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The Buzz Archive 2010


Former Buzz Items: 2010

  • Frequent Flyer Miles for Military - Here's your chance to donate frequent flyer miles to a worthy cause! The nonprofit Fisher House Foundation administers the "Hero Miles" program for the Department of Defense in accordance with Public Law 108-375, Section 58, the FY 05 Defense Authorization Act. The program is comprised of individual airlines whose passengers donate their frequent flyer miles to assist service members and their families. Specifically, Fisher House Foundation provides free airline tickets to military men and women who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center incident to their service in Iraq or Afghanistan, and their families. For more information see the Hero Miles website.

  • Help Troops Call Home - The Department of Defense Military Exchanges have been authorized to sell prepaid calling cards to individuals and organizations who wish to purchase these cards for our troops serving overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. For more information see the website.

  • Agent Orange Fast Track Claims Processing System - On December 17, 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began processing Agent Orange claims under a new program. “With new technology and ongoing improvements, we are quickly removing roadblocks to processing benefits,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. He added, “We are also conducting significant outreach to Vietnam Veterans to encourage them to submit their completed application for this long-awaited benefit.” Veterans who served in Vietnam and who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease, or a B-cell (or hairy-cell) leukemia are eligible for healthcare and disability compensation benefits. See VA's Agent Orange Fast Track Claims Processing System.

  • Pilot Program for Vets in Rural Areas - VETS has launched a pilot program in Washington state that will provide Veterans in rural areas with better access to employment programs and services. VETS will utilize partnerships with state and local organizations to contact rural Veterans by telephone, mail and in person to determine employment services for which they are eligible.

    “Veterans in rural areas are an underserved population, and we want to ensure they’re aware of, and have access to, the employment programs and services available to them. This is an integral part of helping them obtain meaningful careers,” said Assistant Secretary for VETS Ray Jefferson. “Access to federal, state and local government resources can be limited in rural areas, so government must be more proactive in reaching out to serve this population of Veterans.” For more information...

  • VA Program for Low-Income Veterans - VA has announced an important program designed to provide enhanced services to low-income Veterans and their families who are at risk of being homeless. Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, VA will provide grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that will help break the cycle of homelessness among America’s Veterans at risk. For more information...

  • Watch Webcast on Ending Veteran Homelessness - On Tuesday, November 9, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) hosted a webcast to discuss interagency initiatives to end Veteran homelessness in relation to this year’s first-ever comprehensive strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, Opening Doors. View the broadcast and look for the episode “Federal Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness.”

  • DOD Names Wounded Warriors Task Force - The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness announced today the names of 14 people who will serve on the Department of Defense Task Force for Care, Management, and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Members of the Armed Forces. The four year mission of the congressionally directed task force is to provide independent advice and recommendations to the department, ensuring comprehensive services are provided to wounded members of the armed forces and their families.

    One of those members is former VETS staffer, Ron Drach, whom we are certain will continue to be an excellent advocate for wounded Veterans. For more information...

  • The VETS NET Newsletter is Back! And its had a makeover! Check out the newest issue and get all the latest news. VETS NET

  • The Road Home, Four Wounded Warriors Who Triumphed - Newsweek magazine has posted several articles and photographs of Service Members who were injured in Iraq. Follow their amazing stories as they adapt to their lives after injury. See Newsweek

  • Pilot Program to Help Veterans Find Meaningful Employment - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the VETS announced recently, the launch of a 14-state pilot program to help Veterans find meaningful employment after service to our nation. This program involving the Chamber and VETS will educate employers on the value of hiring Veterans and help connect employers with Veteran talent.

    “We’re launching this program not just to honor the sacrifices made by our Veterans but because it makes sense for America’s businesses,” said Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue. “Military Veterans are prized by the business community not just for their technical expertise, but also for their leadership skills and dedication.” See press release...

