Transitionnews: Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 3/24/14

Good news story of the day

Mizuno picks Myrtle Beach military vet for new ‘Play Famously’ golf campaign  (Beaufort Gazette)  Once Tony Taylor decided he was going to retire after eight years in the Marines, he had some time to contemplate his second career.

Military Transition News

Gouldsboro woman aids servicemen and women in transition to college life  (The Times-Tribune)  Lauren Runco Williams first became interested in the issues affecting today’s veterans through her ex-husband, an Army vet.

Fair gives veterans a chance to find jobs  (AZCentral)  A jobs and services fair to help veterans and their families find employment and avail themselves of appropriate government programs drew visitors and vendors to the Marist College campus Saturday.

Veteran and spouse job fair in Casper  (Trib.com)  A veteran and military spouse job fair will be in Casper from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Best Western Ramkota Inn and Conference Center.

Tequesta to pay veterans to attend police academy  (The Palm Beach Post)  Returning veterans can have their police academy training paid for by the village and then become Tequesta police officers.

Maine Conservation Corps sends warriors into wilderness with new veteran program (KJOnline)  Maine Army National Guard member Dylan Cookson loves his job.

Study: Student vets have higher graduation rates than nonvets  (Military Times)  Student veterans seeking associate and bachelor’s degrees under the GI Bill have slightly better graduation rates than their nonveteran peers, data from a new Student Veterans of America study suggests.

Veterans News

Non-profit takes military vets on helicopter hog hunt in North Texas  (KHOU)  The sound of a roaring helicopter is one many veterans haven’t heard since serving in the military, but a group of vets climbing into one Friday didn’t seem to miss a step.

Cuomo Holds Summit Benefiting Veterans and Military Families in New York  (LongIsland.com) Providing jobs, affordable housing and educational opportunities for veterans and military families were on the summit’s agenda.

Texas Sues ‘Veterans’ Group’ for Alleged Deceptive Practices  (Breitbart)  In a copy of court documents obtained by Breitbart Texas, the AG’s Office filed suit against The Veterans Support Organization (VSO), a Rhode Island 501(c)(3) organization and four officers, CEO Richard Vanhouten, Administrative Director Michelle Vanhouten, Director Steven Casella and Director Robert Cruz.

Interviewing Veterans-Enriching For Every Generation  (Algona.com)  More and more Americans are looking forward to the holidays—and other occasions—as a way to look back.

Veterans 5K Race scheduled Thursday  (TimesWV)  Pierpont Community & Technical College will hold its annual Veterans 5K Race on Thursday.

Marines and Veterans Ride Waves to Reconditioning with their families at Del Mar Beach  (CSRWire)  Injured Marines, veterans and their families took to the waves at Del Mar Beach at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base this morning as part of a special reconditioning program to help them heal from their wounds.

Veteran’s service project set to gear up  (Goshen News)  Aging veterans may not have to clean their gutters this spring.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputy kills ex-soldier in University Place  (The News Tribune)  A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 25-year-old former soldier late Friday after a confrontation in University Place.

After 70 years, WWII gunner finally accepts Purple Heart   (Air Force Times)  Richard Faulkner volunteered for the Army Air Forces on October 10, 1942, two days after he turned 18. Less than a year had passed since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and signing up, he believed, was his duty.

Benefits News

House bill would delay commissary budget cuts  (Military Times)  Another legislative proposal has been introduced to ward off cuts in commissary funding — at least until the commission that is studying all military compensation completes its work.

Military Pension Reform 2.0  (The Wall Street Journal)  The U.S. military’s current benefit system is unsustainable. Health care and retirement costs are spiraling upward as a percentage of the Pentagon budget, and the trajectory is already crowding out war-fighting capability.

Salem County Veterans Corner: Military service and Social Security benefits  (NJ.com)  There has been a lot of talk about veterans receiving their credit for military service on their Social Security benefit payments.

VA urged to make lung disease service-connected  (Military Times)  A New York congressman wants the Veterans Affairs Department to make a rare lung disease found in some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans service-connected, meaning having the condition automatically would rate compensation and care from VA.

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