• 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 …

  • States Push to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness0

    Over the past year a number of major cities declared they had ended veteran homelessness — including Phoenix, New Orleans, Salt Lake City and Louisville — as part of a federal initiative, Zero: 2016. Now, three states are on track to achieve the same goal. One strategy shared by the three states — Connecticut, New Mexico and Rhode Island — is tracking homeless veterans by name, reports Stars and Stripes. In Rhode Island, the individuals are ranked by their likelihood of dying if they remain on the street based on a vulnerability assessment conducted by advocacy groups …

  • Dempsey Highlights Veterans Initiatives Launched by USC, Los Angeles0

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Monday applauded the efforts of the University of Southern California and Los Angeles to help veterans and military families, but said more remains to be done. Dempsey pointed to the Los Angles Veterans Collaborative, a group of more than 300 organizations that have created a network referral system to link veterans with services, benefits and opportunities. The group, which is administered by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, meets regularly to resolve issues affecting veterans and military families …

  • Post-9/11 Veterans in the O.C. Unprepared for Transition0

    A new survey of post-9/11 veterans in Orange County, Calif., revealed a population that is not prepared for life after the military, with health issues, and problems finding a job and housing all contributing to that assessment. Sixty-one percent of post-9/11 veterans are having difficulties adjusting to civilian life, according to the survey of 1,227 veterans conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research. Forty-four percent of post-9/11 respondents screened positive for post-traumatic stress disorder …

  • VA Uses EUL to Build Supportive Housing for Veterans at New York Medical Center0

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is using an enhanced use lease to create housing for at-risk veterans and their families at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Partnering with the VA on the $11.4 million project are the Finger Lakes Addiction Counseling and Referral Agency and Cazenovia Recovery Systems. Ohio-based KeyBank provided $5 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity to finance the project located on Cadence Square …