MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (MVP) Announces Veteran and Transitioning Military Re-careering Event

The MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (www.mvpvets.org) is announcing the fifth Veteran and Transitioning Military Recareering event for 2014.  The program, which is free for veterans and those transitioning from the military, helps veterans find careers in life sciences companies, is partnering with Baxter Healthcare in Deerfield, Illinois to host 20 veterans in a daylong seminar which will provide insights into the Medical Device industry, partnering with mentors, a job skills workshop, and interaction with hiring managers and Human Resources professionals from the the company.  The company and the industry have many positions in areas such as supply chain, supervision, management, human resources, and other functional areas that they are eager to fill with veterans and those transitioning from the military.

A press release about the event follows:

CARLSBAD, CA, September 4 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On September 26th 2014, MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (www.mvpvets.org) will conduct a free re-careering event for transitioning military and veterans in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin at the Baxter International Inc. campus in Deerfield, Ill.

Military personnel in transition from service and honorably discharged veterans are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in this free one-day seminar that will include active one-on-one mentoring, resume building and personal engagement with hiring managers seeking to employ program participants.

The event brings veterans and transitioning military together with mentors from the medical technology industry while they participate in active sessions that include resume review and refinement, job interview training and rehearsals, creating a professional online presence in social media, and networking.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required to ensure that participants get a seat at the event.

Details:

Date    September 26, 2014

Time    7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location       Baxter International Inc.: One Baxter Parkway, Deerfield, Illinois

Cost     There is no cost for veterans and transitioning military. All materials, breakfast, lunch, parking and pre-event overnight lodging will be provided free of charge.

Registration    Transitioning military and veterans interested in participating in the program can register at the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program website (http://www.mvpvets.org/mvpvets-event-interest-form).  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

Baxter International Inc. recognizes the valuable skills, experience and dedication that veterans bring to the workplace and actively recruits transitioning military personnel into a vast array of rewarding careers in healthcare. In addition to hosting the re-careering event at its headquarters, Baxter employees, including many veterans, will serve as mentors during and after the event.

The MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program is a nonprofit organization with the mission to bring 5,000 veterans and transitioning military into the Life Sciences industry by 2018. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, MVP brings active training and mentorship together with an integrated collaborative online portal and eLearning from the Life Collaborative in a concerted effort to help those who have served the country in uniform re-career into meaningful and impactful careers in the MedTech, BioTech, Pharmaceutical, BioFuels, and Wireless Medical Technology sectors.

Tax Credits for Companies that Hire Veterans

Hiring Veterans – a resource for Human Resources Professionals, Hiring Managers, and companies that want to hire and retain talented veterans.  

Part 2:  Tax Credits for Companies that Hire Veterans

This is the second in a string of posts to help demystify the complex world of veteran employment from the perspective of the employer.  In the previous post we detailed the definition of a “Protected Veteran”, which is important for companies that are required to implement an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in order to comply with Office of Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) regulations.  In this post, we look at incentives that governments as the state and federal level offer to companies for hiring veterans.

The simplest way for the government to incentivize companies to hire veterans is by providing tax credits to employers.  There are a wide variety of tax credits available for companies who employ veterans, and in some cases they can amount to tens of thousands of dollars off of a firm’s tax bill. The list that follows is not all inclusive, but it is a rollup of all of the incentives that I could find.  Some are currently unfunded (meaning that they have been funded in years prior but have not yet been funded for 2014), but just because they are unfunded today doesn’t mean that they will be unfunded tomorrow.  Most of the programs below are funded, and it is up to the employer to meet the administrative requirements to apply for the credits.

So what are the credits and what veterans are qualified for each credit?  Here is a brief description of each incentive along with links to the associated website(s):

In 2011, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) was changed by the VOW to Hire Heroes Act to include qualified veterans as a targeted group.  The credits apply to both for profit and non profit organizations, and amount to thousands of dollars per hire – which means that there is no limit to the number of qualified veterans a company can hire and claim for tax credits.  Although the VOW act was extended from the end of 2012 to the end of 2013, it has not been renewed since and the tax credits are not currently available but may be again in the future.  There are two groups of veterans eligible for credits:

Federal Incentives

  • The Returning Heroes Tax Credit of up to $5,600.  This applies to veterans who have been unemployed or who have received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistance (SNAP, aka Food Stamps) during the past year:
    • Short-term Unemployed: A credit of 40% of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans who have been in receipt of unemployment insurance or compensation for at least 4 weeks.
    • Long-term Unemployed: A credit of 40% of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) for employers who hire veterans who have been in receipt of unemployment insurance or compensation for longer than 6 months.
  • The Wounded Warriors Tax Credit of up to $9,600.  This applies to unemployed veterans who have a disability related to service in the armed forces:
    • A credit 40% of the first $12,000 of wages (up to $4,800).

The Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (which had been extended until the end of 2013 and has not yet been renewed), provides incentives for small business.

The Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000

Although these federal tax credits are currently expired, they may be renewed with future legislation.

In order to apply for the credits, the employer must follow the directions listed on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  website.

State Incentives

In addition to the Federal Government, eleven states also offer incentives for hiring veterans.  As of July 2014 all of the following state veteran hiring incentives are still available:

Alabama  $1000 for small businesses that hire recently deployed and now discharged unemployed Veterans.

http://revenue.alabama.gov/incometax/2012_forms/12schocinstr.pdf

Alaska  The credit available is $3,000 for the permanent hire of a disabled veteran and $2,000 for the permanent hire of a veteran not disabled. A credit of $1,000 is available for the employment of any veteran in a seasonal position.

http://www.tax.alaska.gov/programs/documentviewer/viewer.aspx?5142f

California  The credit is based on 35% of a new employee’s qualified wages or wages between 150% (or $10 for a Pilot Area) and 350% of minimum wage.  The business must qualify for the New Employment Credit (NEC).

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/New_Employment_Credit_Reservation/index.shtml

Delaware  Companies that hire veterans or National Guard members who have served in recent overseas conflicts are eligible for a tax credit is equal to 10% of wages, up to a maximum of $1,500.

http://revenue.delaware.gov/services/Business_Tax/veterans.shtml

Illinois  Illinois employers can earn an income tax credit of up to $5,000 annually for hiring veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

http://www2.illinois.gov/veterans/benefits/Pages/employment.aspx

Massachusetts  “For-profit” employers in Massachusetts that plan to hire certain low-income or disabled veterans may be eligible for a $4800 tax credit.

http://www.mass.gov/veterans/employment-and-training/tax-credit.html

New Mexico  The Veteran Employment Tax Credit will provide up to $1,000 to businesses each time they hire a veteran who has recently been discharged from the military.

http://www.dws.state.nm.us/Veterans/VetInformation/VeteranEmploymentTaxCredit

New York  Businesses may earn up to $5,000 for hiring a qualified Veteran, and up to $15,000 for hiring one who is disabled between January 1, 2014 and before January 1, 2016.

http://www.veterans.ny.gov/content/hire-vet-credit

Utah  Utah Veteran Employment Tax Credit provides a tax credit for the first year beginning at $200 per month, not to exceed $2,400 per year and increases the second year to $400 per month, not to exceed $4,800 per year for each veteran hired.

http://incometax.utah.gov/credits/veteran-employment

Vermont  The State of Vermont now provides a tax credit of $2,000 to employers who hire a veteran with recent military service.

http://veterans.vermont.gov/transitions/taxcredit

West Virginia  The West Virginia Military Incentive Act of 1991 (MIP) offers employers up to $5,000 in tax credits (based on a percentage of the first $5,000 in wages paid after one continuous year of employment) on their West Virginia corporate or personal tax liability for hiring any service-connected disabled veteran, economically-disadvantaged Vietnam-era or Korean conflict veterans, or unemployed active members of the National Guard or Reserves.

http://www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv/veterans/mip/default.aspx

Tax credits and incentives change frequently, and are usually directly tied to the state and federal governments’ legislative cycle.  Check your state’s veterans agency and workforce development office for new or updated incentives.

 

Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 8/25/14

Good news story of the day

Veterans, organizations to Benefit from baseball game  (Bridgeport News)  Connecticut military veterans and several organizations supporting them will be honored at the 4th annual Homerun for Heroes Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Game on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Army’s top enlisted man speaks about cutting troops  (The Town Talk)  Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler has less than six months left on the job, but he’s still pushing hard on several key soldier issues.

