Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 5/23/14

Good news story of the day

Marine coming home after 63 years  (The Toledo Blade)  On Nov. 29, 1950, an artillery shell blasted a Marine unit near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, killing Cpl. Harold W. Reed two days shy of his 24th birthday.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Job fairs a sign of improving market  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)  As the unemployment rate continues to drop and companies compete for more workers, expect to see more announcements about job openings and job fairs around metro Atlanta.

Annual Job Fair for Veterans  (ArkLaTex)  The 9th annual Veteran Job Fair at the Bossier civic center welcomed in more than 800 veterans looking for new career paths in the ArkLaTex.

Why is joblessness for veterans so high?  (CBS)  Veterans of America’s most recent wars are having a tougher time finding work than their civilian counterparts, a situation that’s likely to worsen as the military continues to shrink.

Senate committee: $320M from personnel cuts could keep A-10 flying  (Air Force Times)  The Senate Armed Services committee wants to put $320 million saved from cutting personnel to pay for flying the A-10 another year, the committee’s chairman said Thursday.

Veterans News

VA’s Shinseki vows to stay on the job  (The Washington Post)  Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said Thursday that he intends to remain on the job to address allegations of mismanagement and delayed care for military veterans, adding that he has not offered his resignation to President Obama because of the recent controversy

White House fears VA reform bill could mean ‘significant litigation’  (The Hill)  The White House on Thursday provided a little — but only a little — clarity on the administration’s objections to a House Veterans Affairs reform bill, saying provisions of it could result in litigation against the government.

‘Never the Same’ details POWs’ severe experiences  (FayObserver)  Bill Richardson was a prisoner of war in Korea from 1950-53.

VETERAN HEALTH CARE WOES BECOME CAMPAIGN ISSUE  (AP)  The growing furor over veterans’ health care moved to the political campaigns Thursday as congressional candidates from both parties called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to be fired.

Senate joins effort to simplify firing VA executives  (Military Times)  Lawmakers furious over the growing Veterans Affairs Department care delay scandals scrambled Thursday to keep the pressure on top department officials.

Benefits News

AAFES asks DoD to expand online exchange store to veterans  (Military Times)  Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials have submitted a formal proposal to defense officials asking for authority to expand exchange online shopping privileges to all honorably-discharged veterans, according to AAFES director Tom Shull.

Injured veterans program faces the ax  (The Hill)  Hundreds of veterans with traumatic brain injuries will get kicked out of assisted living facilities this fall unless policymakers in Washington soon extend an expiring pilot program.

4 Things Washington Could Do Right Now to Fix the VA  (National Journal)  The worst news: A government bureaucracy is standing between veterans and their health care, and veterans are dying because of it.

‘Culture of Deceit’?: VA Office in N.M. Investigated Phony Wait Times in 2013  (NBC)  Accusations at a VA hospital in Phoenix that patient records were falsified by staff are emerging in other facilities, including a New Mexico medical center where alleged bookkeeping misrepresentations were investigated last year.

Ch. 2 investigation uncovers hundreds of deaths, injuries over delays in care at VA hospitals  (WSB-TV)  Within the last 24 hours, two Georgia congressmen ramped up the pressure on President Barrack Obama to fire the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 

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