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  • California Lawmakers Pass Bill Expanding Job Opportunities for Veterans

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    Private-sector California employers might soon be able to establish a voluntary preference for hiring military veterans regardless of when the veterans served, thanks to a bill that recently passed the state assembly.

    The veterans' hiring preference currently in use is limited to Vietnam-era veterans and only immunizes employers from gender discrimination claims.

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  • Column: Veterans May Be Overlooking Job Opportunities in IT Sector

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    Military veterans have a higher unemployment rate than nonveterans, according to federal statistics. One reason may be that when veterans seek civilian jobs, they often face stereotypes from hiring managers. But another set of stereotypes may come into play as well: Veterans fall prey to their own preconceptions 

    about certain types of jobs, and miss out on promising opportunities.

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  • Analysis: The Civil Service's Preference for Hiring Military Vets Comes at a Hidden Cost

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    An important way the U.S. shows its gratitude to veterans who have fought America’s wars is by giving them a leg up in getting a job with the federal government. The Conversation

    The policy, known as “veterans’ preference,” became law after the Civil War, was strengthened following World War I and grew even more entrenched after World War II and in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  • Best for Vets: Employers 2017

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    Benny Kinsey retired from the Army in 2010 thinking his experience as a command sergeant major with two bachelor’s degrees and an MBA would make it easy to land a job in the civilian workforce. 

    It didn’t. 

    “My transition was absolutely horrible,” said Kinsey, 48, who struggled to get interviews – even to stock shelves at a grocery store. “It was to the point that I was having problems paying my bills.” 

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  • New award for vet-friendly businesses passes with budget bill

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    WASHINGTON — One congressman’s plans to honor veteran-friendly businesses helped keep the federal government from shutting down last week. 

    California Republican Rep. Paul Cook’s “HIRE Vets Act” was signed into law over the weekend, after lawmakers made it the legislative vehicle for their omnibus budget plan to fund government operations through September. The $1.16 trillion spending plan includes a $15 billion boost in defense spending for the final five months of the budget year. 

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  • Washington State Patrol Agrees to $15M Settlement In Veterans Hiring, Promotion Case

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    The Washington State Patrol has agreed to a $15 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over the hiring and promotion of military veterans. The case involves troopers and trooper applicants who did not receive preference points for their service in the military as mandated by state law.

    As a result, some weren’t hired by the state patrol. Others like Sgt. Christina Martin—the lead plaintiff in the case—had to wait longer to get promoted.

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  • Unemployment for post-9/11 vets hits record low in April

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    April federal employment figures are out with good news for post-9/11 veterans: Employment is at an all-time high. 

    The unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans dipped from 5 percent in March to 3.9 percent last month -- the lowest since the federal government started tracking this group in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall veteran unemployment dropped to 3.7 percent, the lowest since last May, after two months of a 3.9 percent unemployment rate. 

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  • Making Military Veterans a Solution to Workforce Struggles

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    At the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, the estimator from Portsmouth, Va., rubbed elbows with Richard Petty. He met 2016 Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year Chase Elliott. And, he rode in a pace car for two laps prior to the AAA Texas 500, as it ripped around the track at nearly 100 mph. 

    The U.S. Naval veteran, who grew up around rabid racing fans, was elated that day, as he was one of 10 veterans currently working in the collision repair industry to be honored by 3M’s automotive aftermarket division. 

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  • The Best Employers For Veterans

    Type of content: News

    Coming out of a life in the military, many former soldiers turn their attention to how they’ll support themselves and their families in the private sector. It’s an exciting and sometimes stressful prospect.

    Making the transition to civilian life and work comes with several factors worthy of consideration: to what extent does military service matter to a prospective employer? Is there a culture of veteran hiring, or a military workforce within the organization? What kind of pay does military experience bring in?

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  • Gov. Ricketts Signs Major Veterans' Legislative Package

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    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB340e to merge the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) and the Division of Veterans’ Homes (DVH) from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The Governor launched this initiative with Senator John Murante of Gretna as a way to provider a higher level of service to Nebraska’s veterans by creating a one-stop shop to for all veterans served by the State of Nebraska.  This legislation was one of the Governor’s top priorities for the 2017 legislative session, and was passed with unanimous support from the Legislature.

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