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  • Congressman submits bill to repatriate deported veterans

    Type of content: News

    CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - As of January this year there were more than 10,000 non-citizens serving in the U.S. military, and more than 11,000 in the reserves. What you may not be aware of is that some of those vets have actually been deported.
     
    However, one South Texas congressman is trying to change that by submitting legislation that he says has bipartisan support.
     
    Rio Grande Valley Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, who represents parts of the Coastal Bend, has introduced a bill called "Repatriate Our Patriots."
     

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  • Veterans Released from Prison Get Second Chance

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    A unique program is trying to ensure veterans who've served time in prison don't face a tough battle for a job when they're released.

    Soldier On, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts, runs an incarcerated veterans program focused on training and preparing inmates for life after prison. The program is now in its third year after recently expanding into Mississippi.

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  • How your company can better retain employees who are veterans

    Type of content: News

    Up to 360,000 men and women leave the military each year and most are looking for work. Since 2009, over 400,000 veterans have found employment in hundreds of corporate and governmental organizations thanks in part to the work of coalitions and initiatives such as the Veteran Jobs Mission, Veterans Employment Initiative, and Hiring Our Heroes. And hundreds of corporate employers have collectively committed to over one million total veteran hires over the next several years.

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  • Veterans find local government jobs through Fort Carson fellowship

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    A new fellowship program in the Pikes Peak region is helping veterans translate their military skills into jobs with local government.

    The 16-week fellowship is designed to create a smooth transition, learning the language of the bureaucracy, said Darrin Tangeman, program manager for the Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship.

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  • NC releases new benefits guide for veterans, active military

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Veterans and active military in North Carolina will have access to a new benefits guide launching this Independence Day weekend.

    The North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs produced a resource guide with details about programs available to those who served and their families.

    The 140 page booklet has sections on employment, healthcare, education, disability benefits, and much more.

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  • City moves forward to establish a 'one-stop shop' Veterans Resource Center

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    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin is moving forward with the establishment of a Veterans Resource Center. Think of it as a one-stop shop where service providers will have representatives to help veterans and their families.

    Jackson Stewart is transitioning out of the military after serving for more than a decade.

    “My journey I guess started, you know, 10-and-a-half years ago when I was 17 and joined the Marine Corps,” he said.

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  • Trading helmets for hard hats, veterans explore career in construction

    Type of content: News

    For the better part of the past half century, Vietnam veteran Bob Luckett has been working in the construction industry.

    Luckett, 69, started out as a laborer in a masonry company after completing his military service in 1971. It was tough work at first. His boss “was great, but he worked you to death,” he said, and soon Luckett developed an allergy to the lime in mortar.

    “My hands were like hamburgers.”

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  • VA taps Cerner for new veterans medical record systme

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs says veterans shouldn’t have to wait for a better medical record system, so he’s citing a public interest exception to federal contracting rules and tapping a private company — without competitive bidding — to build a new system.

    Secretary David Shulkin said Monday the department will use Cerner Corp., the same company modernizing medical record keeping for the Department of Defense.

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  • Best for Vets: Employers 2017

    Type of content: News

    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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  • Helping Homeless Veterans: Getting veterans back on their feet

    Type of content: News

    According to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR)*, on any single night in 2016, more than 39,000 veterans were homeless in the U.S. nationwide.

    In the state of Nebraska according to the same study, the rate of homeless veterans was at 3.7 percent, which was one of the lowest in the country, but caseworkers in central Nebraska say that number is increasing. 

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