterans has fallen by one-third over the past four years, according to data released by the federal government last month. The annual point-in-time count conducted in January showed there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, down from nearly 75,000 in 2010. There was nearly a 40 percent drop in the number of veterans sleeping on the street …

Pentagon Initiative Smooths Service Members’ Path into Civilian Careers

  • September 3, 2014
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A DOD initiative is making it easier for separating service members to obtain civilian credentials in a range of fields so they can quickly enter the civilian workforce. So far, the department has implemented pilot credentialing programs in seven major professions — truck driving, medical, supply, automotive mechanics, aircraft mechanics, information technology and manufacturing. In fields in which military training nearly matches private sector requirements, such as welding, service members can step right into a civilian job with only a little bit of gap training, said Frank DiGiovanni, the department’s director of force readiness and training …

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 …

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