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Not Just More Jobs, But Better-Paying Jobs for Veterans
Speaking at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, President Obama advocated for higher-paying job prospects for military veterans. "We have to make sure our veterans get everything that they have earned, from good healthcare to a good job." Job prospects for military veterans have improved in recent years. The unemployment rate among all veterans in 2015 was 4.6%, lower than the national average of 5.2%, and the unemployment rate of Gulf War Era II veterans plummeted from 7.2% to 5.8%. As the number of jobs increase, the next step in an improved labor ...
VA Trademarks GI Bill to Prevent Deception
For about two years, VA's online communications team has been closely tracking the advertising and recruitment efforts of for-profit schools looking to bring in GI Bill tuition dollars. In some cases, these schools have ensnared Veterans looking for info by using official-looking websites, which funneled potential recruits to those schools without any balanced, objective information. We aimed to get the word out in order to help Veterans make the best decision possible.This all came to a head earlier this year, when a group of state attorneys general led an effort to sue the company that owned, a particularly deceptive ...
Proposed Initiatives For Veterans Include Service Time As College Credit
New initiatives designed to help returning military veterans land employment have many influential advocates. One is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is pushing for a few to bring down the high veteran unemployment rate. The first would assist veterans interested in becoming emergency medical technicians. It would apply to veterans who have military training and experience in that field and seek to become certified in New Jersey. Another proposal would extend the validity of occupational licenses veterans hold while they are away serving their country. New Jersey law already keeps such licenses in place when members of the military ...
Veterans Programs Promote Opportunities In Energy
Southern Company recognized the first graduates of the transmission line and substation construction apprentice training program the company helped establish at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Ga. This program is one example of outreach by the energy industry to veterans of the military. Careers related to energy are among the best jobs for veterans . As a longtime supporter of the military, Southern Company is proud to enhance our recruitment efforts through this innovative partnership with the U.S. Army," said Southern Company Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. "By bringing this specialized training to Fort Stewart, we are helping veterans successfully ...
Legislation Opens Trucking Opportunities to Military
A bill signed into law this autumn makes trucking career opportunities more accessible for active duty military. The Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012 eases state restrictions on trucking licenses for servicemen and women, a gesture that should help alleviate two pinches on the job market. Service persons can apply experience gained driving military vehicles to the state requirements for licensing. The act also grants access to the transient military population holding residency in one state, but stationed in another. A release from the American Forces Press Service explains the benefits of the act. “Because they move frequently, service ...