  • Build a Unique Resume - Paper resumes can be so humdrum when you compare it to what the folks at VisualCV.com are doing. At the site, you can build and manage a Internet based resume, combine audio, video and a digital career portfolio - all on a single Web page. Securely share professional qualifications with your customers, partners, employers and colleagues and sign up for free. Check it out!

  • Download VA's Veterans Day Poster - The 2010 Veterans Day poster is available at VA's website. Download a high resolution copy to post in your office.

  • Unemployed? Consider a Seasonal Job - The holiday season is about to ramp up and for job seekers, seasonal employment might present an overlooked opportunity. A recent CareerBuilder.com survey found that two-in-five employers (40 percent) who are hiring seasonal workers in the fourth quarter this year said they will likely transition some into full-time, permanent employees, up from 31 percent in 2009. The top five areas employers are recruiting holiday help for include retail (33 percent), customer service (31 percent), administrative/clerical support (17 percent) shipping and delivery (12 percent) and hospitality (10 percent).

  • Solar Industry is Expanding - According to a survey released by the non-profit group, the Solar Foundation, solar energy-related jobs might be a good bet for job hunters.

    "U.S. solar companies expect to add jobs at a pace that is much faster than the general economy, and are highly optimistic regarding their overall revenue growth over the near term. Specifically, as of August 2010, the U.S. solar industry employs an estimated 93,000 solar workers - defined as those workers who spend at least 50% of their time supporting solar-related activities. Over the next 12 months, over 50% of solar firms expect to add jobs, while only 2% expect to cut workers. This finding is especially relevant given that the overall expected 12-month growth rate for the entire U.S. economy is only about 2%." See more here.

    These jobs are not just for scientist. According to the survey, manufacturing, wholesale trade and installation are the primary sectors poised for growth. Within each group you’ll find a variety of jobs, including:

    - Solar water or pool heating installers or technicians
    - HVAC technicians with specific skills in solar installations
    - Plumbers with specific skills in solar installations
    - Production workers
    - Marketing staff
    - In-house legal staff
    - Accountants and accounting clerks or finance staff
    - First-line supervisors or managers of production and operating workers

  • Great Online Tool from National Resource Directory - The U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs, as part of their continued commitment to our Nation’s Service Members, Veterans and their families, have announced the release of a state widget on the National Resource Directory (NRD), to aid in connecting our Nation’s heroes and their families with the thousands of resources available on the NRD. This free online tool allows users to display resources from the NRD, tailored by state and subject area, on their Web page; creating a single point of access to community services available in the Service Member’s backyard. Users can choose to display resources by popularity or the newest additions to the NRD.

    Creating the state widget is an important step in connecting the Military and Veterans community with the sea of goodwill that has grown to serve them. For nearly two years, the NRD had provided Wounded Warriors, transitioning Service Members, Veterans, and those who support them with quick and easy access to thousands of resources to aid in recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. Veterans and subject matter experts vet resources added to the NRD, ensuring that all the posted resources accessed through the state widget are relevant and from a reputable source. To learn more about the National Resource Directory’s state widget, and to create one for your own website, visit www.NationalResourceDirectory.gov.

  • Veterans Employment Initiative Shows Progress - The President's Interagency Council on Veterans Employment was briefed by U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Scott Gould, and Department of Labor's Assistant Secretary for Veteran's Employment and Training, Ray Jefferson, to inform them that thousands more Veterans have been hired by federal agencies since last November when President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, and established the Veterans Employment Initiative. Also at the briefing, the council adopted a more aggressive new benchmark for Veteran hiring among federal agencies.

    More than 32,800 Veterans have already been hired in the first six months by federal agencies, exceeding last years' number at this time. During the briefing at the Department of Labor, which was attended by representatives from Veterans' Service Organizations, Veterans and those currently serving in the military, Gould, Jefferson, and Director Berry joined agency officials from throughout the federal government to announce a new benchmark and discuss the progress made. See more information...

