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Troops withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan wreak havoc on National Guard soldiers' lives
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With President Obama's order for full withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year, National Guard and Reservists face more challenges than their active duty counterparts. In the last 60 days, as many as 8,900 Army National Guard soldiers were either sent home early from Iraq or Afghanistan, or were told that the Pentagon's plans to send them to war had either been shelved or changed. As a result, U.S. military and Guard leaders have been scrambling to find alternative missions for many of the soldiers — particularly those who had put their lives and jobs on hold and were depending on the deployment for their livelihood. More



Joining Forces Director cites 'tremendous' progress
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About 1,500 companies have hired 20,000 veterans and military spouses in the past couple of months, and that's just the tip of the iceberg for the Joining Forces campaign, the campaign's executive director said. These companies aim to hire upward of 135,000 veterans and spouses over the next couple of years through actions spurred by the White House's military-support initiative, Navy Capt. Bradley Cooper told American Forces Press Service. More

Green energy jobs await vets returning to US
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The veteran unemployment rate in October was 12.1 percent, compared with 9 percent for the U.S. overall. With the steady return of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many are unable to find work. However, the renewable energy industry is growing fast — solar and wind energy have grown more than tenfold in the last decade — and military veterans often make good fits for green jobs. More

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More women vets seek VA health care
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The first time Marine Corps veteran Katariina Fagering tried to get help for post-traumatic stress at a Vet Center in New Mexico four years ago, she was crying so hard she couldn't speak. A kindly man who worked there handed her a box of tissues. "Well, I just think you're kind of sensitive," he said. Three months later, Fagering tried again at a Veterans Affairs clinic in Santa Fe. She left in tears. "It was very invalidating," said Fagering, who served in Iraq. The 45-year-old Heights resident and mother of two is one of a growing number of women veterans seeking health care at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide, just as more women join the military and take on de facto combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. More

MilConnect is new online portal for DOD beneficiaries
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A range of information about Defense Department benefits information and eligibility is now available online, the director of the Defense Manpower Data Center said. Two new online efforts — milConnect and eCorrespondence — give beneficiaries 24/7 access to personnel information; the ability to update information related to health, education and other benefits; and email notifications about changes in benefits, Mary Dixon told American Forces Press Service. More

X Marks the Spot: The New Exchange

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (now the Exchange) has rebranded the organization which is changing the look and appearance of our entire enterprise. 
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Pairing veteran capability with job opportunity
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There have been many civilian news articles published lately about two issues that are near to our hearts. These issues are unemployment rates among veterans/Reserve Component members and the welfare of our military families. The first issue obviously has a direct effect on the second. However, what you may not have heard much about from the media is one innovative program which is making a difference, one service member, one family at a time. The program is the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces. More

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National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Nov. 22
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This week the Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Army, Navy and Air Force announced a decrease. The net collective result is 1,187 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More


 


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