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Posts Tagged ‘military veterans’

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 …

States Should Adopt Arizona’s Model to End Veteran Homelessness, Governor Says

  • February 17, 2014
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Arizona’s four-year-old initiative to end veteran homelessness throughout the state is moving toward a successful conclusion, according to a commentary by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) published last week in the Arizona Republic. “What we are accomplishing here in Arizona can and should be done in other states — and with the United States’ entire homeless population,” Brewer wrote. After Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced a five-year timeline in 2009 to end veteran homelessness, Arizona became the first state to create an office dedicated to addressing the issue …

Corporations Highlight Programs to Ease Civilian Transition

  • February 14, 2014
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Officials at several of the leading corporations in America detailed a variety of hiring and training programs intended to support service members transitioning out of the military during a recent hearing by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Representatives from Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise Association cited multiple initiatives available to veterans, including: Hiring Our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce project that has held more than 660 veteran job fairs across all 50 states since 2011 …

Industry Coalition Pledges to Hire 100,000 Veterans for Construction Jobs

  • February 11, 2014
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A broad coalition of more than 100 construction companies and associations have committed to hiring 100,000 veterans over the next five years, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday during a conference focusing on employment challenges for transitioning service members. “I know that you all have made this commitment not just because it is the patriotic thing to do … [but also] because you know that America’s military turns out some of the highest-skilled, hardest working employees this country has ever seen,” Obama said …

Nonprofit Group to Help Wounded Veterans Gain Independence

  • February 6, 2014
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Wounded Warrior Project has committed $30 million to two initiatives aimed at ensuring the most seriously wounded service members have the ability to live as rewarding and independent a life as possible. This year the organization is setting aside $10 million for 250 veterans with brain injuries, missing limbs and other potentially limiting injuries to achieve independence through additional medical care, therapy and assistance programs. About $20 million will be placed in a trust that will ensure independent living for 40 veteran families for at least 20 years …

Engineering, IT Best Bets for Veteran Job Seekers

  • February 6, 2014
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Young veterans leave the service with a wide range of experience, preparing them for careers in the engineering and IT fields, health care and other services, according to a new list of the 10 Best Jobs for Veterans. The list focuses on positions that don’t require a lot of additional training for veterans. Emergency medical technician, paralegal and legal assistants, training and development manager, and construction program manager are some of the best positions for veterans, allowing candidates to tap their unique training and leadership skills …

Labor Department Grants Support Reintegration of Homeless Veterans

  • February 4, 2014
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Two Labor Department grants totaling $900,000 will be used by the recipients, Advocates for Human Potential in Sudbury, Mass., and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C., to ease homeless veterans’ transition to civilian life. The $450,000 grants, awarded under the department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, will help improve the group’s ability to deliver services to homeless veterans, including female veterans and homeless veterans with families …

Veterans Need Only Pay In-State Tuition Rates under House Bill

  • February 4, 2014
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Veterans taking advantage of their G.I. Bill benefits would be charged in-state tuition rates at any public university, regardless of their state of residence, under legislation approved by the House on Monday. H.R. 357, which would go into effect on July 1, 2016, is intended to help veterans attend the public school of their choice …

Industry Officials Share Keys to Recruiting Veterans with House Panel

  • January 30, 2014
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Private sector officials shared lessons learned from their successes recruiting veterans during a hearing this week by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Maureen Casey, managing director of military and veterans affairs for JPMorgan Chase, updated lawmakers on lessons the financial services giant learned during the launch of its military hiring program. To reach its target, JPMorgan reevaluated its hiring practices and established a new recruiting team with the ability to translate military skills into civilian ones …

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