Veterans News for Friday, September 7, 2012

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For Today:  Today’s Quotes sent in by Greg Stachura, State of Michigan Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Roundtable.  Greg sent in three and all three are being shared.  Gotta love it!  Thanks Greg!

Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.” – Shelby Steele, political commentator, essayist

 

“Without ambition, one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You will have to win it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet, essayist

 

Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don’t turn up at all. - Sam Ewing, a professional writer

 

 

Federal Allies News September 2012  Michigan Vets Small Business Conf

HVAC Ltr to Secretary Shinseki regarding CVE Verification

VA Veterans News for Friday, September 7, 2012, thanks to Kevin Secor, VA VSO Liaison.

1. Disagreement heats up between Maine lawmakers over definition of ‘veteran’.

2. Legless blind man who stole from veterans avoids jail.

3. Another homecoming for a wounded Marine.

4. Funds kept for live taps at military funerals.

5. SEAL charity refuses donations generated by bin Laden book.

6. Tricare networks eyed to improve veterans’ access to care.

7. Afghans create ‘Western culture’ manual to help counter insider attacks.

8. War Might Be Making Young Bodies Old.

9. VA Says No Service Dogs Warranted For War Stress Sufferers.

10. Rising Suicide Numbers Prompt Sept. Stand-down.

11. Blast Gauges Offer Clues About Troops’ Wounds.

12. Wounded Military Veterans Get Chance To Audition For The FBI.

13. Veterans Cemetery Welcomed.

14. Budget Cuts To Silence Military Buglers, Replaced With Recorded Renditions Of Taps At New York Funerals.

15. Making A House A Home For Wounded Veteran.

16. Paralympics An Inspiration To War-Wounded Athletes.

17. Agent Orange Victims Get Scientology Treatment.

18. Man Walks With Aid Of Brain-Controlled Robotic Legs.

19. VA Hospital’s Ambassador Honored For Service To Vets.

20. Purple Heart Veterans Plan Bench At Tinley Park Memorial.

21. Blind Man Who Stole From Vets Avoids Jail.

22. Disagreement Heats Up Between Lawmakers Over Definition Of ‘veteran’.

23. Hub For Veterans Being Sought At UF.

24. Great Falls Crossing Community Association Request Flag Removal From Veterans Home.

25. Benefits Available For Gulf War Veterans.

26. VA Hospital Seeks Volunteers For Homebound Veterans.

27. Navy Vet Gets 5 Years For Improper Benefits.

28. VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as September 7, 2012:

29. Today in History:

 

1. Disagreement heats up between Maine lawmakers over definition of ‘veteran’. An ongoing feud over whether a Vietnam War-era National Guard member is qualified to serve on a Maine state board has raised the question of who is a veteran. Earlier this week, Rep. Paul Gilbert, D-Jay, questioned whether National Guard service during the early 1970s makes someone a military veteran.

 

2. Legless blind man who stole from veterans avoids jail. Eight days after he started working at a clinic for blinded veterans, Richard Brown started stealing from it. Blind himself and with both legs amputated below the knee, Brown “was an expert at making people trust him,” his former boss, Nancy Kirk, told a judge Wednesday during a sentencing hearing in federal court in Florida.

 

3. Another homecoming for a wounded Marine. U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Greg Caron, who lost both legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in November, had his official homecoming from the war zone just 10 months ago. But when he and others stuck spades into the soil in his hometown of Ellington on Wednesday afternoon, it marked the start of another homecoming.

 

4. Funds kept for live taps at military funerals. A planned budget cut that would have eliminated the playing of taps live at military funerals on Long Island and across the state has been scrapped after sparking political opposition.

 

5. SEAL charity refuses donations generated by bin Laden book. The Navy SEAL who co-authored a controversial first-person account of the raid to kill Osama bin Laden promised to donate most of his earnings to charity. But at least one nonprofit wants nothing to do with it.

 

6. Tricare networks eyed to improve veterans’ access to care. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has proposed opening military Tricare networks of civilian health care providers to veterans who can’t get timely mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two days after Romney’s pledge, President Obama signed an executive order with several new initiatives to improve access to mental health care services for veterans, service members and their families.

7. Afghans create ‘Western culture’ manual to help counter insider attacks. Scrambling to respond to a spate of shootings that has deepened mistrust between Afghan and coalition troops, the Afghan military has produced a new manual to educate its troops on the ways of their Western counterparts, one of several steps announced Thursday to stem the threat of so-called green on blue attacks.

8. War Might Be Making Young Bodies Old. USA Today There “is emerging evidence that” American’s newest combat veterans “appear to be growing old before their time,” with former troops in their 20s and 30s showing “early signs of heart disease and diabetes, slowed metabolisms and obesity – maladies more common to middle age or later.” If this is early aging, scientists say it won’t be proven “until they can study these veterans over the next few years.” Still, “scientists with the Department of Veterans Affairs are rushing to understand” the research, which suggests the condition is “most common to those with both blast-related concussion and PTSD.” Scientists suggests that “early aging might stem from the nature of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, where troops served long and repeated deployments at an unprecedented rate.”

9. VA Says No Service Dogs Warranted For War Stress Sufferers. Palm Beach (FL) Post A final draft of rules in the Federal Register says “the Department of Veterans Affairs will pay service-dog benefits to veterans with vision, hearing or mobility-related injuries but not to veterans suffering only with post-traumatic-stress-disorder and other mental health disabilities.” The VA justified its decision by citing the lack of “nationally established” and “widely accepted” training protocols for mental health service dogs as well as the paucity of clinical research on them not allowing the VA to determine they actually “provide medical benefit to veterans with mental illness.” Additionally, in one of “the most controversial provisions of the new rule,” the VA also “will only provide coverage if the service dog and veteran have successfully completed a training program accredited by Assistance Dogs International or the International Guide Dog Federation.”

10.Rising Suicide Numbers Prompt Sept. Stand-down. Army Times As part of “a long and frustrating battle the Army – and the military as a whole – is waging against suicide,” Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd Austin III ordered a servicewide standdown on September 27 “to familiarize soldiers with the health promotion, risk reduction, suicide prevention, and comprehensive soldier and family fitness resources available in the Army.” Additionally, leaders “will focus on how to improve the health and discipline of the force and reduce the stigma associated with seeking help for behavioral health issues.” Walter Morales, chief of the Army Suicide Prevention Program, “said training and activities will continue throughout September, recognized in the Army as Suicide Prevention Month.”

11.Blast Gauges Offer Clues About Troops’ Wounds. USA Today “About 7,000 U.S. ground troops in Afghanistan wear blast gauges” that “track the direction, pressure and speed of a blast wave as it overtakes a servicemember” as part of an effort for neurologists “to gather detailed profiles of explosions that cause brain damage among servicemembers.”

12.Wounded Military Veterans Get Chance To Audition For The FBI. WBNS-TV “Wounded warriors who once fired weapons overseas are now getting the chance to see if they can take their skills to the FBI. Veterans from all over Ohio showed up Wednesday at the second-annual Wounded Warriors Day in Ross County.” FBI Cincinnati SAC Edward Hanko stated: “We get men and women who are dedicated, who are used to coming to work, have a work history, and are actually enthused.” WBNS-TV adds that, according to Hanko, the FBI conducts “demonstrations as a recruitment tool” and if the skills of candidates “match what the agency needs, they may be invited to join the FBI full time.” WBNS-TV notes that the interns are paid by the military while they work for the FBI.

13.Veterans Cemetery Welcomed. Buffalo (NY) News In an effort “to tamp down” controversy, Lancaster, New York’s, “Town Board went on the record Tuesday night in welcoming the construction of a national veterans cemetery within town limits,” three weeks after Lancaster Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli was reported to object “to a site in the town under consideration as a veterans cemetery by the federal government.” The Department of Veterans Affairs has two sites under consideration for the construction of a national veterans cemetery. Fudoli “wrote to the VA’s environmental consultant asking that the [Lancaster] site be withdrawn from consideration.” While he says “that he has withdrawn this request but he still prefers the VA pick for the cemetery a site in

 

14.14. Budget Cuts To Silence Military Buglers, Replaced With Recorded Renditions Of Taps At New York Funerals. FOX News “Budget cuts are set to silence live performances of Taps at military funerals in New York.” Eric Durr, a spokesman for the New York National Guard, said that “a 25 percent cut in the $3.3 million in federal funding for New York’s Military Forces Honor Guard in fiscal year 2013 led to a 29 percent reduction in the program that funds Honor Guard units,” meaning “New York State will no longer hire musicians to play Taps as of Oct. 1 unless someone volunteers services free of charge.” However, “Jari Villanueva, director of the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard and a bugler at thousands of military funerals, said having a phony hornsman hold up an instrument while a recording plays isn’t befitting of the somber task of burying a veteran.”

 

15.Making A House A Home For Wounded Veteran. Washington Post Caleb Getscher lost both of his legs and part of an arm in Afghanistan, and he found it “was not easy to get around in a wheelchair or with prosthetic limbs” in his parents’ home. So Patuxent Habitat for Humanity built an addition to the house that “offers ample room in which Getscher can move around in a wheelchair or by using prosthetic legs.”

16.Paralympics An Inspiration To War-Wounded Athletes. AP Brad Snyder, who was blinded by an IED in Afghanistan, has been winning gold medals in swimming at the London Paralympics. He is one of “20 wounded servicemen on the U.S. Paralympic team, with six veterans of the Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts.” Military.com Former Air Force staff sergeant Mario Rodriguez, a member of the U.S. Paralympic fencing team. His leg was “removed in 1992 after an untreatable tumor was discovered.”

17.Agent Orange Victims Get Scientology Treatment. New York Times

 

18.Man Walks With Aid Of Brain-Controlled Robotic Legs. Wired

 

19.VA Hospital’s Ambassador Honored For Service To Vets. Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review

 

20.Purple Heart Veterans Plan Bench At Tinley Park Memorial. Chicago Sun-Times

 

21.Blind Man Who Stole From Vets Avoids Jail. Tampa (FL) Tribune

 

22.Disagreement Heats Up Between Lawmakers Over Definition Of ‘veteran’. Bangor (ME) Daily News

 

23.Hub For Veterans Being Sought At UF. Gainesville (FL) Sun

 

24.Great Falls Crossing Community Association Request Flag Removal From Veterans Home. WJLA-TV

 

25.Benefits Available For Gulf War Veterans. Record (TX) Live

 

26.VA Hospital Seeks Volunteers For Homebound Veterans. KTUL-TV

 

27.Navy Vet Gets 5 Years For Improper Benefits. AP

 

28.VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as September 7, 2012:

September 12. SVAC will hold a markup on pending legislation. 10:00 A.M.; 418 Russell

September 14, 2012. HVAC, Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on the Patient-Centered Community Care (PCCC) and Non-VA Care Coordination (NVCC) programs. 9:30 A.M.; 334 Cannon

September 20, 2012. HVAC, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a hearing entitled, “Examining the Re-Design of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).” 10:00 A.M.; 340 Cannon

 

October 4, 2012. House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will be holding a hearing on October 4, 2012 on; State Approving Agencies Roles and Reviewing the Challenges of PL 111-377 Section 203. Tentatively scheduled for 10:00am in Cannon 334.

