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How veterans can use technology to find a job
So you're a military veteran who just returned from years of active duty. Though you had a fulfilling experience, you're ready to get back into the job market and work for an organization that can help you achieve other career goals. Well, after months of searching, you still can't find a job, which puts you in a group with other unemployed veterans — 7.3 percent of unemployed veterans to be exact.
What do you do?
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Veteran employment and entrepreneurship
Federal News Radio
On this segment of "Fed Access," Mark Walker, deputy director of the Economic Division at the American Legion, and Phillip Selleh, program manager for the VA Business Accelerator, join host Derrick Dortch to talk about how their organizations are helping veterans find jobs or start their own businesses.
Technology can drive job growth
It's been debated since at least the days of the Luddites: Does technology create or destroy jobs?
Most economists say it's a bit of both — jobs in some sectors die out, while jobs in other sectors are created. Yet four years into an economic recovery, millions of people are still out of work, leading many to ask if jobs are being replaced by machines.
Why are companies reluctant to hire military veterans?
The U.S. military is the most trusted institution in America, according to Gallup surveys. Honoring service members is a no-brainer for businesses looking to please consumers. Even people who oppose current military engagements want to support the troops. Yet despite all this goodwill, many recent veterans find it hard to transition into the civilian labor force. In 2012, nearly 10 percent of veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan were unemployed, compared with 7.9 percent of the general population, according to federal statistics.
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On 9/11 anniversary, lawmakers seek help on veterans education
Diverse Issues In Higher Eduction
Advising, mentoring and support services are critical if veterans and active-duty military are to succeed in postsecondary education today, witnesses said at a congressional hearing held on the 12th anniversary of the September 2011 terrorist attacks. "As more troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, postsecondary institutions now face the largest influx of student veterans on campus since World War II," said Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., who chairs the House higher education subcommittee that held the hearing.
New program aims to better serve vets
The News Record
The University of Cincinnati is now one of 94 campuses in the nation to offer the VetSuccess On Campus program, which is designed to help veterans transition from the battlefield to academic life. VetSuccess On Campus provides a full-time vocational rehabilitation counselor and a part-time vet center outreach coordinator on campus. The two additional positions are intended to provide VA benefits outreach, support and assistance to ensure veterans' health, educational and benefit needs are met.
Are veterans using the Department of Veterans Assistance?
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Cabinet Secretary Rick Thompson held the second of five meetings around West Virginia to hear concerns from veterans about things like access to health care and nursing homes.
James McCormick is a 22-year veteran of the Iraq and Desert Storm Wars in the Army. He says there are many things vets in the state need.
VA officials defend health care, integrity of bonus system
Stars and Stripes
Before a crowd of grieving family members in Pittsburgh, Pa., Veterans Affairs officials defended their patient safety and executive bonus programs, dismissing assertions that the department doesn't hold poor managers accountable for failure.
Veterans Affairs does about-face, working OT to fix benefits backlog
For 284 days, Adam Legg, a 31-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, reportedly languished as he waited for a ruling on a claim submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs concerning service-related injuries. Meanwhile, the Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Navy veteran saw his two vehicles repossessed and his home go into foreclosure because of a mortgage in arrears.
"It was ingrained in me that it's my job to take care of my family," Legg tells the Los Angeles Times, "and I felt like a complete failure."
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Default rate high for veteran loan program
Stars and Stripes
A federal program providing business loans to veterans has lost $31 million through defaults since it began in 2007, according to a watchdog report.
The Small Business Administration's Patriot Express program, which lent $703 million to veterans from 2007 to 2012, saw a higher rate of default than the federal agency's other loan programs, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office.
A housing fix for California veterans
Los Angeles Times
California voters approved Proposition 12 five years ago, authorizing a $900-million bond issue to help military veterans buy homes and farms. But while the number of returning vets is still high, their interest in buying houses with state-backed low-cost mortgages isn't.
Hotline responders answer veterans' desperate calls
Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line work to help veterans through their darkest hours. The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the hotline, the only national line dedicated to helping veterans in crisis.
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