Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 4/25/14

Good news story of the day

Michelle Obama Announcing Jobs Website For Veterans  (The Huffington Post)  First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Mentor and Veteran Workshop: New Jersey  (Stars and Stripes)  Military personnel in transition from service and honorably discharged veterans are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in this free one day seminar.

Veteran job fair planned May 6  (The Augusta Chronicle)  A job fair for veterans will be held May 6.

Veterans can get one-on-one job hunt advice at Huntsville career fair  (AL.com)  Putting veterans to work is the goal of an upcoming job fair.

Rising unemployment for veterans leaves many seeking work  (KIMATV)  More veterans in Yakima County are unemployed. Hundreds searched for work at a veterans’ job fair in Yakima Thursday.

Veterans News

Arizona VA boss accused of covering up veterans’ deaths linked to previous scandal  (Fox News)  A Veterans Affairs official accused of keeping double books to hide the fact that dozens of veterans died awaiting care previously ran a Washington state VA facility that allegedly fudged suicide numbers, FoxNews.com has learned.

VA looks to data for customer service solutions  (C4ISR&Networks)  The Department of Veterans Affairs long has struggled to meet customer needs, amassing an enduring backlog of claims benefits with which it continues to grapple.

NAVY VETERAN, 92, FINALLY GETS MILITARY MEDALS  (AP)  A 92-year-old military veteran has gotten long-overdue medals he earned for serving in the Navy during World War II.

40 U.S. veterans die while on Phoenix VA hospital’s cost-cutting secret wait list: report  (NY Daily News)  At least 40 U.S. veterans have died waiting for medical appointments at Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system — including many placed on a secret waiting list.

Benefits News

Congressional hearing in Tucson on veterans’ access to health care  (Tucson News Now)  Many veterans coming home from overseas are fighting new battles as they attempt to get VA system treatment for traumatic brain injury, or T-B-I and post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Local Veterans Frustrated with VA Benefits Backlog  (WSET)  Local veterans are frustrated with the backlog in disability benefits. They are criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs for the long and enduring process.

VA regional office finally lifts roadblock to veteran’s benefits  (The Tennessean)  A Tennessee World War II veteran will finally be able to collect his benefits now that a federal agency has dropped claims that he couldn’t handle his own financial affairs.

VA official answers benefit questions at GlenWood Park  (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)   Veterans who served their country during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other conflicts had questions Thursday for a representative of an agency that impacts all their lives, the Veterans Administration.

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