  1. Today in History:

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National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS) Newsletter for period ending Friday, September 7, 2012.  Join NAUS Folks, Join NAUS! http://naus.informz.net/naus/archives/archive_2617999.html

 

Overall Veteran Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall; Post 9-11 Veteran Unemployment Long-Term Trend Still Downward. http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7989/overall-veteran-unemployment-rate-continues-to-fall-post-911-veteran-unemployment-long-term-trend-still-downward/

The Michigan Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Roundtable and VetBiz Central are jointly hosting the 7th annual VetBiz V.E.T.S. Conference on September 25 & 26 in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. There will be major corporations there seeking to interview VOB. Not only with Ford and GM be there, but companies such as Steelcase, Herman Miller, Valeo, State of Michigan and federal purchasing agents will participate too. There is a limited number of registrations remaining and the remaining 100 slots are likely to be taken by September 14. There will be networking opportunities as well as a Matchmaker event that will give Veteran Owned Business a legitimate audience with decision makers at the major manufacturers reaching out to veterans. Nothing of this nature has ever before been prepared in the private sector for VOB’s. Those serious about growing their businesses will bring their dance shoes and get out on the floor. Also, please see attached Flyer.

Hiring Our Heroes: September Hiring Fairs Across the Country. The US Chamber of Commerce has stepped to host Hiring Our Heroes fairs across the country, and nearly 40 are scheduled for September. Check out the schedule at VAntage Point.

VA study shows that battlefield stress might be aging veterans USATODAY.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-08-06/veterans-aging-study-trauma/57608072/1#.UEoBautVRKo.email  Thanks to James Thur, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program for sending this to us.

Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for September 7, 2012. http://www.smartbrief.com/servlet/wireless?issueid=9709806E-7ECB-4760-A461-76C8B02A4810&sid=22cbe9eb%2d3ef0%2d4eca%2d8105%2def9f466dc32d

The National Resource Directory provides online support and access to over 10,000 services and resources. Please visit: www.NationalResourceDirectory.gov. Also Please be sure to check your particular state for any additional benefits that may be offered.

Federal Allies Newsletter for September 2012Please see attached.

CVE SDVOSB Verification Issues.

Privacy Act. I’ve been receiving feedback from some of you about the Privacy Act. We have addressed before the concern over lost information when we have submitted our Verification applications…information previously sent in but cannot be located by CVE. Recently I became aware of (and spoke with a Vet) who asked CVE for a copy of his records. He referenced the Privacy Act.  CVE responded to him with a couple of URL’s and suggested that he make a formal FOIA request. A reader sent in some comments today: “Every VA employee and contractor is required to take annual training on Privacy Act, Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information.” The Reader goes on to say, “Is the training flawed or is it just CVE”? “Maybe the VA IG and GAO should audit how well our CVE Vets’ data is being protected and how well CVE is following the law here.” What are your opinions and concerns?

State laws.  Once again, it appears CVE has denied one of our fellow Vet’s re-verification because they (CVE), failed to properly understand and apply state law. I heard from a Florida Vet who will lose contracts, jobs and possibly his business because of CVE denying his re-verification on a faulty reading relative to Florida State Law…and Stock Certificates/Shares, etc. This Veteran is having his attorney reply to CVE. Folks, there needs to be some sort of accountability that requires VA to correct CVE errors before they cripple our troops; before honest SDVOSBs lose contracts and/or opportunities for such. Let’s get the right attitude and priorities….support and help our SDVOSBs. As it is, I have heard a number of Vets tell me “Wayne, I am not even applying for verification, I just do not want to have to put up with the hassle of dealing with CVE.”

Again…the HVAC letter to the VA Secretary asking that the verification process be enhanced, and over-reaching stopped, is attached for your viewing. (As I understand, VA has yet to respond to this letter). This entire situation is all so insane really.  How can things be so wrong for so long?  Folks, what will it take to get things fixed with this CVE verification process?

Prayers and blessings for you and your loved ones and for our dear Troops and their loved ones everywhere.

Best………………Wayne

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From: JS Pentagon OCJCS Mailbox Warrior and Family Support

Subj: Warrior & Family Support News for Friday, Sep 7, 2012, “Keeping Faith with the Military Family

 

COMMUNITIES IN ACTION

Veterans Caring for Their Bridge
WNEP-TV
STROUDSBURG — A heavily traveled bridge in the Poconos got a little tender loving care on Thursday. Some veterans were busy giving back to the community by beautifying a structure dedicated to them. The bridge receiving that T.L.C. is the Veteran`s

State veterans agency starts new outreach
The Florida Current
But among Florida’s 1.65 million military veterans, that figure is far more than a majority — and nobody knows how much ex-service men and women might be losing in medical, educational and other benefits. That’s why the Florida Department of Veterans

Research project looks to connect returned soldiers and nature
WatertownDailyTimes.com
“We heard a lot of stories from soldiers about how relating to nature was a key component to their own integration coming home from combat,” Mr. Tidball said. He is the principal investigator on “Returning “There is such a large number of active

WELLNESS

Free Daytona program aims to help vets with war stress

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

David Todd’s nightmares started soon after he was deployed to Kuwait in 2004. It wasn’t until 2010 after working in Fort Bragg, N.C., and helping other wounded soldiers that the Deltona resident sought help and was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder…

VA study suggests stress of war ages veterans’ bodies faster
Detroit Free Press
The tragic signs of post-traumatic stress disorder or battlefield concussion are all too evident. Even more alarming for researchers is emerging evidence that these newest American combat veterans — former GIs and Marines in their 20s and 30s

Tricare networks eyed to improve veterans’ access to care
Stars and Stripes
Two days after Romney’s pledge, President Obama signed an executive order with several new initiatives to improve access to mental health care services for veterans, servicemembers and their families. Advertisement. One directs VA and the Department of

EDUCATION

 

Making the GI Bill Work for Veterans
New York Times (blog)
The number of combat veterans entering civilian life will greatly increase in the next few years as the military downsizes and the war in Afghanistan draws to a close. If the American people and Washington truly care about reintegrating veterans, then

Program to Help Veterans Save for their Kids’ Education Extended
KTVN
The United Services Automobile Association, also known as USAA’s Distinguished Valor Grant will now be available to all active duty military including Nevada National guardsmen and reservists. The grant allows service members to open college savings

EMPLOYMENT

Fairfax Chamber Plans Military Hiring Symposium
FairfaxNews.com
“After 11 years of war, our Veterans and their families need help finding jobs,” said American Freedom Foundation Co-Founder SMA Jack Tilley (retired), “They have given so much to our country, providing opportunities for employment is one way we can

Graduates go to basic
The Daily Cougar
Recent studies show that more college graduates are ditching their suits and ties in favor of military jobs. In 2008, the military experienced record numbers in recruitment and within the population of those pursuing military employment were a

August employment report mixed for veterans
NavyTimes.com
The Labor Department’s August employment report has mixed news for veterans: The jobless rate for veterans fell for the third straight month, to 6.6 percent, but it climbed to 10.9 percent for post-9/11 veterans. Overall, the nation’s unemployment rate

