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What you need to know about America's homeless veteran problem
PublicCEO
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night, 610,042 people across the U.S. experience homelessness. About 9 percent of homeless adults, or 57,849, are veterans. These homeless veterans often suffer from mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other conditions that make adjusting to civilian life difficult. Here's a look at some of the facts you should know about this problem.
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Obama signs veterans bill into law
PressTV
President Barack Obama recently signed into law a bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs in what amounted to a rare display of bipartisanship amid the current congressional gridlock.
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Veteran's Preference Points
Military.com
If you are a veteran, you have a couple of different tools available that can give you an edge in getting a civil service job: the Preference Points and Veteran's Recruitment Appointment rule. Here is a summary of these tools and how they can help.
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Veterans get experience by rehabilitating archeological artifacts
Columbia County News-Times
Former Army medic Benjamin Nay spends his days preserving, repacking and tagging, photographing and cataloging historical artifacts at the Veterans Curation Program lab in Martinez, Georgia. He and other military veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan earn employment and job training through the program operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The goal of the program is to rehabilitate the Corps' archeological collections and associated records for long-term curation and future research.
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Microsoft trains Marines in IT before they hit the job market
NationSwell
When military members leave the service, many struggle to find a job — often having to study for a new degree or certification in order to qualify for a position, all the while not being able to rely on consistent income. To help solve this problem before it even arises, Microsoft is working with Marines at Camp Pendleton in California — and two other U.S. military bases — offering a 16-week certification program in information technology to soldiers planning to leave the service in the near future.
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Program prepares veterans to get top manufacturing jobs
WIBR-TV
Everyone has their own reasons for joining the military. "Initially I was needing work," said Scott DeVore, U.S. Navy. "But then, after I met a lot of the guys I served with, it became kind of a comrade type thing." While our troops are protecting our country, they're also assigned a number of different duties. "I was a builder," DeVore said. "I am a builder in the Sea Bee's and I've done construction my whole life." But once they leave the military, they again have to find a job and this time it's on the homeland.
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Student veterans association urges caution of for-profit colleges
U.S. News University Connection via U.S. News & World Report
Military veterans are being warned against using their Post-9/11 GI Bill funds to enroll in some for-profit colleges. Student Veterans of America released its first "Not Recommended" list to highlight some institutions that may have deceived veterans with their recruiting practices.
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Congress passes bill to improve access to education for veterans
The Daily Californian
Regardless of their state of legal residency, veterans and their immediate families may be able to pay in-state tuition to attend public universities, after Congress recently passed a bill to improve access to education for military retirees.
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