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Veterans still fighting for survival in tough job market
CNN Money
The unemployment rate for veterans who served since the 9/11 attacks peaked at a troubling 15.2 percent in January 2011. Since then, as the economy has improved and outreach efforts have taken hold, it has fallen by more than half to 7.2 percent. But still, an estimated 160,000 men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are currently out of work, and many veterans face daunting challenges in their job hunts.
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Veterans: Want to be a contributing writer?
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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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Veteran takes own advice about business ownership
The Huffington Post
One in every 7 U.S. franchises is veteran-owned. That's because the franchising industry sees veterans as an opportunity. The International Franchising Association, which is the governing body for all franchises, is committed to helping returning veterans open their own businesses through its Operation Enduring Opportunity program. IFA is targeting 5,000 "wounded warriors" and 75,000 veterans as franchise owners by 2014.
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Companies stepping up efforts to hire returning veterans
Los Angeles Times
Corporate America is on a veteran hiring binge. With the war in Afghanistan winding down, thousands of veterans are returning home to an economy that is improving but by no means robust. That's creating a unique challenge for those coming back from years in the service and trying to readjust to civilian life.
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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...

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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...

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2013 top 100 military friendly employers
Show Your Stripes
The 10th annual list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers has been released by G.I. Jobs. The list of 100 companies represents the top 2 percent of more than 5,000 eligible companies whose annual revenues exceeded $500 million. The Military Friendly Employers list,...

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New York upgrades job program for vets
Buffalo Business First
A New York State Labor Department initiative will help veterans transfer military service into certifications for civilian job placement. Experience Counts, which began in 2011, and directs certain state agencies who qualify and license professions, to grant credit toward credentials for military experience. Occupations include bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks, certified nursing assistants, computer support specialists and security guards.
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MGM reaches out to veterans
KXNT-TV
One to two years before leaving the service, active military members go through a training process to get them ready for a new life in the workforce. MGM Resorts has openings in everything from marketing to hotel operations. Hiring managers are reaching out to former military members to increase the already 50 thousand member workforce.
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Wounded veteran 'finally home' amid friends
The Virginian-Pilot
Four months past his 31st birthday, 606 days since leaving Fort Belvoir military hospital and 23 hours since the surprise of a lifetime - being gifted a new home in Smithfield's elegant Cypress Creek community - retired Army Sgt. John Moore pondered the enormities.
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App links struggling veterans with nearby network of military friends
Stars and Stripes
Jacob Wood was at the funeral of a fellow Marine veteran who committed suicide in 2011 when he discovered just how close potentially life-saving help had been. The two men served in the same sniper section during deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, but when his friend returned home, he fell into isolation and depression.
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Interactive software helps veterans suffering from PTSD
Health Canal
Digital tools can be an easily accessible and effective way of treating veterans who suffer from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. For brains rattled by war, University of California, San Francisco scientists are advancing research and clinical care with new software, apps and online tools to help "retrain the brain" for resilience and recovery.
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Nonprofits help veterans who lost multiple limbs, buying them all-terrain wheelchairs
Fox News
A collective of nonprofits is teaming up to give a little independence to some of the roughly 1,700 recent war veterans who have lost multiple limbs — purchasing all-terrain wheelchairs and letting the wounded warriors test drive them while recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in suburban Washington, D.C.
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Post-9/11 G.I. Bill nears 1 million veterans with benefits
USA Today
The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill — society's answer to a generation of Americans who fought two wars at once — is nearing a million veterans who have enrolled. Five months ago, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said more than $25 billion in educational benefits under the new G.I. Bill had been paid out so far to was then nearly 900,000 veterans.
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New bill would help veterans claim benefits
The Associated Press via The Akron Beacon Journal
A new bill being introduced in the Ohio legislature would help locate veterans to prevent them missing out on bonuses totaling up to $1,500. Voters in 2009 approved a $200 million bond issue to fund the bonuses meant as a way to thank veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq war eras, and veterans officials have worked to publicize that benefit.
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