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Prime introduces new military recruitment program
Prime Inc. has introduced its Military Fast Track Program, an advertising campaign and recruitment initiative designed to help military personnel transition into the civilian labor market. According to Prime, there are an estimated 844,000 veterans currently unemployed, including 252,000 post-9/11 veterans.
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Veterans finding jobs in transportation, other industries thanks to 100,000 Jobs Mission
Member companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission have collectively hired 77,612 U.S. military veterans since the organization's founding in early 2011, according to a recent announcement. This private sector initiative was launched in early 2011 by JPMorgan Chase and 10 other companies with the goal of collectively hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. Since then, the coalition has grown to 109 companies that represent diverse industries across the country from finance, telecommunications and defense to transportation, retail and energy.
Agencies work to bolster vet, family education outcomes
American Forces Press Service via U.S. Department of Defense
Several government agencies are working on initiatives to improve educational success rates for service members, veterans and their families, senior Department of Veterans Affairs and consumer protection officials told lawmakers recently.
House panel examines changes to veterans retraining program
Marine Corps Times
A House subcommittee is considering legislation to fix one of the many problems with a year-old veterans training program many say is underused.
More than 105,000 veterans have applied to use the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, which provides a year of monthly GI Bill benefits for a veteran to attend a full-time training program to learn a new and marketable skill. But only 52,228 are enrolled in school.
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From the battlefield to the corporate world via business school
The Financial Times
When Lenore Kistinger left the U.S. Marines in 2007, she wanted an MBA from a top school but was intimidated by the price. "A combination of draining all of my savings and government loans — I thought those were my only two options."
But then she heard about a Wharton fellowship from a leading bank. On the day of her interview, she walked into the wrong room and met a retired marine lieutenant colonel. "We met for two minutes, he saw I was a marine and he said, 'give me your résumé so I can vote for you later'." She received the fellowship.
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Senate panel votes for sweeping improvements to vets' benefits
Marine Corps Times
An omnibus veterans' bill approved July 24 by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee is chock full of improvements in health and benefits programs, according to a summary released by the panel. They include major changes in the treatment of sexual assault victims filing disability claims, improvements in GI Bill tuition payments for veterans attending school in states where they are not legal residents, and new health and employment programs.
Congress rushes to restore benefits for LGBT veterans
The Raw Story
U.S. Reps. Mark Poca, D-Wis., and Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., have joined forces with LGBT veterans to craft the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, a bill that would help LGBT veterans who were discharged because of their orientation clear their records. Currently, an estimated 114,000 veterans who were dishonorably discharged because of their sexual orientation between the end of World War II and the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" are eligible to have their discharges rendered honorable and their benefits restored.
Gulf War veterans helps others secure benefits
Northwest Florida Daily News
Karen Kile, the Gulf War veteran who lives in Florosa, Fla., began her work as an advocate after she returned from Desert Storm. She became angry over the initial dismissal of Gulf War Illness, a chronic disorder with variety of symptoms reported by returning soldiers. Her advocacy and tenacity has ensured that countless veterans have received the benefits due them.
VA looks for help in fight to end homelessness
The number of homeless veterans in the U.S. has decreased by 17 percent since 2009 — but many of these men and women are put in apartments without furniture, paid utilities or even toilet paper, according to advocates. By law, the Veterans Affairs Department cannot provide furnishings, home goods or first and last month rent unless donated through an outside organization or nonprofit group. VA also is not allowed to solicit for money or accept donations.
A veteran finds a path out of homelessness
The Wenatchee World
Most would think that a military veteran's main hurdle when coming back home from service would be something substantial — post-traumatic stress disorder, adjusting back to civilian life, etc. However, something as seemingly small as having a safe place to rest one's head is a reality many vets face as much as anyone else.
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