Our best regards…Randall E. “Smitty” Smith, Lt Col, USAF

Deputy Director, Warrior & Family Support, Office of the Chairman

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From: VetJobs Employment Report [info@vetjobs.com]
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 4:15 PM
Veteran Employment Situation Report for August 2012
Issue 12-08 – www.vetjobs.com
Welcome to the VetJobs Veteran Employment Situation Report covering August 2012. This report will be in three parts. The first will summarize the Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the labor market, the second covers where the jobs were created, meaning where the best chance of finding employment may be, and the third covers the employment situation in the veteran market.
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EMPLOYMENT SUMMARY
DOLreports that job growth slowed sharply in August. As the economist Bruce Steinberg says in his Tea Leaf report, “With a 0.2% drop in the unemployment rate but rather anemic job growth numbers, this month’s employment report will provide fodder for both political parties to say their policies are the ones needed for this economy and the other party’s policies are failing.”
Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 96,000, lower than the 125,000 gain expected by Wall Street economists. Adding to the sense of weakness, job growth in the past two months was revised down by 41,000. The unemployment rate unexpectedly declined to 8.1% in August from 8.3% in the previous month but the drop was due to a smaller labor force. Economists forecast the future unemployment rate to hold steady at 8.3% and other economists say the real unemployment rate would be around 11% if all the “dropouts” were added back in.
DOLreports the number of unemployed persons in the United States was little changed at 12.5 million. However, when you consider all forms of unemployment the total is closer to 23,000,000 unemployed people.
The 8.1% unemployment rate in August was the result of a fairly large decline in the size of the labor force. The private sector added only 103,000 jobs in August, which was a disappointment from July’s gain of 162,000 but better than June’s increase of only 63,000. When the decline in government jobs are factored in, the overall job growth in August was 96,000. That was not as good as July’s increase of 141,000 but better than June’s gain of 45,000.
The August 8.1% unemployment rate was lower because, although the number of employed persons declined by only 119,000, the labor force contracted by 368,000 but there also were 250,000 fewer unemployed persons. So, despite the fact there were fewer people employed, the labor force shrank by a much bigger number at the same time as the number of unemployed persons declined as well. In terms of the math, to get the interest rate down, DOL increased the denominator.
The employment-to-population ratio declined by 0.1 point to 58.3, which was the same level it was a year earlier. However, the labor force participation rate is down by 0.2 points, to 63.5%. It was 64.1 in August 2011 so year over year it is going the wrong direction.
Since the beginning of the year, job growth has averaged 139,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 153,000 in 2011. This number reinforces the fact that the economy is slowing down. Another way to say this is the recovery which started in 2009 in recovering at a decreasing rate. This is not good.
Normally, the unemployment rate should have gone up with a report of only 96,000 new jobs, but DOL was able to push the rate down by claiming more people have given up looking for work. The problem here is it is not clear as to how DOL calculates how many have dropped out of the economy. As we are in a political year, you can expect more use of dropouts in order to lower the unemployment rate as we move closer to the election. Many economists think the real unemployment rate is around 11%, and the total unemployment rate when considering those who want jobs, are underemployed or working part time jobs is 15% to 18%.
Of serious concern, the labor force participation rate fell to the lowest level since September 1981! Both the civilian labor force (154.6 million) and the labor force participation rate (63.5%) declined over the month. The employment-population ratio was essentially unchanged at 58.3. These are not good trends. The labor participation rate has been steadily declining in 2012. These are not a good indicators and again reinforces the recovery is non-existent and the stimulus packages did not work.
The bottom line from the above data is the economy is still not recovering and employers are still reluctant to start major hiring.
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WHERE THE NEW JOBS WERE CREATED
For those looking for work, the strongest segments of the economy that were hiring in August were food services and drinking places, professional and technical services and health care. All added jobs.
When looking at new job creation, one must keep in mind that if more people have been let go from work than new jobs created, you have a negative number. Since we are in a political year, you will hear a lot of politicians tout large numbers of jobs created, like 4.5 million private sector jobs created in the past 29 months. While that sounds impressive, the real number that should be touted is how many net new jobs have been created, i.e., after deducting the number of lost jobs from the created jobs, is there a positive number. For the last three years the total has generally been negative. The jobless rate has remained in a narrow range of 8.1% to 8.3% since January. The economy still has not created net new jobs to get everyone employed.
Employment in food services and drinking places rose by 28,000 over the month. Over the past 12 months, this industry has added 298,000 jobs.
In professional and technical services, employment increased in August in computer systems design (+11,000) and management and technical consulting services (+9,000). Over the past 12 months, these industries have added 79,000 and 69,000 jobs, respectively but not net new jobs enough to recover from 2008
Health care employment grew by 17,000 in August, with gains in ambulatory health care services and in hospitals. From June through August, job growth in health care averaged 15,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 28,000 in the previous 12 months. This is another sign of growth at a decreasing rate.
Employment in utilities was up by 9,000 in August as employees returned to work after a labor-management dispute. These are not new jobs, but people going back to existing jobs.
Finance and insurance added 11,000 jobs in August. Employment continued to trend up in wholesale trade. Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month and has shown little movement, on net, since February. In August, employment in other major industries changed little.
Manufacturing employment edged down (-15,000) in August. Employment in motor vehicle and parts manufacturing was down by 8,000 over the month after increasing by 14,000 in July. Firms in this industry laid off fewer workers than usual for factory retooling in July and recalled fewer workers than usual in August. This contributed to the seasonally adjusted increase in July and decrease in August. The manufacturing index is watched closely as manufacturing is an engine that stimulates the economy and creates three to five spin off jobs for every manufacturing job created. Decreases in manufacturing means economy is moving backwards.
In August, the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 12.5 million, and the proportion of those people who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more also was little changed at 40.0%.
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VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT
The BLS Current Population Survey (CPS), also referred to as the Household Survey, reports there were 21,132,000 veterans alive in August, down from 21,163,000 in July, a loss of 31,000 veterans. There were 10,948,000 veterans in the workforce in August, up from 10,173,000 in July. This is an increase of 775,000 veterans in the workforce and is reversing a previous steady decline of veterans in the US workforce. Some of the increase could be accounted for from returning members of the National Guard & Reserve.
The CPS overall veteran unemployment rate for all veterans in August is 6.6%, down from the July rate of 6.9%, a decrease of .3%. There were 720,000 unemployed veterans in August, down from the 752,000 unemployed veterans in July. This is a decrease of 32,000.
The fact that the veteran overall unemployment rate is lower than the national unemployment rate continues to indicate that as a class they are still having better success finding employment than non-veterans. This is reinforced by how there have been fewer unemployed veterans each month.
An area where there has been a veteran unemployment issue is in the 18 to 29 year old group. The unemployment rate for the 18 to 24 year old veterans in August remained at 19.9% (45,000 unemployed). A substantial number of the unemployed 18 to 24 year olds are in the National Guard and Reserve which would explain their high unemployment rate.
For comparison, the overall unemployment rate for all 18 to 24 year olds (veterans and nonveterans) in August rose to 15.6% (3,064,000), up from 15.5% (3,214,000) in July, but a decrease of 50,000 unemployed. The decrease may be a result of the dropout rate.
VetJobsanticipates the unemployment rate for the young veterans will increase more as DOD continues to furlough 140,000 active duty troops and more of the National Guard and Army Reserve brigades start picking up the work of the active duty troops and employers continue to shy away from hiring as a new employee an active member of the National Guard & Reserve due to the constant call-ups. Employers cannot run their companies when their human capital is taken away for 12 months or more.
One should remember that after every downsizing of the active duty troops (post WWII, Korea, Vietnam and during the Clinton years) the use of the National Guard and Reserve went up. It appears that the same trend is again occurring as National Guard and Army Reserve brigades start picking up the tasks of the downsized active Army brigades.
BLSreports that the employment status of Gulf War II veterans rose from 8.9% (174,000) in July to 10.9% (227,000) in August. This is probably a reflection of the National Guard and Army Reserve brigades who have been returning from Kuwait over the summer. Many of the brigades had unemployment rates in the 30% to 60% range. Once back, their numbers would be picked up by DOL.
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Finally, I commented in our July Veteran Employment and Situation Report that went out on August 6 on a USA Today article that quoted General Odierno, Chief Staff Officer of the Army, as saying the National Guard and Reserve will be going to seven weeks of training each year. As it turns out, USA Today had it all wrong.
After a lot of confusion created by the USA Today article, the Army Times reports that after 11 years of war and as the U.S. draws down in Afghanistan, soldiers in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve will largely see a return to the peacetime schedule of drilling one weekend a month and two weeks a year. However, in an effort to maintain the components readiness and combat edge, some soldiers can expect additional training days as they get closer to the fifth year of the Army Force Generation model.
The Guard and Reserve are on a five-year rotational ARFORGEN model, which progressively resets and trains units for possible deployment. Units spend a year in reset and three years in training. During the fifth year, they are available for mobilization and deployment if needed. As units move through the training years, they can expect more training days – typically up to two or three weeks more than the standard 39 days of training Guard and Reserve soldiers do each year.
“The vast majority of the Army National Guard will go back to one weekend a month and two weeks of annual training, as well as schools and other professional military education [that] soldiers do throughout their careers,” Lt. Gen. William Ingram, director of the Army National Guard, said August 4 during an interview on C-SPAN. However, “selected units” will participate in extra training to prepare for missions such as theater security cooperation and other duties that will come up after the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, Ingram said.
If you have any questions, please contact Ted Daywalt at info@vetjobs.com or call 877-838-5627 (877-Vet-Jobs).
Thank you for reading the Veteran Employment Situation Report. Should you know of others who may want this information, they can sign up for the report by sending an email request to contact@vetjobs.com.

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News from Al Bunting, Col, USAF (Ret) in NJ.  Thanks Al!

Barak Hints US Would Join Israel In Strike On Iran
(Jerusalem Post) Defense Minister Ehud Barak appeared to hint on Thursday night that he believed the United States would join Israel in a strike on Iran to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Obama Vs. Romney 101: 5 Ways They Differ On Military Issues
(Christian Science Monitor (csmonitor.com)) …Here are five areas where the candidates differ on military issues: timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, automatic “sequester” cuts now set to go into effect in 2013, defense budgets, troop levels, and veteran care.

Survivor: MDA Edition

(Washington Post) …”If the Senate acts, there should be a change in leadership this fall from O’Reilly to Syring,” a senior Pentagon official tells us. “The exact timing depends on congressional action.”

Singularly Stupid Way” of Budgeting: Planning for the Budget Control Act’s looming sequester to take effect in January is really “kind of irrelevant” because of the inflexibility in the law, said Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisition executive, reported Politico. “If you want to know what will happen to your program, look at how much money you expect to have in your budget next year and cut 11 percent,” said Kendall at a defense industry conference in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 5. He called sequestration “a singularly stupid way to take money out of the defense budget,” according to the newspaper. Kendall said he expects the White House’s budget office to send the report to Congress soon that will detail the effects of sequestration on federal programs, including the US military’s activities, in Fiscal 2013. The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, signed into law on Aug. 7, mandates this report. Although Kendall said the Pentagon still has not completed a detailed master plan for sequestration, he noted that programs with multiyear contracts are going to suffer more than others. “We’re counting on Congress to avoid this,” he said.

Deal of the Week: Walmart Printable Coupons

Home Depot Foundation Program Helps Improve Veterans’ Housing
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Officials with the Home Depot Foundation on Thursday said the organization will donate $50 million over a three-year period to nonprofits that work with military veterans.

Pentagon Escalates Case That Former Navy SEAL Broke Secrecy Pledge
(Reuters.com) The Pentagon on Thursday released new details about a secrecy agreement signed by a former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, escalating its argument that the commando violated promises not to disclose classified information.

Making The G.I. Bill Work For Veterans
(At War (NYTimes.com)) The number of combat veterans entering civilian life will greatly increase in the next few years as the military downsizes and the war in Afghanistan draws to a close. If the American people and Washington truly care about reintegrating veterans, then they should take steps to ensure that Post 9/11 G.I. Bill resources provide the educational and career benefits that were intended

Military PTSD: All-Star Scientists Start Mental Health Mega-Project
(Forbes.com) There’s no question that plenty of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But exactly how many soldiers? That’s a question that even top medical experts, not to mention military officials, still can’t quite answer.

Ex-SEAL Who Wrote Book Gets Written Off By Cadre
(Washington Times) While top military leaders publicly bash a former Navy SEAL for his book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, his foxhole comrades convey their displeasure in a more subtle way. From now on, rogue author Matt Bissonnette will be ostracized by the fraternity.

This Week At War: The Pentagon Doesn’t Have The Right Stuff
(FP National Security (ForeignPolicy.com)) Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, may have shed some light on a corner of America’s grand strategy — the real version that officials don’t usually talk about in public.

‘No Easy Day’ Preventing Security Leaks
(Washington Times) SEAL book latest work of best-selling secrets.

Sequestration And The Next Pearl Harbor
(Baltimore Sun) …These cuts could apply to every cybersecurity program across the board, for example slashing essential defenses for our electrical grid and air traffic control system. This would be a gift to cyber terrorists or Iranian hackers, who would jump at the chance to bring an entire U.S. city to its knees with a single keystroke. The congressional impasse potentially follows the sad cliche that only disaster can spur Washington to action.

Ex-Pentagon Officials: Dempsey Wasn’t Sending Message To Israel On Iran
(Jerusalem Post) The US is not trying to signal Israel not to attack Iran or to indicate distance between the two allies over how to handle Tehran, former Pentagon officials close to the Obama administration told The Jerusalem Post on the sidelines of the Democratic convention on Wednesday.

F/A-18 Workers Are Exposed To Toxic Materials
(Los Angeles Times) Workers at the Navy’s top maintenance facility for F/A-18 warplanes have been exposed to “extremely toxic materials” such as lead, cadmium and beryllium, according to surprise inspections by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Named For Heroic SEAL, Warship Heads For Isles
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) A Navy destroyer named after a Pearl Harbor-based SEAL killed in Afghanistan left a Bath shipyard Wednesday with sailors lining the deck in their white uniforms.

