Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 6/10/14

Good news story of the day

Man who stole from veterans charity gets 10 years  (The Town Talk)  A former treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans was sentenced Friday to 10 years in custody for stealing more than $100,000 from the charity.

Military Transition and Jobs News

L.A. Mayor Garcetti announces job assistance program for veterans  (LA Times)  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday announced a multi-agency assistance program for veterans whose employment prospects have lagged in the recovery, pledging to secure 10,000 jobs by 2017 for those who served in the military.

Hundreds of Military Veterans Fill Room at GI Go Fund’s South Jersey Veterans Job Fair  (University Chronicle)    The GI Go Fund served as host to nearly 450 veterans and their families, along with 65 employers, colleges, and health care providers at their latest South Jersey Veterans Job Fair on Monday, June 9th, 2014, at the Aloft Mount Laurel Hotel.

Top Employers Drafted to Give Vets Jobs, With No Corporate Perks—Other Than Serving Our Country  (Yahoo News)  Christina Watkins completed two deployments in Iraq before she returned to California to pursue a Master’s degree. Upon graduating, with years of military and academic achievement behind her, Watkins couldn’t even land a barista position at Starbucks.

Veterans News

House votes to boost VA inspector general  (The Hill)  The House on Monday passed legislation that would pressure the Department of Veterans Affairs to follow up on problems outlined by its inspector general.

Cleveland Clinic’s Cosgrove says no to VA job  (Fierce Health Care)  Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Toby Cosgrove. M.D., withdrew his name from consideration for the Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary job.

Veterans still battling 1973 fire that wiped out millions of service records  (Fox News)  While the Veterans Administration struggles to repair the damage caused by shoddy — and in some cases fraudulent — handling of health care for American service members, benefits for millions who served their country in four wars were wiped out in a fire more than 40 years ago, leaving many battling to this day to collect their due.

Benefits News

I’m an Army veteran, and my benefits are too generous  (Washington Post)  A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a receptionist in a physical therapist’s office that I was covered by Tricare, the military’s health-care program for service members, retirees and their families.

Audit: More than 100,000 vets had long waits for medical care  (Military Times)  More than 100,000 veterans have been identified as experiencing long wait times for medical appointments with nearly a quarter of those waiting 90 to 120 days for care, according to an audit released Monday by the Veterans Affairs Department.

IG: 69 VA facilities probed for manipulating appointments  (Military Times)  The Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general is investigating 69 medical facilities for manipulation of appointment wait times and has contacted the Justice Department in cases where staff has found evidence of potential criminal or civil wrongdoing.

Patients at Fayetteville VA Medical Center have longest wait times in the country, audit says  (FayObserver)  Patients at Fayetteville’s VA Medical Center have the longest wait times in the country, according to a nationwide audit released Monday.

Veteran Benefits Approved For The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics – Myrtle Beach Campus  (Aviation Pros)  PIA is proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the Myrtle Beach campus to receive VA benefits.

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