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New Orleans Goes Extra Step in Ending Veteran Homelessness

  • January 13, 2015
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New Orleans has ended veteran homelessness altogether, going a step beyond other major cities that have only ended chronic homelessness among veterans, according to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Last July, Landrieu pledged that the city would find homes for all veterans living on the streets, a figure estimated at 193, reported the Independent. Last week, the mayor announced the city had found housing for 227 homeless veterans. More than 300 local, county and state officials have joined a White House initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, with several already declaring victory, including Phoenix and Salt Lake City …

Iowa Strives to Attract Veterans

  • January 12, 2015
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Veterans living in Iowa are eligible for a variety of tax breaks and other benefits following enactment last year of the Home Base Iowa Act, legislation designed to convince veterans to move to the state. Under the program, veterans are eligible to receive: a waiver of state income tax on military pensions; a $5,000 grant toward the purchase of a home; in-state tuition for public colleges and universities; and the ability to more easily obtain civilian licenses for skills learned in the military. “What we’re doing in Iowa can be an example of what other states can do,” Gov. Terry Branstad (R) told Military Times. “We look at it as a win-win for the veteran, for the companies and also for the communities in which they locate.”

Waive Income Taxes on Retirees’ Military Benefits, South Carolina Paper Urges

  • January 6, 2015
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As part of an effort to attract retired veterans, South Carolina lawmakers should pass legislation eliminating the state’s income tax on military retirement benefits, according to an editorial in Tuesday’s Aiken Standard. Taxes from retirement benefits currently generate $22 million in revenue annually, but a policy to exempt such benefits from income taxes would boost economic growth if it helps the state attract more retirees, the paper said. “Such tax relief shouldn’t be seen as a mere display of patriotism, it would ultimately be a smart economic tool for the state’s future …

Persistence Needed in Battle against Veteran Homelessness

  • December 14, 2014
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The federal government has made significant strides in tackling veteran homelessness, but reaching President Obama’s goal of completely eradicating the problem is still years away, according to testimony last week by veterans service providers. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.),chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned the rationale for having more than 20 programs designed to take homeless veterans off the streets and provide them with housing, health care and employment assistance, reported Stars and Stripes. The programs are not duplicative in many cases since homeless veterans have diverse needs, said Baylee Crone, executive director for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans …

Fayetteville Workshop Looks at Transition Issues for Military Families

  • November 24, 2014
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Last week’s fifth annual Forward March conference in Fayetteville, N.C., focused on ways to support military families in transition. Military families are particularly concerned about finding employment and healthcare after separating, according to Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association. Involuntary separations precipitated by spending cuts can add to the anxiety level. “There’s a lot of uncertainty, and what we found when we talk to military spouses is the information going out to service members is not going to the families …

Georgia Invests in Job Training Center for Service Members, Veterans

  • November 19, 2014
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The state of Georgia is spending $10 million to build a training center for military members and their families in Warner Robins to help veterans earn academic credentials needed to enter the civilian workforce. The Georgia Military and Academic Training Center, located next to Robins Air Force Base, is expected to support military personnel and veterans with education and training, credit transfers and job placement. Military members and veterans currently can attend many Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia University System schools to receive certifications in hundreds of educational programs …

Workforce Group Inks Partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • November 17, 2014
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The Susquehanna Workforce Network last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Aberdeen Proving Ground intended to support personnel entering the civilian job market as well as people seeking employment at the northeastern Maryland installation. Both parties have worked in partnership for years, but a formal agreement was needed to comply with Army regulations, reported the Cecil Whig. “It truly is a win-win, because as an office of one, Susquehanna Workforce Network brings a lot of resources,” said Marilyn Howard, the employment manager for the Army Community Service’s Family Support Center. “They benefit by getting increased communication of what is going on at the installation …

D.C. Breaks Ground on Innovative Model for Meeting Homeless Veterans’ Needs

  • November 12, 2014
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Officials from the Department of Housing and Development and the District of Columbia held a groundbreaking this week for an affordable housing development that will benefit homeless veterans beyond providing them a place to live. The $33 million, 124-unit apartment building will set aside 60 units for homeless veterans. In addition, the building in Northeast Washington allows case managers and social workers to work onsite with veterans in tandem with the local VA Medical Center, reports Government Executive. The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, funded through a mix of public and private support, follows the Housing First model for addressing homelessness. The approach calls for providing the homeless stable housing first, and then offering a variety of support services.

Congress Needs to Preserve, Expand Housing Aid Programs for Veterans, Report Says

  • November 11, 2014
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The nation has made significant progress in ending homelessness among veterans, but the 2015 goal set by President Obama is unlikely to be met. Rental assistance from all levels of government — which now helps more than 340,000 veterans afford housing — has played a central role in the 33 percent reduction in veteran homelessness between 2010 and 2014. It reaches only a fraction of veterans in need, however, and points to an effective approach for addressing veterans’ unmet housing requirements, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities …

First Lady, Madagascar Penguins Team up for Veterans Day

  • November 9, 2014
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First Lady Michelle Obama sends the “Penguins of Madagascar” on a top-secret mission to teach elementary and middle-school students about the many ways America’s military veterans can contribute to the nation. The six-minute video debunks the myths many Americans hold about veterans returning from duty. The video supports the GotYour6 campaign, an initiative focused on empowering veterans and shifting public perceptions of veterans through media. A recent study sponsored by GotYour6 reveals the contradictory perceptions Americans have of veterans. It finds that people’s views can be altered, partially through the support of the entertainment industry. “Not only does portraying veterans in a more neutral, asset-based role on television and film strengthen impressions of veterans and represent the most credible approach, it also holds the potential to engage the public in a new conversation about supporting returning veterans through opportunity rather than charity,” the study concludes.

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