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Previous Buzz Items: 2014

  • VRAP Reminder - VA’s authority to issue payments under Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) ends March 31, 2014. To ensure payment for current enrollment periods, VA School Certifying Officials should submit all enrollment certifications no later than March 17, 2014. Enrollments will not be accepted after that date. Go to the VA's VRAP Information page for all the specifics.

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  • When Veterans Enter the Job Market - Check out this recent article posted on the Wall Street Journal's webpage. Suggestions are made for aligning military experience with what employers want.

    After 15 years defending the cyber front lines for the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Michael Gdula figured his experience would make it easy to land an information-technology security job in the private sector. But even with years of experience consulting for International Business Machines, IBM -0.63% his résumé wasn't getting the response he'd expected.

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  • Home Depot Community - Home improvement and construction products retailer, The Home Depot, has long been a military-friendly employer. Did you know they also have a sub-site for veterans and military members? And that they have a new online community called HomeTown, just for veterans to use during their career search by giving them a place to network and have live conversations with recruiters? Veterans can also access a skills translator function to help demilitarize their resumes. Check out these great, proactive sites that your veteran customers will be able to use.

    [Go to Homedepotmilitary.com...]
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  • Interview Blunders - Learn from others' mistakes, especially when it comes to goofing up in a job interview. Check out these blunders and suggestions from staff at CareerBuilder's The Work Buzz.

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  • Therapy Dogs Helping Veterans at CU Denver - Research has shown the positive impact of using animals in therapy and counseling situations. Read all about how dogs are being used to help student veterans at CU Denver and also learn about research being conducted at the university.

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  • Stand Down Training Webinars - The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is conducting two webinars in March to provide information about developing, planning and financing a Stand Down.

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  • Upcoming OFCCP Webinars - The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced its schedule for a series of webinars to educate federal contractors and subcontractors on the requirements of the new VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations. The webinar sessions will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time on the dates listed on the OFCCP website.

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  • VA GI Bill Feedback System - VA has implemented a process to submit feedback, including complaints, about users' issues regarding their school or employers. Only specific types of complaints will be addressed. Follow the link below to learn more.

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  • HVRPs Reauthorized for 2014 - In December 2013, President Obama signed a series of new legislation into law. Among the many bills he signed was H.R. 1402, the "VA Expiring Authorities Extention Act," which reauthorized several homeless veteran programs whose authorities would have otherwise expired on December 31, 2013. 

    Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, was the sponsor of H.R. 1402, as well as a similar bill that was signed into law earlier this year, H.R. 1412, the "Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act." This latter bill, signed into law in late September, reauthorized the bulk of the homeless veterans programs for 2014.

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  • Connecting Veterans with Tech Jobs - This new site aims to bring technology jobs and veterans together. The U.S. Tech Vets site also has its own military skills translator, which is always appreciated by veteran job seekers. From USTechVets.org:

    U.S. Tech Vets is an online community and resource designed to connect veterans to employment opportunities in the U.S. technology sector. Through a partnership of several national and regional technology associations and Monster.com, U.S. Tech Vets' mission is to facilitate veterans' transition to the civilian workforce.

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  • Unemployment Myth Buster -Certainly anyone who works with job seekers has heard the myth below:

    Myth: People receiving long-term unemployment benefits are less motivated to search for work.

    Not true: Not only are people who receive extended unemployment benefits required to search for work as a condition of those benefits, studies have shown that beneficiaries of extended UI spend more time searching for work than those who were ineligible for UI benefits. A report by the congressional Joint Economic Committee in 2011 also found that extended UI benefits keep the unemployed attached to the labor force longer than for unemployed individuals not receiving UI benefits, making them more likely to find work.

    [Read US Congress Joint Economic Committee Report...]

  • TBI Benefits Expanded -Some Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are diagnosed with any of five other ailments will have an easier path to receive additional disability pay under new regulations developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The new regulation, which takes effect 30 days from [December 16, 2013 press release], impacts some Veterans living with TBI who also have Parkinson’s disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked seizures or certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.

    “We decide Veterans’ disability claims based on the best science available,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “As scientific knowledge advances, VA will expand its programs to ensure Veterans receive the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.”

    [Press Release...]

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