Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 6/25/14

Good news story of the day

Decades after the Cold War, a VOA-Coast Guard Partnership is Honored  (VOA)  In 2014, long after the end of the Cold War, the USS Courier may not be familiar to most Americans, citizens of the former Soviet Union or the Eastern bloc. But, between 1952 and 1964, this Coast Guard vessel floated off the coast of Rhodes, Greece, and beamed thousands of hours’ worth of Voice of America broadcasts behind the Iron Curtain.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Veterans job fair, resource event to be a first for Gloucester County  (NJ.com)  Gloucester County will host its first ever job fair and resource event specifically for veterans on Thursday, June 26.

Free veterans job fair is Thursday  (WKYC)  A free veterans job fair will be held Thursday at the Cleveland Public Auditorium & Conference Center.

Veterans Job Fair  (WTAM)  The Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission and local companies has come together to host a free hiring fair for veterans, active military members, reservists and military spouses. It will be held on Thursday, June 26th at Public Auditorium.

Job fair focused on military vets, featured Tejon Outlets retailers  (Bakersfield Now)  Companies from around Kern County filled the Bakersfield Marriott on Tuesday with the goal of bringing jobs to veterans returning to civilian life.

Veterans News

Woman admits bilking WW II vet out of $2.6 million  (Arizona Daily Star)  A woman accused of defrauding an elderly World War II veteran of more than $2.6 million confirmed everything police and prosecutors said about her crimes was true.

Congress Has One Hurdle Left to Pass a VA Bill, But It’s a High One  (National Journal)  The House and Senate have agreed it’s time for reform of the Veterans Affairs Department. Now they have to agree how to pay for it—and they have to do it quickly.

House chairman pushes to broaden funding for VA reform bill  (The Hill)  House Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) on Tuesday said lawmakers may broaden their seach to pay for an overhaul of the troubled department.

Benefits News

Department of Veterans Affairs commemorates GI Bill 70th Anniversary  (Army.mil)  The Department of Veterans Affairs commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill, originally the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, at George Washington University here, yesterday.

Alabama veteran granted VA benefits after more than 50 years  (WRBCtv)  Our NBC News partners at WSFA are reporting that  a Korean War Veteran’s 56-year struggle for Veterans Affairs benefits is finally over.

ADRIFT IN THE BACKLOG: Veterans face long waits for care, services  (Wicked Local)  When it comes to getting veterans services, long waits are often the norm.

Swalwell Announces Over $1 Million in Retroactive Benefits Veterans in District 15  (Livermore Patch)  Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) announced last week that his office has helped CA-15 veterans receive a total of more than $1 million in retroactive benefits such as disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Administration since January 2013.

VA’s next challenge — Expanding benefits for same-sex couples  (The Blaze)  While the Department of Veterans Affairs is just starting to climb out of the crisis related to veterans’ wait time for healthcare, the Obama administration is pushing the VA take on a new task — ensuring it delivers benefits to all same-sex couples.

When PTSD benefits are abused  (The Denver Post)  In 2009, Iraq war veteran Jesse Bratcher was looking at a long prison sentence when an Oregon jury instead found him guilty but insane due to post-traumatic stress syndrome.

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