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President proclaims November as Military Family Month

Posted November 9, 2012 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “In our military families, we see the best our country has to offer. They demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than two centuries and the values that will preserve our greatness for centuries to come,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation issued declaring the month of November…

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VA disability claims backlog drops by 44 percent

Posted April 18, 2014 by Department of Veterans Affairs

One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims, a reduction of more than 267,000, while at the same time improving the accuracy of the decisions being made on veterans’…

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Agreement bolsters Reservist, veteran employment opportunities

Posted August 10, 2012 by Interior Department News Release

WASHINGTON D.C. — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Army Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley signed an agreement to increase employment opportunities for reserve members and to facilitate connecting military families with America’s outdoors, history and culture, Aug. 6. Under the agreement, the Army Reserve and the Interior Department will: Seek joint programming opportunities…

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‘Retired Air Force Reservist finds inspiration through loss’ addendum

Posted April 24, 2015 by Megan Crusher

Angela Alexander was a member of the 56th Aerial Port Squadron, March Air Reserve Base and on annual tour in Japan when she was notified that her family had been in a severe car crash. She was told her husband, Suri and two daughters, Angela and Angelina were injured, yet okay, but her two young…

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Military-to-Civilian skills credentialing pilot underway

Posted November 30, 2012 by By Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After completing an analysis of industry and employment trends, the Defense Department has embarked on a pilot program to help service members obtain civilian professional credentials, the department’s director of training readiness and strategy told reporters today. According to Frank C. DiGiovanni, director, Training Readiness and Strategy Office of the Deputy Assistant…

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SGLI premium adjustment effective July 1, 2014

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program will adjust its monthly premium rate from 6.5 cents per $1,000 back to the 2006 rate of seven cents per $1,000 of insurance, a modest increase to ensure the SGLI program remains in a strong financial position. The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to place the…

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Mystery solved: Secrets to building a strong resume

Posted August 17, 2012 by by Talia Wesley

(This article is the first of a three part series on how to compose an effective resume.) Veterans and non-veterans often claim that they are not good at describing their occupational past. They often get frustrated and feel helpless because they have tried and failed to create a resume that shows off their strengths. After…

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VA, Congress work to change VA Choice eligibility

Posted May 15, 2015 by Patricia Kime,

Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to change eligibility rules and open the VA Choice program to veterans who can’t get needed medical care at their closest VA facility. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said lawmakers and VA officials are working to change the regulation that bars…

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Employment Website teams with Joining Forces

Posted December 21, 2012 by Department of Commerce News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Employment website Monster.com is collaborating with the White House’s Joining Forces campaign and will contribute to the initiative’s goal of hiring or training an additional 250,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Acting Commerce Department Secretary Rebecca M. Blank announced this new venture at the National Veteran Employment Summit…

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AFSFA’s 26-year history honors defenders

Posted June 13, 2014 by Master Sgt. (ret.) Larry Breazeale

If you have served with the Air Police, Security Police or Security Forces on active duty, the Air National Guard or Reserve, you are eligible to become a member of the Air Force Security Forces Association or AFSFA, a professional, fraternal military organization with chapters in most of the fifty states and members worldwide. Right…

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