Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 7/9/14

Good news story of the day

Good News for Veterans’ Survivors  (The Moderate Voice)  Here is some good news from that much-maligned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — good news for those who have just lost a veteran spouse at a time when good news is so sorely needed.

Military Transition and Jobs News

Fort Jackson commander doubts cuts will be as deep as Army warns  (The State)  Fort Jackson’s commander, Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, said Tuesday that any future cuts at the nation’s largest training base likely will be less than the 3,100 workers the U.S. Department of Defense warned of earlier this year.

80 employers seek veterans at job fair  (Tulsa World)  The Oklahoma National Guard and several state agencies are hosting a job fair on Thursday at the Broken Arrow Armed Forces Reserve Center.

MGM Resorts job fair to serve military veterans  (Fox 5)  Military veterans have a new enlistment opportunity ahead as MGM Resorts prepares to host a job fair this month.

Tennessee Valley veterans seek out employment at Hiring Our Heroes job fair   (WHNT News)   Despite the training and job skills our military veterans acquire during their service, they generally have a harder time finding work compared to other civilians.

Veterans’ job fair July 16 in Fort Lauderdale  (Orlando Sentinel)  The second annual Paychecks for Patriots Veterans Hiring Fair will be held on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16, at the 356th Quartermaster Co. National Guard Armory, 400 SW 24th St., Fort Lauderdale.

Veterans News

Veterans fast vanishing from halls of Congress  (Politico)  Only 20 percent of today’s lawmakers have served in the military, the lowest rate since World War II and a dramatic fall from over 70 percent in the 1970s.

VA employees testify about retaliation against whistleblowers  (Washington Post)  Four Department of Veterans Affairs employees on Tuesday night testified before a House panel that supervisors retaliated against them for exposing problems at VA medical centers, saying whistleblower-protection issues deserve as much attention as the agency’s recent scheduling scandal.

How to help 6 groups that help Arizona veterans  (AZ Central)  There are few people in Arizona more active in and informed about veterans issues than Art Sloane, who writes a column for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.

VA officials defend bonus awarded to Fayetteville VA Medical Center director  (Fay Observer)  VA officials on Tuesday defended the bonus awarded to Fayetteville VA Medical Center director Elizabeth B. Goolsby earlier this year, saying it was based on more than 30 factors, including veterans’ access to care.

Testimony pushes VA into greater disrepute  (The Washington Post)  Testimony from a Tuesday evening congressional hearing cast the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs in even greater disrepute, and undermined the agency’s claim of providing good health care.

Benefits News

VA Streamlines Benefits For Fallen Soldiers  Depending on when the veteran died, families receive money to help with the burial process.

Navy Vet Sues to Be Buried With Her Late Wife  (Gawker)  U.S. Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor filed a civil rights suit against the Idaho Division of Veterans Services yesterday, after her request to be buried in the state’s vet cemetery with her late wife was denied.

Sanders: VA fix won’t be paid for with food stamp cuts  (The Hill)  Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he and his House counterpart had a “productive” meeting before the weeklong recess in an effort to produce a conference report to address the VA healthcare scandal. But added that he wouldn’t accept certain pay-fors.

VA to restructure medical inspector’s office  (Military Times)  The Veterans Affairs Department will reorganize its Office of the Medical Inspector following a scathing report that found officials downplayed whistleblower complaints and failed to take seriously charges of deficient patient care at VA hospitals and clinics.

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