Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 5/1/14

Good news story of the day

Career program in Bridgewater lets veterans realize their value in civilian life  (My Central Jersey)  For four years Lt. Col. Mike Kaminski piloted Marine One, the presidential helicopter, for President George W. Bush, and he also flew dangerous missions around the globe.

Military Transition and Jobs News

40% fewer enlisted members likely to be forced out, latest projections show  (Air Force Times)  The number of enlisted airmen that could be forced out by retention boards appears to be dwindling considerably, according to the Air Force’s latest estimates.

Veterans and families get a boost from Michelle Obama, Jill Biden  (CBS)  First lady Michelle Obama announced pledges from foundations and corporations totaling more than $160 million Wednesday to help veterans and their families get the services they need as the country adjusts to a postwar footing.

Combined Insurance Hosts NCOA Military Veteran Job Fair at Glenview Headquarters Continues Commitment to Hire Thousands of Vets  (Chicago Tribune)  Combined Insurance, a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health and life insurance products, and an ACE Group company, continues its commitment to help military veterans find meaningful employment by hosting a Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) career expo at its corporate headquarters in Glenview, Ill.

Employers Told To Meet Vets Halfway On Jobs  (  Good intentions are not enough when it comes to hiring the new generation of veterans in a highly competitive job market, business leaders were told Wednesday.

Carper highlights launch of online Veterans Employment Center  (Cape Gazette)  Sen. Tom Carper, a veteran as well as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, highlighted the launch of a website that will provide veterans with critical information to help them find jobs.

Veterans News

WWII POWs held in Swiss camp get overdue medal  (Air Force Times)  One by one, the eight World War II veterans took their places on stage in a ceremony 70 years in the making.

VA probes reports of secret waiting list at Phoenix facility  (Military Times)  A Veterans Affairs Department official said Wednesday the department is investigating allegations of a secret waiting list for medical appointments at the Phoenix VA Health Care System but, so far, has found no evidence that such a list exists.

VA: No Evidence Hospital Kept Secret Backlog List  (  The Department of Veterans Affairs lead healthcare official told a Senate panel on Tuesday that agency officials have not found evidence that the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, maintained a secret list of veterans who could not get in for doctor’s appointments.

Yale Law School suit alleges Veterans Administration biased against sex assault victims with PTSD  (New Haven Register)  The Service Women’s Action Network and Vietnam Veterans of America Wednesday sued the Veterans Administration, claiming its rules discriminate against vets seeking disability benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder tied to military sexual trauma.

Benefits News

Vet determined to share ‘good news’ about VA hospital  (AZ Central)  I got a letter this week from a Vietnam veteran who has read and watched the many recent news reports alleging negligence and cover-ups at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix and he is very upset about it.

Proposed Tricare fee hikes dead for now  (Military Times)  A House subcommittee has rejected a Pentagon plan to consolidate Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra into a single system that would have resulted in higher heath care fees for nearly all Tricare beneficiaries.

Nurse advice line open for Tricare beneficiaries  (Military Times)  Tricare’s nurse advice line is open for business.

Some veterans struggle to obtain health care  (Pilot Online)  In the midst of a life scarred with mistakes, Dwight Alexander did one thing right in the eyes of society.

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