Readjustment Issues May Spur PTSD Treatment
(ArmyTimes.com) The stress of readjusting to civilian life is a major reason some soldiers seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study finds

Israel, U.S. Still Divided Over Handling Of Iran
(ABC News) …Barak, who spoke hours after meeting the U.S. vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, reiterated that Israel reserves the right to carry out a strike unilaterally. Israel believes time is running out to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, while the U.S. opposes any Israeli military action.

Guam Open To Osprey Deployment If Safety Concerns Eased: Governor
(Kyodo News) Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has said he would be open to the possibility of hosting the U.S. military’s Osprey aircraft on the Pacific island, assuming concerns about its safety are fully addressed.

Putin Says Missile Deal Is More Likely With Obama
(New York Times) President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia sauntered into American presidential politics on Thursday, praising President Obama as “a very honest man” and chastising the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, for describing Russia as “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

U.S. Policy On China Sees Little Progress
(USA Today) Four years of diplomatic meetings, personal visits and a state dinner at the White House have not altered China policy substantially toward the United States and its allies, some experts here say.

General: Insider Attacks Need Coordinated Response
(Stars and Stripes) The rising number of attacks by Afghan forces on international troops is as much a problem for Afghanistan as it is for the U.S.-led NATO coalition and demands a coordinated response, the war’s top commander, Gen. John Allen, said in a statement released Thursday.

White House Backs Blacklisting Militant Organization
(New York Times) The Obama administration has decided to blacklist as a terrorist organization the Haqqani network, the militant organization responsible for some of the deadliest attacks against American troops in Afghanistan, several American officials said late Thursday.

Syria’s Chemical Arms Pose Challenges
(Washington Post) Western spy agencies suspect Syria’s government has several hundred tons of chemical weapons and precursor components scattered among as many as 20 sites throughout the country, heightening anxieties about the ability to secure the arsenals in the event of a complete breakdown of authority in the war-torn nation, U.S. and Middle Eastern officials say.

Assad May Be Trying To Set Up Defense In Mountain Region
(USA Today) The regime of Bashar Assad appears to be using mass killings and intimidation to carve out a defensible mountainous region on the Mediterranean coast where it can survive and retain influence even if rebels take over the rest of Syria.

Mich. Congressman: Netanyahu, U.S. Envoy Had Heated Exchange Over Iran
(Washington Post) …Rogers, a frequent critic of Obama on Iran and other issues, said he thinks Israel will launch its own preemptive attack on Iran soon, when Israeli military capability has the best chance of damaging the Iranian program.

The End Of Al-Qaeda?
(Time) In Yemen, a successful counterattack by government troops shows how the terrorist group can be beaten.

Judge Says U.S. Can’t Block Lawyer Access To Detainees
(Washington Post) A federal judge on Thursday blocked the government from restricting lawyers’ access to detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ruling that proposed measures would violate the detainees’ right to challenge their confinement in the courts.

I Voted ? Military Ballots
(FNC) …They fight for our freedom on the frontlines, but fewer members of the military could be voting. As we approach the 45-day mailing deadline, the number of absentee ballots requested by eligible military voters is dramatically down according to the Military Voter Protection Project.

Spending Cuts Likely To Trigger Furloughs
(GovExec.com) Federal agencies will have to consider furloughing employees if Congress and the White House cannot reach a deal before the end of the year to stave off the governmentwide automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January 2013, according to a former top budget aide on Capitol Hill.

House Panel To Question Chinese Telecom Firms
(Wall Street Journal) A House committee plans to question Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. during a rare public hearing next week about national-security concerns posed by the Chinese telecommunications companies’ inroads into the U.S. market.

Clinton Plays Up ‘Frank’ Talks With Beijing
(Wall Street Journal) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put a positive spin on meetings with Chinese leaders earlier this week that yielded little visible progress on diplomatic disputes, saying the relationship between the two superpowers is mature enough to withstand differences.

Veterans Compete In Paralympics
(CBS) Twenty American veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are competing in the Paralympics in London. Mark Phillips met one with an incredible story.

Newport News Shipbuilding Offers Buyouts To 1,200
(Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) About 1,200 nonunion, salaried employees at Newport News Shipbuilding are being offered buyout packages, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

Radar-Blinding Raytheon Decoy Starts Rolling Off Assembly Line
(Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)) A few years ago, Raytheon developed an unmanned decoy aircraft that mimics the radar signature of U.S. and allied strike aircraft, to throw off enemy air defenses. A new version can essentially blind the enemy as well, with sophisticated radar-jamming gear.

Call The Haqqanis Terrorists
(Washington Post) As the Obama administration finalizes plans to draw down U.S. operations in Afghanistan, it remains unclear what U.S. officials will do about the Haqqani network, the ultra-violent component of the Taliban that operates from its rear base in North Waziristan, Pakistan.

What We Know About Iran’s Nukes
(Wall Street Journal) The regime’s most secure uranium-enrichment site has doubled capacity since May, and its suspected top bomb-maker is back on the case.

Bombing Iran Is The Way To Make Sure It Gets The Bomb
(Financial Times) There is one sure way to persuade Iran to press on with its programme to build the bomb. That’s for Israel to go ahead and bomb Iran.

The Iranian Navy Is Coming!
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Much to Iran’s annoyance, the United States has been throwing its considerable weight around the Persian Gulf with its giant carrier battle groups and an 11-nation naval exercise scheduled for next month to show Tehran what awaits should it try to close the Straits of Hormuz. Iran has decided to throw a little weight of its own around by putting its warships in international waters off the coast of the United States.

North Korea’s Dangerous Reforms
(Washington Post) …These changes should be welcomed, as such a regime, despite its numerous shortcomings, is still preferable to the dictatorship that North Korea has endured for several decades. Unfortunately, Kim Jong Eun has little chance of succeeding.

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Veterans News for September 6, 2012

by Ray Hyson on September 7, 2012

For Today (Today’s quote sent in by our good friend Jack Beecher, USACE Small Business Officer and a Vietnam Veteran.  Thanks Jack):

“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”
Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

The Veterans News will be moving to http://VeteransNews.org on Tuesday, September 11, 2011.

Virginia State brochure formatted  Critical Home Repair Flyer PW Co. VA

 

VA Vets News for September 6, 2012. Thanks to Kevin Secor, VA VSO Liaison.

1. IAVA attracts the spotlight – and detractors.

2. Review: ‘No Easy Day’ is a compelling account of Bin Laden’s assassination.

3. NFL research grant could help veterans, troops with brain injuries.

4. VA says no service dogs benefits warranted for PTSD sufferers.

5. Official: Access to absentee ballots ‘never better’ despite IG report claims.

6. Florida veterans group on mission to deliver benefits.

7. VA to hold first Southeast “Stand Down” event in Juneau.

8. Fla. Department of Veterans Affairs uses new look to help vets.

9. Missing document hinders veteran entering VA hospice care.

10. VA removes builder from blacklist.

11. Attorney Pleads Guilty To $2.3 Million Scam Of Disabled Vets.

12. Blue Button Sees 1 Million Patients Sign On.

13. Brand-New Transition Classes Start Soon.

14. Order Calls For Interagency Cooperation On Veterans’ Mental Health.

15. Military PTSD: All-Star Scientists Start Mental Health Mega-Project.

16. Veterans Retraining Assistance Program For Unemployed Servicemembers Attracts Thousands.

17. Muskogee VA Center Opens Office For Online Healthcare Service.

18. Tuscaloosa VA Has Top Vocational Rehab Program.

19. Woman Claims Camp Lejeune Made Her Sick.

20. Veterans Get Helping Hand In Cleveland Municipal Court.

21. RI To Begin Issuing Veteran Drivers Licenses, IDs.

22. VA Spent Millions On Six Days Of Hawaii Games.

23. What Benefits Are Provided To Bury Widows Of Veterans?

24. US Veterans In Paralympics.

25. Military Needs A Battle Plan To Stop Sexual Assaults.

26. We’re Still A Nation At War, And It Has A Price.

27. Hey, Funding For A Program That Actually Helps Wounded Warriors Is Running Out!.

28. Lumberton Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Taking Undeserved Vet Benefits.

29. Muskogee VA Needs Volunteer Caregivers.

30. Invisible Wounds Leave Marine In Need Of Help.

31. ‘My Enemy, My Friend’.

32. Lessons Learned From The Wounded Warrior Project.

33. Canyon Lake Area Blue Star Mothers Sending Care Packages To Our Troops.

34. Student Helps Ease Transition Home For Wounded Soldiers.

35. Money Woes, War Trauma Prompt More Veterans To Attempt Suicide.

36. Federal Spending: Breakdown Of Contracts.

37. Korean War Veteran With Dementia Still Caring For His Men.

38. VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as September 6, 2012:

39. Today in History:

1. IAVA attracts the spotlight – and detractors. In 2006, at the height of the Iraq war, staffers at the advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America practically had to beg reporters to cover their news conferences. Now, IAVA representatives are frequent cable news guests and regulars at hearings on Capitol Hill, where few if any veterans initiatives are passed without their blessing.

 

2. Review: ‘No Easy Day’ is a compelling account of Bin Laden’s assassination. Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette did not put the first slug into Osama bin Laden when SEALs raided the terrorist’s lair in Pakistan last year in May. But he fired follow-up shots quickly and without remorse, as he describes in vivid, gruesome detail in “No Easy Day,” written under the pseudonym Mark Owen with co-author Kevin Maurer:

 

3. NFL research grant could help veterans, troops with brain injuries. The league is donating $30 million to study the long-term effects of head injuries and other blunt-force trauma, to help not only athletes but also the general population.

 

4. VA says no service dogs benefits warranted for PTSD sufferers. The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay service-dog benefits to veterans with vision, hearing or mobility-related injuries but not to veterans suffering only with post-traumatic-stress-disorder and other mental health disabilities, according to a final draft of rules published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

 

5. Official: Access to absentee ballots ‘never better’ despite IG report claims. The acting chief of the Federal Voting Assistance Program said Wednesday that troops’ access to absentee ballots “has never been better” despite reports of growing problems for servicemembers trying to cast a ballot this fall.

6. Florida veterans group on mission to deliver benefits. Florida Today The nation’s third-largest population of veterans collects than $13.7 billion a year in federal compensation, education and pension benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical services and military retired pay, according to FDVA, but …

7. VA to hold first Southeast “Stand Down” event in Juneau. KTOO News The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding its first ever “Stand Down” outreach event in Southeast Alaska, Friday and Saturday at Juneau’s Centennial Hall. “Stand Down” events are designed to provide services to veterans, especially homeless …

8. Fla. Department of Veterans Affairs uses new look to help vets. First Coast News A statewide mulitmedia campaign began Wednesday to help connect Florida veterans with federal and state benefits and services, according to a release from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The outreach campaign aims to utilize traditional newspaper …

9. Missing document hinders veteran entering VA hospice care. Veteran Paul F. Miller was in Normandy for D-Day, Greg Miller holds a picture of his father Paul F. Miller, when he was serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, … Paul Miller was transferred to the Veterans Affairs hospice center in North …

10.VA spent millions on six days of Hawaii games. Washington Examiner Hilton’s Hawaiian Village in Honolulu was the site in May 2011 for a six-day event costing more than $2.5 million and hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs featuring games such table tennis, horseshoes and shuffleboard for aging vets.

