Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 5/21/14

Good news story of the day

Indiana’s Military Employment Discrimination Law  (Military.com)  Governor Mike Pence has signed a military employment discrimination bill into law–the first of its kind in the country.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Job fair for Las Vegas veterans to be held Thursday  (Las Vegas Review-Journal)  The city of Las Vegas will host a job fair targeting veterans on Thursday and more than 45 employers are expected.

Why veterans have more money problems  (Market Watch)  Service members are almost twice as likely to carry some credit card debt from month-to-month (58%) than civilians (34%), according to a new survey carried out by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and Pioneer Services, a division of MidCountry Bank in Bloomington, Minn.

Walmart Celebrates More than 40,000 Hires in First Year of Veterans Commitment  (Market Watch)  During the first year of Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment it hired more than 42,000 veterans.

Kilmer introduces two amendments to defense bill to help veterans looking for jobs and civilian shipyard workers  (KBKW)  On Tuesday, Representative Derek Kilmer introduced two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help servicemembers find jobs and authorize overtime for civilian shipyard workers overseas.

Rockville nonprofit prepares vets for tech jobs  (Gazette.net)  Testoni said he heard a lot of lip service about employing returning veterans — but he also saw unemployment rates upward of 40 percent among them.

Fifth BCT this year shuts down on Wednesday  (Army Times)  Third Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division will case its colors during a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Veterans News

2010 VA memo targeted ‘inappropriate’ patient scheduling practices  (Military Times)  A memo sent to all Veterans Affairs Department health directors in 2010 warning them against using “gaming strategies” to improve scores on patient appointment reports has resurfaced as part of the ongoing probe of scheduling failures at some VA medical centers.

Shinseki, Hagel Make Quiet Visit to Congress as VA Scandal Intensifies  (National Journal)  Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a quiet trip to Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon amid the growing scandal engulfing veterans affairs hospitals across the country.

IG: VA investigations expanded to 26 facilities  (AP)  The number of VA facilities under investigation after complaints about falsified records and treatment delays has more than doubled in recent days, the Office of Inspector General at the Veterans Affairs Department said late Tuesday.

SC law criminalizes lying about military service  (The State)  A new South Carolina law makes it a crime for someone to falsely claim military service for personal profit.

Miami VA Whistleblower Exposes Drug Dealing, Theft, Abuse  (CBS Miami)  When asked why he would risk his job and speak publicly, Detective Thomas Fiore considered the question carefully before answering.

Benefits News

Bustos to host veterans benefit workshop  (Quad-City Times)  With criticism of the Veterans Administration mounting across the country,  Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., said Tuesday she will hold a two-hour workshop in Rock Island, where veterans will get the chance to get their questions answered from claims administrators.

Harford veterans connect, honor men and women who served  (Sun-Sentinel)  Harford County held a veterans’ muster in Bel Air Saturday, an event designed to get Harford and Cecil County veterans connected with the appropriate services, as well as to honor veterans of the Vietnam War era and women who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War eras.

Cold Calculations  (The Washington Post)  It had taken a while, but Army Staff Sgt. Sam Shockley had meticulously compiled a list of all of his war wounds, including his diminished memory, only to leave it sitting in his bedroom as he went rushing off to his appointment.

Idaho Navy veteran has one goal is to be interred beside her wife  (McClatchy DC)  Leaning on a sturdy walker for support, Madelynn Lee Taylor walked into the office of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with one simple goal.

Poland man sentenced for stealing VA benefits  (SF-Gate)  A Poland man has been sentenced to three years of probation, six months of which must be served in home confinement, for stealing about $10,000 in mileage reimbursements from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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