  • DOL Announces Nearly $900,000 for VETS National Technical Assistance Center - The Department of Labor recently announced two grants totaling $849,890 to fund the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service National Technical Assistance Center. The grants are being awarded under the Labor Department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. See more information...

  • VA Publishes Final Regulation to Aid Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange - Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in Vietnam and other areas will have an easier path to access quality health care and qualify for disability compensation under a final regulation that were published on August 31, 2010 in the Federal Register by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The new rule expands the list of health problems VA will presume to be related to Agent Orange and other herbicide exposures to add two new conditions and expand one existing category of conditions.

    “Last October, based on the requirements of the Agent Orange Act of 1991 and the Institute of Medicine’s 2008 Update on Agent Orange, I determined that the evidence provided was sufficient to award presumptions of service connection for these three additional diseases,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “It was the right decision, and the President and I are proud to finally provide this group of Veterans the care and benefits they have long deserved.” See more information...

  • Can Your Body Language Hurt you in an Interview? Job seekers with shifty eyes, reluctant smiles or fidgety limbs in an interview may be hurting their chances of landing a job. A new CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,500 hiring managers reveals that failure to make eye contact (67 percent), lack of smile (38 percent) and fidgeting too much (33 percent) would make them less likely to hire someone.

    When asked overall what additional body language mistakes would make them less likely to hire job candidates, hiring managers reported the following:

    Bad posture - 33 percent
    Handshake that is too weak - 26 percent
    Crossing arms over their chest - 21 percent
    Playing with their hair or touching their face - 21 percent
    Using too many hand gestures - 9 percent

    See complete article...

  • SOFAR for Mental Health - Strategic outreach to Families of all Reservists (SOFAR) is a pro-bono mental health project that provides free psychological, psychotherapy, psychoeducation and prevention support and prevention services to extended family of Reserve and National Guard members deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. For more information visit www.sofarusa.org.

  • Homeless Female Veterans Grants - Did you know that VETS announced more than $5 million in grants to aid homeless female Veterans and Veterans with families? Twenty-six grants in 14 states and the District of Columbia will provide job training, counseling and placement services (including job readiness, and literacy and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless female Veterans and Veterans with families into the labor force through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

    "The Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that these remarkable men and women successfully transition back into the working world," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. Read complete press release...

  • IVTP Grants Total $4M - DOL VETS has awarded $4 million in Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program grants designed to aid Veterans "at risk" of homelessness. The 16 grants will serve more than 1,400 formerly incarcerated Veterans in 13 states.

    "Everyone deserves a second chance, especially the men and women who have sacrificed for our country," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These grants will help open doors back into the workplace for Veterans, and allow them to contribute positively both to the nation's economic recovery and society as a whole." Read complete press release...

  • Job Corp Demo Project - DOL VETS needs your assistance to enroll 300 Veterans ages 20-24 in new one-year, all-expense paid Demonstration Project with ETA’s Job Corp that provides training, a credential or certificate, stipend, housing, meals, employment and post-employment support. This is a fully-funded, all-expense-paid demonstration project that is free for the Veterans. The program includes transportation to and from the Job Corps center, housing, meals, basic medical services, academic and career technical training, bi-weekly living allowance, and job placement and post-graduation support. See the full announcement here:
    www.dol.gov/vets/jc-info.htm

  • Help for Homeless Veterans - Here's a rundown of several important actions on behalf of homeless Veterans:

    HUD Announces $190 Million in Homeless Grants

    HUD, VA Launch Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program (VHPD)

    Senate, House Approve Record Homeless Veterans Funding

  • ADA Turns 20, President Issues Executive Order - July 26 marked the 20th anniversary of the landmark accessibility law, the American's With Disabilities Act. And in an effort to more fully involve Americans with disabilities in the workforce, President Obama issued an Executive Order to increase federal employment of people with disabilities. Head over to the Disability.gov site to be linked to the order and to read more about ADA and the anniversary celebration. The ADA Home Page also has more information, as well.