Job fair slated at Turner Center in Fontana  (Daily Bulletin)  The theme of the job fair is “thank a hero, hire a veteran,” but nonveterans are welcome, too.

USAA Taps Analytics to Speed Military Transitions  (Baseline)  Transitioning from the military to civilian life is one of the biggest challenges facing veterans. They need to find a place to live, land a job and deal with other issues involved in this major life change.

Job-hunting veterans get a boost at UMass Lowell  (The Boston Globe)  Jeremy Alaniz was an economics student at Texas A&M University when he watched United Airlines Flight 175 crash into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

Veterans News

Center focuses on supporting veterans  (Daily News)  Veterans Resource Centers of America provides community-based support services for veterans and their families, with a particular focus on homeless and at-risk veterans.

Veterans Affairs plans town hall in Lincoln  (SFGate)  Veterans will have a chance to give feedback the Department of Veterans Affairs services at a town hall in Lincoln on Tuesday.

Women Veterans’ Symposium aims to connect and create awareness  (KTSM)  The Women Veterans’ Symposium is held with the hopes of connecting women veterans with each other and making them aware of the resources they have access to. It is hosted by the Military Veteran Peer Network.

California Army veteran trying to prove he is not actually dead  (Daily News)  An Iraq veteran has been on a 2-year campaign to prove to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that he’s not dead.

Valor Grove apartment complex on Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds targets homeless veterans  (Tuscaloosa News)  An $11 million apartment complex at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center has received 50 vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, allowing the project to specialize in housing for the homeless.

Veterans Affairs selects Columbus as regional site for Veterans Day  (The Columbus Bulletin)  The Veterans Day National Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected the Town of Columbus as a 2014 Veterans Day Regional Site.

Benefits News

The VA Provides Full Coverage for Veterans With ALS  (VA)  ALS has been getting a lot of attention from the Ice Bucket Challenge, but many veterans do not know the military covers them if they have the disease.

California Army veteran trying to prove he is not actually dead  (Daily News)  An Iraq veteran has been on a 2-year campaign to prove to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that he’s not dead.

VETERANS’ CORNER: VA program adds primary care  (Mineral Wells Index)  The Department of Veterans Affairs announces that primary care has been added to the services available to veterans through VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) contracts, a key and evolving part of the non-VA medical care program.

Federal law guarantees in-state tuition for student veterans  (Red and Black)  A new federal law guarantees veterans tuition benefits when they enroll in a public university in the United States.

Vashon man seeks his gay partner’s federal VA benefits  (Seattle Times)  The ceremony was meticulously planned, befitting a wedding where one of the grooms is a self-professed Virgo with obsessive-compulsive leanings.

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Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 8/22/14

Good news story of the day

Fishing tournament in Bayonne to help wounded warriors  (NJ.com)  The annual fluke fishing tournament tomorrow at Robbin’s Reef Yacht Club, 21 Pavonia Court in Bayonne will benefit The Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit helping injured vets and their families.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Report: vets’ preference for federal jobs too complicated, sometimes controversial  (The Washington Post)  Uncle Sam’s long-standing policy of giving veterans a hiring preference for government jobs enjoys strong support.

Veteran Job Fair Helps Those Who Help Us  (KGWN)  From fighting for our country, to fighting for a job. Veterans gathered at the Storey Gym on Thursday to look for jobs.

Chamber, MOAA to Sponsor Veterans Job Event  (The Pilot)  The Sandhills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Moore County Chamber of Commerce will join next month to sponosr the Moore County Veteran Jobs Initiative.

Veterans benefit expo held at Logistics Health Incorporated  (News8000)  The Wisconsin Department of Veteran’s Affairs organized an expo for veterans at LHI Thursday.

Veterans News

Veterans Affairs Opens New Clinic In Sorrento Valley  (KPBS)  Veterans Affairs officials say the new Sorrento Valley clinic will have the capacity to offer medical and mental healthcare to some 17,000 patients a year.

National Dems hammer Cassidy on veterans’ issues in Louisiana  (The Hill)  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a new ad charging Rep. Bill Cassidy, Republicans’ pick to take on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), “put millionaires before veterans.”

