• DOD Students Get Top Marks in Math, Reading

    DOD Students Get Top Marks in Math, Reading0

    Students in Department of Defense Education Activity-run schools are again at the head of the class in national reading and math scores, DODEA announced. Fourth and eighth grade students scored higher on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress reading assessment compared to students in other states and jurisdictions. Fourth graders in DODEA-run schools also

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  • Military Families Sue Over Housing Conditions

    Military Families Sue Over Housing Conditions0

    Eight families filed a lawsuit this week over the conditions of privatized housing at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The suit alleges that the landlord, Hunt Military Communities, “subject[ed] tenant service members and their families to atrocious conditions, including pervasive mold and other airborne toxins,” Military Times reported. The families,

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  • Army National Guardsmen Will Get New Leg Up on Civilian Job Credentials

    Army National Guardsmen Will Get New Leg Up on Civilian Job Credentials0

    A new credentialing program will give Army National Guard members more flexibility in training for civilian careers, according to Stars and Stripes. While all branches offer support for service members converting their service experience for civilian occupations, the Credentialing Assistance Program takes it further. Guardsmen will be reimbursed up to $4,000 each year for tuition

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  • VA Appeals Hearings, Decisions Moving Faster Under New System

    VA Appeals Hearings, Decisions Moving Faster Under New System0

    A new system that went into effect in February has helped the Board of Veterans’ Appeals process 11% more decisions and hold 38% more hearings, BVA leaders announced this month, according to Military.com. “The entire department is mostly focused on changing what we do,” BVA Chairman Cheryl Mason said. “This is really about changing for

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  • New Tool Will Highlight Military Caregiver Gaps

    New Tool Will Highlight Military Caregiver Gaps0

    A new interactive map will help emphasize the needs of military caregivers across the U.S. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation previewed the map this week, according to Military.com. The map analyzes publicly available data to understand the challenges military veteran caregivers face and where their needs can be better met. “The issues they are facing are

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  • Brookings Panel Urges More Support for Military Spouses

    Brookings Panel Urges More Support for Military Spouses0

    Continued unemployment and underemployment among military spouses are hurting families and pose retention problems, experts said this week at a Brookings Institution event. “We have to find ways to put military spouses to work so that our families, not only are we retaining them, but when the service member transitions, we are now going from

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