Previous Buzz Items: 2014
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.
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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.”