Central Ala VA director, chief of staff placed on leave  (Montgomery Advertiser)  The director and the chief of staff at the Central Alabama Veteran’s Health Care System have been placed on administrative leave while the Montgomery and Tuskegee medical centers are assessed.

McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed?  (AZ Central)  More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix’s VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Benefits News

VA facilities to hold town hall meetings  (Philly.com)  Philadelphia’s Veterans Affairs benefits office will host two town hall events Wednesday for local veterans to voice feedback about the quality of their service.

AAFES makes ‘business case’ for allowing veterans to shop online  (Stars and Stripes)  Allowing 18.8 million honorably-discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate brick-and-mortar department stores and concessions on base, could boost store profits enough to pump more than $100 million back into base quality-of-life programs.

Hospital system is having trouble reaching veterans  (AZ Central)  The outsourcing of Veterans Affairs patients to metro Phoenix health providers is in full swing, but one major hospital system has encountered a challenge reaching veterans.

Veterans Find ‘Family,’ Healing In Festival And Electronic Music Culture  (Huffington Post)  Two years and 34 surgeries after Kirstie Ennis was injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the retired Marine Corps veteran is still fighting to keep her leg. And while the road to recovery has been far from easy, one hobby has made a big difference in keeping her spirits up: listening to and creating electronic music.

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Hiring Veterans: Just what is a “Veteran”, anyway?

Hiring Veterans – a resource for Human Resources Professionals, Hiring Managers, and companies that want to hire and retain talented veterans.  

Part 1:  Just what is a “Veteran”, anyway?

This is the first in a string of posts to help demystify the complex world of veteran employment from the perspective of the employer.  There are literally thousands of articles, blog posts, and books about how to help veterans find a job, which is great.  There is a surprising lack of content out there, however, on how a company can best find, recruit, hire, train, and retain veterans.  That is what this and the following posts are all about –  helping hiring managers, Human Resources professionals, executives, supervisors, and the countless other people in a company understand how to bring veterans into their organizations and, more importantly, how to keep them. Veterans bring an exceptional set of technical skills to the workplace, and they have experience working with others, leading teams, accomplishing complex and time competitive tasks, operating under stress, exhibit inherent flexibility, and myriad other abilities and talents that any company would greatly benefit from.

Unfortunately, successfully hiring veterans is not that easy.  Depending on where your company is located, you may have difficulty finding a pool of veteran candidates with the skills that you need.  Are there any military bases close by?  Is there an active community of veterans that you can reach out to?  Do you know what skill sets veterans have?  These questions and more can prove to be very challenging for a hiring manager.

There are some very compelling reasons to hire veterans.  In addition to the skills and dedication that those who have worn the cloth of the nation bring, there are financial and tax incentives at the federal and state levels that can add up to tens of thousands of dollars in grants, tax credits, or other benefits for employers.  We’ll address those in a future post.

For companies holding government contracts there are explicit affirmative action requirements concerning veterans, including a ruling that was released in 2013 that broadened the definition of veteran status in terms of employment.  Known as the Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors Regarding Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam Era, Disabled Veterans, Recently Separated Veterans, Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veterans, and Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans rule, it is an update on previously existing regulations comes from the Department of Labor’s Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).  The rule establishes a veteran hiring benchmark of 8% (with the intention of having a contractor’s roster of employees mirror the population of veterans in the nation’s workforce) and levies an extensive list of data collection and reporting requirements on firms with government contracts of more than $100,000 and/or more than 50 employees.

The best place to start is to begin by defining what a veteran is in terms of employment, and how it impacts a company’s Affirmative Action Plan. Simply serving in the military is enough to earn the title of “veteran”, but the title alone does not provide any advantages in terms of meeting a company’s affirmative action requirements.  To be able to meet the benchmark objectives set by OFCCP for compliance a veteran must fall into the “Protected Veteran” category as defined within the ruling. While the rule is a thrilling read (which you can download from the Federal Register here), to help get straight to the point here is a quick breakdown of the requirements to be considered a protected veteran along with examples of documentation which proves eligibility:

1.  Disabled Veteran status.  A disabled veteran is one who is entitled to compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  A Special Disabled Veteran is one with a VA-assigned disability rating of 30% or greater (or 10% – 20% in case the veteran is determined to have a serious employment handicap) or was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

Documentation:  The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a Summary of Benefits letter to the veteran which denotes his or her disability rating.

