• Idea for New VA Division Focused on Veterans Transition Attracts Support

    Idea for New VA Division Focused on Veterans Transition Attracts Support0

    Multiple organizations are calling for the creation of a new senior position within the Department of Veterans Affairs which would focus on economic opportunity issues, including education, employment and transition. Student Veterans of America proposed establishing a Veterans Economic Opportunity Administration and a new undersecretary last month during a subcommittee hearing of the House Veterans’

  • In Other News: Home Depot to Expand On-Base Training Initiative for Transitioning Members

    In Other News: Home Depot to Expand On-Base Training Initiative for Transitioning Members0

    The Home Depot Foundation, in partnership with the Home Builders Institute, plans to expand a free, 12-week training program for transitioning service members offered at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Stewart, Ga., to 10 additional installations in the next few years. The class covers carpentry, plumbing and related fields, and offers graduates a pre-apprenticeship certification

  • Army to Test Customized Transition Program at Six Posts

    Army to Test Customized Transition Program at Six Posts0

    Starting next month, the Army will begin testing a new customized transition program for separating personnel at six installations that will provide additional resources for service members that are more likely to have difficulty finding employment. The two-year pilot program will gather input on best practices for the Army’s Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program, a mandatory program for all service members leaving active duty that covers resume writing, military skills translation, financial planning and other topics. The six test sites — Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and Army Garrison Bavaria, Germany — will divide soldiers into control and test groups …

  • Oklahoma Corrections Department Becomes First State Agency to Join Army Hiring Program0

    Oklahoma officials held a ceremony at the state Capitol on Tuesday to mark the Department of Corrections’ participation in a hiring program for active-duty personnel in the Army and its veterans. The ceremony also marked the introduction of the first state agency to the Partnership for Youth Access initiative. Forty-seven businesses in Oklahoma already have joined the program, reported Stars and Stripes. The initiative provides soldiers, recruits and members of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps a guaranteed interview for employment during their time in the Army and after separating …

  • Veteran Training Center to Open near Robins AFB

    Veteran Training Center to Open near Robins AFB0

    Two Georgia universities on Tuesday will open a $10 million facility near Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins that will offer academic courses and workforce training to help military veterans successfully transition into civilian careers. The Veteran Education Career Transition Resource Center will serve as a one-stop shop for separating service members re-entering the workforce or higher education. The center’s 10 employees — including success coaches, financial aid managers and representatives from the state Department of Veterans Services — will work with veterans to ensure their military training is recognized as they pursue certificates or associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees …

  • Public Grossly Overestimates Propensity for Veterans to Experience Mental Health Issues0

    The misperception held by a significant portion of the public that more than half of veterans who have served since 9/11 suffer from mental health problems is hampering veterans’ prospects of successfully transitioning into civilian life, according to veterans advocates. A study conducted by the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative revealed that about 40 percent of 1,000 surveyed adults believe more than half of the 2.8 million veterans who have served since 2001 have a mental health condition. The actual figure lies somewhere between 10 percent and 20 percent, according to a Rand Corp. estimate, reported Military Times. The survey also found that 80 percent of veterans say embarrassment or shame is a barrier to seeking treatment for traumatic brain injury or combat-related mental health conditions …