Veterans Report - Week of January 27, 2014

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Veterans Report - Week of January 27, 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:32 pm

Veterans Report - Week of January 27, 2014

Johnson Controls Committed to Hiring Veterans
Start your civilian career with Johnson Controls. As a business solutions leader they can provide endless opportunity and a career path that lets you choose where you want to be. ( ... Read More.

AF Okays Squadron T-Shirts on Fridays
The Air Force recently updated the policy governing uniform wear January 17, 2014, Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance. Morale T-shirts/patches representing individual squadrons that were worn in the past are now authorized to wear on Fridays. Squadron color T-shirts may be worn with the ABU or flight suit when in-garrison or on-station during unit temporary duty assignments and contingency deployments. Earned Air Force and other services' badges are authorized to wear, but only the command insignia pin is mandatory. Airmen can expect to find the optional badges on the ( Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) website by mid-July to early August. The commander's insignia pin will be mandatory once the cloth pins go on sale at AAFES. For more information, visit the ( Air Force Personnel Center Dress and Appearance webpage.
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

VA Offers Services Showcase
The Department of Veterans Affairs is sponsoring the VA Services Showcase, Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the VHA National Conference Center, 2011 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, VA, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit the VA Services Showcase webpage at (
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Wal-Mart Hiring Vets in East Texas
Wal-Mart is looking to hire veterans in East Texas who have recently completed their service. Specifically, Wal-Mart is looking to fill 95 jobs in the next two months in the area of Tyler, Texas, and the company is offering a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged in the last 12 months. Wal-Mart says the majority of their new hires will begin work in March to help prepare the new store in Tyler, Texas for its grand opening. For more information, visit the ( ... r-location) website.
For more veteran job news, tips and listings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

VA Loan Benefit: Own Your Home + Tax Write Off
Don't wait any longer to use your VA Loan Benefit. You've earned it! Benefits include $0 Down, no PMI payment required, and home ownership means you can write off closing costs and deduct your interest for 2014. ( ... Start using your VA Loan Benefit today.
Want to learn more about homeownership and your VA Loan benefit? ( Explore the VA Loan Center to get more information.

Get Help Filing for Vets' Benefits
The American Legion encourages any veteran who wants to file for benefits to contact an accredited American Legion service officer. Find a service officer in your state by visiting the American Legion website at (
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

MOAA's Spouse Professional Symposium Heads to San Antonio
Military spouses are invited to attend MOAA's Military Spouse Networking Event sponsored by La Quinta Inns & Suites from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the La Quinta Inns & Suites in San Antonio and the MOAA Military Spouse Symposium "Keeping a Career on the Move(R)," sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Pearl in San Antonio. The keynote address will be delivered by Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio. Both events are free and open to all active duty, reserve, National Guard, retiree, veteran, and surviving military spouses, servicemembers, and veterans. is the media sponsor. Read more about the event and how to register ( online.

VGLI Too Much? $350,000 Coverage as low as $1 a Day
Protect your family for less. ( ASMBA offers $350k life insurance coverage from less than $1 a day.

MOAA Fights to Restore Full COLA
Veterans groups, like Military Officers Association of America, are taking on Congress to fight to restore the full cost of living adjustment for working age military retirees. According to MOAA, the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) was rushed through both the House and Senate and bypassed the committees of jurisdiction, which highlights a growing military/civilian divide that fails to recognize the necessary sacrifice that comes with two decades of service.
( Read the full article at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) website.

GI Bill Complaint Center
An American Legion-promoted, government-administered program designed to help resolve difficulties that GI Bill students may have with institutions of higher learning will launch soon. The program, dubbed the "Complaint Center", will act as a clearing house for grievances lodged by student veterans. The Complaint Center will deal with allegations by student veterans of schools' false and misleading advertising, questionable recruiting practices, "predatory" student loan programs, the issuance of underperforming academic credentials and related issues. More specific information about the Center and consumer access will be released soon.
For more on GI Bill and other military education benefits, visit the ( Education Center.

A New Bionic Arm
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed an artificial arm and hand with human-like function. The robotic arm pivots and flexes like a real hand and could be very valuable to veteran amputees. ( ... brain.html) For more information, read the article on

AT&T Seeks Veterans in Kentucky
AT&T is seeking to hire veterans to fill 116 jobs in the state of Kentucky. The positions to be filled are technicians, retail support and call center representatives. More than 3,600 veterans have already started new careers at AT&T across the country in 2013. AT&T is doubling its hiring goal for veterans and their family members to 10,000 over the next five years. More information on AT&T job openings in Kentucky can be found at ( Military veterans can learn more about careers at ( AT&T. For more information about AT&T's coverage in Kentucky or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the ( AT&T Coverage Viewer.
For more veteran job news, tips and listings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Museum Traces Medal of Honor History
The New Mexico Veterans' Memorial pays tribute to the state's military history and veterans on a 25-acre complex in Albuquerque at the base of the Sandia Mountains. The state became the first in the nation to honor all of its Vietnam War combat deaths with a display in the museum. The museum also includes a special collection featuring Medal of Honor recipients, a working periscope from a Sturgeon-class nuclear submarine, and a large bell tower that plays songs and hymns. For more information on the Memorial, visit the ( New Mexico Veterans' Memorial website and the American ( ... s-memorial) Legion website.

Legion to VA: Protect Veterans' Info
The American Legion is challenging the Department of Veterans Affairs to take whatever measures are necessary to protect veterans' personal information after a recent software defect on VA's ( ... its.portal) eBenefits website exposed the online accounts of about 5,000 veterans to unauthorized users. The defective software allowed veterans and servicemembers logged onto eBenefits to view account information of other users. After discovering the problem, VA shut down the system and switched over to an earlier version of the software. VA may include free credit monitoring for the affected individuals. Meanwhile, VA brought eBenefits back online on January 19, 2014. eBenefits functionality is now available to use. For more details, see ( ... -info.html) this article.

