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Employment services available for disabled veterans

Below is a summary for the article : Employment services available for disabled veterans by Kenosha News

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For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe they cannot immediately consider work, the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

The VR&E Program, sometimes referred to as Chapter 31 or Voc-Rehab, is designed to help veterans with service-connected disabilities and barriers to employment prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

N Employment services such as job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance.

N Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and referral.

In addition to receiving a monthly payment while attending training through VR&E, veterans may also qualify for a monthly subsistence allowance.

Referral to other resources may include state vocational rehabilitation programs, Department of Labor employment programs for disabled veterans, state, federal or local agencies providing services for employment or small business development, internet-based resources for rehabilitation and employment, and information about applying for financial aid.

You may be eligible for VR&E due to having a service-connected disability rating, yet not be entitled to services.

The first step in the VR&E process is to be evaluated to determine if you qualify for services.

N Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%.n Apply through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

If you believe that you may be eligible for VR&E services, you can get started today by contacting your Kenosha County Veterans Services Officer Ali Nelson at 262-605-6690 located 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha.

 

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MT veterans help steer VA reforms

Below is a summary for the article : Missoulian editorial: MT veterans help steer VA reforms by Missoulian

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Important changes are happening in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which has struggled for years to provide even minimally adequate care to the growing number of our nation’s veterans.

These changes will directly affect the lives of thousands of Montana veterans who receive care through the VA. And hopefully, long overdue improvements at the federal level will provide Montana with the tools it needs to expand access and encourage thousands more eligible veterans to get the care they deserve through the VA Montana Health Care System.

At last count, the Montana VA had an enrollment list of only 47,132 veterans, out of nearly 74,000 veterans who are eligible.

Those numbers mean that less than two-thirds of eligible veterans are enrolled in the Montana VA health system.

The federal agency has stumbled on all three counts, leaving veterans to wade through an unnecessarily complex system with lengthy backlogs in appointments – while dozens of veterans died waiting for care.

America’s veterans earned their health care and other benefits when they agreed to put their lives on the line in service to their country.

Earlier this month, Tester notched another victory for reform with the passage of a bill aimed at fixing the three-year-old Veterans Choice program, a key method of connecting veterans to health care in rural states like Montana.

Essentially, the program was supposed to allow veterans who live more than 40 miles from VA health clinics and hospitals to receive care at medical providers in their own communities.

Of course, the Veterans Choice Improvement Act will only live up to its name if the VA does a better job scheduling appointments and paying bills in a timely manner.

The VA still counts thousands of unfilled positions, and the Montana VA faces a slew of challenges in recruiting providers to our rural state, where the suicide rate among veterans is 2.5 times the national average.

 

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VA facility cuts beds as focus shifts to treatment and reintegration

Below is a summary for the article : VA facility cuts beds as focus shifts to treatment and reintegration by Mail Tribune

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Hanson completed the 27-day substance abuse program at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center before transitioning to the White City facility to continue his treatment and participate in a program for homeless vets.

In the past, occupancy has varied by season as veteran “Snowbirds” traveled from VA facility to VA facility, living in the residences and, in some cases, participating in the compensated Work Therapy Programs until their time was up, Weld said.

Under the new VA guidelines, veterans receiving residential care are required to participate in at least four hours of treatment per day.

While the SORCC is not designed to be a shelter, veterans experiencing homelessness can enroll in the Community Reintegration Program to gain skills necessary to find housing and employment in the community, Weld said.

Although there are fewer beds, SORCC officials believe they will be able to serve as many as 1,250 veterans, compared with 1,100 in the last fiscal year, by improving the admissions process and allowing veterans to participate in more than one treatment program at a time.

Now, each veteran’s case is reviewed by a full interdisciplinary team, including a primary care provider, the three program managers and the admissions coordinator, who receive input from psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists and chaplains, to determine the best fit for the veteran, Weld said.

Under the old model, veterans could participate in only one treatment program at a time and stayed for longer periods.

“Veterans might be here four to six weeks before they started programming, and then go through six weeks of intensive substance use treatment, and then if they had mental health needs, they might have to wait another four to six weeks to begin that program,” Weld said, adding that previously the average length of stay was 187 days.

Depending on the veteran’s individual treatment plan, the projected length of stay is between 30 and 120 days for those in either of the first two programs and up to 180 days for those in the reintegration program.

In an effort to get veterans out in the community, SORCC also revamped its Work Therapy Program to include more community employers and provide veterans with the skills to get competitive employment.

 

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Florida veterans find help learning business ropes

Below is a summary for the article : Florida veterans find help learning business ropes by Orlando Sentinel

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Since he needed training in business specifics, Burns found help at Veterans Florida – an entrepreneurship program in which veterans who have already faced business obstacles use their experience to help newcomers.

