• Reserve Personnel Need Greater Support, Army Enlisted Chief Testifies

    Reserve Personnel Need Greater Support, Army Enlisted Chief Testifies0

    The Army needs to improve its efforts to ensure soldiers in the National Guard and Reserve have access to quality-of-life services, particularly mental health care, Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey told lawmakers last week. The Army has expanded the availability of behavioral health teams to unprecedented levels, he said, and now there are 58 such teams embedded down to the unit level. But for reserve personnel, that’s not enough, Daily said during a hearing of the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee. “We can do more,” Daily said, reported the Army News Service. “And where you can help us is getting that help out to the National Guard and Reserves. They are dispersed throughout the U.S. …

  • Ft. Campbell’s Neighbors Coming Together to Bolster Local Development0

    To improve their economic and workforce development efforts in response to the loss of a brigade combat team at Fort Campbell in 2014, officials from six counties in Kentucky and Tennessee surrounding the post are discussing ways to strengthen collaboration. One of the principal goals of the alliance — tentatively being called Campbell Strong — is to retain a greater number of soldiers who separate from the Army, reported the Leaf Chronicle. “We are gathering information about what assets we have [as a group] to keep soldiers here,” said Stewart County (Tenn.) Mayor Rick Joiner …

  • Rhode Island Veterans Affairs Office to Assume Higher Profile0

    Rhode Island’s first director of veterans affairs plans to extend the agency’s role by bolstering its capacity to support veterans transitioning to civilian life.
    Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kasim Yarn, who was appointed by Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) on Wednesday, will work on “increasing the role the office plays with assisting veterans’ transitions from service to the community, including in the areas of education, workforce training, small business ownership, and housing and home ownership,” according to a spokeswoman for the governor. Yarn, who is expected to retire from the Navy shortly, plans to improve access to education and training opportunities that lead to meaningful work for veterans and help them to successfully navigate services and benefits …

  • Unemployment for Youngest Veterans Dropped to New Low in 20150

    Veterans of all generations experienced significant employment gains last year, with the youngest generation of veterans enjoying the best year ever for employment, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Unemployment for post-9/11 veterans continued a steady decline that began in 2012, reaching an all-time low in 2015 for that figure of 5.8 percent, reported Military Times. That represents a significant improvement from 2014, when the annual rate was 7.2 percent. The November unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans set a monthly record, falling to 4.2 percent. In December, however, that figure rose to 5.7 percent. Unemployment for all veterans in 2015 fell to 4.6 percent, the lowest annual rate for that figure since 2008, according to the story. The November unemployment figure of 3.6 percent was the lowest monthly rate for all veterans since late 2007.

  • San Antonio Health Care Facilities Look to Retain Separating Personnel

    San Antonio Health Care Facilities Look to Retain Separating Personnel0

    San Antonio has become one of the leading health care destinations in the nation, and as the military trims the number of medical personnel in the region, local medical facilities are hoping the doctors, nurses and other trained personnel who have made the region a center for military medical expertise opt to stay in the city to treat civilians. “It is a great place to transition, because you have a center of clinical excellence at the U.T. Health Science Center, and a fantastic infrastructure, and a huge part of the local economy being focused on health care,” Bruce Jennings, who heads the Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians Group, told News Radio 1200 WOAI. He said there is no better place for retiring military medical personnel to make their civilian careers …

  • Hill AFB to Host Veterans Training for Careers in Solar Industry

    Hill AFB to Host Veterans Training for Careers in Solar Industry0

    Hill Air Force Base, Utah, next month will host its first class of 24 veterans training for a wide range of careers in the solar industry, as part of the Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets initiative. President Obama announced the program during a visit to Hill last April, reported 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs. Hill is the fourth base to implement the program, which is already underway at Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Naval Station Norfolk, Va. More than 150 veterans have been trained so far for a variety of careers in the solar industry, including installer, sales representative and system inspector …