Program Helps Veterans' Transition
Transition Goals Plans Success is a comprehensive, mandatory program that helps separating and retiring military members, deactivating reservists, and their families. Known as Transition GPS, the outcome-based program provides opportunities and aids a successful transition into a career-ready civilian. It bolsters and standardizes the transition services that servicemembers receive prior to separating from the military to make them employment ready as well as prepared to enter into higher education, attend career technical training or start their own business. The last part of Transition GPS covers Veterans Affairs benefits briefing and it includes what your entitlements are. For more information, contact your base Family Readiness Center.
To create a customized transition plan for yourself and get more mililtary transition tips, visit the ( Transition Center.

Army Education Initiative Seeking Volunteers
eCYBERMISSION is one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). The U.S. Army is committed to answering the nation's need for increased national STEM literacy and expanding STEM education opportunities across the country to open doors to new career paths for America's students that lead to a brighter tomorrow. eCYBERMISSION is currently seeking volunteers to help in this program -- to see what positions are needed, visit the ( eCYBERMISSION website.

Naval Artifacts at Symposium
Naval History and Heritage Command's (NHHC) archivists, curators, scientists and historians recently brought naval artifacts and interactive learning to the Surface Naval Association (SNA) Symposium. Using such diverse learning methods as pamphlets, videos, three-dimensional interactive maps, presentations and artifact displays, NHHC continued the conversation on the impact history plays on Navy missions and provide a touchstone to the public and military personnel. Attendees were educated about the Sunken Military Craft Act, a law which provides protection of sunken U.S. military ships and aircraft wherever located, protection for the graves of lost military personnel and protection of sensitive archaeological artifacts and historical information. For more information on the Naval History and Heritage Command, visit the NHHC Facebook page at ( and the NHHC website at (

Website Offers Free Tax Services
As preparations begin for the upcoming tax season, Military OneSource, partnering with H&R Block, is offering all active duty, Guard and reserve forces help in preparing their taxes and in filing their federal and state returns, in addition to the variety of other financial planning services it already provides free of charge. No matter where you are, when you call 800-342-9647 or visit the Military OneSource website at (, you can access the programs and services. Reserve component members are eligible for the free service regardless of their activation status, as are veterans within 180 days of being discharged, retired or separated. The program's tax experts are able to help military families navigate changes in tax laws that may have a particular impact on or benefit for members of the military -- as well as any tax implications related to military benefits.
For more Navy news, visit the ( News Center.

Why Worry About the COLA Cuts?
The last minute 2014 budget deal (the so-called ( ... -retirees/) Ryan-Murray Budget) calls for cutting the annual retirement cost of living adjustment for working age retirees (under age 62) by one full percentage point -- setting the rate at one percent below the actual rate of inflation. Congress passed a law ( ... -the-mark/) reinstating full COLA for a select group of Chapter 61 retirees, but this still leaves many retirees without a full annual COLA. The Military Officers Association of America is one of the more powerful groups to step into the fray over the one percent cut in military retiree COLA. In an effort to help servicemembers and retirees understand the full impact, MOAA has put together the ( 5 top reasons to be concerned about COLA reductions.

The Giants of Mount Rushmore
The idea for Mount Rushmore was conceived in 1924, when South Dakota's state historian contacted sculptor Gutzon Borglum about creating a sculpture out of a rock formation in the Black Hills. As Borglum put it, Mount Rushmore "bears witness, carries the likeness, the dates, a word or two of the great things we accomplished as a nation." For more information on Mount Rushmore, including educational materials, read the ( American Legion article, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial webpage at (, and the Luigi Del Bianco website at (

Legion Opposes Threat to Commissaries
American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger is incensed by a threat to the survival of military commissaries -- the U.S. military's grocery stores. The Department of Defense reportedly is discussing a $1 billion cut over the next three years to the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) budget. As a consequence, all but a handful of servicemembers' and military retirees' grocery stores could be closed. For more details, see ( ... mmissaries) this American Legion article.

DoD Addresses Human Trafficking
The Department of Defense has stepped up awareness and education efforts to curb the crime of human trafficking overseas. DoD defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport or obtain a person for commercial sex or labor services. DoD is broadening its training for those who work in contracting, acquisition and law enforcement. A yearly general course on how to recognize human trafficking is already mandatory for DoD civilians. For more information, visit the ( Department of Defense Combating Trafficking in Persons website.
For more military news, visit the ( News Center.

2014 CCME Symposium in Savannah
Attendees of this year's Council of College and Military Educators will have the opportunity to choose between 60 different sessions beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and ending on Thursday, Feb. 13. Topics include a wide range of issues that educators who work closely with military and veteran students will be able to apply in their daily life following the symposium. To learn more about the 2014 CCME Professional Development Symposium, "Crossroads in Military Education: Looking Back, Moving Forward," please visit (
For more military education news and benefits information, visit the ( Education Center.

Pittsburgh VA Takes Action Against Legionella
The American Legion has issued a report on the quality of health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), where five patients died in 2011-2012 from an outbreak of Legionella bacteria. The report, issued Jan. 23 by The American Legion's System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force, recommends that VAPHS needs to improve communication with VA's Central Office (VACO) in responding to medical crises. The Pittsburgh facility had a press release and crisis response to the Legionella outbreak already prepared, "but VA Central Office's review process takes several weeks to a month, and the release was never approved by VA Central Office leadership." For more details, see ( ... nella.html) this article.
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