Friday Fun: Marines Go “Home”

Aug 15 2014

4464019859_cf5ffc481a_zFor military servicemembers, spending months or years away from their families is just one of the many hardships they endure in order to serve their country. So you can understand why this marine was so happy to be headed home that he burst into song on his flight back.

Heads up, you might want to grab a tissue or two.

 

Image by Flickr user Kevin Dooley. Some rights reserved.

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Veteran Hiring Tool for Employers from Hiring our Heroes & USAA

Aug 14 2014

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hiring_our_heroesThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes program and USAA launched a first-of-its-kind resource for employers looking to hire veterans and military spouses: the Employer Roadmap.

Hiring Our Heroes spoke with employers of all sizes across the country and heard a consistent theme: they needed access to a comprehensive and personalized resource for veteran and military spouse hiring efforts. This free online resource was created to meet that demand and will provide:

  • Customizable and interactive veteran and military spouse hiring action plans for organizations of all sizes to address companies’ frustration with a one-size-fits-all approach to hiring.
  • Advice, best practices and case studies from employers with a proven track record of creating successful hiring programs for veterans and military spouses.
  • Content divided amongst three sections – prepare, hire and empower – to enable companies to easily access the topics most relevant to their current goals.

Take advantage of the new Employer Roadmap, and share this resource widely so we can help our returning veterans!

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Commemorating Lives Lost in WWI

Aug 13 2014

A truly moving display of artwork in England, commemorating the lives lost in World War I. Just wow.

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New VA Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness

Aug 12 2014

From a recent blog post on VA’s VAntage Point blog:

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald today announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, VA is awarding grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing. Those community organizations provide a range of services that promote housing stability among eligible very low income Veteran families (those making less than 50 percent of the area median income). The grants announced today will fund the fourth year of the SSVF program.

cbn-logoAs the Department of Veterans Affairs makes strides working with nonprofits on combating veteran homelessness, let’s do what we can to help those advocates succeed! Find and join your local MOAA chapter and then get involved with the Community Blueprint program to make change in your community.

 

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The Veterans Innovation Partnership Fellowship Program

Aug 12 2014

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copy-vip4Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP)  is a new public-private alliance platform launched by the Department of State, aimed at serving America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for diplomacy and development careers, providing education and employment resources and expertise while enhancing America’s global leadership.

VIP will help build and deploy strategic partnerships between the U.S. government and U.S. private sector to mobilize resources and build networks to promote foreign affairs career opportunities for veterans. The Partnership will focus on the following elements of engagement to support veterans’ transition to diplomacy and development careers:

  • Education: Assist with educational opportunities to study international relations;
  • Fellowship: Establish fellowship opportunities at U.S government foreign affairs agencies;
  • Employment: Facilitate international public and private employment opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

VIP fellowships are open to veterans who have completed a master’s degree in the fields of international business or international relations. Applicants must apply within two years of graduate degree completion, except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic developmental program.

Apply for the fellowship at http://www.vipfellowship.org/application-process/. Deadline for 2014 fellowships is September 15, 2014!

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