2.  Veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition.  In terms of this regulation, the last war was World War II, although active duty service for more than 180 days between August 5 1964 and May 7 1975 counts to establish protected veterans status as a “Vietnam Era Veteran” whether or not the veteran actually served in Vietnam.  All of the operations since 1945 are considered to be campaigns or expeditions, and to be considered a protected veteran a serviceman or servicewoman must have participated and received a campaign medal or badge as a result.  This can be confusing, but in a nutshell if a veteran served overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Vietnam or Korea then that veteran is a protected veteran.

Documentation:  The Department of Defense provides the veteran with a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214), which contains the dates of service and lists all decorations and awards earned in section 13.  If a veteran has a campaign or expeditionary medal, then they are considered protected.  Service medals, except the Armed Forces Service Medal (below), do not count.

3.  Veterans who served on active duty and were awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal.  The Armed Forces Service medal is awarded for military operations that are not considered to be campaigns or expeditions, which essentially means non-combat or non-hostile operations.

Documentation:  As listed above, if section 13 of the DD-214 lists the Armed Forces Service Medal then the veteran is considered protected.  This is the only service medal medal that meets the requirement (the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terror Service Medal do not count).

4.  Recently discharged veterans.  Veterans who have been discharged for three years or less, regardless of whether they meet the requirements of 1, 2, or 3 above.

Documentation:  The DD-214 lists the date of release from active duty/discharge.

Those requirements are all pretty straightforward.  But what about people who served in the National Guard or Reserves?  That is where things get complicated. While those who serve in the Guard and reserve are veterans of the service, they may not fall in the protected veteran category.  Here is a breakdown of eligibility for Guard and reserve:

1.  Traditional service.  Guard/reserve personnel who serve out their obligations by only performing their weekend drills and annual training requirements are not protected veterans.  Even though they serve on active duty during their initial training periods, this service alone is not enough.

2.  Activated or mobilized for Federal service.  Guard/reserve personnel who are ordered to active duty are considered to be protected veterans if they deploy in support of a war, campaign, expedition or an operation that qualifies for the Armed Forces Service Medal.  If they are placed in federal service and do not deploy as listed above then they are not protected veterans.

Documentation:  Section 13 of the DD-214, which lists the medals that the veteran was awarded, just as with regular active duty veterans.

3.  Disabled veteran status.  As with active duty, Guard/reserve personnel who are entitled to disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs are considered to be protected veterans.

Documentation:  The same as for active duty – the Department of Veterans Affairs provides a Summary of Benefits letter to the veteran which denotes his or her disability rating.

Hopefully this helps human resources professionals and hiring managers understand how veterans are defined under the new OFCCP ruling.  If you have any comments, please do let me know!  Next we’ll dive into incentives for hiring veterans…

 

 

Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 8/18/14

Good news story of the day

Army Officer Recycles Military Surplus and Creates Fashionable Bags  (ABC News)  Serving in the military while also being the CEO of a fashion company can be an intimidating but also a rewarding experience. It’s also a perfect match for U.S. Army 1st Lt. Emily Núñez, 24, who saw a need and filled it, helping her fellow veterans along the way.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Voluntary separations accelerate for officers  (Marine Corps Times)  Recent revisions to the Voluntary Separation Pay program for officers will push those declining orders and then requesting VSP out of the service more quickly.

Veterans employment assistance a growing need  (Daily News)  David Jones worked jobs as a busboy and in fast food when he was a teenager.

Almost 8,000 Navy chiefs face ax; sailors could advance  (USA Today)  Almost 8,000 senior enlisted personnel must go before a continuation board later this year to determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire.

Southington helps promote employment opportunities for veterans  (Record Journal)  Veterans are offered an opportunity to sign up for job opportunities in the area through the state American Legion.

Veterans News

Iraq vets on Hill call for stronger response to ISIS  (The Hill)  Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), both Iraq War veterans, on Sunday called for a robust U.S. response to a terrorist advance in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Veterans look to farming to grow and heal  (USA Today)   Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier.

