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Helmets to Hardhats program welcomes veterans A recruitment program called Helmets to Hardhats is a construction industry initiative to provide career opportunities in Apprenticeship to men and women who are veterans of the Armed Forces. The industry recognizes that military training and experience is an excellent background for completion of skills training and placement in the skilled trades. Unfortunately, military...
Vietnam Veterans accuse Kerry of civilian abuses By David Rennie A group of Vietnam veterans launched an assault on Senator John Kerry's war record yesterday yesterday as the fight for the presidency turned ugly. Thirteen men from the naval patrol squadron in which Mr Kerry served, calling themselves "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth", appeared in a television advertisement accusing...
Cruise ships offer minority nurses the opportunity to make paradise their workplace By Anne Baye Ericksen Close your eyes and feel the sweet ocean breeze gently passing over you. Breathe in the salty air. Feel the tropical sun warm your body. Is this your vision of a picture-perfect vacationor is it your workplace? For hundreds of nurses who set sail on cruise...
Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Technical Assistance Conference, Aug. 9-12 The U.S. Department of Labor-Veterans' Employment and Training Service annual Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) Technical Assistance Conference will be held August 9-12 at the Holiday Inn on The Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.  The conference, "Achieving Success as an HVRP Grantee," will provide training and post-award information for...
DOES ANYONE FEEL A DRAFT? Though controversial, Bill to reinstate draft is gaining ground By Robert Graybill     In case you haven't noticed, it's an election year. An old and much-observed rule in politics states that Congressional action comes to a standstill in this  season.      Any bill that carries the slightest whiff of controversy gets tabled until after the election.  So there...
POW/MIA Consultations Conclude in Cambodia     The four nations involved in accounting for Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War closed their meeting Friday in Siem Reap, Cambodia, agreeing to intensify cooperation on losses in border areas.     The 2004 Consultations were hosted by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs Jerry D. Jennings.  Senior leaders from the United States,...
Veterans History Project Seeks Histories of Women Veterans The Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center, is issuing a special call to women veterans, defense workers, wartime volunteers, entertainers, and home front supporters to record their personal stories and experiences for long-term preservation in the Library of Congress and other trusted repositories. The call comes...
American soldiers' families fight to keep lives on track By Ron French and Francis Donnelly Not all casualties of war wear uniforms. In thousands of homes across Metro Detroit, families of National Guard and Reserve soldiers deployed in Iraq face their own daily battles. For them, the war is a complex calculus of dodging bills instead of bullets, while fighting...
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) WASHINGTON - Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, is now officially on the list of diseases for which Vietnam War veterans can receive free-of-charge health care and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. American Legion National Commander John Brieden praised VA's publishing of a final rule Thursday in the Federal Register...
PENTAGON LEADERS FACE DEPLOYMENT QUESTIONS Emergency Measures, Not Desperate Attempts, Fill Troop Rotations By Sgt. Doug Sample - American Forces Press Service  WASHINGTON, July 7, 2004 -Pentagon leaders face tough questions on Capitol Hill on issues of deployment and force structure as the military gears up for another round of troop rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan.   The next major rotation of troops signals...
Activated Guardsmen, Reservists Qualify Faster for Home Loans By Rudi WilliamsThere has been a dramatic increase in the number of Department of Veterans Affairs home loans to members of the National Guard and reserves in recent years, according to a top VA official.The number of loans would increase even more if all Guardsmen and reservists knew that being on active...
Leading Auto Retailing Group, U.S. Military Join Forces to Hire Transitioning Veterans for Auto Service Positions To combat a looming shortage of qualified auto repair technicians, a leading automotive industry group is joining forces with the U.S. military to match qualified recent military veterans with available jobs. The new initiative, known as Hire the Heroes, will provide links between...
by Jennifer Clinton Brooks Labor Department Grants of Nearly $380,000 to Help Job-Seeking Veterans in three states WASHINGTON The availability of grants totaling $377,677 for training and employment services to veterans in Florida, Oregon and Washington has been announced by U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. These grants provide support for veterans looking for good jobs, said Secretary of Labor Chao....
by Truman Morris , PMN News Services    Job Outlook 2005 looking great for America's Best        Veterans look to jobs in Healthcare, Security Services, and Marketing For many of us, money really does make the world go 'round. In fact, a recent Veterans Today survey confirmed that money is the number one motivating factor in jobs.  The economy is rebounding and new jobs...
by Hobart Burley -  DFAS ARLINGTON, Va. - Eligible retirees will begin receiving Individual Unemployment (IU) payments and increased Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) adjusted for dependents in August. Retroactive payment for these entitlements is expected on or about Aug. 30. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, which manages pay for nearly 2.2 million military retirees and annuitants, plans to notify potential eligible payees...
By John Runyan - Army News Service Soldiers Vote Fast with New Postal System Initiative A new labeling system at the U.S. Postal Service is designed to expedite absentee ballots to Soldiers deployed around the world. USPS employees will contact 3,000 county election officials all over the country to coordinate mailing of overseas absentee ballots. Once the blank local ballots...
by Mimi Cruz Velasquez Reservists' Reemployment Rights Enforced Your Job is Guaranteed! Several government agencies are working together to aggressively defend the reemployment rights of reserve-component service members. Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, reserve and National Guard troops cannot lose their jobs or their benefits due to military service. In other words, reservists and...
by William Spelvin Veterans' Right to an Attorney Act Know Your Rights!  These are Your Rights! A critical bill affecting veterans is sitting in the Veterans Benefits Subcommittee. H.R. 3492 would allow Disabled Veterans to pursue needed disability benefits by allowing them to obtain an attorney to represent them while filing claims for disability benefits. The Veterans' Right to an Attorney Act...
by Rudi Williams  - American Forces Press Service  Montgomery GI Bill Offers More Benefits Washington: Guardsmen and reservists whose active duty time is extended past the normal 12-month call-up may be eligible for active duty-level benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill under certain circumstances, according to a senior Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman.Currently, members participating in the active duty GI Bill receive...
by Angela Julian Jones VIETNAM VETS HELP NEW WOUNDED In the very best spirit of volunteerism, several VFW members are demonstrating the meaning of caring. They are determined not to let this generation of veterans down.By Susan Katz KeatingA tall young man who is missing a large chunk of his scalp moves easily through the banquet room, stopping briefly to share...