• Tuition Assistance Could Help Personnel Obtain Licenses, Family Council to Recommend0

    Service members should be able to use their tuition assistance benefit to cover the cost of obtaining professional licenses and technical certifications, members of the DOD Military Family Readiness Council said last week. The department should consider opening up the use of tuition assistance funding for uses beyond accredited education institutions since gaining technical certifications will be one of the primary avenues “our young men and women who are leaving the service are going to find employment in the civilian sector,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey said at the Sept. 14 meeting. Not every soldier wants to attend college …

  • Large Share of Population Unfamiliar with Military, Research Shows0

    While most Americans admire the military and service members, they know very little about our armed forces. “Most people know nobody in the military,” Jim Mattis, who headed U.S. Central Command before retiring from the Marine Corps as a four-star general in 2013, told Military Times. Mattis is the co-author of a new book that chronicles the cultural gap between the military and the civilian population it serves. Only half of the thousands of Americans surveyed for the book recalled socializing with a service member or military spouse within the past year. One in three respondents said they had little or no familiarity with the military …

  • Kansas to Allow Military Spouses to Skip Bar Exam on Temporary Basis

    Kansas to Allow Military Spouses to Skip Bar Exam on Temporary Basis0

    The Kansas Supreme Court last week adopted a rule allowing attorneys living in Kansas with their spouses who are members of the military to temporarily practice law without taking the state-administered uniform bar exam. The change is intended to ease the hardship on military spouses moving to Kansas who have been admitted to practice law in another state or the District of Columbia. Eighteen states have already passed similar rules, and 13 more have proposed or are considering admission of military spouses, according to the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration …

  • Cuomo Signs Bill Accelerating Process for Military Spouses to Transfer Licenses

    Cuomo Signs Bill Accelerating Process for Military Spouses to Transfer Licenses0

    The state of New York will expedite the process for issuing occupational licenses to the spouses of active-duty military personnel transferred to New York who are licensed to practice in another state, under legislation signed Sept. 9 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The bill also requires the state to issue temporary licenses while the applications of military spouses are pending. The measure would cover as many as 50 fields, including medicine, architecture, engineering, accounting and social work. The bill’s enactment makes New York the last state in the country to give special consideration for licensing to military spouses …

  • Fort Leonard Wood Region Celebrates ADC Honor

    Fort Leonard Wood Region Celebrates ADC Honor0

    The Fort Leonard Wood Region in central Missouri last month celebrated is designation as one of the Great American Defense Communities, as more than 125 stakeholders, business leaders and elected officials gathered for an official ceremony. ADC President Mike Cooper spoke about the award’s importance to the region and presented the Great American Defense Communities banner to the region’s leaders; Cooper also led the group in an official cake-cutting ceremony. “The Fort Leonard Wood Region offers military members and their families an extremely high quality of life. Everyone at the city and county level down to the individual citizen appreciates the service and sacrifice our military makes and they are ready to work together to ensure they are fully supported while they are at Fort Leonard Wood,” said SOP Executive Director Kent Thomas …

  • President’s Pledge Accelerated Effort to End Veteran Homelessness0

    The federal government has made significant progress in the fight to end veteran homelessness despite failing to meet President Obama’s pledge to eliminate the problem by the end of 2015. Veteran homelessness has dropped 47 percent since 2010, when Obama set his goal. And since the beginning of 2015, about 30 cities and counties have met federal benchmarks signaling progress in housing homeless veterans. “We knew that those were all going to be tough goals to achieve,” Ann Oliva, deputy assistant secretary for special needs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told Stars and Stripes. “But we thought they were doable, and if we made the right policy decisions and had the right data and resources we needed, we could [make] progress, which is what we did …