• Fayetteville Workshop Looks at Transition Issues for Military Families0

    Last week’s fifth annual Forward March conference in Fayetteville, N.C., focused on ways to support military families in transition. Military families are particularly concerned about finding employment and healthcare after separating, according to Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association. Involuntary separations precipitated by spending cuts can add to the anxiety level. “There’s a lot of uncertainty, and what we found when we talk to military spouses is the information going out to service members is not going to the families …

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  • Female Veterans Forced to Cope with Services Designed for Men0

    Women leaving the military face significant gaps in service compared to their male counterparts in health care, employment, community reintegration, housing and disability compensation, according to a new report by the Disabled American Veterans. Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home reveals that the number of women serving in the armed forces is increasing dramatically, with women making up 20 percent of new recruits, 14.5 percent of the 1.4 million service members on active duty and 18 percent of 850,000 reservists. At the same time, they are being put at risk by federal agencies and community service providers that fail to understand that women are affected by military service and deployment differently than men, the report says …

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  • Iowa Judge Wants to Create Court to Keep Veterans out of Jail0

    An Iowa judge is trying to establish a veterans court in Woodbury County to help military veterans obtain essential services to cope with drug and alcohol addiction and mental health problems while keeping them out of jail. “They come back broken [from Iraq and Afghanistan], and we’re starting to see them in our court system,” District Judge Jeffrey Poulson told the Omaha World-Herald. Poulson envisions matching participants with a mentor who could provide advice, but would not act as a counselor …

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  • Jacksonville Grant Program Supports Veterans, Transitioning Personnel0

    The city of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise are partnering to support local organizations serving veterans and active-duty service members transitioning to civilian life. As part of a five-year partnership launched last November, the Jacksonville Military Veterans Community Partnership Grants program will focus on services that support the transition to civilian life, provide emergency financial assistance, support local career assistance, provide military spouse and family support, and encourage wraparound social services …

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  • Veterans Support Organization Expands Transition Initiative to California0

    One of the largest organizations representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is expanding an innovative program for helping recent veterans successfully transition to civilian life to California, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) announced Thursday. The Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) connects post-9/11 veterans and their families to local resources and to one-on-one support with the organization’s veteran transition managers. The program provides veterans and their families with access to an array of services, including employment, education, housing and mental health …

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  • NFL Team’s Support Helps Jacksonville Improve Veterans Services0

    The Jaguars Foundation is contributing $1 million to help Jacksonville expand a range of services for veterans. Earlier this month, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Jaguars owner Shad Khan cut the ribbon on the city’s new veteran resource and reintegration center, a project designed to better support veterans with social services, housing assistance and employment services. The city also is adding a social services specialist to its military affairs office to assist veterans, reported First Coast News. “This will assure that Jacksonville continues to be known throughout the country as the number one home for returning veterans,” said Khan.

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