Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 5/20/14

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It’s official: Medal of Honor for Marine Kyle Carpenter  (Marine Corps Times)  Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 24, will receive the Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan in 2010, the White House announced today.

Military Transition and Jobs News

AF secretary: 18,700 more airmen cuts before it’s over  (Army Times)  The Air Force’s goal is to complete the bulk of its force management cuts by the summer of 2015, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said May 13.

Employment-focused Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in Colorado Springs  (Colorado Springs Business Journal)  Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) will be hosting a Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in the Colorado Springs area Wednesday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa St.

Veterans’ Job Fair will feature more than 90 employers  (ArkLaTex)  If you’re a veteran and you’re out of work then you may find an employment at the 9th Annual Northwest Louisiana Veterans’ Job and Resource Fair.

Veterans’ Job Fair in Muskegon attended by 400  (MLive)   In May 2012 — the first year that a Veterans’ Job Fair was held in Muskegon – Robert Wells was an attendee hired to sell insurance.

Veterans News

Dempsey to Retired Generals: Shut Up When it Comes to Politics  (Intercepts)  Like former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, does not like it when he sees retired generals making political statements.

When will Obama address VA scandal?  (The Hill)  President Obama will publicly address allegations the Department of Veterans Affairs used falsified data to hide delays in care for veterans soon, the White House said Monday.

Veterans owed medals for service can apply online  (Stars and Stripes)  Last week, Vietnam veteran Sgt. Ken Duncan received the Purple Heart along with several other decorations more than 46 years after serving his country.

Congress moves to honor famed World War II aircrew  (Air Force Times)  The House is expected to pass a bill Monday night honoring some of the nation’s most distinguished and revered military aviators.

Benefits News

Veterans’ Benefits Workshop (Trib Local)  Wartime veterans who sacrificed for our country in its time of need have access to a little-known pension benefit

Homeless veterans can get help at stand-down event in Florida  (Stars and Stripes)  More than 200 veterans live on the streets in Broward County. On Memorial Day weekend, volunteers hope to provide them housing, jobs and other help.

Possible VA failures magnify families’ grief  (Military Times)  Darrell Richardson doesn’t know how long his brother, Dennis, may have lived if he had received faster treatment from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system.

Combat head trauma figures suspect in Iraq, Afghanistan wars, study finds  (TribLive)  Up to five times as many active-duty troops endured head trauma during the early stages of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars than was recorded by the Pentagon, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

VA Grants Benefits to Lesbian Widow of Fallen Soldier  (Advocate)  Nearly two years after her wife died in Afghanistan, an Iraq veteran and National Guard member says the Department of Veterans Affairs will recognize her rights as a widow.

VA whistleblower: I was suspended for 2 weeks  (Military Times)  A Veterans Affairs whistleblower says she was put on unpaid leave after she refused to falsify appointment records at a Colorado clinic.

Newfields Woman Sentenced for Stealing $251,534 in Veteran’s Benefits  (Portsmouth Patch)  A Newfields woman was sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison for using $251,534 of her father’s veterans benefits for her personal benefit.

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