MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (MVP) and Cyberonics Announce Veteran and Transitioning Military Re-careering Workshop

 

MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program: Recareering transitioning military and veterans into compelling careers in the life sciences. (PRNewsFoto/MedTech BioTech Veterans Program)    

 

Continuing the successful series of nationwide recareering workshops, the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (www.mvpvets.org) is announcing the seventh Veteran and Transitioning Military Recareering event for 2014.  The program, which is free for veterans and those transitioning from the military, helps veterans find careers in life sciences companies, is partnering with Cyberonics in Houston to host 10 veterans in a daylong seminar which will provide insights into the Medical Device industry, partnering with mentors, a job skills workshop, and interaction with hiring managers and Human Resources professionals from the the company.  The company and the industry have many positions in areas such as supply chain, supervision, management, human resources, and other functional areas that they are eager to fill with veterans and those transitioning from the military.

A press release about the event follows:

HOUSTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On November 19, 2014, Houston, TX-based Cyberonics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYBX; www.cyberonics.com) will partner with the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (www.mvpvets.org) to conduct a re-careering event for transitioning military and veterans in south Texas.

Military personnel in transition from service and honorably discharged veterans are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in this free one-day seminar that will include active one-on-one mentoring, resume building and personal engagement with hiring managers seeking to employ program participants.

The event brings veterans and transitioning military together with mentors from the medical technology industry while they participate in active sessions that include resume review and refinement, job interview training and rehearsals, creating a professional online presence in social media, and networking.  Cyberonics will also consider participants for internship opportunities.

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required to ensure that participants get a seat at the event.

Details:

Date:  November 19, 2014

Time:  8:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.

Location:  Cyberonics Building, 100 Cyberonics Blvd., Houston, TX 77058

Cost:  There is no cost for veterans and transitioning military.  All materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking are provided free of charge.

Registration:  Transitioning military and veterans interested in participating in the program can register at the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program website (http://www.mvpvets.org/mvpvets-event-interest-form).  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 10 participants.

About Cyberonics:

Cyberonics is a medical technology company with core expertise in neuromodulation.  The company developed and markets the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy System, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of refractory epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression.  The VNS Therapy System uses a surgically implanted medical device that delivers pulsed electrical signals to the vagus nerve.  Cyberonics markets the VNS Therapy System in selected markets worldwide.

About the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (MVP):

The MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program is a nonprofit organization with the mission to bring 5,000 veterans and transitioning military into the Life Sciences by 2018.  A fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, MVP brings active training and mentorship together with an integrated collaborative online portal and eLearning from the Life Collaborative in a concerted effort to help those who have served the country in uniform re-career into meaningful and impactful careers in the MedTech, BioTech, Pharmaceutical, BioFuels, and Wireless Medical Technology sectors.

If you are in the Houston area and would like to participate, please do sign up!

 

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Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 7/29/14

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Effort advances to add names of 74 sailors to Vietnam Memorial  (Navy Times)  The crew of the destroyer Frank E. Evans is fighting once again, 45 years after their ship sank in the South China Sea after a terrifying collision.

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Army officials on ‘pink slip’ controversy: We don’t have a choice  (The Washington Post)  For weeks, the Army has been taking a verbal beating for sending “pink slips” to officers while they were deployed.

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Survey: many combat vets worried about exposure to ‘burn pits’ (Christian Science Monitor)  One of the most surprising results to come out of a survey released this week by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) was in response to a question buried in the “general health” section.

Heroes Golf Course, on Veterans Affairs campus, is their cause  (Los Angeles Times)  A miraculous thing happened to Heroes Golf Course in January.

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New veteran benefits in Floyd County  (KIMT.com)  There are new efforts in place to help make education accessible and affordable for veterans in Floyd County.

The rising cost of veterans’ healthcare and benefits  (The Los Angeles Times)  The House and Senate are expected to vote this week to approve a $17-billion plan to reduce the long lines for care in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system.

The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit – Don’t take No for an Answer  (Examiner)  Veterans are a valuable asset to our nation; they gave of their time, talents and physical abilities to defend our nation. And they deserve the best rewards for their service.

A simple summary of the new VA bill  (The Washington Post)  Congress is expected to vote this week on a bill to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs in the wake of a scandal over treatment delays and falsification of scheduling records at VA hospitals across the country.

Top TA & GI Bill schools: Most popular colleges cater to troops by taking classes to them  (Military Times)  Schools known for their flexible learning options are by far the most popular among both active-duty service members using tuition assistance and veterans and their dependents using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, government data show.

AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees  (Air Force Times)  The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide.

Housing Buoyed by 20-Year High for Vet’s Loans: Mortgages   (Bloomberg)     During his third deployment in Afghanistan, Air Force Staff Sgt. Claude Hunter was so eager to return to the U.S. and buy a house that he signed a contract for a property that his agent showed him over Skype.

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Military/Veteran Jobs and Benefits news of the day for 7/24/14

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Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry retires today  (Army Times)  One soldier’s career: Ranger with eight deployments, lost his hand to a grenade while saving his buddies, pinned with the Medal of Honor, met presidents and celebrities, smiling in dress uniform as grand master at parades and speaker at university commencements.

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Army: Of 1,100 captains pink-slipped, 48 were in Afghanistan  (Stars and Stripes)  Of the more than 1,100 Army captains notified last month their military careers would soon end, 87 were deployed worldwide and 48 were serving in Afghanistan at the time, Army officials said Wednesday.

Steve Scalise to host Slidell jobs fair for veterans/military  (The Times-Picayune)  Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, will host a jobs fair for veterans and active military at Salmen High School in Slidell Saturday July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Upcoming Maritime Recruitment Fair at CMTI  (Marinelink.com)  Founded in 1998, Norfolk Tug is part of the American Waterways Operators and operates a fleet of 10 vessels.

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Veterans News

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Female veterans find a place to heal together  (CBS News)  These women came to an Alabama horse farm to find healing in a feeling of sisterhood.

Dole, Vets Groups Renew Push for Disability Treaty  (ABC News)  Former Sen. Bob Dole and proponents of a treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled around the world stepped up pressure for full Senate ratification.

Navy Vet Shows Children the Value of Work and Education Through Farming  (ABC News)  Surrounded by crime, inequality and a lack of opportunity is a quarter-acre farm in East Oakland, California. U.S. Navy veteran and Oakland native Kelly Carlisle is trying to change all that by inspiring a young group of local children through farming.

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Highland Heights Community Center hosts Military Benefits Fair; many vets unaware of available benefits  (Cleveland.com)  Many military veterans are unaware of the benefits to which they are entitled for having served their country and a state representative has made it her business to make sure those veterans become informed on the subject.

Sen. Sanders seeks new VA funding compromise  (Military Times)    A push by Veterans Affairs Department officials for billions in new funding to hire more doctors may upend congressional efforts for a wide-reaching VA reform package that appeared all but finished just a few weeks ago.

Vet forgotten, locked inside Orange City VA clinic  (ClickOrlando)  A Marine veteran from Deltona says he’s very disappointed in the Veterans Administration after he was locked inside the community clinic in Orange City on Monday.

Survey asks Central New York veterans about their VA care and benefits  (Syracuse.com)  Central New York veterans will have a chance to share feedback about the quality of their Veterans Affairs healthcare and benefits in a new online survey from U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei.

Serving Smart: Nitty-Gritty of VA Education Benefits  (DOD Live)  We came, we blogged, we educated. Julius Caesar would have been so proud!

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