11.VA removes builder from blacklist. Dayton Daily News The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has removed a Cincinnati builder from a blacklist of companies barred from obtaining federal contracts. The VA last month removed from the blacklist BAMKO LLC, owners Evans Nwankwo and James C. Battle III and …

 

12.Attorney Pleads Guilty To $2.3 Million Scam Of Disabled Vets. Houston Chronicle “Attorney Joe B. Phillips pleaded guilty in Houston federal district court Tuesday to charges that he and his wife jointly conspired to steal $2.3 million from 49 disabled veterans mostly from Southeast Texas and then deliberately hid their thefts by filing fake reports and a bogus income tax return in a scheme described as the largest rip-off ever reported in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ fiduciary program.” While Phillips’ wife Dorothy, pleaded guilty in April, Joe Phillips “had insisted on his innocence until Tuesday.” In his guilty plea, “Phillips admitted to transferring more than $1.36 million in veterans clients’ bank accounts directly to a joint checking account he shared with his wife” as well as “signing false statements as a VA fiduciary and a bogus income tax return to help hide the thefts.”

 

13.Blue Button Sees 1 Million Patients Sign On. Healthcare IT News The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that “one million patients are now registered for Blue Button, and are using it to access their personal health records.” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said, “Since President Obama announced the availability of Blue Button two years ago, VA has worked tirelessly with our sister agencies to make online access to personal health records convenient, reliable, and safe. I am very pleased with our progress.” Peter Levin, VA’s chief technology officer, said, “The simplicity of Blue Button makes it easy for other public agencies and Federal Employee Health Program carriers to participate. Getting to one million registered users so quickly is a great validation for our team.” VA officials also said that “the Blue Button will see even wider use as more non-profit organizations and health care industry partners, such as Kaiser Permanente and Aetna adopt it as an integral part of their customer health records.” ExecutiveGov “Patients use the web-based Blue Button to access and download their personal health record information into one file for use in private healthcare electronic records systems.” Todd Park, Federal CTO, said that “Blue Button also has helped unlock data throughout the federal government.”

14.Brand-New Transition Classes Start Soon. Air Force Times The “Transition Assistance Program is getting a total makeover” in recognition “that troops don’t all have the same needs.” Instead, “troops will choose one of three specialized tracks: one for those planning to attend college, another for aspiring business owners and a third for those who want to use their military training and skills to get a job right away, officials said.” Additionally, the program will drop “instruction on using newspaper job ads and how to prepare a paper résumé in favor of more up-to-date tips on searching for jobs online, filling out electronic résumés and networking on social media to find work.”

15.Order Calls For Interagency Cooperation On Veterans’ Mental Health. Federal News Radio “President Obama signed an executive order Friday telling the Department of Veterans Affairs to add more personnel to respond to the mental health needs of veterans and telling other agencies to help, an effort to fight a rising tide of suicides in the military services.” The provisions of the order include boosting the VA’s veterans’ crisis hotline capacity by half and making sure veteran identifying themselves as in emotional distress are seen by a mental health professional within 24 hours. The order also seeks to address a shortage of mental health professionals “by telling VA to use HHS’ network of private mental health providers that receive grants.” NPR President Obama said at Fort Bliss, Texas, “We need to give you the best support and care when you come home.” Obama’s excutive order directs the VA to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals and 800 peer support counselors. Additionally, the President “set up a task force to recommend other ways the government can help those suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

16.Military PTSD: All-Star Scientists Start Mental Health Mega-Project. Forbes “A new consortium, manned by some of the nation’s top scientists where PTSD is concerned, is hoping to develop an objective means of diagnosing the condition.” The “researchers, including top-notch experts at Harvard, Boston University, Mount Sinai Hospital and several VA Medical Centers, plan to track more than 2,000 people (military and civilian) who are exposed to traumatic events” and “measure, both shortly after the experience and in later years, several different biomarkers – including hormones, genetic data and neurological factors – to parse out a select group of “markers” that can accurately diagnose PTSD.”

 

17.Veterans Retraining Assistance Program For Unemployed Servicemembers Attracts Thousands. Huffington Post The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program “is meant to help middle-aged veterans who have exhausted their GI benefits.” it “has already enrolled some 39,000 former servicemembers. VA officials predict they will fill all of the 45,000 spots available before Sept. 30, when another fiscal year starts and 54,000 more slots open up.” Curtis Coy, deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity at the Veterans Benefits Administration, said, “The largest populations of veterans that are unemployed are between the ages of 35 and 60, so this is a great opportunity for a veteran out there who is unemployed to basically jump-start their career.” However, “VRAP will only cover school for 12 months,” and “workforce development experts say the most successful retraining programs generally are those that offer longer, more in-depth training.”

18.Muskogee VA Center Opens Office For Online Healthcare Service. KOTV-TV “The Veterans’ Affairs Center in Muskogee is hoping to make the medical system more convenient and helpful for veterans” with the launch of “an entire office dedicated to My HealtheVet, a free one-stop shop veterans can access there or anywhere” to “refill prescriptions, view lab results, and communicate with their doctors and nurses.” Associate director Bryan Matthews said, “Calling in is still an option, but we feel that this will be a little bit more efficient, and a little bit more information, and especially our younger veterans, who are used to communicating electronically. This will be a better system for them.”

19.Tuscaloosa VA Has Top Vocational Rehab Program. WKRG-TV “Tuscaloosa’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center is being recognized for its program getting veterans back to work,” having its vocational rehabilitation program “ranked the best of all VA centers in the United States.” Dr. Thomas McNutt, the acting supervisory psychologist in charge of the program, said that it is “helping about 25 veterans at any given time.”

20.Woman Claims Camp Lejeune Made Her Sick. WSET-TVNoreen White, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis “lived at camp lejeune as an infant and has fought for years to try to get her medical bills covered. … With a brand new law there’s hope. It’s called “Honoring America’s Veterans And Caring For Camp Lejeune Families Act Of 2012.’ It makes Veterans Affairs the payer of last resort. A glimmer of hope for White that her medical bills will stop piling up.”

21.Veterans Get Helping Hand In Cleveland Municipal Court. Cleveland Plain Dealer Cleveland Municipal Court’s Veterans Treatment Docket will have “its first anniversary next month with veterans and court officials optimistic about a concept that is spreading across Ohio and the nation.” While it requires veterans “return about once a month for hearings on their compliance with court-ordered requirements,” it also helps them link up “with such services as housing for the homeless, medical and financial aid, and other support or treatment programs offered at a local, county, state and federal level.”

22.RI To Begin Issuing Veteran Drivers Licenses, IDs. AP “Rhode Island veterans will now be able to get a driver’s license or state ID card that includes a notation that they’re a veteran” if the present “the Department of Motor Vehicles documents that show military service, such as a certificate of release from active duty.” State Sen. Walter Felag Jr., who sponsored the legislation, “says the designation will make it easier for veterans to quickly identify themselves at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or to take advantage of discounts or other benefits.”

23.What Benefits Are Provided To Bury Widows Of Veterans? Washington Times “Kudos to the four Department of Veterans Affairs researchers were among the 96 recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE),” which “is the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government on federal researchers in the early stages of their careers.” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said, “Research is the lifeblood of our program to provide cutting-edge, world-class medical care to Veterans,” adding, “The achievements of these four individuals show that VA research is a leader in the health care industry.” Dr. Robert Petzel, VA Under Secretary for Health, said, “The outstanding work of these investigators is a microcosm of how VA research itself helps improve the lives of veterans.”

24.US Veterans In Paralympics. NBC Nightly News “Finally tonight, back over to London we go, we last saw you from there during those fabulously successful Olympic games. Londoners were justifiably so proud of pulling it off so well, and now, they get to do it all over again, the Paralympics are underway.” NBC (Gosk) added, “Scott Winkler a US Army vet was injured in Iraq.” Scott Winkler Paralympic athlete: “We’re no different than anyone else.” Gosk: “CC Mazik, former US Army Airborne has this advice.” CC Mazik, athlete: “Get up. Life is too short to lay down. Go get it.”

25.Military Needs A Battle Plan To Stop Sexual Assaults. New York Daily News

 

26.We’re Still A Nation At War, And It Has A Price. Arizona Republic

27.Hey, Funding For A Program That Actually Helps Wounded Warriors Is Running Out!. Foreign Policy Blogs Network

28.Lumberton Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Taking Undeserved Vet Benefits. Fayetteville (NC) Observer

 

29.Muskogee VA Needs Volunteer Caregivers. KOKI-TV

30.Invisible Wounds Leave Marine In Need Of Help. Veterans of Foreign Wars

31.‘My Enemy, My Friend’. American Legion

32.Lessons Learned From The Wounded Warrior Project. Food Service Equipment & Supplies

 

33.Canyon Lake Area Blue Star Mothers Sending Care Packages To Our Troops. KGNB-AM

34.Student Helps Ease Transition Home For Wounded Soldiers. Fairbanks (AK) News-Miner

 

35.Money Woes, War Trauma Prompt More Veterans To Attempt Suicide. Fort Bragg (NC) Patch

36.Federal Spending: Breakdown Of Contracts. Washington Business Journal

 

37.Korean War Veteran With Dementia Still Caring For His Men. PhillyBurbs.com

38.VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as September 6, 2012:

September 12. SVAC will hold a markup on pending legislation. 10:00 A.M.; 418 Russell

September 14, 2012. HVAC, Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on the Patient-Centered Community Care (PCCC) and Non-VA Care Coordination (NVCC) programs. 9:30 A.M.; 334 Cannon

September 20, 2012. HVAC, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a hearing entitled, “Examining the Re-Design of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).” 10:00 A.M.; 340 Cannon

 

October 4, 2012. House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will be holding a hearing on October 4, 2012 on; State Approving Agencies Roles and Reviewing the Challenges of PL 111-377 Section 203. Tentatively scheduled for 10:00am in Cannon 334.

