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NY veterans on finding jobs after service
The New York Post
For ex-soldiers, the battle to find a job is intense.
Six percent were out of work, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics released last month.
Still, five vets profiled by The New York Post in 2012 that looking for work managed to find jobs using skills they learned in the military: perseverance, patience and pounding the pavement. Here are their stories.
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Veterans find jobs program works
Crain's New York
When Alex Weis returned to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2011 after five years in the U.S. Marine Corps — including about a year in Afghanistan — he figured he'd finish his degree in accounting and then look for a job.
But he had no luck after graduating from Long Island University with an M.S. six months later in May 2012, and applying to more than 25 firms. Then, one day earlier in 2013, while searching the Web for job possibilities, he came across an intriguing new program called VETS — Vocations, Education and Training for Service Members.
Illinois chosen for veterans employment pilot program
Federal officials looking to engage younger veterans and quickly return them to civilian employment chose to pay for an innovative social media program by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The pilot program could become a best-practices model to be used nationwide. Dubbed Army UCX, the program emphasizes social media channels to connect Veterans with IDES employment services and the state's help-wanted job board, Illinoisjoblink.com. Recently discharged veterans qualify for unemployment insurance and the federally designated UCX acronym indicates Unemployment Compensation Ex-Military.
Transportation agency joins Army program connecting veterans with jobs
When Anthony Nitz ends his stint as a military police officer, he'll have a better shot at fulfilling his dream of working in civilian law enforcement thanks to a partnership between the Army and employers.
"To know that I'll have an interview with a reputable place that's not going anywhere any time soon, it just means a lot," said Nitz, a Phoenix resident set to begin his military service. "It means a lot to my family too."
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Returning from war can be a minefield for veterans
It's often called the war at home — the battles veterans face after they return from fighting overseas only to find a nameless, faceless enemy has moved onto their home turf.
Jeremy Profitt of Fairfield, Calif., is one veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who faced his PTSD and is winning the battle, though recovery has been anything but easy.
Veterans Affairs disputing over records with Congress
The Associated Press via Military Times
For more than a year, requests to the Department of Veterans Affairs from Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been unanswered in regards to the deaths of at least five patients that were exposed to the Legionnaires' disease in the Pittsburgh VA system.
Veterans received funds for full-time education but didn't attend
An estimated 2,300 veterans who received money from the Veterans Affairs Department to be full-time students were in fact not attending school full-time, the department's office of inspector general says.
Those improper payments may have cost the department $12 million, the OIG says in a report dated Sept. 17.
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Websites become tool for stopping veteran suicides
At 5:49 p.m. on a January day, Pvt. Jordan DuBois posted on his Facebook page: "I'm goin to kill myself this is my last post ... miss u all ... .”
One hour and 20 minutes later, DuBois' speeding truck slammed into a light pole and a bus bench in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Several people who saw the post in early 2012 tried to talk him out of doing anything rash. They failed. The Fort Carson soldier was dead. But in recent months, Facebook has become an important tool in tackling an alarming number of military suicides.
The front lines of suicide prevention
The Huffington Post
Health science specialist Jerry Evans writes: "As an airman fighting in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, I never knew what each day would bring. One thing I was sure of: I would never leave behind a brother- or sister-in-arms.
I'm in the Reserves now, but still on the front lines. My fight these days is preventing suicide. As a Veterans Crisis Line responder, I spend my days talking to veterans, service members and their loved ones seeking support. When I pick up the phone, I never know what will be waiting on the other end of the line. But as long as they're reaching out, I will be there to listen and care."
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