Transitionnews: Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 3/18/14

Good news stories of the day

24 to receive Medal of Honor today at the White House  (Army Times)  At the White House today, 24 people, three of them living, are receiving the Medal of Honor for their valor in wars of past decades.

Stark County veteran embarks on Warrior Hike along Appalachian Trail  (  Cecil E. Thayer III plans to spend the next six months walking away his war.

Military Transition News

Processing to resume for some early retirement, voluntary separation applications  (Air Force Times)  Air Force officials announced a decision Saturday to resume processing applications for voluntary separations and early retirement for airmen with 15 or more years of service, with the exception of some categories that require waivers such as for service commitments, time in grade or years of commissioned service.

Active-force sees sharp manpower drop  (Army Times)  Regular Army end strength in January took a sharp drop and hit 523,000 by the end of the month, after hovering around 530,000 early in the fiscal year.

Hiring Our Heroes hosts a job fair for military veterans and spouses on March 20 in Grand Prairie  (Dallas News)  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair on March 20 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for military veterans and their spouses.

Southwest Ohio job fair offers help for military veterans who have felony convictions  (The Republic)  Officials in the Dayton area plan a job fair catering to military veterans — including those who have felony convictions.

McCaskill Pushes Jobs Bill for Vets  (CBS)  Pushing a plan to help veterans get back to work, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill stood outside the Soldiers Memorial downtown.

Job fair to target people with military service, experience  (WVEC)  The Army Career and Alumni Program will join forces with the Army Community Service and the Virginia Employment Commission to host a job fair March 27 at the Fort Eustis Club, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Veterans Job Fair set for April 3  (Bossier Press)  The Veterans’ Job and Resource Fair is set for Thursday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bossier Civic Center.

Chairmen Carper and Harkin Commend Defense Department for Improving Transition Assistance Program  (Insurance News Net) Today, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, commended the Department of Defense (DOD) for taking key steps to improve a program designed to prepare servicemembers and veterans with information and provide resources on how to best use their GI Bill benefits.

Veterans News

Federal Government Signs Off On Study Using Marijuana To Treat Veterans’ PTSD  (The Huffington Post)  The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.

Lottery sales benefit Illinois veterans  (The Southern Illinoisan)  The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs on Monday announced a total of $241,582 in grants from Veterans’ Cash scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help fourteen non-profits and local governmental entities deliver specialized programs and services to llinois veterans.

Gov. Pence signs military family relief fund bill to help veterans  (Indianapolis Recorder)  Governor Mike Pence recently signed a bill that will help Hoosier heroes and their families by expanding access to the Military Family Relief Fund.

Collateral damage: The mental health issues facing children of veterans  (CBS)  How many of these homecomings have you seen on television since we went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan more than a decade ago?

Flag meant to honor fallen son is barred from memorial  (  Amy and Patrick Moore didn’t expect any trouble, not after the loss they suffered.

Benefits News

More veterans taking advantage of Post-9/11 GI Bill  (The Kansas City Star) In the year since Clemson University launched its Student Veterans Success Center, its volunteer staff has worked to transform the small alcove in the School of Computing into a place where those transitioning from military to civilian life can connect with their peers.

Legion post plans VA benefits talk  (Newark Advocate)  The Thornville American Legion Post 342 will sponsor an informational presentation about Veterans Affairs benefits that is open to all veterans and their family members.

Widow faces setback in benefits battle  (The Tennessean)  When Betty Osborne heard about World War II marine veteran Millard Sells fighting for nearly two decades to get his veteran’s disability benefits, she could only shake her head.

I won my battle, but other veterans still fight the VA for PTSD benefits  (Examiner)  While conducting research for my latest article, I ran across a headline that really hit me close to home: “Veteran fights VA to keep PTSD diagnosis”.

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