  1. Today in History:

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Hiring our Heroes, September Hiring Fairs Across The Country.  http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7972/hiring-our-heroes-september-hiring-fairs-across-the-country/

 

PTSD? You are not alone.  http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/20120906a.asp

American Legion On-Line Update for September 6, 2012. http://editor.legionemail.com/vo/?FileID=2ec53664-a03d-45ef-b84b-22999b8f8cb8&m=28738c49-f478-4180-8f30-4abe2408a79c&MailID=25087639

Reserve Officers Association (ROA) SmartBrief for September 6, 2012. http://www.smartbrief.com/servlet/wireless?issueid=902B51ED-B7D7-46FB-9472-6D479FEA31C1&sid=22cbe9eb%2d3ef0%2d4eca%2d8105%2def9f466dc32d

The National Resource Directory provides online support and access to over 10,000 services and resources. Please visit: www.NationalResourceDirectory.gov  Also Please be sure to check your particular state for any additional benefits that may be offered.

Behind the Scenes As VBA Prepares for Back to School. http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7981/behind-the-scenes-as-vba-prepares-for-back-to-school/

Association of the United States Navy (ausn) E-News for September 6, 2012http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4f7cdeba96d116bf638ba67b2&id=0bf315eb1e&e=9b27824cad

Non-profit Organizations. If you would like to know more about a particular non-profit, I suggest you go to GuideStar at http://www2.guidestar.org/Home.aspx  This is a GREAT resource!  The Holidays will be here before we know it and so too will the stacks and stacks of donation requests!

Critical Home Repairs for Veterans in Prince William County, Virginia, Manassas & Manassas Park. Please see attached flyer sent in by James Thur, Regional Director, Northern Region, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.  Thanks Jim!

Resources for Veterans in Virginia.  Please see attached State Brochure also sent in by Jim Thur!

Senate Committee Questions GSA IG About Investigation Tactics.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has asked the General Services Administration’s Inspector General to explain what some have called aggressive tactics used by his staff during an investigation of the agency’s SmartPay conference in Nashville last month. Committee staff questioned IG Brian Miller during a pre-hearing briefing call in preparation for the committee’s hearing Sept. 12 on management changes at GSA. Click to read the full story.

Prayers and blessings for you and your loved ones and for our very dear Troops and their loved ones everywhere.

Best…….Wayne

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Free Guidebook on Vets Benefits – Sent in by our friend Lisa Stern at Stern Consulting, LLC. Thanks Lisa as usual for your support of our Vets community.

 


Institute for Veterans & Military Families and Griffin-Hammis produce government benefits guidebook for veterans with disabilities

By Jaime Winne Alvarez <mailto:jlwinne@syr.edu>(315) 443-0177
In response to a need for more easily accessible and organized information on governmental benefits available to veterans and their families, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families <http://vets.syr.edu/> at Syracuse University (IVMF), in collaboration with Griffin-Hammis Associates LLC<http://www.griffinhammis.com/> , has released the publication “Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities.” <http://vets.syr.edu/pdfs/benefits-guidebook.pdf>
The four-part guide details monetary, health care and employment services and support benefits, and helps outline the interaction between government benefits and employment or self-employment. The goal is to provide veterans and their families enough information to understand how work income can affect benefits. It provides tools so they can stay financially secure while remaining eligible for supports and services, and assists in transitioning away from supports when appropriate, in a planned process.
The guidebook focuses primarily on benefit programs that are the most frequently accessed by veterans and their families, such as those issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Defense (DoD) and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).
“The guidebook explains how benefits can support employment and provide resources to pursue self-employment, and assists in planning benefit usage,” says James Schmeling, IVMF managing director and co-founder. “Working with both veterans and those who serve them, it became clear that there was a need for clarity on benefits available to veterans, and particularly service-disabled veterans. Too many people are unaware of the benefits available to veterans and their families, and for those who are aware, there are too many myths about benefits and work. The guide helps plan interactions between employment, self-employment and benefits.”
“The promise we as a country make to veterans with disabilities must include the opportunity to make a living. Despite the folklore surrounding loss of benefits, many protections and options exist,” says Cary Griffin, senior partner, Griffin-Hammis Associates. “While government benefits programs can be confusing, this manual concisely illustrates the key decision points one faces when returning to work or starting a business. After all, there is no government program as powerful as having meaningful work.”
To download a copy of the guidebook, visit vets.syr.edu/pdfs/benefits-guidebook.pdf <http://vets.syr.edu/pdfs/benefits-guidebook.pdf> . A print publication is forthcoming.

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Message from Jack Klmp, LtGen, USMC (Ret), President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS)

Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,

We are engaged here in Washington in a heck of a fight to protect the benefits earned by members of the uniformed services through their service and sacrifice for the nation. An example of this is the battle over healthcare for retirees and their families. For years we have been told that healthcare, especially for retirees, has been driving national defense into bankruptcy – an incredible insult to men and women who devoted their adult lives to the protection of the nation.

Last summer our members accepted a 13% increase in TRICARE Prime rates with the understanding that future increases would be tied to COLA. Shortly after that, we learned that something in excess of $500 Million in “unused” TRICARE money had been reprogrammed for other uses. Then, the administration released its 2013 budget request which included huge new fees for TRICARE Prime coverage and new, also huge, first time ever, fees for elderly retirees covered by TRICARE for Life. So much for promises made.

As the budget worked its way through the House and Senate review process, we learned that DoD wants to reprogram an another $708 M of “unused” healthcare funding money this year. The scrutiny this request brought about subsequently revealed that the sum reprogrammed last year wasn’t $500 M, but rather, $1.36 Billion and the year before that it was $772 M. So, in the last three years, DoD has reprogrammed or asked to reprogram nearly $3 B of healthcare funding.

Rather than being an anchor around the neck of DoD, healthcare turns out to be a bill payer for the department. This is just one of the fights we are engaged in. Below is a youtube link to our first NAUS Video. (It is pretty good except for the homely guy making the presentation.) It is an alert of the Assault on military, veteran and retiree benefits going on today. I hope you will be comfortable with distributing it further.

Semper Fidelis…..Jack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FClUM9nXl3Y&feature=youtu.be

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URGENT NEED – Admin/Log Support Specialist – Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, VA –

IMDC Admin/Log Support Specialist – Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, VA

The IMDC Admin/Log Support Specialist will provide general administrative and logistical support for the IMDC such as processing timecards, making travel arrangements for IMDC personnel, maintaining IMDC and leadership calendars, preparing correspondence, and providing conference and meeting support.

Requirements for the IMDC Admin/Log Support Specialist position (note that there are no requirements for years of experience or education level):

-Expert knowledge of MS Office applications;

-An active DoD TS/SCI clearance and willingness to undergo a CI polygraph examination, if so directed;

-Experience with the Defense Travel System (DTS);

-Experience with the Government timecard system is highly desired.

Please apply on-line at www.gouldglobal.com

IMDC IT Tech Support Specialist – Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, VA

The IMDC IT Tech Support Specialist will provide specified and generalized technical support for IMDC personnel. The position will establish and maintain interactive IMDC web portals on NIPRNet, SIPRNet, and JWICS. Employing MS Access, the specialist will establish a database to document and provide metrics for IMDC requirements, responses, and costs. A separate database to track waivers will also be required.

Requirements for the IMDC IT Technical Support Specialist positions

  • An active DoD TS/SCI clearance and willingness to undergo a CI polygraph examination, if so directed;
  • DoD Directive 8570 technical level 3 certification (CISA, GSE, or CISSP)
  • Expert knowledge on MS Access, MS Excel, and MS Sharepoint;
  • Extensive experience in database design and support;
  • Experience providing general support to computer users in a DoD intelligence enterprise environment.

Please apply on-line at www.gouldglobal.com

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Deeper Cuts Anticipated For Marine Corps and Army Force Structure

Posted on InsideDefense.com: September 5, 2012 – Thanks to Gerald Pothier, Capt, USMC (Ret) for sending this article to us.

 

The Marine Corps and Army are likely to shrink their force structures in the coming years more than senior military leaders have publicly acknowledged, according to analysts and active and former service officials.

Last month in a discussion with reporters, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos defended plans to cut his service’s force from 202,000 to 182,100 troops by 2016, noting the prospect of more defense-spending cuts has not prompted the service to draft plans for an even smaller force.

Asked whether the service could further reduce its force structure by a few thousand Marines if additional budget cuts left no alternative, Amos said it could be done, but he added there are no plans to take that approach and said there appears to be no appetite in Congress and the Defense Department for shrinking the Marine Corps below 182,100.

“You can always make a tradeoff and say, ‘I’ll trade manpower for top dollar.’ But there’s no plan right now to go below 182,” he said. “I’m not sensing that in my dealings with Congress there’s a stomach to go below 182. I’m not sensing that in this building that there’s a stomach to go below 182.”

“Gen. Amos needs to grow a ‘sinking feeling’ in his stomach,” said Gordon Adams, an American University professor and former Office of Management and Budget official. “Ground force planners do not like cutting the force, but they have already done it five times since 1945. It happens after every conflict and can, properly done, leave the force in good condition. And it will happen again, below the level Gen. Amos is currently planning.”

A former Marine Corps official said Amos’ statements amount to posturing, adding that the service’s force structure is likely to decline to roughly 170,000 by FY-20. The Army has begun reducing its active-duty end strength from 560,000 to 490,000 by FY-17, but it, too, would likely shrink further outside the FY-12 to FY-17 future years defense plan, the source said.

“They are all pitching the FYDP 12-17 but that’s not the full story,” the source added.

The Obama administration’s proposed reduction in the growth of the defense budget has led to this first round of force cuts that have been publicly announced, said Adams. But the budget will go lower, he said, noting history shows defense budgets decline — below inflation — an average of 30 percent in constant dollars over 10 years. “A sequester would take it down about 15 percent, so pretty shallow, by historical standards,” he said.

The Marine Corps has successfully performed its mission in the past with a smaller force structure, Adams said.

“Since current Marine planning is putting [counterinsurgency] and nation-building behind them, a 172K Marine Corps is plenty of personnel to perform their mission,” he said. “I would love to have Gen. Amos explain why the latest strategy document demands more, in detailed, mission-specific terms. I don’t think he can.”

Andrew Krepinevich of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said the Marine Corps is bound to shrink further, with or without sequestration.

“I think Gen. Amos is telling the story accurately, as it exists today,” he said. “But barring the emergence of a major, immediate and protracted threat to national security, economic and political logic dictate that the defense budget will be cut further than current DOD projections. If we don’t get sequestration, we’ll get it on the installment plan. This will require further cuts in force structure.”

Marine Corps force structure was set at 173,000 during the 1990s, when the service was required to prepare for two major regional wars in overlapping time frames while also maintaining forward-presence requirements, Krepinevich said.

“Arguably the requirements are not as demanding today, nor will they be in the immediate future,” he added. “The American public, in the wake of Afghanistan and Iraq, and facing cuts to entitlement programs, evinces no support for a major military undertaking absent a direct threat to the country’s vital interests.”

A similar rationale can be applied when looking at Army force structure, said Krepinevich. “During the two major-regional war days it stood at 475,000,” he said. “I suspect both services could end up with end strengths 15 percent lower than current projections call for if sequestration, or something like it, is put in place — which is likely.”

