Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America event in San Diego

I recently had the good fortune to swap emails with a leader in the IAVA: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.  They are holding a membership event this evening (Wednesday, 22 January 2014) aboard the USS Midway, the aircraft carrier museum that is on the San Diego waterfront.

It looks like a great opportunity to learn more about the organization.  From their website:

Join us for a gathering with IAVA staff and IAVA Leadership Fellows, Veteran Transition Managers and local IAVA members. Learn more about what IAVA has accomplished over the last year, the benefits of membership (it’s free!), and the exciting programs and events we have coming up in 2014. 

Member Veterans, supporters and anyone interested in learning more are welcomed!

If you are interested in attending, follow this link to register.  It seems like a pretty interesting event and an even more interesting organization.  I will certainly be engaging to learn more about what they do and how they help veterans.  Check out the event if you are in the area!

 

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Military/Veteran Transitionnews for 1/22/14

Transitionnews for Wednesday, January 22 2014:

Good news story of the day

Garden will help veterans in need  (NewBernSJ.com)  A program being launched this spring in the Duffyfield area intends to help veterans find employment and provide the community with fresh vegetables.

Transition

Enlisting Companies To Invest In Veterans  (The Wall Street Journal)  With the drawdown of America’s major post-9/11 overseas engagements, nearly a million of the country’s finest men and women will be leaving the armed forces and joining the economy. With that in mind, we want to focus on the long-term futures of our veterans.

Job drive created for soon-to-be veterans  (The Tennessean)  The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has launched a new program to connect job seekers exiting the military and employers trying to fill many of the high-skilled jobs available across the county.

Vice chief discusses 3,000-man brigades, HQ cuts  (Army Times)  Soldiers could be in store for significantly smaller, more technically advanced brigade combat teams, according to Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell, who discussed the service’s future in an interview with Army Times this month from Fort Hood, Texas.

Veterans unemployment may be OK’d  (GuamPDN.com)  Calvin Coolidge once said, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Sears Holdings To Hire 6,500 Veterans And Military Spouses In 2014  (Yahoo Finance)  Sears Holdings Corporation announced today that it anticipates hiring 6,500 veterans and military spouses in 2014.

Veterans

World War II Marine gets overdue funeral in Chowchilla  (Fresno Bee)  Seventy-five-year-old military veteran Kevin Johnson fought back tears Monday standing over his father’s grave as his colleagues handed him a folded flag.

Veteran puts Army skills to work in new career as a fitness trainer  (The Washington Post)  After a 23-year career in the U.S. Army, Valetta SuRae Stewart was concerned that the primary skills she could bring to the private sector were “breaking things and killing people.”

Veterans Left Behind on the Battlefield: A New Form of Veteran Discrimination Emerging  (The Huffington Post) U.S. Navy Adm. (ret.) Mike Mullen coined the term “sea of goodwill” to describe the positive attitudes in the United States toward veterans and the military in general.

Programs help war veterans transition to civilian life  (MassLive.com)  The wounds of war are not always visible.

Homeless Veterans Laid To Rest At Cemetery Of The Alleghenies  (CBS Pittsburgh)  A pair of veterans were laid to rest Tuesday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Veterans Affairs

VA Medical Center Seeks Help to Shelter Veterans from the Cold  (Your4State.com)  The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center is asking for the public’s help in getting veterans off of the street during this latest snow storm.

Dept. of Veterans Affairs: Online application for duplicate driver license, ID card with veterans identifier now available for eligible veterans  (WisPolitics.com)   The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that a new online application system is in place for veterans who are requesting a duplicate driver license or identification card with a “VETERAN” identifier.

‘Defect’ on VA benefits site shares vets’ personal details online  (Fox News)  Thousands of veterans may have had their personal information broadcast online following a major “defect” on a popular benefits website run by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.

Benefits

Senate could vote to restore $6B military pension cut next week   (The Hill)  Senators may consider a new proposal to restore cuts to military veteran pensions as early as next week, according to a Senate aide.

Lawmaker: Congress crying ‘crocodile tears’ over military pension cuts  (The Hill)  Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) criticized Congress over the weekend by saying members are talking about restoring a $6 billion cut to military pensions, but aren’t doing anything to actually restore those benefits.

Former top military officer sees national debt as biggest threat to country  (The Washington Examiner)  Retired Adm. Mike Mullen on Tuesday went well beyond his traditional area of expertise, military affairs, and held forth on issues ranging from the national debt to K-12 education.

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