March 24, 2015
Claudia Bustamante | USC News
With more veterans in Los Angeles County than any other part of the nation, a robust effort of academia, nonprofits, government and the private sector has stepped up to meet their needs and their families’ – and top military officials have noticed.
March 23, 2015
Megan O’Neil | The Chronicle of Philanthropy
While many employers have committed to hiring veterans, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is leading a push to train soldiers for civilian jobs even before they leave military service.
March 23, 2015
ERIC MORATH | The Wall Street Journal
Military veterans who served since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are more likely to be unemployed than their peers involved in earlier conflicts. The jobless rate for the most recent group of veterans was 7.2% in 2014, the Labor Department said this week. The figure is down from 9% in 2013—matching with steady improvement in the overall labor market—but remains elevated compared with other jobless measures. The jobless rate for all veterans was 5.3% last year.
March 22, 2015
EVA RUTH MORAVEC | The Huffington Post
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- They signed up to fight for their country, and the state of Texas promised to pay for their education.
For decades, veterans went to public universities and colleges under the Hazlewood Exemption, which kicks in after federal benefits under the G.I. Bill are exhausted. But the price tag has increased sevenfold since 2009, when legislators in Texas - which has the country's second-highest veteran population, 1.7 million - allowed the benefit to be passed on to veterans' children under a legacy provision.
March 20, 2015
ALAN ZAREMBO | LA Times
California high school students who have a parent in the military are far more likely than those from civilian families to have recently attempted suicide, according to a new study.
The findings are based on a survey of ninth and 11th graders at 261 schools across the state. The data were collected in 2012 and 2013.
Of 2,409 students with a parent in the military, 11.7% answered yes when asked if they had attempted suicide in the previous year. For the 21,274 students with civilian parents, that figure was 7.3%.
March 20, 2015
Andrew Soergel | US News & World Report
Holly Mosack intended to go into the Army Reserve once she graduated from Northwestern University in 1997. A Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship helped pay Mosack’s way through college, but a three-week stint at the U.S. Army Airborne School between her junior and senior years changed her course.
“While it was only three weeks, that’s just where I fell in love with the Army and the people,” says Mosack, who after her senior year was commissioned as an officer in the Army. “Just being around the soldiers is what I love.”
March 19, 2015
Kelly Störmer | NAVSO
It's been an exciting March! As many of you know, the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) publicly launched just a few weeks ago.
March 18, 2015
Patricia Kime | Military Times
The Veterans Affairs Department no longer will include net worth as a factor in determining whether a veteran is eligible for VA health care.
Until now, some veterans with illnesses not linked to their service and who are not rated for a service-connected conditions have been allowed to receive care at VA hospitals and clinics if their combined income and net worth were above VA thresholds, as long as they were willing to make copayments for that care.
March 18, 2015
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Schultz Family Foundation, founded by Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri Schultz, in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, today announced a new program called Onward to Opportunity that brings civilian-sector skills training to service members before transition directly on U.S. military installations across the country.
March 17, 2015
Haya El Nasser | Al Jazeera America
LOS ANGELES — The race to house every homeless veteran by the end of 2015 is raising concern among homeless advocates that meeting the deadline is becoming more important than doing it right.
Since Barack Obama’s administration set the ambitious goal of getting the estimated more than 50,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. off the streets, the rush to meet the challenge is leaving some wondering if it’s happening at the expense of homeless nonmilitary families and children.