Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 05, 2012


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1. Veterans recall glory days on USS Iowa.  Navy veterans Dick Blair and Bryan A. Moss may not have the same kinds of memories that slightly older crewmen of the legendary battleship USS Iowa possess. It’s hard to imagine many sailors having happier ones, though.


2. Fallen SEAL’s story is Wounded Warrior Project award finalist.  Petty Officer First Class Chris Campbell’s final request was to focus attention on the nation’s injured servicemembers. To date, nearly 700 people have donated more than $67,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project in his name, and the numbers keep growing as Campbell’s family members carry out his final mission.


3. VA’s message: PTSD is ‘very treatable’.  The most common misconception about post-traumatic stress disorder is that there is no effective treatment. Dr. Matthew Friedman, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, is working to get the word out that it’s “very treatable.”


4. UnitedHealth’s $20.5 billion Pentagon award upheld.  A U.S. government agency upheld the Pentagon’s $20.5 billion contract award to UnitedHealth Group, dashing incumbent TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp.’s hopes of persuading the Defense Department to reconsider.


5. Plenty of job openings for U.S. vets … in Canada.  Officials at say the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation want American veterans to help fill a shortage of pipeline workers


6. VA opens clinic for homeless vets.  Gazette Chicago  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently opened the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT) primary and urgent care clinic. “This is a walk-in clinic where homeless veterans can see a doctor or nurse …


7. Hawaii to get $500K to help homeless veterans.  NECN  The United States Veterans Initiative in Kapolei will receive $200000 and the Mental Health Association of Hawaii will receive $300000. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says that according to a January 2011 count, there were more than 67000


8. Joint VA/Labor Department program to retrain 99000 unemployed veterans.  Washington Post  The program is first-come, first-serve for qualifying veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 who are unemployed at the time of the application. Veterans who are currently receiving unemployment benefits or are enrolled in a federal or state job …


9. Unemployed Veterans Signing Up For Job Training Program By The Thousands.  Huffington Post  Unemployed veterans may be heading back to school by the thousands under a new federal program that pays for up to a year of education. Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say out-of-work veterans can get back in the job …


10.   Thousands of veterans sign up for job education.  The Associated Press  In fewer than seven weeks since the VA began accepting applications for the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), 27080 unemployed veterans have applied. That’s more than half the maximum amount the VRAP program will allow in its first year, …

Have You Heard?

Last week saw the conclusion of VA’s most recent Veteran Hiring Fairin Detroit, where 240 employers from across the government and private sector brought over 25,000 nationwide jobs for Veterans to snag. Over 8,000 Veterans attended the hiring fair, with 5,500 interviews conducted.

As of Tuesday, 1,300 job offers were made to Vets. That’s a rate of 23.6 percent, and that number will only climb in the coming days and weeks. To put that in perspective, almost 17 percent of Vets in a similar event were offered jobs earlier this year. About three percent is normal across the industry.


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