• In Our Communities

    In Our Communities0

    The Des Moines Water Works plans more testing for PFAS pollutants at the Iowa Air National Guard base after levels 200 times the federal governments health advisory were detected, according to a report by Iowa Public Radio. Water Works officials don’t think PFAS are present in customers’ water lines, but it requires testing because the

  • ‘Florida G.I. Bill’ Aims to Make State More Friendly to DOD, Veterans0

    New legislation approved by the Florida Legislature will offer assistance combating encroachment to the state’s defense communities, out-of-state tuition for public universities to veterans and funds to market the state to veterans. The bill, unanimously passed by the House and Senate, provides $7.5 million to purchase buffer zones to protect three installations from encroachment — MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville and Naval Support Activity Panama City. “It sends a signal to the BRAC commission as well that Florida wants to keep the installations we have and keep the people we have …

  • San Diego-Area Community Colleges Accommodating Surge in Veterans0

    Community colleges in the southernmost counties of California are prepared to educate veterans returning from war and provide other services needed to help separating service members integrate into civilian life, officials from a consortium of community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties said last week. Community colleges in the two counties are teaching more than 20,000 veterans and military personnel, numbers that can be expected to grow as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. They also help veterans navigate the GI Bill and other financial aid programs, provide specialized counseling for students …

  • Out-of-State Students Hurt by GI Bill Restriction0

    While the Post-9/11 GI Bill generally has improved benefits for military veterans, a new restriction against covering out-of-state college tuition is providing a hardship. The restriction is presenting a barrier to 3,000 veterans across North Carolina from attending college, forcing them to reach into their pockets to cover their tuition bills …