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Thousands of service members transition to private sector jobs

Some 250,000 service members leave the military each year and all must attend counseling on finances and other issues whether they served six years or 26 years, whether they saw the battlefield or not.

Tags: DoD , Labor Department , Transition Assistance Program , Center for New American Security

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 03:04am EDT

Obama memo bolsters protections for vets reentering workforce

President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Thursday calling on agencies to comply with protections laid out in The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 when hiring returning veterans.

Tags: Barack Obama , Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act , OPM , DoD , Joining Forces Initiative , workforce , hiring , Joining Forces , Returning Heroes Tax Credit , Wounded Warrior Tax Credit , Michael OConnell

Friday - 07/20/2012, 11:17am EDT

Lawmakers tell VA 'no more hollow promises' to fix the claims backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made strides toward increasing the number of disability claims it can process every year. But new claims from veterans are growing even faster than ever. House legislators are frustrated by the VA's lack of progress over the years.

Tags: Congress , technology , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Jackie Speier , Allison Hickey , DoD , Veterans Benefits Management System , claims backlog , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:54am EDT

Thousands of veterans sign up for job education

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say there has been an enormous response to a new skills-based program that pays for up to a year of education toward an associate degree or a non- college-degree or certificate.

Tags: VRAP , DoD

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 11:08am EDT

Didn't send your kid to war? Maybe you can send $$

If you have military-age children who have not served in this decade's wars, then you owe a debt _ meaning money _ to those who did.

Tags: Iraq and Afghanistan , DoD , USO

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 03:11am EDT

5 vet aid groups to benefit from new fundraising

Three families are starting an effort to raise $30 million for troops and veterans through a new organization called Veteran Support Fund. It will be a portal for distributing money to five groups already working to help America's military community.

Tags: DoD , Operation Mend , Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors , Operation Homefront , National Military Family Association

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 03:12am EDT

Bill sets timeframe for VA to contact data breach victims

Veterans Affairs would have to contact victims of data breaches within 10 days under a bill approved by a House subcommittee.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , data breach , Joe Donnelly , Federal Drive

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 10:19am EDT

VA looking to technology to reduce suicide risks

Among active-duty troops, there has been an uptick in suicides this year _ about one a day, compared with one every 36 hours in previous years, The Associated Press reported earlier this month.

Tags: DoD , Eric Shinseki

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 07:00pm EDT

VA CIO wary of 'bring your own device'

Veteran Affairs' CIO Roger Baker pointed to concerns over cybersecurity as the reason why he's wary about agencies adopting bring-your-own-device initiatives.

Tags: technology , Bring your own device , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive , Roger Baker , Management of Change Conference

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 08:36am EDT
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