  • (UPDATED) VETS Suspends Hire Vets First Program -- Affects TAP Slides - From the VETS National Office:

    "The following message has been posted at the HireVetsFirst website to acknowledge the cancelation of the site:

    At DOL VETS, we are currently reviewing our programs to identify ways that they can be improved in order to provide Veterans and Transitioning Service Members with the best possible service. As part of this process, we are suspending the Hire Vets First program and website. DOL VETS does not authorize further use of the Hire Vets First logo nor is any organization authorized to state that they are in partnership with DOL/VETS without receiving written authorization. A complete list of our current programs and services can be found on the DOL VETS website at www.dol.gov/vets."

    Any inquiries from employers to the DOL VETS website regarding job opportunities will be linked to the appropriate DVET or One Stop Career Center.

    As a result of the program cancelation, facilitators using the TAP workshop's PowerPoint slides will need to download the updated slides. Those are available at the TAP Facilitator site.

    UPDATE: On 7/2/10 the VETS National Office released this message:

    "Dear Participants in HireVetsFirst,
    We regret any inconvenience caused by our decision to close down HireVETSFirst; however, we have just approved new, modernized and better collaterals replacing the old HireVetsFirst collaterals. The projected release for new collaterals is mid-August. Additionally, we are in the process of creating an even more effective approach to connect Veterans with employers and employment opportunities."

  • NYT: Factory jobs return, but skilled workers scare - Read this interesting article from The New York Times about factory workers being needed and the type of experience, abilities and skill sets they should have. Apparently, some factories that are hiring are seeing a mismatch in the type of employees they need and job applicants. Read complete article here.

  • SampleResume.net for Resume Writing Help - We've been quite impressed by the quanity and quality of the sample resumes found on this free site! Your customers need to check out this resource. Resume samples are as diverse as those for farmer workers, IT managers and military. Be sure to also browse through the articles section. The site is www.sampleresume.net.

  • VPL 07-10 on Refocused Roles is Released - VPL 07-10 has been released and issues staffing guidelines for Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) staff funded by the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) and to refocus their roles and responsibilities to better reflect legislative intent.

    This VPL rescinds VPL 07-05, dated July 27, 2005.

    Access the new VPL at http://www.dol.gov/vets/vpls/VPLDirectory.html or here

  • Poll: Why Aren't Veterans Getting Hired? - A poll from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows the greatest challenge military Veterans face in the civilian job market is how they translate and describe their military experience. On the hiring side, HR professionals are largely unaware of Department of Labor programs that help them to identify military Veterans seeking civilian jobs.

    Well over half — 60 percent — of HR professionals polled said translating military skills to the civilian job experience is a challenge when it comes to writing resumes, interviewing, and other related job-hunt communications.

    Another 48 percent said difficulty transitioning from the structure and hierarchy in the military culture to the civilian workplace presented a hiring challenge. Similarly, 36 percent of respondents said a challenge to hiring is the amount of time it takes military Veterans to adapt to civilian workplace culture overall.

    Read the complete press release at the SHRM site.

  • 2010 JVSG Conference Presentations - The slide presentations and photo gallery of the conference are available at the National Learning Center's website here: www.NLC.ucdenver.edu

  • Showing the Story of Traumatic Brain Injury - National Public Radio and ProRepublica (a non-profit news organization) recently began airing a series of investigative reports about soldiers and the difficulties they face in getting diagnosed and treated for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Check out the video of one such solider and scroll to the end of the page for other reports, including a response from the Army.

    www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2010/06/10/127749235/tbi

  • Online Training Tool on TBI, PTSD and Employment - The folks at America’s Heroes at Work have been busy! They're also announcing the availability of its new web-based training module on TBI, PTSD and employment. This interactive, step-by-step tool is designed to educate HR professionals, managers and others about TBI and PTSD in the workplace, and to illustrate that employment can play a very helpful role in the road to recovery of our wounded warriors. It features basic clinical information about TBI and PTSD, scenario-based learning, and links to tools and resources that can help ensure a successful employment environment – for employers, employees and co-workers who may have TBI and/or PTSD.

