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  • Veterans to Save $$ on College - The President signed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which allows veterans and their dependents to pay in-state tuition in any public university in the country.

    The bill also expands survivor benefits and improves care for veterans struggling with traumatic brain injury and for victims of sexual assault.

    [Link to: Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014...]

  • Stand Down Planning - Do you have all the planning materials you'll need for your Stand Down event? Find lots of help at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans' Stand Down page. Be sure to scroll down and see what Stand Downs are planned around the country.

    [NCHV Stand Down Planning and Schedule...]

    VA also maintains a page of planned events

    [VA's page for Stand Down Schedule...]

  • Veteran Entrepreneur Program Seminars a Big Hit - All over Texas special seminars are offered for veterans and their spouses who want specialized entrepreneurship information.

    Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP) representative Duncan McGhee said the program came into being after "we identified a gap in the quality of jobs being offered and the skills of veterans, and leveraged the experience of in-house personnel to bridge that gap via entrepreneurship."

    VEP launched as a pilot in April 2012 and was made an official program when Governor Perry signed SB 1476 into law on Memorial Day, 2013. Since its inception, the Veteran Entrepreneur Program has assisted more than 2,000 veterans toward entrepreneurship.

    Attendance has been phenomenal, with about 170 veterans and spouses each session. McGhee said, "One interesting note is 11% of veterans in the state are female, but 24% of seminar participants are female veterans." This year 6-8 seminars will be offered and possibly more in 2015 if additional funding becomes available.

    This program is a great example of identifying a need and matching it up with the right resources!

  • Ready to Work Information and Report - From the WhiteHouse.gov site, comes information about the Ready to Work initiative:

    If you're ready to work, you should be able to find a job that fits your skills, or get trained with the skills you need for a better job.

    In his 2014 State of the Union address, the President tasked Vice President Biden with leading a review of federal employment and training programs, with the aim of making them more job-driven. That review is complete, and now that the White House has identified what is working across the country, the aim is to multiply those shining examples. The Vice President’s report highlights successful job-driven training strategies, details executive actions that are being taken by the federal government, and new commitments by employers, non-profits, unions and innovators to help spread what’s working and to support more Americans in getting and moving up in in-demand jobs and careers.

    [Ready to Work Page...]
    [Ready to Work Fact Sheet...]

  • Inspiring Thought - "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." ~ Stephen Covey

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