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Groups say veteran-owned contracting still broken

Veterans service organizations say despite attempts at improvement, the Department of Veterans Affairs' verification process for veteran-owned small businesses is still barring legitimate firms from contracts with the department, while doing little to deter actual fraud.

Tags: VA , Congress , acquisition , acquisition policy , SDVOSB , Service-disabled veteran owned small business , Joe Wynn , Davy Leghorn , Mark Goldschmitt , Center for Veterans Enterprise , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 03:06pm EDT
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Are veterans becoming more geographically isolated?

Jay Teachman is a sociology professor at Western Washington University. His paper, due for publication later this year in the journal Armed Forces & Society finds that the veteran population is getting smaller, but it's also becoming more and more concentrated in a relative handful of geographic locations. He discussed the findings and their implications with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , On DoD , Jay Teachman ,

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 07:19pm EST
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What are the top issues facing veterans in 2013?

Host Derrick Dortch hosts a roundtable discussion of veteran's issues, with representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
January 11, 2013(Encore presentation January 25, 2013)

Tags: workforce , VFW , disabled vets , claims processing , veterans issues , Veterans hiring , veterans care , Congress , Joe Davis , Ryan Gallucci , Gerald Manar , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access , veteran employment , veteran issues , veterans with disabilities , veterans retirement benefits , Veterans of Foreign Wars , Department of Veterans Affairs

Friday - 01/11/2013, 11:43pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Nov. 12, 2012

Col. Jeremy Martin, commandant of the Defense Information School, talks about the most recent graduating class. Merry Korn, CEO of Pearl Interactive Network, discusses how her company is helping veterans find work. AFGE National President J. David Cox talks about the ratification of the TSA's first-ever collective bargaining agreement. Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon discusses efforts to transition veterans back into civilian life.

Tags: Jeremy Martin , Defense Information School , DoD , Merry Korn , Pearl Interactive Netwwork , J. David Cox , AFGE , TSA , Tom Kilgannon , Freedom Alliance , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/12/2012, 09:44am EST

Major hurdles remain to end veteran homelessness

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki made a bold promise in 2009: The administration would end homelessness among veterans by 2015. The former four-star general says now they're "on target" to meet the goal.

Tags: VA , homelessness

Monday - 11/12/2012, 03:46am EST

Paralympian supports new generation of wounded warriors

Chris Devlin-Young is a Coast Guard veteran, who became partially paralyzed when his plane ran into a mountainside in 1982. Since then, he's won numerous world medals in the Paralympic sport of monoskiiing and does counseling work with wounded veterans.

Tags: On DoD , Jared Serbu , wounded warriors , Chris Devlin-Young ,

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 03:09pm EDT
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Where's Fido? VA may prevent funding for PTSD service dogs

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to not follow through on a directive that will go into effect on Friday that would prevent funding for service dogs to help veterans with mental disabilities.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Charles Schumer , Senate , Congress , PTSD , TBI , service dogs , Michael OConnell , benefits

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 09:00am EDT

Air Force bolsters civilian transition program for veterans

It's the first major overhaul of the program in 20 years. Among the changes, the Air Force is offering three "paths" for airmen an educational to go back to school, a small business path to become an entrepreneur and a vocational technical path.

Tags: Peggy Rayfield , Air Force , DoD , workforce , unemployment , Federal Drive

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 03:43pm EDT
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First lady announces new hiring push for vets

First lady Michelle Obama revealed Wednesday that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, surpassing a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year.

Tags: Michelle Obama , workforce , VA , Scott Van Buskirk

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 08:22pm EDT

Vets, who needs them?

Uncle Sam employs a larger percentage of veterans than any big company in the nation...we know it's policy and it's the right thing to do. But is it a good idea? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reports that a been-there-done-that type says "Roger that..."

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , pay & benefits , hiring , Veterans Administration

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 02:00am EDT
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