    The training is free and available 24/7 on the America’s Heroes at Work website. It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and offers a printable certificate of completion at the end of the module.

    www.americasheroesatwork.gov/forEmployers/presentations/TBIptsd

  • Delta Airlines Wants Veterans - Get the word out -- Delta Airlines is hiring for a variety of positions and they want to hire Veterans! Don't let these opportunities pass your Veteran clients by. Check out this link to Delta's Careers section www.deltajobs.net/career_destinations.htm and specifically for pilots, click www.deltajobs.net/pilot_qualifications.htm.

  • Job Fair Tips - The building which houses NVTI is also home to a workforce center. The workforce center recently held a huge two-day job fair for a new grocery chain opening in the area. Perhaps it's time to review some job fair tips, taken from The Ultimate Job Search for the 21st Century. Be sure to help prep your customers before they participate in a job fair!

    - Your resume. Prepare and have multiple copies of your resume available, printed on nice bond paper.

    - Research. Many job fairs are advertised in advance and the participating employers are listed. Check out the companies you are most interested in making contact with and research them online. If it feels as if the employer has time, ask a question or two about the company.

    - About you. Practice telling the employer briefly about yourself and your qualifications. Refer to the 30-second commercial outline for some ideas.

    - Bring only essential items. For a job fair, this usually means a portfolio or briefcase in which you can carry your resumes, any licenses or certificates employers may be interested in, transcripts if you are a recent graduate and a scheduling book/calendar. Many employers have brochures or informational handouts about their companies. You can put those things into your portfolio or briefcase.

    - Your clothing. Even though job fairs are a little less formal than a typical interview, don't dress down. Dress just as professionally as you would in any interview situation.

    - Rest. Be sure to get plenty of rest the night before you attend a job fair. You want to be energetic and refreshed.

  • America's Heroes at Work Website Updated- In response to employer feedback, the America’s Heroes at Work website, www.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov, was recently reorganized. A new “For Employers” Tab (at the top of the home page) allows employers to find everything they need quickly and easily. From fact sheets and reference guides to presentations and training tools, all employer resources are centrally located for simple reference.

    Employer and Veteran success stories are now highlighted in a new section at the top of the homepage. Visitors will find impressive stories about America's heroes in the workplace – and their satisfied employers.

  • SBA Announces Two Executive Orders - The first Executive Order creates the Interagency Task Force on Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses, to make recommendations on best practices and programs to help expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses. These recommendations will build off the successful efforts of the past year – including the more than 300 outreach events – that have helped put us at more than 29% of Recovery contract dollars having gone to small businesses, to date. See Executive Order

    The second Executive Order creates the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development to further the Administration’s commitment to our nation’s Veterans. Administrator Mills will chair this task force, which will include representation from seven federal agencies and for representatives from the Veterans community. The task force will provide recommendations to the Administration in six areas: 1) access to capital, 2) achievement of the SDVOSB contracting goal, 3) stronger certification process, 4) reduced paperwork and administrative burdens, 5) increased counseling and training, and 6) other improvements to strengthen support for Veterans business development. See Executive Order

  • Grants for Homeless Female Vets, Homeless Vets with Families - DOL/VETS has announced a grant competition for organizations that will provide comprehensive services that address complex problems facing homeless female Veterans and/or Veterans with families eligible to transition into gainful employment. Section 2021 of Title 38 of the United States Code requires the Secretary of Labor to conduct, directly or through grant or contract, such programs as the Secretary determines appropriate to provide job training, counseling and placement services (including job readiness, literacy training and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless Veterans into the labor force.

    Applications are due May 27. See more information here

  • Job Fair To Do's- Check out these 27 suggestions from Career Hub about putting your best foot forward at job fairs. These tips might seem like no-brainers, but you may be surprised at how many job fair participants don't always follow them.

