• Louisville Initiative Adopts Comprehensive Approach to Assist Transitioning Veterans0

    A regional initiative spearheaded by a consortium of businesses, veterans advocacy groups, local governments and chambers of commerce in Greater Louisville is aiming to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs by 2017. The Where Opportunity Knox campaign is intended to market job opportunities and deliver schools, housing and other quality-of-life assets to transitioning soldiers and their families in north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana, reported Military Times. The effort benefits from its close proximity to Fort Knox, where the Army’s Transition Assistance Program is headquartered, but its services are not limited to soldiers who were stationed at the post …

  • Service Members Praise DOD’s Transition Assistance0

    The Pentagon’s redesigned Transition Assistance Program is helping departing service members enter the civilian workplace, the program’s director told lawmakers last week. More than 80 percent of the participants said they “gained valuable information and skills to plan their transition, that the training enhanced their confidence in their transition, they intended to use what they learned in the classes, and that they knew how to access appropriate resources post separation,” Susan Kelly, director of the Transition to Veterans Program, told the House Armed Service’s Military Personnel Subcommittee during an Oct. 28 hearing. In 2013, the program was reorganized and reintroduced as required training for service members transitioning back to civilian life …

  • Military Families Require Strong Community Support, Survey Shows

    Military Families Require Strong Community Support, Survey Shows0

    A survey released this week by Blue Star Families underscored rising concerns about financial security experienced by military families stemming from the difficulty encountered by military spouses searching for employment, cuts in military benefits and uncertainty about the impact of force reductions. There’s a theme of “eyes on the exits,” said Cristin Orr Shiffer, deputy director of research and policy for the nonprofit Blue Star Families, which has been producing its annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey for six years. “There are a lot of conversations around the dinner table about whether to stay in or get out …

  • New Initiative to Showcase Impact Veterans Have on Their Communities0

    A coalition including Walmart, several veterans support groups and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) on Monday launched a campaign “to help create visible and actionable national support for America’s veterans and their families.” The initiative, Greenlight A Vet, aims to encourage the nation to boost its efforts to integrate transitioning veterans into their communities. Other participating organizations include Team Red, White and Blue, Team Rubicon, Hire Heroes USA and Blue Star Families …

  • Army Places Emphasis on Transition Assistance0

    As the Army continues to reduce its end strength as it draws down from two wars and complies with stringent spending caps, efforts to help service members enter civilian life have become increasingly important. “We see ourselves as a retention and a transition tool both,” Mark Brown, human resources director at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., told military.com. A key element of the transition program is helping soldiers figure out if they are financially ready to leave the military, Brown said. “In many cases, the soldiers will realize that they’re not ready and decide to stay in,” he said …

  • State Credentialing Requirements Continue to Vex Veterans0

    Separating service members continue to face significant barriers to gaining civilian credentials for skills they mastered during their military service, witnesses told a House subcommittee last week. The problem stems from the dizzying array of state requirements and training programs veterans must satisfy, reported Military Times. “This situation creates an artificial barrier to employment for veterans,” Roy Swift, executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, told the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee …