Good news story of the day
Law seeks to expand in-state tuition for all (Military Times) A bill signed into law by President Obama on Aug. 7, dedicated primarily to overhauling veterans’ health care, also includes a major victory for education advocates.
Military Transition and Jobs News
The Key to Post-Military Career Success: Prepare Now (Business News Daily) Serving in the Armed Forces is one of the most rewarding and honorable paths an American citizen can take.
Veterans’ job fair planned for Aug. 18 (The Beacon) Members of Delaware’s congressional delegation will hold a job fair for veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18, at the Carlisle Fire Company, Milford.
New Transition Center Helps MacDill Veterans (Military.com) Every year about 1,200 to 1,500 service members from MacDill Air Force Base leave the service.
Vets everywhere can log on to virtual job fair (Military Times) Hiring Our Heroes wants to take its veterans job fairs beyond major cities to small towns across the country.
Navy personnel chief: No more enlisted retention boards during his tenure (Navy Times) The Navy’s top personnel officer said the two enlisted retention boards, which booted 2,946 sailors, fixed overmanning problems, but he also admitted it sowed mistrust in the ranks that persists.
Booted sailors set sights on Supreme Court (Navy Times) A group of 300 sailors separated by the 2011 enlisted retention boards is taking its case to the nation’s highest court.
Feds award $600,000 to Catholic Charities in Syracuse to help homeless veterans (Syracuse.com) Catholic Charities of Onondaga County will receive $600,878 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families find stable housing, U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei said today.
Iraq Vets in Congress Support Air Strikes, But Are Wary of Another War (Defense One) U.S. air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant near the Kurdish capital of Irbil on Friday mark the first combat operations in the country since the Iraq war ended in 2011.
VA will open scheduling books to outside audit (Military Times) Veterans Affairs Department officials will open their scheduling books to outside reviewers in an effort to get an independent assessment of how to fix medical center wait time problems, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Friday.
Free assistance available for veterans government benefits (The Evening Sun) The Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars invites veterans of all ages and from all service eras to utilize its Service Officer Network to receive free information and assistance for government benefits including VA healthcare, compensation, pension, education and dependent benefits.
Veterans benefits fair in Tomah Aug. 13 (The Tomah Journal) The Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a Veterans Benefits Fair Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 500 E. Veterans St. in the Tomah.
Despite progress in backlog, thousands of Florida’s veterans still wait for benefits (Miami Herald) While his mortgage, electric bill and child support payments fell months behind, James Pendleton, a 57-year-old U.S. Army veteran from North Lauderdale, waited years for disability compensation benefits.
VA has higher burden of proof for PTSD claims related to sex trauma (Military Times) Jamie Livingston joined the Navy in 2000 because she “wanted to be part of something bigger than myself.”