    1. Smile.
    2. Walk confidently with good posture.
    3. Shake hands firmly.
    4. Maintain good eye contact.
    5. Take a writing instrument with you.

    See the full list

  • Institute of Medicine Say Gulf War Syndrome is Real- Hundreds of thousands of U.S. Veterans who claim to suffer from Gulf War Syndrome just received powerful new ammunition against arguments that their symptoms are trivial, if not altogether fictional. On April 9, the Institute of Medicine – the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences – issued a report that concludes military service in the Persian Gulf War has not only been a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in some Veterans but also is “associated with multisymptom illness.” Link to complete article ...

  • From Soldier to Business Leader -Veterans bring leadership experience, among other skills, to the table when seeking employment. Fortune Magazine recently highlighted Veterans as the “new face of business leadership.” For the full text of the article, click here.

  • DOL Announces Availability of HVRP and VWIP Funds - The U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) has released Solicitations for Grant Applications (SGAs) for the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP). The closing date for applications for both programs is April 26, 2010.

    HVRP

    VETS anticipates that up to $5 million will be available for urban and non-urban HVRP grants for Program Year (PY) 2010, with a maximum award of $300,000 for grants that serve urban areas and $200,000 for grants that serve non-urban areas.
    For more information on the HVRP SGA, click here.

    VWIP
    VETS anticipates that up to $2 million will be available for VWIP grants for PY 2010, with up to a maximum of $500,000 for each grant award. Approximately four awards will be made under this solicitation with the possibility of additional awards contingent upon applicant funding requests.

    For more information on the VWIP SGA, click here.

  • Call Center for Homeless Veterans - VA has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at risk of homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. The hotline is intended to assist homeless Veterans and their families; VA medical centers; federal, state and local partners; community agencies; service providers; and others in the community.

    To connect to a trained VA staff member, call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838). For more information about the hotline, click here.

  • VA Estimates 18 Percent Drop in Number of Homeless Veterans - VA's Community Homeless Assessment Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG) – which conducts a widely cited, annual census of homeless Veterans – estimated 107,000 Veterans were homeless on a typical night last year. That figure was 131,000 in 2008 and 154,000 in 2007. The 2009 CHALENG report is projected to be published in spring 2010.

    For more information, click here.

  • "Tools for America’s Job Seekers Challenge" Favorites Posted - Recently, DOL announced the results of its Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge. Recommendations have been tallied, and the top-rated sites in each of six categories — general job boards, niche tools, career tools, career exploration tools, Web 2.0 and "other" — are now available at careeronestop.org/jobseekertools.

    "My thanks go out to the businesses and organizations that submitted their tools for evaluation, and to the members of the public who offered their input," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "We called on the public to let us know what they want out of online job tools, and they have responded in great numbers. In the process, we also created a great resource for job seekers." See entire press release here.

  • America's Virtual OneStop - www.americasvos.com

    CareerBuilder.com - www.careerbuilder.com

    Careerstallion.com - www.careerstallion.com

    Indeed.com - www.indeed.com

    JobSearchUsa.org - www.jobsearchusa.org

    Linkup.com - www.linkup.com

    Monster Newspaper Partnerships
    http://media.monster.com/a/i/infomons/pdf/NPP_PartnerList_2009.pdf

    Monster.com - www.monster.com

    Simplyhired.com - www.simplyhired.com

    USAjobs.gov - www.usajobs.gov

  • VA to Study Women Vets - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a four year, $5.6 million study of women Veterans who served in the Vietnam War to examine their mental and physical health nearly 40 years later.

  • Women are barred from combat ground units, but wars' front lines are blurred. As female Vietnam vets reach their mid-60s it's important to understand how wartime deployment has affected their health, a release from the VA said.

    For the study, researchers will interview and review the medical records of 10,000 female Veterans who served in Vietnam, elsewhere in Southeast Asia, and in the U.S. during the Vietnam War.

    It will assess the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other mental and physical problems and the relationship between PTSD and other conditions. The findings from the study will be used to shape future research and to provide services for the aging Veteran population, the agency said.

