Transitionnews: Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 3/17/14

Good news story of the day

Clarksville veteran wins silver at Paralympics  (The Leaf Chronicle)  Clarksville veteran Heath Calhoun added his first Paralympics medal to an already impressive list of accomplishments Friday in Sochi, Russia.

Military Transition News

Job-hunting tips for military veterans back in the workforce  (The Guardian)  A job interview, for a military veteran, tends to be a formal affair.  He won’t  slouch or lean in a chair.

Job Fair for military veterans on March 19  (Examiner)  Leaving the military can be difficult.

Job fair March 25 to help veterans  (The Chippewa Herald)  A job fair for veterans, their spouses and service members will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Eau Claire Army National Guard Armory, 1730 North Lane, Eau Claire.

Merced job fair attracts veterans, others looking for employment  (The Sacramento Bee)  Many came dressed in their best interview clothes Thursday for a veterans job fair in Merced.

Misunderstood veterans searching for jobs struggle to connect with recruiters  (The Guardian)  “I need to be a little bit more proactive, a little bit more – I don’t want to say the word – annoying,” Nick Marriott sighs, then chuckles. “Patient, too. I hate the waiting process.”

Vet Groups Question $1 Billion VA Jobs Program  (Military.com)  The administration is again hoping to establish a major veterans’  employment program that would see thousands of former service members employed  in public sector jobs across the country.

City hosts Veterans job fair downtown  (WOKV)  The city of Jacksonville is hosting a job fair this morning at the convention center downtown  for veterans and their families.

Senator introduces jobs, small business bills to help vets  (Navy Times)  New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced two bills to help veterans look for jobs and start small businesses.

Veterans News

Veterans rallied Saturday for a solution to Ft. Bayard  (Silver City Sun-News)   Close to 100 people attended a rally Saturday afternoon at the Grant County Business and Conference Center to support the Southwest New Mexico Transition Center acquiring Fort Bayard.

Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $153 Billion VA Budget  (MilitarySpot)  Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization, the President has proposed a $152.7 billion budget, a 10.2 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2013, that will support VA’s goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among Veterans.

Holly Petraeus: ‘Some people don’t balk at taking advantage of veterans’  (The Guardian)  When you join the US military, you are taught about a lot of things: discipline, respect, loyalty. Yet there’s one thing that they don’t teach you in the military: how to protect your own finances.

Benefit set for Fallen Warriors Memorial  (Santa Maria Times)  The committee spearheading the Lompoc Valley Fallen Warriors Memorial to forever remember local residents who died while serving in the military has planned its first major benefit for Saturday night.

Paralyzed Madison combat vet goes ‘RoboCop’ with bionic suit that lets him stand and walk  (Wisconsin State Journal)  Just under three years ago, a powerful bomb blast ripped the earth apart along a remote road in Afghanistan, leaving Army Sgt. Dan Rose paralyzed from the chest down.

Houston’s WWII sailor in famous kissing photo dies at 86  (Chron)  Glenn Edward McDuffie, the young sailor from Houston who can be seen in one of the most iconic photos from the end of World War II, has died, according to family members.

Disabled ex-Air Force sergeant says federal security officers tased him at downtown Portland office  (Oregon Live)  A former U.S. Air Force sergeant is suing the federal government and four federal officers for allegedly tasing him several times and striking him in the head and back as he tried to go through security at a downtown Portland office for an appointment.

Benefits News

A Senate bill would speed up veterans’ disability claims  (The Olympian)  It took soldiers returning to the United States from Europe more than a week to cross the Atlantic by boat at the end of World War II. Today troops can traverse the globe from Afghanistan in as little as 24 hours.

Bill offers more benefits for Louisiana’s ‘wounded warriors’  (The Town Talk)   Louisiana’s military personnel returning from war with serious injuries and spouses who have lost loved ones deserve more benefits than the state now offers, say Reps. Frank Howard and James Armes.

Veterans news: Gather papers now  (Courier-Journal)  All veterans who were discharged (separated) from military service must have a copy of their discharge certificate in order to receive veteran’s benefits, whether filing a claim for service-connected illnesses, injuries, and wounds, or in the event of death.

Agent Orange talk prompts memories, emotion  (The Hays Daily News)  In a soft, halting voice, Katherine Glaser told of how she watched her father die when she was young.

Mobile Vet Center will visit Bennington on Tuesday  (Bennington Banner)  The Mobile Vet Center (like the one pictured here) is headed to American Legion in Bennington VT for a Veterans Welcome Home event for all veterans on Tuesday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AFTER ASHES FOUND, DAUGHTER ASKS: WHO DID I BURY?  (AP)  Dellaina Grundy isn’t sure whether any of the cremated remains buried in her father’s grave in a veterans cemetery are his, and she doesn’t expect to ever know.

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