Veterans Report - Week of December 02, 2013

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Veterans Report - Week of December 02, 2013

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:29 am

Veterans Report - Week of December 02, 2013

Northrop Grumman Committed to Hiring Veterans
Start your civilian career with Northrop Grumman. As a global persified technology and industrial leader they can provide endless opportunity and a career path that lets you choose where you want to be. ( ... Read More.

Budget Priorities: Who Moved the Goalpost?
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently outlined six budget priorities that will shape the Pentagon's FY 2015 budget proposal, which includes protecting investments while seeking "significant savings" in the area of personnel and compensation. What concerns the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is he states personnel accounts consume roughly half of the DOD budget. In April of 2013 he said they consumed about one-third of the DOD budget. So what's changed? ( Read the rest of the article on Military Officers Association of America's (MOAA) website.

VA Issues Fraud Alert
Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller's information is obtained. The numbers to be avoided are: 800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000) and 888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551). VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation.
For more guides and tips on personal finance and avoiding scams, visit the ( Money Center.

VGLI Too Much? Get $300k from $21 a Month
VGLI too much? Protect your family for less. ( Get $300k life insurance coverage from less than $21 a month.

Florida Honors Troops to Teachers
Florida Governor Rick Scott recently honored five educators certified through the Troops to Teachers Program with the Governor's Shine Award for exemplary service to their country and contributions to Florida's students. Florida is one of the leaders hiring veterans through the Troops to Teachers Program and in the past three years has helped 393 veterans obtain positions in Florida's schools. For more information on the program, visit the Troops to Teachers website at (
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Warrior Care: Recovery and Rehab
The U.S. Army's ( Warrior Transition Command (WTC) focuses on the special programs designed to support the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers recovering at ( Warrior Transition Units (WTUs). The recovery and rehabilitation process helps the Soldiers complete periodic self-assessments that address areas for a holistic recovery. Each Soldier benefits from a Triad of Care to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of medical and non-medical professionals to support the Soldier during every step of the recovery and transition process. For more information, including resources related to Warrior Care, visit the Army's ( ... id=standto) Stand-To! website.
For more Wounded Warrior news, visit the ( Wounded Warrior section.

Transitioning? Create Your Plan
The Transition Center now features a ( ... personalized Transition Action Plan for those leaving the military, those retiring from a career in the military and National Guard and Reserve personnel. The Transition Action Plan tool guides the servicemember using a timeline that recommends specific steps to take at certain key points; whether they are leaving the service in a few months or a few years. ( ... Read More.

Senate Looks Into Predatory Lending
While programs are in place to combat predatory lending practices that target servicemembers and their families, witnesses told the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Nov. 21 that better rules and enforcement are needed. As a former military spouse and assistant director of the consumer financial protection bureau, office of servicemember affairs, Holly Petraeus recalled the history and subsequent changes of predatory lending.
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Homeless Vet Numbers Drop
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have announced that a new national report shows a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among Veterans since 2010. HUD's 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress finds significant and measureable progress to reduce the scale of long-term or 'chronic' homelessness as well as homelessness experienced by Veterans and families. For more information read the HUD ( ... DNo.13-173) press release and read the full report ( ... elessness/) online. More information about VA's homeless programs is available at ( Details about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program are online at (
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Warrior Resilience Course
The ( Warrior Transition Command (WTC) Cadre Resilience Course (CRC) is a tailored version of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness' (CSF2) ( Master Resilience Trainer course, specifically designed for those caring for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers and their families. The trainees are a cadre is made up of those who care for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers. For more information, included resources related to Wounded Warrior care, visit the Army's ( ... id=standto) Stand-To! website.
For more Wounded Warrior news, visit the ( Wounded Warrior section.

32 VA Facilities Named Top Performers
Thirty-two Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities from across the nation were recently recognized as "top performers" by The Joint Commission, an independent not-for-profit organization that ensures the quality of U.S. health care by its intensive evaluation of more than 20,000 health care organizations. A list of the top VA performers cited by the commission is available on the ( Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Featured Deal: Military Save Extra 10%* on Select PCs & Tablets
Save an extra 10 percent off tablets and PCs with ( ... 51-22?mpt=[CACHEBUSTER]) this exclusive military offer.

NYC Offers Small Business Course
New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new program aimed at helping veterans along that path. The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, run by the city's Small Business Services and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, plans to help 25 veterans kickstart their entrepreneurial dreams with a ( ... p-program/) free, four-week program aimed at giving them the tools necessary to launch small businesses. Veterans can apply for the program online ( ... html#nvvet) online. After filling out the online application, veterans will be contacted for interviews, after which 25 participants will be selected for the program.
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Get Your VA Loan Answers Here
Wondering how you can get the most out of your VA Loan? Follow the ( VA loan blog to stay up to date with tips and get the real facts about the benefits of using your VA loan. ( Read More.

Navy Looks to Veterans
An innovative Office of Naval Research (ONR) program is looking to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard veterans for the cutting edge in alternative energy-and is highlighted this week in a new video released during the Navy's Warrior Care Month. The Energy Systems Technology Evaluation Program (ESTEP) provides student veterans with internships in Navy organizations using advanced technologies. Examples of such work include evaluation of smart grid and solar energy use at Camp Pendleton; development of cyber-secured energy management systems; and enhancing wind-resistant rooftop photovoltaic panels. To view the ( ... &lpid=3135) video, visit the ( ... YouTube website.
For more military news, visit the ( News Center.

Program Trains and Places Homeless Vets
Thirteen formerly homeless veterans recently graduated from the 2013 Homeless Veterans Apprenticeship Program in Washington, D.C. The graduates had just completed a yearlong training program to learn skills to be cemetery caretakers at VA national cemeteries. They were trained and will now hold full-time caretaker positions at national cemeteries in Mountain Home, Tenn.; Puerto Rico; Black Hills, S.D.; Bay Pines, Fla.; and Fort Bliss, Texas. For more information about the program, read VA's ( ... emeteries/) VAntage Point Blog.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Women and Better Health
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers find that women veterans with social support from their peers have better physical health. More than 3,600 women veterans, Vietnam and OIF and OEF veterans, were in the study. The study appeared online November 6, 2013 in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. An abstract of the study is available ( ... 9/abstract) online.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.
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