“Gen. Amos is doing what every smart service chief is doing: messaging that further cuts are inconceivable, impossible, etc.,” said a senior Army official. “The strategic reality, however, is that such decisions are made outside of the services, so a smaller number — including 170,000 — is certainly conceivable.”

Amos is not planning for it for the same reasons that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is not planning for the impacts of sequestration — to plan is to acknowledge the feasibility and legitimacy of the potential outcome, the official said, adding, “Therefore you don’t plan for it — although not infrequently very small, secretive planning efforts do happen.”

“Gen. Amos leaves unsaid that one solution for a reduced Marine Corps is to adjust the length of the rotation cycle, which apparently is written as ‘six months’ on the back of the Ten Commandment tablets,” the official added. “But they are even more ideological about that and resisted adjusting their cycle even during the Iraq War when Army units were hauling down 15 month deployment cycles.”

The official said it would not be shocking if the active duty Army force were to be cut to 420,000.

“The wars we’re going to fight in the future aren’t going to be anything like the ones we’ve been fighting — except that a major part of our missions henceforward, in both peace and war, will be advising, assisting and supplying allies fighting to protect themselves from aggression,” said retired Army Col. Bob Killebrew, a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

“And the sooner we take that on — for both the Army and the Marines — the sooner we’ll be getting ready for the next conflict, or preventing one from happening,” Killebrew added. He declined to comment on the potential future size of the Army and Marine Corps. – Christopher J. Castelli

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Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (Sent in by John Bonnell Marine Corps League)!

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kadetra Cooper

September 6, 2012 kadetra.cooper@dvs.virginia.gov

 

Americorps Virginia Veterans Joins Statewide Community Food Drive September 9-15

Hampton – AARP Virginia will be hosting the 4th annual statewide food drive from Sunday, September 9, 2012 to Saturday, September 15, 2012. The initiative has established partnerships with organizations across the Commonwealth, and desperately needs communities to help supply Virginia’s food banks, in an effort to collect over 100,000 pounds of food.

AmeriCorps Virginia Veterans Corps, a program within The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP), is one of AARP’s partners in the weeklong statewide community food drive. “This is an exciting time for AmeriCorps; we will begin our second year of local service and have the opportunity to simultaneously extend our outreach and introduce two new service locations as collection sites for the food drive. We encourage our Hampton Roads community to come out and help make a difference in our area toward an effort to help those in need,” said Christina Lipin, AmeriCorps Virginia Veterans Corps Program Manager.

Virginia food banks and their partnering agencies are experiencing daily increases in the demand for assistance due to rising unemployment and higher food prices. Nearly 6% of seniors in Virginia are at risk of hunger; more than 17% of Virginians have reported that there were times in the past 12 months when they did not have enough money to purchase food.

Our community is our strength; come out and make a difference in Hampton Roads September 9th through September 15th by donating non-perishable food items to the local food banks. The most needed items include: peanut butter, crackers, canned fruit, chunky soups, hot/cold cereal, canned tuna, canned meats, canned vegetables, and pasta/rice. Please do not donate items in glass containers.

The AmeriCorps Virginia Veterans Corps new service sites that will be collection sites for the food drive are:

 

· Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition, Inc (PARC)/PARC Family Shelter at 1900 Columbus Avenue, Portsmouth, Virginia from Monday, September 10, 2012 to Saturday, September 15, 2012 during the hours of 9:00am-3:00pm.

 

  • United Way of Greater Williamsburg Community Resource Center at 312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia from Monday, September 10, 2012 to Friday, September 14, 2012 during the hours of 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm.

If there is not a food collection site near you, please make the donation to a local food pantry or community food bank. The list of food collection sites is available at www.CreateTheGood.org/va or by calling 2-1-1. The list will be updated on a regular basis.

To learn more about VWWP, visit www.WeAreVirginiaVeterans.org.

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News sent in by Al Bunting, Col, USAF, Ret in NJ. Thanks Al!

Conference Update: NGAUS Business in Reno

National Guard Leadership Change Ceremony Scheduled: Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass will receive a fourth star on Sept. 7 and then replace Gen. Craig McKinley as National Guard Bureau chief during a change-of-responsibility ceremony at the Pentagon, announced the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will host the event. Grass is currently US Northern Command’s deputy commander. In his new role—for which he will be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—he will serve as a senior military adviser to the President, the Defense Secretary, and National Security Council and as DOD’s official channel of communication to the state governors and state adjutants general on matters pertaining to the National Guard. McKinley has been NGB chief since November 2008. He is retiring from the Air Force after more than 37 years of service.

 

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Prime ContentAF could lose big in aircraft, readiness, more
As the specter of mandatory budget cuts totaling $500 billion within the Defense Department looms ever larger, the Air Force finds itself facing the possibility of dialing back its aircraft modernization plans and ditching older aircraft.
Lawmakers have until the end of the year to figure out how to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit; otherwise, DoD will face about $500 billion in automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. [ Read More ]

§ Democratic platform supports cuts in defense spending
In one of the relatively few policy breaks with Republicans on matters of defense, this blogger writes, Democrats support budget cuts for the Department of Defense. Their argument is that cuts must be made and that the DOD shouldn’t be exempt from the difficult decision. Republicans are critical of the cuts, citing weakened national security as the result. The Democratic platform doesn’t address sequestration. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (9/4) http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/sm_share.gif LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Email this Storyhttp://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/btn_ttt.gif

§ Army orders stand-down as part of suicide prevention efforts
Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd Austin III has ordered a servicewide stand-down on Sept. 27 in response to rising suicide rates, the second such stand-down in the Army’s history. Also, September is being recognized as Suicide Prevention Month in the Army and will include training and activities to help commanders better address the mental health needs of soldiers. Army Times Prime(subscription required) (9/5) http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/sm_share.gif LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Email this Storyhttp://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/btn_ttt.gif

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More Cuts Could Change Pentagon View On Mergers
(Reuters.com) Further big budget cuts could make the U.S. Defense Department rethink its current wariness about additional mergers among top-tier companies in the weapons industry, a top Pentagon official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Pentagon Officials Likely To OK F-35 Test Plan On Friday: Sources
(Reuters.com) Senior Pentagon officials are expected on Friday to sign off on a comprehensive plan for testing and evaluating Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an important next step for the new stealth warplane, according to two sources familiar with the program.

U.S. Arms Buyer Foresees More Program Terminations
(Reuters.com) The Pentagon may have to kill or cut some arms programs and slow spending on research and development even if Congress delays automatic budget cuts due to take effect in January, the top U.S. arms buyer said on Wednesday.

Defense Department To Hill: Save Us From Budget Ax
(Politico.com) Washingtons defense community may be eagerly awaiting a report from the White House to detail how it would implement across-the-board budget cuts early next year, but the Pentagons top weapons buyer already can describe how theyd wor

· Clinton’s China Trip Exposes Wide Rifts
(Washington Post) It was supposed to be short and sweet potentially the last trip to China for Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

Democratic Platform Supports More Defense Cuts
(DefenseNews.com) The U.S. Democratic Partys 2012 policy platform signals it would welcome additional Pentagon spending reductions, and targets for cuts outdated Cold War-era systems such as nuclear weapon

War Might Be Making Young Bodies Old
(USA Today) Study finds that veterans in their 20s and 30s show signs of premature aging.

Why Israel Is Unlikely to Bomb Iran Before U.S. Elections

By Tony Karon

By demanding a U.S. statement of ‘red lines’ in exchange for Israeli restraint, Netanyahu appears to be seeking a retreat from an untenable position

Gen. Odierno Discusses Army Efforts To Limit Traumatic Brain Injuries
(NBC) It is a startling number. More than 244,000 U.S. troops have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries, an issue that is front and center for the NFL, a league dealing with the problem of concussions among many of its current and former players.

A Look Ahead At The Debate On Defense Policies
(Washington Post) Mitt Romney and President Obama previewed last week some of what might occur Oct. 22 when they debate defense policies at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

. Afghan Army Moves To Halt ‘Insider Attacks’
(Washington Post) As fatal attacks on U.S. and NATO troops by their Afghan partners kept up at an alarming rate this year, Afghan officials largely blamed infiltrators they said had been sent by foreign spy agencies. But on Wednesday, the Afghan army acknowledged far wider causes, saying hundreds of its soldiers have been expelled or arrested because of deficient vetting and links to insurgents.

US Deputy Military Chief ‘In Secret Israel Visit’
(Google.com) The Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James Winnefeld, is on a secret visit to Israel as tensions rise over Iran’s nuclear progress, Israel’s army radio reported on Thursday.

Like The Army Itself, Recruiters Prepare To Make Do With Less
(New York Times) …And as the Army makes the transition to a smaller fighting force with a tighter budget, it is not surprising to find Pentagon officials expressing confidence that recruiters are nimble enough to adapt to a new organizational model.

Leak Prompts Netanyahu To Cancel Security Cabinet Meeting On Iran Issue
(New York Times) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly canceled a meeting of his security cabinet on Wednesday, saying information was leaked from the highly confidential deliberations, a security failure that could undermine his efforts to project a unified front to the West about how to deal with Irans nuclear program.

Russia: No Sign Iran Developing Nuclear Arms — Interfax
(Reuters.com) Russia sees no evidence that Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at developing weapons, the Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.

Egyptian President Warns Assad That ?Your Time Won?t Be Long?
(New York Times) President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt on Wednesday warned the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, that your time wont be long, as Syrian warplanes and artillery shelled the battleground city of Aleppo and opposition groups reported heavy fighting around the Euphrates River city of Deir el-Zour.

North Korea May Take Action To Jolt Economy, Analysts Say
(New York Times) North Korea said Wednesday that it would convene its Parliament this month, an unusual session that South Korean analysts said might officially introduce a program by the countrys leader, Kim Jong-un, to revitalize the nations moribund economy.

Pentagon Maps Japan Radiation, Says U.S. Personnel Safe
(Reuters.com) The Pentagon on Wednesday posted a website mapping the amount of radiation to which the tens of thousands of Americans in Japan at the time of last year’s earthquake and nuclear disaster were exposed and said none of the doses posed health risks.

Lockheed?s Fight Over President?s Copter Shapes Defense-Cut Tack
(Bloomberg Government (bgov.com)) Lockheed Martin Corp. has $29.4 million at stake in a Pentagon dispute that helped shape the companys position on warning workers they may be fired under automatic defense spending cuts.

An Asia-Pacific Growth Agenda
(Wall Street Journal) On Saturday, Russia will host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit for the first time. That Vladivostok will be the epicenter of business and politics among the 21 nations in the Pacific Rim, including the United States. APEC is a platform for leaders to discuss the most pressing global and regional problems.

Mutual Mistrust
(Los Angeles Times) Squabbling Asian nations pose a threat to U.S.-led security efforts.

