• Veterans Gain Protection against Employment Discrimination under Massachusetts Law

    Veterans Gain Protection against Employment Discrimination under Massachusetts Law0

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker last week signed legislation designed to ease the transition to civilian life for service members, providing veterans protection against employment discrimination and extending low-income housing opportunities statewide. The measure “continues to set the tone that Massachusetts leads the nation when it comes to the benefits and services that it provides our veterans,” said Francisco Ureña, secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services. “There are provisions here that impact both active, reserve, national Guardsmen and women, Gold Star families.” The HOME Act also establishes the Office of State Veterans’ Homes and Housing within the Department of Veterans’ Services, which will provide state oversight to the Chelsea and Holyoke Soldiers Homes …

  • 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 …

  • North Carolina Establishes Military, Veterans Affairs Agency0

    One priority of North Carolina’s newly established Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will be helping the state’s defense communities resolve land use conflicts with neighboring installations, the agency’s secretary said last week. “We think we’re in pretty good shape in North Carolina, but we still want to make sure we do everything we can to improve the military value of the installations, so if a BRAC does come around, we’re in good shape,” Cornell Wilson Jr. told the Chronicle of Winston-Salem. The new department — which has about 100 employees — also underscores the state’s commitment to veterans, according to Wilson …

  • Indiana Lags behind Other States in Delivering Services, Veterans Advocates Say0

    A veterans advocate in Indiana wants the state to do more to help the men and women who have served the country transition to civilian life, saying the state lags behind others in the services it provides. “The state of Indiana has not recognized veterans as an economic positive impact. And they have not taken action to help veterans,” said James Bauerle, who retired from the Army as a brigadier general. Bauerle pointed to a 2014 report by the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs that found the agency conducts little outreach, delivers inconsistent service, has a workflow “heavily based on the movement of paper” and faces “barriers to efficiently serving the veteran population statewide …