Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 5/28/14

Good news story of the day

Longmeadow Veterans Circle event to benefit Wounded Warriors Project  (MassLive)  The author of a World War II novel and an Air Force veteran are joining forces to help raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project, a national organization that provides programs and services to veterans wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military Transition and Jobs News

VIP Program to Help Veterans Find Jobs  (WTOK)  Local counties are implementing a new program that helps veterans transition into civilian jobs. It’s called the Veterans Internship Program, or VIP.

Operation Hire to create jobs for veterans  (MyEasternShoreMD)  Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced Monday, May 26, the start of Operation Hire: Maryland’s 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge.

Job fair for veterans planned Wednesday in east Tulsa  (Tulsa World)  More than 40 local and national companies plan to be at a Tulsa job fair Wednesday looking to hire veterans and military spouses.

Award-Winning Veterans Employment Program Opens in Chicago  (Business Wire)  The Chicago regional office of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s national employment assistance program—Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) will officially open its doors on May 28.

Veterans News

The VA Crisis Says ‘Opportunity’ To Entrepreneurs  (Forbes)  The VA crisis was big in the news and the President Obama’s messaging last week.

Advocates for homeless vets prepare to do more with less  (Military Times) It took only about $1,000 to keep T.J. Smith from becoming homeless.

In VA crisis, a general’s deliberate style clashes with impatience of young veterans  (The Washington Post)  In other wars, in other eras, Eric K. Shinseki might have been an ideal fit to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs through a crisis.

Sister wants Vietnam pilot’s remains returned  (Tri-City Herald)  A Kennewick woman who finally learned the circumstances of her brother’s death in the Vietnam War last year is now running into obstacles bringing him home.

Quadruple amputee Travis Mills stuns Mike Rowe: ‘I’m not a victim’  (CNN)  Travis Mills has no arms or legs. He is an American hero who served three tours in Afghanistan and lost all his limbs when a bomb exploded under him.

Ohio jail offers help to incarcerated veterans with new program  (Fox News)  A jail in northeast Ohio is reaching out to incarcerated military veterans through a new program.

Benefits News

Veterans’ Benefits and Well Health Information Fair planned Thursday  (Chinook Observer)   Veterans, family and spouses of deceased veterans are invited to the Raymond Elks Lodge for a program in appreciation to all U.S. military veterans.

Benefits cut for Watervliet World War II veteran  (WNYT)  Michael Teson got on the phone to call Rep. Paul Tonko’s Albany office, looking for help for his 89-year-old father.

VA disability backlog in Buffalo near the bottom  (WBIV)  The Buffalo Regional Office for the Department of Veterans Affairs is coming under fire for delaying benefits for veterans with disabilities.

Bill would ensure access to VA hospice care  (The Hill)  Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) has introduced legislation to give all veterans access to hospice care through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A details efforts to speed vets’ access to health care  (Military Times)  A new Veterans Affairs Department effort to shorten wait times for veterans needing health care could include extended hours and overtime at VA health facilities in addition to increased staffing at some VA primary care clinics.

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