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February 25, 2013 - Too often the talented men and women who have served our country face barriers that make it difficult to find jobs that capitalize on the skills they have gained through their military education and experience. Many service members and veterans are required to repeat education or training in order to receive industry certifications and state occupational licenses, even though much, and in some cases, all, of their military training and experience overlaps with credential requirements.

The members of our Armed Forces and their families make great sacrifices, and when their service is concluded, we owe it to our veterans and their families to help them accomplish a successful transition to the civilian labor force. That is why over the past year and a half, President Obama has taken significant action to create a “career-ready military” and streamline the transition process. read more>>>

Published on Feb 25, 2013 - First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking to the nation's governors, urged them to support efforts to help veterans transition to civilian life.

First Lady Asks Governors to Aid Certification for Veterans
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 – As the war in Afghanistan winds down and more than 1 million veterans return to civilian life, the nation’s responsibility to help them in that transition will ramp up, First Lady Michelle Obama told the National Governors Association at the White House today.

Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to the nation’s governors to seek their help with the “Joining Forces” initiative to foster support for service members and their families.

The first lady noted that President Barack Obama created a task force to help service members obtain the national certification that they need to fill high-demand civilian jobs with the manufacturing industry.  read more>>>

Dr. Biden Urges Governors to Help Military Spouses
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 – Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, today urged the nation’s governors to get behind the effort to allow military spouses to transfer professional licenses from state to state.

Speaking to the National Governors Association at the White House as part of the “Joining Forces” initiative that she and First Lady Michelle Obama have championed, Biden noted that 28 states have passed laws to facilitate license portability for teachers, nurses, social workers and other professionals licensed in one state but who have to move to another when their military spouse gets a new assignment.

Military spouses move 10 times more often than their civilian counterparts, Biden said, and 35 percent of those spouses have jobs that require professional licenses.  read more>>>

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Troops, Vets Want ‘Fair Shot’ at Employment, Battaglia Says
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 – Service members and veterans are more than prepared to transition into civilian employment, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Following the release today of a report by the Executive Office of the President titled “The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for Service Members, Veterans and their Spouses,” Marine Corps Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia told reporters in a conference call with White House officials that the skills, dedication and discipline conferred by military service makes veterans an asset to any civilian employer.

In February 2012, only 11 states had legislation intended to assist military spouses in transferring their licenses or certifications when they moved to a new state, said Tina Tchen, chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. In part due to the efforts of the “Joining Forces” initiative championed by the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden -- along with the president’s military credentialing and licensing task force, 28 states now have such legislation, she said, and more are working toward that goal.  read more>>>

Holly Petraeus On Saving for an Emergency
Published on Feb 25, 2013 - Holly Petraeus, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Servicemember Affairs, speaks with a military reporter about the importance of having money put away for an emergency, and where they can go for assistance if they have a consumer financial service complaint. For more about how to start a personal savings plan visit: Military Saves

To learn more about the CFPB's Office of Servicemember Affairs visit: Information for servicemembers

‘Military Saves Week’ Highlights Personal Finance Issues
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 – Defense Department officials have designated this week as “Military Saves Week” to highlight the need for military families to reduce debt and save for the future, something Pentagon officials emphasize is key to force readiness.

The event is part of the yearlong Military Saves campaign, an opportunity for leaders to stress the importance of good financial habits to all members of the force and their families to encourage saving, reducing debt and building wealth, officials said.  read more>>>

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VA protected from sequester cuts, but veterans will feel the pain

And it isn't only this so called 'sequestration', it's what's going to be coming after worse then the decades preceeding, even more obstruction in especially the congressional budget talks as to the decades long underfunded VA, not only that agency, and the tepub long wish of privatizing but on the public dime, corporate welfare, for bottom line profit, like the wars!!

Originally posted to DKos Military Veterans on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 05:34 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

    by jimstaro on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 05:34:12 AM PST

  •  Ya Have To Wonder (2+ / 0-)
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    DaNang65, Vetwife

    Why this country needs prodding, remember all those magnetic ribbons of 'Support The Troops', and with all the rest, the business community to hire what they need to be successful, civilians fall into that as well, and then the top stops in state government the Governors!

    And congress, well them peoples representatives, especially on one side of that isle, love using the patriotic meme's as do their supporters, well we all can watch, many of us for decades now, what's not happening there or listen to their talking heads with that think tank speak!!

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

    by jimstaro on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 05:41:15 AM PST

    •  Exactly they want to dump the problems on states (1+ / 0-)
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      And states like Minnesota and Iowa with few defense contracts and no military bases but huge National Guard forces (which have nothing to do with any love for war) were impacted significantly.   When the military was tied to military bases there was more infrastructure for support systems for them.  In our state we don't have military bases.  They expect the state to come up with all the support for these returning NG troops or they rely on an underfunded VA system.

