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  • Training Veterans as Farmers - This Newsweek e-magazine article explores how the act of farming is helping veterans find new career avenues, while also helping them to heal emotional wounds.

    From the article, Farming Could Save Veterans, and Vice Versa:

    "...Premer, who is now 36, served 15 years in the military, most recently as a Colorado Army National Guardsman in Iraq. In basic training, he and his fellow soldiers were taught to only show strength. “You never let the enemy see your weaknesses,” he says. “And that’s why I’m so broken today.” 

    [Read article...]

  • USDA's First Military Veterans Agriculture Liaison Named - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced Karis T. Gutter, a Marine Corps Reserve veteran and current USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS), as the first USDA Military Veterans Agricultural (MVA) Liaison. The MVA Liaison will coordinate USDA leadership across the Department to provide information, resources and support for active duty military and veterans interested in agriculture. The MVA Liaison will also have authority to facilitate formal relationships between USDA and other government agencies and non-profit organizations to strengthen USDA support for veterans.

    [Read Press Release...]

  • NOD Releases Wounded Warrior Careers Report - The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has released a report describing the results of more than three years of efforts to transform the career transition process for veterans with the most serious disabilities, their families, employers and service providers. The report describes challenges and solutions of such a transition. Check it out!

    [Download Report...]

  • NVTI Training Open to SWA/AJC Staff - VETS is allowing some seats in NVTI’s primary training courses to state workforce agency and AJC staff to attend:

    Facilitating Veteran Employment (FVE)

    Intensive Services (IS)

    Employer Outreach (EO)

    Leadership for the Integration of Veteran Services (LIVS)

    Veterans Benefits Online (VB)

    VETS has approved these courses for SWA and AJC staff attendance under the NVTI contract, thus participant travel will be arranged and paid for, as well as participant guest charges (hotel guest room, three meals daily during training, Denver airport shuttle).  Of course, no travel is needed for Veterans Benefits Online.

    Interested parties should complete the NVTI training app below, obtain any necessary state approval to attend, and email their app to Jim Deal or Anthony Martinez. Applications may also be faxed to NVTI at 303-315-2222.

    NVTI Training Application PDF format or Word doc

    This is an amazing opportunity! Take advantage.

    FYI: SWA and AJC are the same staff.  They are funded through WIA or Wayner-Peysner funds. 

  • Inspiring Thought - "Dare to Be

    When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
    When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
    When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
    When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
    When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
    When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
    When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
    When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
    When love hurts you, dare to love again.
    When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
    When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
    When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
    When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
    When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
    When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
    Dare to be the best you can – At all times, dare to be!"

    ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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