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

Good news story of the day

Naval Academy students give aging veterans a final salute  (Stars and Stripes)  Richard Harryman was wearing a crisp blue shirt for the occasion, and his hospital bed was in the living room.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Benefits expo for veterans features job fair  (Journal Sentinel)  A career fair and benefits expo for veterans will be held in Milwaukee on Saturday.

La Quinta Inns proves that outreach to veterans is smart business  (Dallas News)  As 16 wounded veterans wheeled to the finish Friday at the George W. Bush Institute’s Warrior 100K mountain bike ride, one of those cheering in the crowd was Derek Blake.

Remarks by the First Lady at Joining Forces Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum  (The White House)

Starting and supporting vet-owned businesses  (Military Times)  The military teaches service members leadership skills and responsibility that many civilians can’t match.

Post-9/11 vet unemployment holding steady under 7 percent  (Military Times)  The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 6.8 percent in April, holding relatively steady and maintaining the significant drop in unemployment chalked up in March, government statistics show.

Veterans News

Connecting our veterans to jobs: Opinion  (NJ.com)  American industry values workers who perform well under extreme pressure — the kind who help a company grow and succeed.

Mattis: Veterans are not victims  (USA Today)  James Mattis, who retired from the Marine Corps last year as a four-star general, is among the most articulate thinkers on a subject that gets very little attention: what it means to be a warrior.

What Comes After the Medal of Honor: An Interview with Dakota Meyer  (The Daily Beast)  In a rare in-depth interview, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer opened up to The Daily Beast about his possible future in politics, the time he almost passed on speaking with the president because he didn’t want to miss work, the controversy generated by his award, his work as a veterans advocate, and more.

No sign VA officials destroyed key files on Sunday  (AZ Central)  Dr. Katherine Mitchell, a whistle-blower at the Phoenix VA Medical Center, said Friday that she and a co-worker preserved copies of patient appointment materials last weekend not because records already were being eliminated, but because they had reason to believe the information would be removed from an electronic database the next day.

Benefits News

VA treatment records falsified, probe finds  (USA Today)  A VA investigation of one of its outpatient clinics in Colorado reveals how ingrained delays in medical care may be for an agency struggling to rapidly treat nearly 9 million veterans a year amid allegations that dozens have died because of delays.

Editorial: Help all veterans, not just wartime ones  (New Haven Register)  Connecticut has done a lot of good work helping veterans transition back into society by ensuring the state has services and programs in place and on the drawing board to help many vets make the necessary adjustments.

Events to aid veterans at UCCC on May 12  (Daily Freeman)  Two events to provide aid and awareness of veterans’ needs will be held at Ulster County Community College on May 12: The 19th Congressional District Veterans Summit and a Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Stand Down” event.

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