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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

Vets navigate bumpy road in military-to-civilian transition

This edition of On DoD focuses mostly on one bump in the road in the military-to-civilian career transition: the higher education step. When it comes to paying for college, Congress has solved that problem, at least in theory. The relatively generous Post-9/11 GI bill gives recent veterans essentially a full ride scholarship for an undergraduate degree paying their tuition up to the rate of the most expensive public university in a veteran's home state.

Tags: On DoD , Jared Serbu , DoD , veteran employment , Gunnar Counselman , Fidelis

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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VA redoubles effort to combat homelessness

The Veterans Affairs Department is giving $100 million in grants to help community organizations support at-risk veterans so they have stable housing. Leaders of the homeless veteran initiative at the VA and Department of Housing and Urban Development are among the Service to America Medal finalists for their work on the problem.

Tags: VA , HUD , homelessness , Mark Johnston , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive , management , Esther Carey

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 04:22pm EDT
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DoT grants to simplify how veterans find transportation options

The Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative provided $29 million to increase access to information about public transportation options for veterans and their families. The Federal Transit Administration awarded grants covering 64 projects in 33 states and one territory Monday.

Tags: Transportation , Ray Lahood , grants , FTA , Esther Carey , Peter Rogoff , DoD

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 06:53pm EDT

In 2011, small federal contractors took it on the chin twice as hard

SBA released data today that showed the amount of total dollars going to small firms is down as are the overall percentage of contracts small businesses won in 2011. Agencies made only one governmentwide goal for SDBs last year.

Tags: contracting , SBA , small business , HUBZone , VA , John Shoraka , Jason Miller , set-asides

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 01:34pm EDT
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