Reports: Japan Will Buy Disputed Island Group
(Washington Post) Japans central government has agreed to buy a group of uninhabited islands that are also claimed by China and Taiwan, Japanese media reported Wednesday, potentially increasing regional tension over the simmering territorial dispute.

Japan, U.S. Mull Joint Use Of Guam Facilities To Keep China In Check
(Kyodo News) Japan and the United States are considering the joint use of facilities on Guam to boost surveillance by unmanned reconnaissance aircraft in the western Pacific to counter China’s growing military might, sources close to bilateral ties said Wednesday.

Pentagon Lists 66 Countries As Eligible To Buy US Drones
(Reuters.com) As many as 66 countries would be eligible to buy U.S. drones under new Defense Department guidelines but Congress and the State Department, which have a final say, have not yet opened the spigots for exports, a senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

China Calls for Stepping Up Dialogue with United States: Chinese http://www.airforce-magazine.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/Reports/2012/September%202012/Day06/pix090612chinaTH.jpgForeign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Sept. 5 the United States and China need to “step up” communications on a series of hot-button issues, including the Obama Administration’s new Asia-Pacific-focused defense strategy, nuclear weapons in Iran, and the turmoil in Syria. Appearing before the press with State Secretary Hillary Clinton in Beijing during Clinton’s China visit, Yang said China has “always hoped that the United States would size up the situation [in the Asia-Pacific] and make sure that its policy is in conformity with the trends of our current era and the general wish of countries in the region to seek peace, development, and cooperation.” A policy, he said, China shares. On Iran, Yang said despite a difference of opinion with the United States over the use of sanctions, “China stands ready to stay in close contact, communication, and coordination . . . on the Iranian nuclear issue.” Yang also acknowledged the complexity of the situation in Syria. He said China continues to emphasize—not unlike the United States—a “cessation of fire and an end to violence,” something that he said should be accomplished through political dialogue. (Clinton-Yang transcript)

Report: Half Of Military Bases Lack Voting Facility
(Washington Times) Half of all U.S. military bases around the world lack legally required facilities where troops can register to vote and get absentee ballots, according to a report from the Pentagon’s inspector general.

Judge May Order Fort Hood Suspect’s Beard Shaved
(ABC News) A judge on Thursday was expected to order the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage to have his beard shaved, which could trigger yet another delay in his upcoming murder trial.

Trainer’s Trial Is Put Off; No Explanation
(San Antonio Express-News) A basic-training instructor’s trial on charges of having sex with a young woman stopped abruptly before it even started Wednesday with the Air Force giving no explanation.

U.S. Presses Iraq On Iranian Planes Thought To Carry Arms To Syria
(New York Times) The State Department said Wednesday that Iraq has an obligation under United Nations Security Council resolutions to insist that Iranian planes that are suspected of flying arms to Syria over Iraqi airspace land so the cargo can be inspected.

Former War Commander Fighting For Funds To Combat Brain Injuries
(National Defense) More than 244,000 U.S. troops have been diagnosed with some form of brain injury over the past 12 years, according to Pentagon statistics.

Making A House Home For Veteran
(Washington Post (Local Living)) Caleb Getscher’s new home means a lot to him. The 21-year-old Marine lance corporal lost both of his legs and part of an arm while on duty in Afghanistan last year. His parents’ home in Chaptico, where he spends weekends when he is not at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, was not easy to get around in a wheelchair or with prosthetic limbs.

. From Former Libyan Inmates, New Accusations Of CIA Abuse
(Washington Post) A new report from a human rights group accuses the CIA of using harsh interrogation measures on detainees who were subsequently imprisoned in Libya and cites claims by one former detainee that he was subjected to waterboarding.

Unusually For Democrats, Terror War Is A Talking Point
(Wall Street Journal) Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has awarded grades to his national-security staff for his administration’s foreign-policy priorities.

SEAL Charity Refuses Donations Generated By Book
(Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) The former Navy SEAL who co-authored a controversial first-person book about the raid to kill Osama bin Laden promised to donate most of his earnings to charity. But at least one nonprofit wants nothing to do with it.

. Drone Maker Posts $1.4-Million Loss
(Los Angeles Times) AeroVironment Inc., the Monrovia company that makes small spy drones and electric vehicle charging systems, posted a first-quarter loss of $1.4 million, or 6 cents a share, brought on by decreased sales of its robotic aircraft.Analysts on average had forecast a loss of 3 cents a share.

41. Afghanistan Redux In Syria?
(Washington Post) The United States and its allies are moving in Syria toward a program of covert support for the rebels that, for better or worse, looks very much like what America and its friends did in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

A Touchy Relationship
(New York Times) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in a philosophical frame of mind on Wednesday as she surveyed the impasse between the United States and China on a daunting range of issues. Our two nations, she said, are trying to do something that has never been done in history, which is to write a new answer to the question of what happens when an established power and a rising power meet. As the secretarys fifth trip to China demonstrated, that is proving to be a complicated process.

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§ Panetta’s “humble” approach earns approval, raises questions
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s administrative style is internally described as “humble,” as opposed to the bold, aggressive, more confrontational style of his predecessors. Having spent the majority of his career outside the military, he leads with a reliance on consensus and productivity, welcoming input from top military leaders, this feature says. Panetta’s style, although appreciated, has also left some unanswered questions regarding the long-term direction of the Department of Defense. The Washington Post (9/3) http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/sm_share.gif LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Email this Storyhttp://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/btn_ttt.gif

§ Blast gauges on soldiers’ uniforms aim to shed light on brain injuries
Blast gauges being worn by about 7,000 troops in Afghanistan are being used to gain a better understanding of how explosions cause brain injuries. The gauges enable neuroscientists to measure the direction, speed and pressure of blast waves. “What in the explosive blast ultimately causes the injury? That’s what we really, really want to know,” says Army Col. Geoffrey Ling. USA TODAY (9/4) http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/sm_share.gif LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Email this Storyhttp://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/btn_ttt.gif

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DoD, Congress Investigate Human Tissue Buys Congress and the Pentagon are investigating the purchase of biologic medicines and implants after learning that military and veterans hospitals bought products from a company whose supplier was convicted of illegally harvesting human tissue from cadavers. Read More

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VIGILANT GUARD NORTH CAROLINA PREPARES GUARD MEMBERS FOR DISASTER SITUATIONS

FORT BRAGG, N.C.(9/4/12) – Army and Air National Guard units from across the southeastern United States gathered throughout North Carolina to participate in Vigilant Guard North Carolina, a training exercise that brought together civilian and Guard first responders to train side-by-side in a variety of scenarios based around a large scale disaster event.

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Deal of the Week: Free Sea World Tickets

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§ http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/dQlVCkdZwyVdhw.gifObama signs order to enhance services for troubled veterans
President Barack Obama signed an executive order today designed to ensure troubled veterans faster access to care and combat military suicides. The order will direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire more mental health professionals, guarantee any servicemember with suicidal thoughts has access to caregivers within 24 hours and increase the veterans hotline capacity. Stars and Stripes (8/31) http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/sm_share.gif LinkedIn Email this StoryFacebook Twitter

Upcoming U.S., Israeli Exercise Underscores Relations

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Special Report: Suicide Prevention and Awareness

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Pacom Exercise Program Integrates Disaster Response Preparation

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ISAF Senior Leader Outlines ‘Insider Threat’ Response

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Prime ContentBird strikes increase; costs to Air Force don’t
A bird strike that cut short a demonstration by the Air Force’s Thunderbird team last month in Atlantic City, N.J., illustrates the service’s ongoing challenge in sharing airspace with feathered flocks.
One notable example: Two T-45 Goshawk trainer jets crashed in 2007 and 2008 after birds were sucked into the engines. [ Read More ]

Ex-Guard recruiter sentenced in child sex case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge has sentenced a former national guardsman to 10 years in prison for child sexual exploitation.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Tuesday that 44-year-old Jeffrey Neal Jackson was sentenced following his guilty plea in April to a two-count indictment charging him with coercion and enticement of a minor. [ Read More ]

New SEAL book to be sold in military exchanges
Top Pentagon officials are deeply troubled by a former Navy SEAL’s publication of a book about the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — but that won’t stop troops worldwide from buying the book at local exchange service stores. [ Read More ]

Limbaugh stays on AFN, White House declares
The White House has responded to the more than 29,000 people who signed a petition to have conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh banned from Armed Forces Radio: [ Read More ]

Pentagon says ex-SEAL book contains secrets
A former Navy SEAL’s insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, the Pentagon said Tuesday, and the admiral who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command said details in the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations. [ Read More ]

Gauges worn by troops offer blast impact clues
About 7,000 U.S. ground troops in Afghanistan are now wearing blast gauges that enable neurologists in the war zone for the first time to gather detailed profiles of explosions that cause brain damage among service members. [ Read More ]

· DoDEA seeks input on help for military kids

· Budget cuts loom over plans for F-35 at Nellis

· WWII vet gets medals more than 60 years overdue

Obama ordering VA to add staff, see suicidal vets within 24 hours. President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday directing the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand mental health services and suicide prevention efforts.

Female pilots few, but proud. On May 22, 1912, 1st Lt. Alfred Cunningham reported to Annapolis, Md., for duty, marking the birth of Marine Corps aviation. It was another 81 years, in 1993, before 2nd Lt. Sarah Deal was selected as the first female Marine to attend Naval aviation training.

US postpones training of Afghans after ‘insider’ attacks. American special operations forces have suspended the training of new recruits to an Afghan village militia until the entire 16,000-member force can be rescreened for possible links to the insurgency, U.S. officials said Sunday.

Budget cuts mean no live ‘Taps’ at N.Y. military funerals. Because of budget cuts, New York State as of Oct. 1 will no longer hire musicians to play “Taps” on trumpets or bugles at the more than 300 military funerals per month staffed by the Military Forces Honor Guard.

An Effort Aims To Use Biomarkers To Pinpoint PTSD. New York Times Dr. Roger Pitman, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, “and a team of researchers brought together by Draper Laboratory, based in Cambridge, Mass., are seeking federal financing to begin a major project to develop a more objective system for diagnosing” post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The “consortium’s goal will be to identify as many biological ‘markers’ of the syndrome as possible, then use that data to create algorithms capable of pinpointing who has the disorder, and who does not.” Dr. Len Polizzotto, vice president for new programs at Draper, “said the team was just beginning to apply for grants from federal agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services.”§

§ Marines might be hardest hit by sequestration, top officer says
The Marine Corps might have to cancel whole programs if sequestration defense cuts take place, and the military branch’s smaller budget might mean it’s the hardest hit, said Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, in a speech this week. “Quite honestly, it would stunt any kind of modernization,” Amos said. NationalDefenseMagazine.org/blog (8/28)

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Veterans News for September 5, 2012

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