Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 7/2/14

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Pride blooms from veterans building grounds  (San Benito County Today)  Vietnam veteran Tony Santos and his business Greener Grounds Landscaping recently gained the contract for upkeep outside the Veterans Memorial Building.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Kasich signs House Bill 488 to help Veterans get jobs and with higher education  (Examiner.com)  Gov. John Kasich visited University of Cincinnati today where he signed a bill aimed at improving military veterans’ and service members’ access to higher education and jobs. It’s also intended to help prevent military identity fraud and theft.

Springfield to host job fair for veterans, spouses  (The Register-Guard)  Local veterans, employers want you.

Maloney announces bill to reform veterans’ employment program  (Mid-Hudson News)  Tuesday announced legislation he will introduce to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational and Rehabilitation Employment program. That program assists, trains and finds suitable jobs for veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities.

Midwest Shelter Receives A $15,000 DuPage Community Foundation Grant To Help Local Veterans Find Jobs  (Chicago Tribune)  The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans has received a $15,000 grant from The DuPage Community Foundation to help underwrite its new Veterans Employment Program, designed to help local veterans overcome barriers and develop the skills they need for real-world employment opportunities.

Veterans get early start with Muncie job fair  (Fox 59)  Congressman Luke Messer is gearing up to host the 18th Annual 6th Congressional District Job Fair.

Veterans News

Obama’s VA nominee gains key endorsement  (The Hill)  The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on Tuesday endorsed President Obama’s choice of former Proctor & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to lead the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.

Combat vets’ use of painkillers troubling, researchers say  (Military Times)   A new study of an Army infantry brigade following an Afghanistan deployment finds that soldiers used opiate painkillers at three times the rate of civilians — even though 40 percent of the troops who took the drugs had not had any severe pain in the previous month.

I-Team: Acton Vet Finally Gets VA Doctor’s Appointment – 2 Years After He Died  (CBS Boston)  “He was steadfast. He took care of us, all of these years.”

WWII Memorial prayer inscription approved over secularist, ACLU objections  (Stars and Stripes)   The World War II Memorial in Washington may soon have a new prayer inscription added, disappointing secularists and rights groups who had opposed the measure based on opposition to religion displayed in public spaces.

Benefits News

Walpole veterans report commendable local services  (Walpole Times)  Over beverages at the VFW post on Robbins Road, some Korea and Vietnam era veterans bemoaned the problems at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

New law raises homestead exemption for disabled veterans  (Rocky Fork Enterprise)  Many disabled Ohio veterans will get some property-tax relief, thanks to a bill Gov. John Kasich has signed into law.

Back From War, Veterans Enter Education Fight at Home  (US News and World Report)  It’s a quiet night at Yale’s Saybrook College residence hall, nestled within the Gothic confines of the university’s stately New Haven campus. Halfway up one of the winding stairwells, the telltale glow of a laptop screen blends with the low but thoughtful chatter of three blooming academics.

Benefits and resources fair aids frustrated veterans  (AZCentral)  Almost 30 years after Rosemarie Preece awoke to find her husband dead, the 64-year-old Phoenix resident on Tuesday tried for the third time since his death to seek aid from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

At least 10 C-123 veterans have died after VA denied their Agent Orange claims, groups say  (Oregon Live)  At least 10 veterans exposed to Agent Orange while serving aboard aircraft contaminated by the Vietnam-era defoliant have died after being denied care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, two veterans groups charged Sunday.

Disabled Tricare Enrollee Needs Help with Benefits  (Military.com)  I have a question; let me give you a little background first. My wife has been covered by her work, my work and Tricare Prime, since 1996.

World War II vet, 90, closer to getting Marines to fix AWOL error in war record  (Fox News)  A 90-year-old decorated World War II veteran still fighting to correct what he says is an erroneous war record may finally be getting closer to realizing his goal.

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