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AVC approves Veterans Resource Center

Posted March 30, 2012 by by Rebecca Amber

March 12, the Antelope Valley College Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a Veteran’s Resource Center on the Lancaster, Calif., campus. The center, which will be started with $5,500 provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will service the estimated 500 student veterans attending the…

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Expert to discuss how to serve veterans attending college

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Marine Corps veteran and university veterans services director Dr. Marshall Thomas will discuss how to serve veterans attending college during a presentation 6-8 p.m., April 10 in the Antelope Valley College Board Room, SSV 151. The presentation will offer a glimpse into the culture that helps form student veterans and discusses some of the challenges…

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Obama honors Vietnam Veterans Day

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March 29 is Vietnam Veterans Day, and President Barack Obama released the following proclamation. “On Jan. 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. Operation Chopper marked America’s first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and…

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Department of Labor announces $15 million in grants to assist approximately 9,000 homeless veterans

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced March 29 the availability of $15 million in grants through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to provide job training services to help homeless veterans succeed in civilian careers. “The men and women who have served our country with distinction should not have to struggle to find good jobs when…

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Paralympians provide example, inspiration to disabled vets

Posted March 27, 2012 by

As disabled veterans gathered at the base of Snowmass Mountain in Colorado to tackle their first ski runs on adaptive skis during the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, they had an unexpected cheering squad: U.S. Paralympians, including two training for the 2012 Summer Games in London.

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Reports send mixed message on veterans employment

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The unemployment rate for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan has dipped recently after months of riding higher than the national average, but some analysts caution it’s too early to tell if the progress is real or a blip. The monthly snapshot provided by the federal government’s February jobs report showed that the unemployment rate…

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VA secretary opens Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki opened the 26th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., March 25, challenging more than 400 participants to draw on the qualities they demonstrated in uniform to live life to its fullest. “The physical effort, sheer…

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‘Red Tail’ member visits the Pentagon

Posted March 23, 2012 by

The Air Force hosted one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and his family March 16 during a tour of the Pentagon. Retired Lt. Col. Walter McCreary, his daughter Stephanie Lynch and grandson Nicholas Lynch were given a tour of the Air Force Art Gallery, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Tuskegee…

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DOD, VA partnership key in treating brain trauma

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The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury, representatives of both departments said March 19 during a roundtable discussion on new advances in the field. Kathy Helmick, deputy director for traumatic brain injury, or TBI, at the Defense Centers of Excellence, emphasized the importance of…

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President Barack Obama, flanked by firefighters, national park employees and police men and women, talks about his new Veteran Job Corps initiative to replenish the nation's first responders at Fire Station #5 in Arlington, Va., Feb 3, 2012. Obama chose Fire Station #5 because its firefighters were among the first responders to first arrive at the Pentagon on following the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Obama announces program to hire vets as first responders

Posted February 7, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

President Barack Obama Feb. 3 continued his commitment to improving employment among veterans by introducing an initiative to hire them as the country’s first responders. “In my State of the Union address, I proposed a new initiative called the Veterans Jobs Corps to put veterans back to work…

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