Monthly Archives: February 2012

Veterans Learn Tools of Business

February 28, 2012 (The Advocate) – Sitting at desks in a Lod Cook Hotel conference room on Sunday, 11 military veterans were armed with a new set of weapons — laptops, pamphlets and PowerPoint slides. From across the country, the … Continue reading

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Veterans Fight for Jobs They Left Behind

Battles and setbacks follow return to civilian posts, despite federal law. February 27, 2012 (Star Tribune) –  Michael Schutz came back to Truman, Minn., after being deployed to Kuwait with the Navy and expected to strap on his gun belt, … Continue reading

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Veteran Who Called Suicide Line Offered Counseling to Avoid Charges

February 27, 2012 (Washington Post) – Sean Duvall, the Navy veteran charged with fabricating a homemade gun after calling a suicide hotline last year, would avoid prosecution if he completes court-mandated counseling under an agreement reached in federal court Monday. … Continue reading

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Time for a Federal Veterans Court

Read for an in-depth look at recent incident with suicidal veteran. VCS quoted. Posted: 02/28/2012 10:45 am On February 12, the Roanoke Times reported the arrest of Sean Duvall for carrying a firearm — a crude gun he had made … Continue reading

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Summit Seeks to Ease Retraining for Troops Entering Civilian Workforce

February 22, 2012 (Stars and Stripes) – Business leaders and veterans advocates say state licensing and certification rules are a crippling obstacle for troops seeking post-military careers, and the problem will worsen if solutions aren’t found soon. Defense officials have … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Purpose Through Community Service

Feburary 24, 2012 (VA.gov) – Many veterans struggle to find the same purpose at home as they found in the mission, camaraderie and structure of the military. Life as an active duty service member is a total commitment of self … Continue reading

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Preparing Veterans to Work on Wall Street

February 27, 2012 (WNYC) – If Hollywood has taught people anything, it’s that Marines are tough (“You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!”), pilots walk with a swagger (think Tom Cruise in “Top Gun”) and soldiers are thrill-seeking … Continue reading

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New Study Gives Scope and Cost of Combat-Related Conditions Among Veterans

February 24, 2012 (New York Times) – It’s difficult to know just how many of the two million people who have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been afflicted with two common combat ailments, post-traumatic stress disorder … Continue reading

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DOD and VA Secretaries Meet at Pentagon

            Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta welcomed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki today to the Pentagon for the latest in a series of regular meetings the two secretaries have held on issues of common interest to both … Continue reading

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Complaints about Warrior Transition Battalion also found at Fort Drum

February 26, 2012 (Fayetteville Observer) – A recent federal review of a program for wounded soldiers at Fort Drum, N.Y., uncovered serious shortcomings that echo allegations made by soldiers in Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion. Among the many deficiencies cited … Continue reading

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