Transitionnews: Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 3/14/14

Good news story of the day

Marines volunteer to help renovate home of WWII veteran  (WMUR)

He didn’t know that the injury would eventually catch up to him in October when his knee gave way walking down the stairs of his home in Bedford. Ruchin tore four tendons and is currently going through rehabilitation.

Military Transition/Jobs News

Employers, Wounded Warriors and Veterans Register Now for Hiring Conference  (U.S. Navy)  Whether you’re a veteran or wounded warrior looking for a job or an employer looking for qualified candidates, the 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference is the place to be May 28-29 in Raleigh, N.C.

Soldiers graduate to new career  (U.S. Army)  For nine Soldiers leaving the Army, their career futures are looking bright. The Soldiers are the first at Fort Carson to benefit from the Veterans in Piping program offered through the Local Union No. 58 Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians, training Soldiers on welding and pipefitting.

‘Transition GPS’ helps troops re-enter civilian world  (U.S. Air Force)  Feedback on “Transition GPS,” which prepares service members to enter the civilian workforce, indicates it improves on the program it replaced, the director of the Defense Department’s Transition to Veterans Program office said here March 11.

Syracuse Offers Programs for Veterans, Spouses  (DOD Live)  The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University is currently enrolling eligible veterans and their spouses in an online program to enhance their career skills and job marketability.

FIRST COUNTY: Home Base Iowa Rolls Out  (WHOTV)  Governor Branstad launched “Home Base Iowa” last November. It serves as a stepping stone to help service members’ transition back into civilian life.

From Hero To Hired  (Arkansas Matters)  Hiring our Heroes has a simple, but important purpose.

Army to cut combat brigades  (The Hill)  The Army may need to cut its number of brigade combat teams nearly in half to accommodate the Pentagon’s plans to slice the Army’s size to below 450,000 soldiers after 2017.

Veterans News

VA: We budgeted before DOD; troop reductions not accounted for  (Stars and Stripes)  Lawmakers fear that the Veterans Affairs department might not be asking for enough money to meet its needs, the National Journal reported Thursday.

Diabetes: Silent Epidemic Among Veterans  (Ozarks First)  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs calls diabetes a silent epidemic among those who have served in the military and is dedicating resources to better management of the disease.

Congress Wants to Shield Veterans From Another Government Shutdown  (National Journal)  During the last government shutdown, lawmakers feared veterans were days away from not receiving their disability checks.

Brundidge Rotarians learn about veterans benefits  (Troy Messenger)  Randy Ross, Pike County veteran’s service officer, was the program guest of Rotarian Lamar Steed at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday.

Despite congressional muscle, Michigan ranks near bottom in US in funding for veterans (MLive)  After 17 years in the military, U.S. Navy and Gulf War veteran Gary Alcumbrack has done his best to navigate the civilian world even as he wrestles with nightmares that won’t go away.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs says changes have been made at Atlanta VA Medical Center  (WSBTV)  Channel 2 Action News was the first to uncover federal audits showing that mismanagement at the Atlanta VA Medical Center contributed to the deaths of three patients.

VA hospital knew human error caused Legionnaires’ outbreak  (CBS)  In January 2013, CBS News reported that a Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh knew for more than a year it had an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, but failed to warn patients.

Former Veterans Affairs Psychiatrist Sentenced for Medicare Fraud  (National Journal)  A licensed psychiatrist formerly employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was sentenced today to serve 18 months in prison for falsely claiming to provide at-home services to Medicare beneficiaries.

Veterans Corner: VA looks to reduce opiod prescriptions  (Lake County Sun)  The Department of Veterans Affairs has initiated a multi-faceted approach to reduce the use of opioids among America’s veterans using VA health care.

Medal of Honor recipient Ola Lee Mize dies at 82  (Army Times)  Medal of Honor recipient, Korean War hero and Special Forces legend retired Army Col. Ola Lee Mize has died at 82, according to the Medal of Honor Society. He died Wednesday after a lengthy illness.

Benefits News

VA seeking to educate vets on unclaimed benefits  (KTAR)  Calling all veterans in need of health care, education assistance, even home loans. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs said you could be eligible for more benefits than you think.

Veterans Benefit Fair  (Rochester Homepage)  Hundreds of veterans got an opportunity to learn what benefits they are eligible for today at the Veterans Benefit Fair at Monroe Community Hospital.

Law Extends Financial Support For Veterans  (Indiana Public Media)  Governor Mike Pence Thursday signed legislation that will extend the state benefits members of the armed services and their families receive.

Survey shows distrust of retirement reform in the ranks  (Military Times)  The Pentagon’s new proposal for reforming military retirement is drawing sharply negative reactions from today’s career-minded service members, according to a recent survey of Military Times active-duty readers.

Life care lawyers can help navigate veterans’ benefits  (Cleveland Jewish Media)  With the cost of long-term care rising every day, seniors want to know how to pay for care without breaking the bank.

Gay military widow not getting death benefits  (CNN)  She misses her most around the holidays, especially St. Patrick’s Day — the day they first met — and Valentine’s Day, their wedding anniversary.

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