Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 5/12/14

Good news story of the day

A Soldier’s War on Pain (The New York Times)  Four years and a lifetime ago, a new war began for Sgt. Shane Savage.

Military Transition and Jobs 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.

Excelsior Medical to Host Innovative Job Promotion Event for Military Veterans  (Yanoo Finance)  Marine veteran Kevin Callahan was growing desperate.

Package aims to persuade veterans to live, retire in Iowa  (Omaha.com)  One of Gov. Terry Branstad’s main goals for the Legislature this year was to make Iowa more attractive to veterans returning home from military service.

Job fair for veterans set for Tuesday in Temple Terrace  (BayNews9)  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting a job fair for veterans in the Bay area this week.

Veterans’ Success At Home: More Than Just Landing Any Job  (NPR)  The federal government has spent billions helping veterans get the training and education they need to re-enter the civilian workforce.

Bill Aims to Help Veterans Find Jobs  (CBS2News)  At the urging of Gov. Terry Branstad, lawmakers approved a bill last session aimed at making Iowa more attractive to military veterans and help them find jobs.

Veterans News

Bradenton man to hike trail to spotlight military veterans issues  (Bradenton Herald)  Christopher Davis’ dream was to one day hike the Appalachian Trail to bring awareness to a cause closest to his heart — returning veterans.

Ceremony marks additions, status changes on Vietnam Wall  (Stars and Stripes)  When Henry John Drozdowski was honored Sunday as one of 13 casualties of the Vietnam War whose names were recently added to the wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, there were plenty of relatives on hand for the historic occasion.

Fundraiser will benefit Middleboro Veterans’ Honor Guard  (Middleboro Gazette)  The Middleboro Veterans’ Honor Guard is raising money for the care and upkeep of their uniforms, equipment, and normal operating costs that they incur over the year.

VA appoints interim director for Phoenix VA Health Care System  (Military Times)  The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed an interim director for the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

Benefits News

Medical care for U.S. veterans ‘not good enough’: Pentagon chief    (Reuters)  Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the care given to U.S. veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs is “not good enough” but offered support for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, who has rejected calls to resign.

Hagel Backs Shinseki But Cites Accountability  (Military.com)  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave only lukewarm support Sunday to retired Gen. Eric Shinseki in his struggle to stay on as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs following allegations of secret waiting lists at VA hospitals.

Budget ax hovering over the military  (The Hill)  House lawmakers have rejected most of the Pentagon’s proposed cost-saving measures for next year, raising serious questions about how the military will stay under budget limits once sequestration returns in 2016.

Agent Orange’s Long Legacy, for Vietnam and Veterans  (The New York Times)  Britain was the first to use defoliants as a war tactic in Southeast Asia.

Building cultural bridges between doctors, troops  (Military Times)  Dr. Christopher Nelson was working as a psychiatrist in New York four years ago when he met a dynamic — some might say slightly pushy — Army doctor named Col. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie.

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