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Helping veterans pursue entrepreneurial dreams
Forbes
As Americans, we often find much to debate — and disagree upon — related to our nation's policies and affairs. One topic on which the vast majority of us can agree, however, is the appreciation and respect that those who serve or have served in our nation's military so richly deserve. These brave, dedicated men and women answer the call to duty, putting national safety ahead of their own welfare and our needs before their personal priorities and timelines. As Independence Day nears, sharing our collective gratitude with U.S. active duty and veteran military personnel should top our national list of priorities.
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Veterans: Want to be a contributing writer?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of VAA Dispatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of VAA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Amtrak commits to hiring more veterans
Railway Age
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman announced that the railroad is setting a goal of 25 percent of new-hires to be veterans by 2015. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., and Director of Administration and Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense Michael L. Rhodes joined Boardman at a ceremony to announce the hiring initiative and unveil a locomotive to honor veterans.
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Golf academy drawing more military veterans
Cybergolf
U.S. military veterans increasingly are turning to Golf Academy of America to begin a second career. Utilizing Golf Academy of America's comprehensive training in the golf industry and the availability of funds for educational training from the GI Bill, military veterans now make up an all-time high 23 percent of the student body at Golf Academy of America's five campuses around the country.
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Google recruiters assist veteran job seekers
Military Connection
One of the most important things for veterans to remember as they apply for jobs: civilian recruiters don't speak military. You may have the right skills, the perfect training and tons of experience. None of that matters if the company you are applying to doesn't understand how your military job translates to the civilian sector. Twenty veterans teamed up with Internet giant Google in a recent career development workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to learn how to market military experience to a civilian employer.
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6 most revealing interview questions
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Employers study your qualifications and skills to determine if you are a good fit for their needs. Similarly, you should make a point to evaluate them and their organizations during your search.

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VA looks to tighten sleep apnea rating schedule
Stars and Stripes
The Department of Veterans Affairs is studying changes to disability ratings for obstructive sleep apnea, particularly the 50-percent rating being awarded when VA physicians prescribe use of a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine, for sleep-deprived veterans.

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Making the most of your military benefits
Show Your Stripes
eBenefits is a central location for veterans, service members and their families to research, find, access and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.

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Fresh from war, veterans need interpreters to land jobs
TIME
Military veterans and hiring managers are at an impasse: employers are looking for the skills veterans possess, but military jargon goes one way and business lingo the other, often leaving both parties lost in translation. A report issued last year by the defense think-tank Center for a New American Security found skill translation was the No. 1 negative factor hiring managers encounter when screening veteran applicants.
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How to rehearse for a job interview
Business 2 Community
Practice makes perfect, particularly when it comes to the job interview. Nobody wants their responses to sound canned during an interview, but they also don't want to fumble over questions, which is why career experts say it's important to rehearse ahead of time. That doesn't mean you have to memorize your answers to every imaginable interview question, but you do want to be able to talk about your skills and work experience without tripping up.
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Legion to train women veteran entrepreneurs
Military.com
The American Legion has announced a two-day entrepreneurial course, "For Her Entrepreneurship — Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support (For HEROES)," to take place in conjunction with its annual national convention Aug. 26-27 in Houston. The free-of-charge course specifically is designed for women military veterans and military spouses.
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10 ways to network without being fake
Government Executive
Attending networking events is a fantastic way to make business connections. The problem is, a lot of us can't stand the idea of networking. It feels fake and contrived. And if you're an introvert, "fuggettaboutit." Just thinking of spending countless hours on small talk in a loud and crowded room of strangers is enough to make you exhausted. But it doesn't have to be if you approach it the right way. Most people go to these types of events with the intent to push their agenda on anyone who will listen to them. Here are 10 tips to network without being fake.
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Supreme Court strikes down DOMA; Hagel promises benefits ASAP
Stars and Stripes
Gay military couples could soon have access to the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts with the recent Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Veteran congresswoman hammers IRS contractor's questionable veterans disability claim
Veterans Today
Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and double amputee eviscerated Braulio Castillo, the CEO of Strong Castle, Inc., who used an injury he sustained at a military prep school to qualify for a veterans disability, 27 years after the fact.
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Obama should honor our veterans by ending the VA backlog
Forbes
Simeon Alibrando knows service. As a volunteer leader with the nonprofit organization Team Kids, he organizes school assemblies, motivates young volunteers and empowers them to become agents of change. Simeon knows how to motivate teams because he has done it many times before — in Afghanistan. Those 28 months in service and war took their toll. Simeon is one of hundreds of thousands of veterans returning from the wars. But, with the right support, veterans like Simeon can overcome these challenges to become leaders in their communities.
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