  • OnGuardOnline.gov - This site provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. Check it out at OnGuardOnline.gov.

  • VETS NET Available Now! You'll want to read the latest issue for sure. It's full of helpful and timely news. Link to it now and don't miss a thing! VETS NET online newsletter

  • Updates to Ultimate Job Search Online Workbook - When the Ultimate Job Search (UJS) for the 21st Century workbook was created as an online resource, the goal was to have the capabilities to add new content, update any of the materials and provide a fresh look at old strategies. And we have done so with the most aggressive revision to the workbook to date!

    These updates include:

    • Added updated content to Networking and Applying Online
    • Updated the Electronic Resume section
    • More Interviewing Types
    • Strengthened the Disability, Ex-offender and Veteran sections
    • Major rewrite of Older Workers section
    • The printable version includes page numbering changes and Appendix reference changes

    If you have a current workbook as a hard copy, you will simply need to reprint the new workbook from the UJS web site and begin using the new version immediately. For those of you who do not have a copy of this amazing resource, visit the UJS information site today! They are still available for the low price of $85.

  • Free Tutor.com Service - The Department of Defense has announced that it's paying for unlimited Tutor.com service (private tutoring and homework help) for all active duty military service members, reservists, National Guard personnel on active duty in a deployed status and DoD civilians in a deployed status. The program covers all military dependents, including spouses and children. For more information go to these news releases:

    www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=57732

    www.tutor.com/press/press-releases-2010/20100126

  • Inspirational Wounded Warrior - Soldier, Infantryman, Airborne Ranger, combat diver, mountain climber, skier, surfer, husband and father are just a few words to describe Capt. Scotty Smiley. Now, add company commander to his resume as he became the first blind officer to assume command of a Warrior Transition Unit. Read more....

  • OFCCP Web Listening Series - On Monday, December 7, 2009, the Department of Labor issued its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, announcing the Department's anticipated regulatory activities and priorities for the upcoming year. Included in the Department's Agenda are three regulatory activities from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

    OFCCP's mission is to enforce three equal employment opportunity laws: Executive Order 11246, as amended (EO); Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (503); and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4212 (VEVRAA). These laws prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and Veteran status. They also require affirmative action in employment by federal contractors and subcontractors. OFCCP accomplishes its mission by conducting compliance evaluations, investigating complaints filed, and hosting compliance assistance events for federal contractors and subcontractors.

    See complete announcement and dates at www.dol.gov/ofccp/web_listening_series.htm

  • Where Will the Jobs Be? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the period from 2008-2018, it appears things are looking good for nursing and health-related professions. Perhaps this growth is anticipated due to aging baby boomers? The top ten on the list include:

    Registered nurses
    Home health aides
    Customer service reps
    Food prep & serving workers
    Personal and home care aides
    Retail sales
    Office clerks
    Accountants
    Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants
    Postsecondary teachers

    See the complete list at the BLS site.

  • WOTC Podcast Available - Have you checked out the Work Opportunities Tax Credit (WOTC) Podcast yet? Learn about how this program can benefit employers and job seekers where you live! Listen to the WOTC podcast today.

  • Podcast Suggestions? We've had good feedback on this feature that NVTI started in 2009! We have several topics ready to go, but since the podcast site is to provide YOU with information, what do you want us to discuss/educate about? How can we help you? Please fill out the podcast suggestion form and tell us about it. We are here for you! We've already received several excellent suggestions.

  • GetHuman and Bypass Automated Phone Systems - Recently we came across a tip in the local newspaper about bypassing automated phone systems. This can be especially helpful when a job seeker is trying to speak with a hiring manager or other authority directly (as is suggested to do post-interview, for instance). Go to GetHuman.com and see the many tips and suggestions for getting around automated systems and to a live person. Also, pay attention to the companies with poor evaluations, as that may give you insight into how they may also treat employees, if they treat customers so poorly.

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