That’s where Veterans Florida and other programs aim to help.

The Veterans Business Initiative program, which is run by the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce and several partners, has entrepreneurship lessons, as well as training on job-search topics ranging including networking and writing resumes.

Veteran business owners have said that many veterans prefer to get a job rather than start their own firms.

The similarities between business and the military can be reason enough for some veterans to start a business.

He was among about 25 people who gathered for a Veterans Florida meeting at the University of Central Florida’s business incubator on a recent Saturday.

She said misconceptions that surround veterans lead to the need for veteran-specific courses such as Veterans Florida.

For the Veterans Business Initiative, the Chamber selects about 100 veterans, who then meet at the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando.

CareerSource and Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce partner on Veterans Business Initiative, along with companies including Florida Hospital and Rosen Hotels and Resorts.

Today, 12 of his 15 workers are veterans, he said, because it’s both a way to give back to other veterans, and he knows what he will get when he hires veterans.

 

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Suicide is plaguing veterans. We need to fix the problem

Below is a summary for the article : Suicide is plaguing veterans. We need to fix the problem by SMH

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Last year, more defence veterans took their own lives than the total number of Australians killed in the Afghanistan war.

The first instinct is to seek a solution to veteran suicide from government.

Veterans do not leave the Australian Defence Force and join the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Now our most recent veterans have returned home from wars, peacekeeping missions and humanitarian aid efforts around the world, we as a community have choices to make: to employ our veterans or underemploy them; to support them with strong social networks or leave them socially isolated; and, most importantly, to recognise their skills, training and experiences and help them find their purpose post-service to Australia or leave them unfulfilled.

Veterans frequently tell us their service has been misunderstood.

If we get this right, we will be able to reduce the risk of veterans dying by suicide in the years after service.

The good news is that our community has generated new veterans’ organisations that are collaborating to address these issues.

Programs, designed to support veterans into gainful employment, or to continue their service through volunteering are improving the often-difficult transition period.

Combined with solid mental health support and initiatives to reduce social isolation a new, wellness-focused model is emerging for veterans.

If we truly want to save the lives of veterans and ensure this generation is properly reintegrated into our society, then let’s direct our patriotic sentiment into even more community action for our younger veterans this Anzac Day.

 

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7 Amazing Companies Hiring In Fields That Are Perfect For Vets

Below is a summary for the article : 7 Amazing Companies Hiring In Fields That Are Perfect For Vets by Task and Purpose

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Employment site CareerCast just released its 2017 list of the top-rated jobs for veterans based on project job growth and median salary.

We identified four jobs and several Hirepurpose companies hiring for these exact positions all of the company.

Check out these two companies with opportunities to break in a financial advisor career.

Morgan Stanley, a leading financial services company, understands the value of the leadership and organizational skills that veterans have to offer.

The company firmly believes military experience provides a strong foundation for success.

Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world’s oldest specialized staffing firm, working to match individuals with positions in organizations operating in all industries, from startups to Fortune 1000 companies.

The company strives to create an environment that’s conducive to the spirit of inspiration and innovation and new challenges can be found behind every door.

The company currently has over 37,000 self-identified veterans as members of its organization.

The company is ranked as one of America’s Most Admired Companies among health insurers by Fortune Magazine and received the 2016 Military Friendly Employer designation.

The company has made a commitment to hiring 5,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

 

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Leaders Meet to Connect More Veterans with Education, Employment

Below is a summary for the article : Leaders Meet to Connect More Veterans with Education, Employment Eyewitness News

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That student population is who the Department of Workforce Development and the Department of Labor want to make sure get the help they need when it comes to finding jobs after graduation.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson met on campus with officials from UWS and the Department of Labor.

He is an alum of the school, and proud to hear how well the Veteran Center is serving the campus.

“Employment of veterans is one of our top priorities,” he said.

“We really can’t leave anyone on the sidelines, we have to do all we can to make sure those who want to work, can work.”

With him was Patrick Kilgore, from the Department of Labor.

He too, went to UWS, and then went into the military for 21 years.

“Finding employment can be one of the biggest challenges for those who served in the military. To find a job in the community you want to live in, can be difficult. That’s why we are here to help bridge the gap.”

Veteran and Non Traditional Student Center Coordinator Monte Stewart said after the meeting, that he thinks they’ll be able to bring more resources to campus.

 

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Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 350 Jobs Available for Veterans on Long Island

Below is a summary for the article : Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 350 Jobs Available for Veterans on Long Island by NEWS LI

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A total of 75 employers offering more than 350 jobs to veterans and their families will participate in the event.

