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Pittsburgh-Area Groups Attempt to Coordinate Veterans Services

  • October 30, 2014
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The Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Heinz Endowments have launched an initiative to coordinate the 180 organizations in the Pittsburgh region that provide services to veterans and their families. The effort’s aim, jumpstarted by a $50,000 planning grant from Heinz Endowments, is to create a coordinated network of service providers. The grant initially will be used to conduct a needs analysis of available resources and services. Participating organizations next will develop a provider network that leverages services from all sectors to address the needs of Pittsburgh’s veteran community …

DOT Awards $1M to Community Colleges to Train Veterans as Commercial Drivers

  • October 23, 2014
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The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges to train military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The schools will use the funds to recruit, train and provide students job placement assistance after graduation. The grants will provide training for nearly 400 new students, according to the agency’s press release. “Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation deserve opportunities that utilize the skills and training they received on the job on military bases overseas and at home,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx …

Chattanooga Service Providers Gather to Support Veterans

  • October 21, 2014
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Dozens of veterans service groups in Chattanooga, Tenn., provided clothes, food, dental check-ups, flus shots, haircuts and other services during Operation Veteran Outreach on Sunday. The one-day event was part of Mayor Andy Berke’s push to end veteran homelessness by December 2016, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It followed a recent initiative to count the city’s homeless residents. That effort counted 100 homeless people at 25 separate locations; about 20 percent were veterans. It’s one thing to provide services, the challenge is linking veterans with housing, according to Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition Executive Director Stephen Wright. The crux of the problem is the city lacks sufficient affordable housing, Wright told the newspaper.

North Texas to Open One-Stop Center for Veterans Services

  • October 19, 2014
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A newly formed nonprofit in north Texas is making plans to open a one-stop center to connect veterans with a full range of services, including employment, housing, education, health, transportation, legal and financial management. The Veterans Center of North Texas will act as a referral center for more than 200 service organizations for veterans from six counties. It also will verify veterans are receiving federal benefits they are entitled to. The center follows the model offered by similar organizations in other parts of Texas …

Texas Initiative to Connect Veterans to Training, Jobs in High-Demand Industries

  • October 15, 2014
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The Texas Workforce Commission last week launched an initiative to boost the hiring of veterans in some of the state’s most high-demand industries — petrochemical, advanced manufacturing and information technology. The commission designated $4.3 million from the state’s Skills Development Fund to establish the Veteran and Industry Partnership, which will link industry associations, local Workforce Solutions partners and community colleges to develop training for veterans. Local workforce development boards have partnered with industry leaders and 17 colleges throughout Texas to identify high-demand workforce needs in local areas and develop expedited training programs for veterans …

Delaware Expands Veterans Court to Entire State

  • October 7, 2014
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A veterans court will begin hearing cases in Delaware’s Sussex County this month, bringing the problem-solving philosophy for handling veterans in trouble with the law to all three of the state’s counties. The move follows the success of the veterans treatment court in neighboring Kent County, which had been handling cases originating in Sussex. Of the 71 veterans whose cases were diverted to the Kent court since it was established in 2011, 63 graduated from the nearly year-long program …

Employers Need to Focus on Retaining Veterans, Survey Finds

  • October 6, 2014
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Nearly half of veterans stayed in their first job after leaving the military for 12 months or less, while almost two-thirds left their first job within two years, according to a new survey by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and VetAdvisor. Veterans cited a lack of job satisfaction and opportunities for advancement as primary factors for leaving those jobs, reported Military Times. Nine out of 10 respondents to the survey of 1,400 veterans identified the opportunity to use their skills and abilities as the most important aspect of civilian employment. Veterans also identified several aspects of career development, benefits, work environment and employee relationship with management as important retention considerations …

New Commissary to Support Pittsburgh-Area Service Members, Veterans

  • October 6, 2014
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The nine-year odyssey to replace the commissary and post exchange at an Army facility closing as a result of BRAC 2005 is almost complete, with the grand opening for new stores set for later this month. After the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, located outside of Pittsburgh in Collier, was designated for closure in 2005, local veterans and military support groups lobbied lawmakers and the Pentagon to retain a post exchange and commissary in the region, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Even with the closure of the Kelly Support Facility, the area still is home to several units — the Army Reserve’s 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the Air Force Reserve’s 911th Airlift Wing and Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing …

Veterans Return to Civilian Life Unprepared, Survey Shows

  • October 1, 2014
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A majority of service members leave the military facing a variety of unmet needs resulting in a difficult transition to civilian life, according to a new University of Southern California study of veterans living in Los Angeles County. “The State of the American Veteran: The Los Angeles County Veterans Study,” by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, found that more than two-thirds of more than 1,350 veterans surveyed reported difficulties adjusting to civilian life, with 69 percent of post-9/11 veterans indicating they needed time to figure out what they would do after the military. One overarching finding is that veterans’ needs cannot be met by a single organization …

Chicago, Wichita Join National Effort to End Veteran Homelessness

  • September 30, 2014
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The mayors of Chicago and Wichita, Kan., last month announced plans to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, joining more than 200 local, county and state officials who have made the same pledge as part of a White House initiative. On Sept. 16, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel committed $800,000 to a $5 billion federal plan and said he wants to make sure “any veteran, having fought for the homeland, is not homeless when they come home,” reported the Huffington Post. The effort calls for opening new housing facilities on four acres of city property as well as bolstering social services programs. The mayor also said he plans to open a facility to accommodate both veterans and their families …

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