Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for for 6/11/14

Good news story of the day

Los Borinqueneers Awarded Congressional Gold Medal  (The Courant)  President Barack Obama signed a bill Tuesday honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment, a unit of soldiers largely from Puerto Rico known as Los Borinqueneers with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Abiomed, Salem State University and North Shore Community College Host First-Ever Life Sciences Career Seminar for Veterans  (Globe Newswire)  The MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (MVP) announced today it will host the Boston area’s first-ever Student Veteran Re-careering Seminar for alumni and student military veterans interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences.

Employment workshop and job fair for veterans on June 18  (NJ.com)  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The American Legion and ESGR is announcing a Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) job fair and recently designed Employment Workshop, which is part of a nationwide effort to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.

Job fair for veterans slated for Tuesday in Dover  (Delaware Online)  Veterans looking for work should make plans to attend a job fair in Dover Tuesday.

Cumberland Co. job fair to benefit veterans  (The Washington Times)  The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with several lawmakers and organizations to have a job fair for veterans in Cumberland County on Tuesday.

Operation Hire: Maryland’s Veteran Challenge  (Military Times)  Veterans in Maryland should pay attention: your state has launched a big initiative to support veteran hiring for the next 100 days.

Veterans News

House passes VA overhaul bill … twice  (The Hill)  The House on Tuesday twice passed legislation to allow veterans to seek medical care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs if wait times are too long.

House Votes to Ban Bonuses for All VA Employees Through 2016  (Government Executive)  The House on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that would ban bonuses for all Veterans Affairs Department employees for the next three years.

Marine sergeant major loses job after altercation depicted in viral video  (The Washington Post)  The debate over whether the United States should have exchanged five Taliban officials for the only U.S. soldier held in captivity by the insurgent group has devolved into this: A senior enlisted Marine just lost his job after an altercation between him and a Marine veteran was depicted in a viral video.

VA report provides lessons to other agencies on what not to do; stress on metrics risky  (The Washington Post)  The Department of Veterans Affairs’ report on outrageous waits for veterans seeking health care provides lessons that reach well beyond this one agency. As always, it’s the coverup that’s really getting people into trouble.

Benefits News

5 questions: Cutting benefits for military retirees  (Military Times)  Retired Army Lt. Col. Tom Slear has touched the third rail of military and veterans’ issues with an opinion piece arguing that a “very small decrease in pay” for military retirees would be reasonable, considering the need for the U.S. government to cut spending.

Report: Benefits claims related to sexual assault treated unevenly  (Military Times)  Veterans Affairs benefits workers are still wildly inconsistent in their handling of claims related to military sexual assault despite years of emphasis on the issues, a new Government Accountability Office report has found.

House votes to ensure speedier care at VA hospitals  (CBS)  United and eager to respond to a national uproar, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to allow patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors.

Veterans Corner: Compensation benefits for dependents  (The Kingsburg Recorder)  When a veteran has a disability or disabilities that are rated by the VA at 30 percent or greater, disability compensation can be increased based on dependents. A claim for this increased benefit needs to be filed with the VA if there is any change in the status of the veteran’s spouse and/or children.

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