Military transition and veterans affairs news of the day for 1/31/14
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Wounded Warriors Remain Undefeated (WFUV.org) The Wounded Warriors defeated the 9/11 First Responders in their annual football game, 32-14.
Warriors in Transition Benefit Banquet (KULR8.com) It’s all to raise money for wounded soldiers and their families.
Hiring Orlando vets (Winter Park/Maitland Observer) When veterans leave the military, they face the very real challenge of finding work again.
Securitas Security Services USA Adds 6,706 Military Veterans To Its Employee Base (PR Newswire) As a member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission coalition that was launched in March 2011, Securitas Security Services USA is proud to announce that it has added 6,706 veterans to its employee base in the year 2013.
Veterans job fair set for Feb. 6 in Glendale (KPHO.com) Local and national companies will be looking for qualified military veterans to fill thousands of positions at a veteran job fair in Glendale on Feb. 6.
Defense, DHS, VA drive rise in federal employment (FCW.com) GAO Report on Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation.
Military Spouse Transition Workshop (KIROTV.com) The Military Spouse Transition Workshop is available to our spouses of military service members and veterans who are currently going through their Transition Assistance Program (TAP) or have been out of the military for some time.
Commission: Move Manpower Into Air Reserve, National Guard Components (Defense News) The US Air Force should look at moving as much manpower into the Reserve and Air National Guard components as possible, according to a new report from a congressionally mandated panel.
PepsiCo holding benefit for veterans (AP) PepsiCo Inc. is making a $1 million donation and streaming a live concert Friday to benefit injured military veterans and their families.
Fresno teen accused of robbing, beating 92-year-old WWII vet to be tried as adult (The Fresno Bee)
Found unfit to be tried as a juvenile, a 16-year-old Fresno boy made his first appearance Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court in connection with the home-invasion robbery of 92-year-old World War II veteran Josef Martin.
A Troubled Marine’s Final Fight (Time) David Linley’s last night as a free man began, like so many others before it, in his dark basement, watching Band of Brothers.
Veterans group says military suicide rate is ‘out of control’ (Military Times) Suicide prevention is the No. 1 legislative priority this year for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, says Paul Rieckhoff, the group’s founder and CEO.
Veterans fight the organic fight at Delaware Valley College training program (Philly.com) With his burly physique and woolly beard, Brandon Barnhart looks every inch the laid-back country kid from tiny West College Corner, Ind.
Veterans Honored at Gala Valentines Concert (Market Wired) National nonprofit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in cooperation with Soldier’s Wish and the Yavapai County Community Foundation will host a gala Valentines for Veterans Salute to America’s Veterans Concert on February 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performance Hall in Prescott, Arizona.
Navy Yard Shooting: Gunman Aaron Alexis Convincingly Lied To Doctors At Veterans Affairs (Huffington Post) The gunman who killed 12 people in last year’s rampage at Washington’s Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files.
Veteran Affairs Releases Book (KMOT.com) For anyone looking to reflect on their days of service, the North Dakota Department of Veteran Affairs is giving out a book called, “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veteran for 60 Years of Growth.”
Federal Agencies Partner to Protect Veterans, Service Members and Their Families Using GI Bill Education Benefits, Launch New Online Complaint System (Defense.gov) The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Education and Justice, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission announced today the launch of a new online complaint system designed to collect feedback from veterans, service members and their families who are experiencing problems with educational institutions receiving funding from federal military and veterans educational benefits programs, including benefits programs provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the DOD Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Veterans dying because of health care delays (CNN.com) U.S. veterans are dying because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals.
Veterans Center Aids EFSC Students (Space Coast Daily) For Rob Ganoe, it means an opportunity for veterans to “find enrichment and complete our education.”
Repeal military pension cuts now, Sen. Jeff Sessions says, as Pentagon asks for commission study (AL.com) Sen. Jeff Sessions said he’s glad Pentagon leaders are joining lawmakers to call for changes to planned pension cuts for working-age military retirees.
Push for new national cemeteries, as veteran deaths bring sites near capacity (Fox News) National cemeteries across the country are starting to reach capacity amid an increase in the number of veterans dying — fueling a push for the government to approve new sites, particularly in states that don’t have any.
Senate panel approves bill to extend in-state tuition to veterans (NJ.com) Just over a month after New Jersey extended in-state college tuition to unauthorized immigrants who grew up here, the state Legislature is looking to expand tuition breaks to another group of people.
No Plans In The Works To Close Base Commissaries, Says Top Military Official (KPBS.org) The rumor mill has been circulating the same piece of information for months – that the Department of Defense plans to close all stateside base commissaries.
Military-pensions hearing raises alarm on cost of pay (PilotOnline.com) The uproar last month over changes to military pensions may have worked – senators from both parties indicated Tuesday they want to repeal the measure and put money back into the pockets of working-age retirees.
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