Vets seeking care died in VA limbo  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)  In 2010, the Veterans Administration rolled out a new online application that promised the nation’s veterans a quick, easy way to access one of the chief benefits of military service: enrollment in the VA’s vast network of hospitals and health care facilities.

Congress seeks more information on VA deaths  (The Tampa Tribune)  Still dissatisfied with the Department of Veterans Affairs response to questions about how many veterans suffered death and injury from delays in medical treatment and diagnoses at VA medical facilities around the country, the House Veterans Affairs Committee has widened the scope of its inquiry.

Benefits News

Duty Calls: Volunteers to aid at-risk veterans  (Times Union)  More than several hundred at-risk veterans and their families will receive help Saturday during the Eastern New York State Homeless Veterans Coalition Stand-Down.

For-profit colleges gouging veterans, U.S. Senate report finds  (Tampa Tribune)   On the heels of a student veterans group’s warning, a U.S. Senate report reveals the extent to which for-profit universities benefit from the federal G.I. Bill program.

Local colleges reach out to veterans  (Daytona Beach News Journal)  There is a lounge at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where military veterans, young and old, sit back on couches and prop up their feet.

Veterans’ Next Battle: Legal Rights  (Diverse)  In a year when the Department of Veterans Affairs has repeatedly come under fire for problems ranging from deadly delays in medical appointments to its hefty backlog of benefit claims, the need for legal assistance for veterans has often taken a lower priority.

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Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 8/12/14

Good news story of the day

Law seeks to expand in-state tuition for all  (Military Times)  A bill signed into law by President Obama on Aug. 7, dedicated primarily to overhauling veterans’ health care, also includes a major victory for education advocates.

Military Transition and Jobs News

The Key to Post-Military Career Success: Prepare Now  (Business News Daily)  Serving in the Armed Forces is one of the most rewarding and honorable paths an American citizen can take.

Veterans’ job fair planned for Aug. 18  (The Beacon)  Members of Delaware’s congressional delegation will hold a job fair for veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18, at the Carlisle Fire Company, Milford.

New Transition Center Helps MacDill Veterans  (Military.com)  Every year about 1,200 to 1,500 service members from MacDill Air Force Base leave the service.

Vets everywhere can log on to virtual job fair  (Military Times)  Hiring Our Heroes wants to take its veterans job fairs beyond major cities to small towns across the country.

Navy personnel chief: No more enlisted retention boards during his tenure  (Navy Times)  The Navy’s top personnel officer said the two enlisted retention boards, which booted 2,946 sailors, fixed overmanning problems, but he also admitted it sowed mistrust in the ranks that persists.

Booted sailors set sights on Supreme Court  (Navy Times)  A group of 300 sailors separated by the 2011 enlisted retention boards is taking its case to the nation’s highest court.

Veterans News

Feds award $600,000 to Catholic Charities in Syracuse to help homeless veterans  (Syracuse.com)  Catholic Charities of Onondaga County will receive $600,878 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families find stable housing, U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei said today.

Iraq Vets in Congress Support Air Strikes, But Are Wary of Another War  (Defense One)  U.S. air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant near the Kurdish capital of Irbil on Friday mark the first combat operations in the country since the Iraq war ended in 2011.

VA will open scheduling books to outside audit  (Military Times)  Veterans Affairs Department officials will open their scheduling books to outside reviewers in an effort to get an independent assessment of how to fix medical center wait time problems, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Friday.

Benefits News

Free assistance available for veterans government benefits  (The Evening Sun)  The Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars invites veterans of all ages and from all service eras to utilize its Service Officer Network to receive free information and assistance for government benefits including VA healthcare, compensation, pension, education and dependent benefits.

Veterans benefits fair in Tomah Aug. 13  (The Tomah Journal)  The Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a Veterans Benefits Fair Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 500 E. Veterans St. in the Tomah.

Despite progress in backlog, thousands of Florida’s veterans still wait for benefits  (Miami Herald) While his mortgage, electric bill and child support payments fell months behind, James Pendleton, a 57-year-old U.S. Army veteran from North Lauderdale, waited years for disability compensation benefits.

VA has higher burden of proof for PTSD claims related to sex trauma  (Military Times)  Jamie Livingston joined the Navy in 2000 because she “wanted to be part of something bigger than myself.”

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