“New York is forever grateful to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for this state and this nation – and connecting Long Island veterans with businesses from across the region is one small way to thank them for their service,” Governor Cuomo said.

“I encourage all members of the armed services and their spouses to visit the Long Island Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair and see what opportunities are available to them.”

An employment workshop will also be available to job seekers before the career fair at 8:30 a.m., which will focus on resume writing, interview skills, and job search techniques.

Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York said, “Our Soldiers and Airmen with the New York National Guard bring tremendous value to the workplace. Our partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce in hosting these job fairs highlights the skills, education, discipline and experience our members can bring to the workplace. Better jobs for Airmen and Soldiers makes for better citizens and better members of our force.”

Division of Veterans’ Affairs Director Eric J. Hesse said, “This is a great opportunity for our Veterans. I applaud the Governor’s continued efforts in employing Veterans here in the great state of New York. These fairs provide what Veterans are looking for and that is an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, competencies and experience to the many employers who will be in attendance.”

Senator Thomas D. Croci, Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs said, “In many ways, the hardest part of military service is coming home. After having performed the most difficult jobs in world in the most adverse circumstances, transitioning back to civilian employment is the last and most difficult step in completing the mission. I am proud that NY is demonstrating, in a real way, just how government can help our vets get back into the workforce.”

Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Chair of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs said, “It is our duty as leaders in New York State to offer support to our veterans in any way we can, and providing connections to career opportunities is one of the most important things we can do. Expanding access to employment opportunities for veterans has been a priority of mine, and I’m proud that events such as the Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair exist to support our bravest New Yorkers. I thank Governor Cuomo and the New York National Guard for hosting this job fair, and encourage all veterans of the armed services to attend.”

To date, more than 28,000 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through Hiring Our Heroes events.

More than 2,000 companies of all sizes have committed to hire 710,000 veterans and military spouses as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

 

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Veterans Council chairman calls for Govt co-operation to help

Below is a summary for the article : Veterans Council chairman calls for Govt co-operation to help by Western Suburb Weekly

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STATE Veterans Council chairman Max Ball says State and Federal governments need to communicate more to help veterans.

“We have to identify where the two governments interface, because it’s unclear,” Mr Ball told the Western Suburbs Weekly.

In 2014, the 12-member council was asked by the former state government to investigate getting modern veterans into civilian jobs and to help the homeless who often suffer from mental illness, but the solution is not a Federal Government responsibility.

Mr Ball, a former Army Officer, said the State should not take over Federal Government duties for veterans because Canberra’s role was to always look after those initially in its employment.

“What’s encouraging is that last November all the States’ veterans ministers met with Federal Veterans Minister Dan Tehan, and the Prime Minister launched his veterans employment program,” Mr Ball said.

Veterans continue to criticise slow compensation claims, homelessness, limited support moving to civilian life and veterans groups left unassisted or being asked for formal data when seeking funds, despite them often being just peer based.

Mr Ball, who will meet new State Veterans Minister and former Special Air Service Regiment officer Peter Tinley this week, said while the council was not a veterans’ lobby, the new servicemen’s groups, often from multiple wars and deployments, had to coalesce to deal with Canberra.

He said bureaucracies needed data and facts because they spent public money and the Vietnam Veterans Association was a potential model.

Mr Tinley said he intended to improve the State-Federal government interface by “Vigorous participation” in annual veterans ministers’ meetings and he had already telephoned Mr Tehan.

As Minister for Housing, Mr Tinley has asked the Housing Authority for information on how to deal with veterans’ homelessness.

 

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Job Prep Fair Gets Vets Looking Good, Feeling Confident

Below is a summary for the article : Job Prep Fair Gets Vets Looking Good, Feeling Confident by KNSI

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Veterans received job interview tips, a free suit and a free haircut at the St. Cloud VA’s Job Preparation Fair, to give them the confidence to nail that next job interview.

On site were plenty of communications professionals volunteering their time to help the veterans practice their elevator pitches and go over some commonly asked questions from employers.

Navy Veteran Bryan Jensen from Cambridge practiced his interview skills at the St. Cloud VA’s job preparation fair.

“I took the mock interview, that went very well, they told me I had good interview skills, so that’s a relief,” Jensen said.

Jensen also got a fresh haircut and a snazzy pinstriped suit, but he says he gained something more important.

“I’ve interviewed but it’s been quite a few years ago that I was actually looking hard for a job, but it’s about the confidence, mostly confidence,” he said.

The job prep fair also had tips for veterans on how to set financial budgets and had some basic investment tips.

The veterans will have a chance to show off their new suits and job interview skills on May 5 at the St. Cloud VA’s job fair.

 

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