• Chicago, Wichita Join National Effort to End Veteran Homelessness0

    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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  • Philanthropies Pledge $102M for Military Families0

    First Lady Michelle Obama last week announced a $102 million philanthropic initiative to support military families over the next five years. The Veterans Philanthropy Exchange will allow participants to share best practices, create new resources and recruit even more donors, Obama said from the Washington headquarters of the Red Cross …

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  • Private Sector Easily Surpasses Joining Forces’ Hiring Goal0

    Employers have trained or hired 380,000 veterans and military spouses through the Joining Forces initiative in less than three years, exceeding by almost four times the program’s initial hiring goal. First Lady Michelle Obama noted the milestone last week before representatives from 350 local and national companies at Walk Disney World as part of a forum designed to encourage companies to hire and train separating service members. She took the opportunity to urge employers to redouble their efforts to recruit veterans …

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  • Hiring of Veterans, Military Spouses Far Exceeds Initiative’s Original Goals0

    U.S. employers have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses since the Joining Forces initiative was created two years ago, nearly tripling the program’s original goal, First Lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday. Businesses now are pledging to hire or train an additional 435,000 individuals over the next five years, Obama said. “We know that today is not the finish line …

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  • New Partnership to Provide IT Certification for Service Members0

    A new public-private partnership will enable thousands of service members to earn industry-recognized information technology certifications before they transition from military service, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing. Obama said that too often, military personnel come home to find that the training and experience they’ve received doesn’t count toward civilian employment, “or they discover that the credits they’ve earned in military courses don’t transfer when they enroll in college, so they’re turned away from jobs that they’re more than qualified to do …

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  • National Guard Initiative Extends Focus of ‘Joining Forces’0

    The National Guard has launched an effort in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service expanding the “Joining Forces” campaign to focus attention on identifying grassroots solutions at the community level to support veterans, service members and their families. “After 10 years of [continued operations] … all of the services — not just the National Guard — have been reaching out to communities to help solve community-based problems and bring solutions to our service members, families, and veterans,” said Army Brig. Gen. Marianne Watson, director of manpower and personnel at the National Guard Bureau …

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