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Dog Tag Bakery Program

Feb 04 2014

Published by under Spouse & Family,Transition

dogtagbakeryShared via a friend of Message Center, this looks like a great opportunity for a few disabled veterans in the Washington, D.C. area!

Dog Tag Bakery is thrilled to announce that the 2014 program application is now open! Apply now!

Here’s how Dog Tag works: beginning in 2014, the Dog Tag Bakery organization will hire a cohort of ten to twelve veterans with disabilities and their spouses to complete a six month program, encompassing both substantive work experience and a tailor-made curriculum at the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. During the day, veterans will operate our bakery, currently under construction in the Georgetown neighborhood. In this handicap-accessible space, students will learn skills ranging from baking and sales to small business management and budgeting.

At the same time, the students will undertake a course of study through Georgetown University, which will include entrepreneurial training, leadership development, personal counseling, communications, and more.

The ultimate goal of the program is the empowerment of veteran students to take that next step into civilian life, whether that next step is going back to school, starting a small business, or successfully finding a job at a pre-existing firm.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

  • Any veteran or military spouse of any armed conflict (NOTE: Dog Tag welcomes veterans of any “service-connected disability,” regardless of severity). If an applicant is unable to fill out the online, he or she will be able to complete the form in-person or on the phone.
  • This program does NOT require or use any GI Bill benefits.
  • Prior baking/business experience is NOT necessary.

COMPENSATION:

  • Every veteran and military spouse selected will receive a stipend of $2,200 a month, plus healthcare benefits and full tuition.

APPLICATION DATES:

  • The application will be open to veterans and their spouses from February 4, 2014 through April 20, 2014.
  • After the completed application is received, each candidate will be reviewed and notified if they are selected to move forward in the process.
  • Apply today!

QUESTIONS:

 

Dog Tag Bakery logo via the Dog Tag Bakery Facebook page.

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G.I. Bill Complaint System

Jan 30 2014

Published by under Spouse & Family,Transition

JoyThe Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Education and Justice, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission announced today the launch of a new online complaint system designed to collect feedback from veterans, servicemembers and their families who are experiencing problems with educational institutions receiving funding from Federal military and veterans educational benefits programs, including benefits programs provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the DoD Military Tuition Assistance Program.

The centralized online reporting system is designed for veterans, servicemembers and eligible dependents to report negative experiences with educational institutions; and gives the federal government the information needed to identify and address unfair, deceptive, and misleading practices and ensure high quality academic and student support services are available for veterans, service members, and their families.

Students can submit a complaint if they believe their school is failing to follow the Principles of Excellence through the centralized online reporting system accessed via the Department of Defense and GI Bill websites.

VA will review the following types of complaints:

  • recruiting/marketing practices
  • accreditation
  • financial issues (e.g. tuition/fee changes)
  • student loans
  • post-graduate job opportunities
  • change in degree plan/requirements
  • quality of education
  • grade policy
  • release of transcripts
  • transfer of credits
  • refund issues
  • other

When feedback is received, agencies will contact the school on behalf of the student and work toward a resolution. Complaints and their resolution will be forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel Network, accessible by over 650 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies for use in enhancing and coordinating law enforcement investigations.

The new online complaint system is one of a range of tools being implemented by the federal government to ensure that service members, veterans and eligible dependents have access to meaningful information about the cost and quality of educational institutions.

Get more information on this new service or register your complaint at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/feedback.asp.

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Workshop and Employment Resource Expo for Vets and Current Military

Jan 30 2014

Published by under Transition

HopeForWarriorsLogoHope For The Warriors® Above & Beyond Workshop

1 day workshop for veterans & active duty preparing to transition into the civilian workforce. Open to first 80 to reply.

Thursday, February, 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Northrup Grumman- Herndon VA 20171 * FREE PARKING
RSVP online! (Register Online and then select ‘prospective member’.)
Connie Morinello cmorinello@hopeforthewarriors.org

Workshop will include:

  • Resume preparation/review
  • Mock Interview sessions
  • Public Speaking/Presentation overview & practice
  • Resources on professional attire
  • Light breakfast and lunch will be provided

T3 Employment Resource Expo for Veterans and Current Military

Expo includes keynote speaker and honorary, Marshall Carlton Kent, former 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, and a continental breakfast with coffee, tea, juices, and water.

Friday, February 7, 2014 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston VA 20191
Register by phone (571)323-5304 or online.

The first 80 to register will receive a free 4-hour session to help put together a marketable resume, followed by professionally coached “mock interview” sessions!

MilSpouse Symposium social media tileThinking about your next career? So are we!®

MOAA hosts several career fairs throughout the year, including an upcoming military spouse-focused symposium and virtual military job fairs that you can participate in online from anywhere!

For more information, visit www.moaa.org/careerfair or www.moaa.org/spousesymposium.

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Operation Warfighter

Jan 22 2014

Published by under Health & Living,Transition

OperationWarfighter

From our friends at the Real Warriors Campaign, a great opportunity for recovering active duty servicemembers and National Guard and reservists in a medical hold status to find meaningful and supportive employment in an internship setting:

Operation Warfighter provides the opportunity for service members to build their resumes, explore different job positions, obtain formal and on-the-job training and gain valuable federal government work experience. By partnering with Operation Warfighter, federal employers have a unique opportunity to connect with recovering service members and learn about their needs and challenges, as well as benefit from their skill sets, motivation and strong work ethic.

OWF_logoTo qualify for participation in Operation Warfighter, service members must be U.S. citizens serving on active duty. To find an internship, or to make one available to recovering service members, please contact PR-OperationWarFighter@osd.mil.

For more information on this transformative program for recovering warriors, visit the Real Warrior website.

 

Photo (top): Spc. Timothy Steely, a current Operation Warfighter intern, speaks with Charles Case from the Defense Criminal Investigation Service, one of the agencies represented at the meeting. Operation Warfighter is a federal internship program that places Wounded Warriors in positions at federal agencies while they are completing their medical board process. The Tulsa District has had multiple Operation Warfighter interns at the agency. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Nate Herring via  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Flickr.)

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Student Veterans of America Scholarships

Jan 17 2014

Published by under Spouse & Family,Transition

CapandBooksStudent Veterans of America (SVA) announced the launch of three new scholarships made possible through partnerships with premier national and global corporations. As part of their commitment to veteran success, these leading companies have teamed up with SVA to help alleviate the financial burden shouldered by many veterans in higher education.

Find out if you’re eligible to apply, and start reaching for your educational goals:

  • The Rockwell Collins-SVA Wounded Veteran Scholarship will award five (5) scholarships to wounded student veterans in the amount of $5,000 each.Deadline is February 28, 2014.  
  • The SVA-NBCUniversal Scholarship will award two (2) $12,000 scholarships to veterans pursuing degrees in film, television, media, or communications. Deadline is March 14, 2014.
  • The Disney-SVA Scholarship will award three (3) scholarships at $10,000 each to student veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).  Deadline is April 01, 2014.

And for another educational assistance option, check out www.moaa.org/scholarship. You’ll find information on MOAA’s interest-free loans and grants. But hurry, the deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 school year is March 3 at noon EST!

 

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