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Why veterans still need to hear from the president on the backlog
The Huffington Post
Veterans appreciate hearing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney say, in response to a reporter's question, that the president is "deadly serious" about reducing the VA disability claims backlog — because this is deadly serious to the veterans community. Yet, the hundreds of thousands of brave veterans waiting for claims deserve to hear directly from the president. Although it is great to hear that the president is taking this issue seriously, the president needs to address many unanswered questions.
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A warmer welcome? Veteran unemployment rate down again
Younger veterans who served during the recent wartime era posted a 7.3 percent unemployment rate in May — down from the 12.7 percent rate recorded during the same month in 2012 — better news for a group that has struggled to find work since coming home, the U.S. Department of Labor reported recently.
Clear Channel, iHeartRadio announce 'Show Your Stripes' veteran employment campaign
"Hire Smart – Hire Vets" is the tagline for Clear Channel and its iHeartRadio subsidiary's "Show Your Stripes" initiative. "Show Your Stripes" is meant to help U.S. military veterans find work by highlighting the skills and experience they receive during their service to employers via a campaign of public service announcements using Clear Channel's radio, billboard and digital platforms.
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4 job hunting tips from the grandfather of career advice
When Dick Bolles first published "What Color Is Your Parachute?" in 1970, he had no idea the outsize impact his career guide would have. Bolles himself remains firmly on the job at 86, spending roughly four hours a day doing research and answering each and every one of the 6,000 emails and letters he receives each year. He regularly dispenses four pieces of advice.
Plan under way to help military medics
Albany State University President Everette Freeman and representatives from Georgia Regents University met in Washington, D.C., with officials from the U.S. Department of Defense to discuss a model for transitioning discharged military medics into a program to become physician assistants.
Program trains veterans for jobs in the oilfield
A new program offered through Southern Louisiana Community College in Morgan City, La., is helping veterans take the skills they learned in the military and transition into jobs back home. At "Battlefield to Oilfield" students receive five weeks of intensive training in classroom instruction, as well as hands-on experience.
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Affordable Care Act spurs hiring blitz
Los Angeles Times
The nation's complicated health care overhaul is proving to be a surprising source of work: People are needed to explain the law's provisions to consumers. In addition to the expected demand for more nurses and doctors to treat millions of newly insured patients, the federal Affordable Care Act is feeding a cottage industry in call centers.
Professional network website helps service members plan careers
The Fort Campbell Courier
Specialist Caleb Erod is nearing the end of his enlistment. With the conclusion of his contract steadily approaching, he is carefully weighing his options — re-enlist or venture into the civilian sector.
Realizing his decision is one that will affect his and his family's life, he is taking a pro-active approach. Erod is currently exploring the option to remain in the Army and change his current military occupational specialty from cavalry scout to cryptological linguist.
One tool that has helped him tremendously in his decision making is the new professional military network RallyPoint.
Soldier's new mission: Find homes for female veterans
While the Department of Veterans Affairs reports that overall veteran homeless rates are going down, female rates are going up. In fact, female veterans are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. homeless population and are more at risk than their male counterparts, according to the report.
A housing loan for veterans, but scant city housing that qualifies
The New York Times
The mortgage program from Department of Veterans Affairs is designed to help military veterans achieve the centerpiece of the American dream: the chance to own a house. But if you want to use what is known as a V.A. loan to buy an apartment in the biggest city in the country, you practically are out of luck.
Veterans program aims to make rehab fun experience
By the time veterans meet Guy Wilson, it may already be too late.
But Wilson, a recreational therapist at Temple's Olin E. Teague Veteran's Medical Center in Texas, is more than 20 years late for his own funeral.
Even when Wilson didn't die in a Colorado hospital bed, doctors told him he'd never walk. They still tell him he doesn't have any depth perception and is blind in one eye.
He can walk, run, dance and see just fine.
Too late, even as a doctor's prognosis, is not an excuse. In fact, it's the exact time to start playing like a child again.
Substance abuse still plaguing modern society
Dr. Abimbola Farinde
The issue of substance abuse and substance-use disorders continues to be a growing problem within our modern society, with no apparent decline in sight. The World Drug Report estimated 200 million people, or about 5 percent of the global population, used illicit drugs in 2005, and this number has grown since that time. The incidence — as well as prevalence of substance-use disorders — continues to lead to significant costs for individuals, families and society at large, so steps need to be taken to curtail the continued growth and impact of the disorder.
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