      And if you walk into a VA hospital out here, you'll see oceans of Vietnam era veterans and their families needing services too.  These are not the 1%.  These are the people they are going to screw with chained CPI on veterans benefits and on their Social Security benefits.  

      So Michelle, if you want to support Veterans, support them with federal funding and screw the austerity.  

      We don't have the money in the states either.  

      •  Ahhh voices (0+ / 0-)

        From our returning Vietnam days, Korean vets heard them from theirs and throughout ours, both since, though we did get flag waving 'welcome homes' a couple of years back.

        Troops are home or coming home so lets move, ignore what they might be saying, on quickly, we owe them nothing!!!

        “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

        by jimstaro on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 06:16:47 AM PST

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  •  Priorities (0+ / 0-)

    You know Democrats if you hadn't supported that rotten war with Iraq and funded every dime of the carnage, you wouldn't have sent the Minnesota National Guard to Iraq where it did not belong and we would be able to fund the things we need here in Minnesota which do not include war or the horrific expenses that are incurred because of the war.  

    Maybe Democrats, you could stand up and set some new priorities and stop funding the Ware Department so we would have money to spend for what we need here at home.  

    Sure, I have sympathy for the veterans, but I am also sick of them being used as an EXCUSE for the continuation of priorities that favor war over peace and weapons over food and killing over healthcare.  

    •  Democrats???? (2+ / 0-)
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      Gordon20024, Vetwife

      You're posting on the wrong board there slick!!!

      And it's up to you, no matter what you think NOW, I don't buy that little rant, about these wars, some 70%plus supported the Iraq invasion and abandoning the main missions of why we sent our military into that region, to be Demanding Sacrifice, been a Decade plus now of none, added to the previous decades and wars from!!!

      The only time that congress acted, related to these two wars but also us older veterans, was in when the Democrats controlled both house and did so even then with Huge obstruction and then the country turned over not only the house but state legislatures and governorships to the obstructors!!!!!!

      The only Government branch consistently doing anything, and have for these past four years now plus, is the Executive Branch and it's Cabinet as well as those around!!

      What's done is done, and a huge chuck of the country cheered it on and continue to use the phony 'patriotic' crap as do their hired reps,  and this 'Nam vet isn't going to let you the country treat these younger veterans as you have, ignoring, all prior to and that includes Desert Storm Vets!!!

      “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

      by jimstaro on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 05:59:44 AM PST

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      •  Well I don't know what you are going to do (0+ / 0-)

        The states don't have money.  My 3 representatives voted against the war at the time but now we have "centrists" who cry faux crocodile tears about how much they jus luv the troops and then they buy into this austerity b.s. and fund weapons systems and tax cuts for people with taxable incomes up to $400K.  How many troops have taxable incomes of $400K?

        Sure, the troops need help but so do older citizens in our state and many of them are also veterans.  And they are going to be hurt with cuts to the safety net as well.  

        It's all priorities.  As long as our priority is more war there never is going to be money for anything else including veterans.  They want to cut your pensions and benefits too at the very same time they are trying to stick the governors with the bill for wars the governors did not authorize or fund.

        •  Look (1+ / 0-)
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          I, and many many others, already know you don't wanna pony up as to the countries responsibility, whining constantly about everything is fine with both sides of the politics, that's the teabag 'get everything for free' ideology, so spare your fingers the exercise, you're just digging that hole deeper!!

          “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

          by jimstaro on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 06:39:31 AM PST

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      •  Federal Jobs (0+ / 0-)

        And you know that one of the first places veterans apply for jobs are state and federal jobs and these are exactly where there will be no jobs due to the budget cuts.  So what's all the b.s. about helping them transition into jobs -- they are CUTTING the very jobs they would be most likely to get.  

        This is what gets me.  It's all so bogus.  Support the troops.  Who are they kidding?  

        If they want jobs for veterans, stop the austerity agenda.  

  •  The irony is rich here n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  What 'irony'? (0+ / 0-)

      This admin didn't start these wars the previous along with flag waving cheering from the country did, and then the country walked away from any and all accountability and left everything done then on the table!!

      If that's what you means, i.e. what is still being done!!

      CiC is leading as those serving want to be led, trying to accomplish at least something of those long ago abandoned missions sent to accomplish and with the final drawdown!!

      “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

      by jimstaro on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 06:12:27 AM PST

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  •  check out my diary jimstaro...maybe ridding us (0+ / 0-)

    of some of the governors would be a good start.
    You have a good diary here !

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 12:19:25 AM PST

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