March 23, 2010

Veterans News

$39 Million for Homeless Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs is allocating $39 million to fund about 2,200 new transitional housing beds through grants to local providers. More

Marine Combat Shirt Enhancement to Hit the Hills
The Marine Corps was the first in the game to recognize the advantages of fire resistant uniforms for its front-line grunts. Back in 2005 and 2006, Marine field commanders began issuing their grunts in Iraq flight suits to help them survive the flash burns of a roadside bomb. More

Bigger, Badder IEDs in Afghanistan
I was on a conference call last week with JIEDDO commander Lt. Gen. Michael Oates, who discussed IED networks in Afghanistan, where IED attacks have doubled over the past year. More

Servicemembers Save with ASMBA
The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA), established in 1963, provides comprehensive, affordable life insurance coverage to military personnel and their families. More

Those Oh-So-Annoying Toe Stubbers of the AR
Every firearm design has idiosyncrasies that need to be understood and addressed. One characteristic of the AR's direct impingement gas system, which lends itself to superb accuracy, comes with trade-offs. More

College Credit for Military Service and Training
Getting a degree or professional certificate will increase your potential to earn more money. We know taking classes and working is not easy, but with your military experience and training you can graduate faster. More

Female Pilots Remembered
More than 1,000 civilians and servicemembers watched as several members of the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot Corps (WASPs) recently remembered their sisters-in-arms during a wreath-laying ceremony the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. More

Veteran Bonuses in Ohio
Ohio State officials are moving forward with plans to distribute voter-approved bonus payments to veterans of recent and ongoing military conflicts in the Middle East. More

Committee Conducts Hearing
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently conducted a hearing to examine the role the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) plays for veteran-owned small business. More

Initative for Disabled Veterans
The upcoming Federal Hiring Event for People and Veterans with Disabilities, scheduled for April 26, is one of several initiatives announced in October by President Obama to ensure fair and equal access to employment for people with disabilities. More

New Insurance Law in Iowa
Iowa will allow unemployment insurance benefits for a resident who left a job because his or her military spouse was reassigned to another area under a bill recently signed into law by Governor Chet Culver. More

Number of Homeless Vets Drops
The number of Veterans homeless on a typical night dropped 18 percent as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) entered the second year of its campaign to eliminate homelessness among Veterans within five years. More

VA Honors Women Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs joins with the nation to observe Women's History Month in March by encouraging VA facilities to recognize and honor employees who are women Veterans. More

VA Launches Training Center
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has opened a national training center in Falling Waters, W.Va. More

New Forum for Silver Star Families
Join the Silver Star Families of America forum at their new online home. More

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