Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Job search help for veterans

There have been some online job fairs for veterans recently. One was sponsored by http://www.veteranrecruiting.com. They will have a military spouse appreciation virtual job fair day on May 6, 2013.

Another site is http://www.vetfriendly.com/. They have numerous employors signed up to help veterans find jobs. If you are a business, and help hire veterans, you can get your company listed as being veteran-friendly. Here is a quote from the website:

" All employers in VetFriendly have been thoroughly screened to ensure there are only those employers who have good paying, full time employment, and who make a concerted effort to recruit, hire and retain our Nation's finest."

Any employer can list their company for free under the industry that best describes their business, and we encourage all employers to look to veterans first when making any new hire.

The White House is also "joining forces" to help veterans find jobs at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/. There are resources for vets and military spouses as well.

http://veteranrecruiting.jobs/ is yet another site with job listings for veterans, as well as allowing businesses post job openings.

Anyway that Americans can get veterans jobs is a good thing. We hope that more businesses will look to hire veterans. It's very tough, for several reasons, for veterans to actually seek and get jobs. We need to honor their service and hire them.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Women to be cleared for combat duty

Today, a defense official has told the media that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is giving the okay for women to serve on active duty in several positions in combat.

On Thursday, Secretary Panetta will announce that the exclusion of women in ground combat will be eliminated. Previously, women below the level of brigade would be excluded from direct combat.

Keep in mind that will not take effect immediately and is only really opening up review and study of the situation. But, we are moving to the point of having women as boots on the ground soldiers in combat.

There are over 200,000 women currently in the armed forces who may be affected, with roughly 5,000 being Marines.

Because this is only a preliminary step toward female infantrymen, for lack of a better word, women will not be in direct combat forces until at least 2015.

In fact, this will even allow the branches of the armed forces to develop guidelines and even exceptions to this rule.

People are probably on both sides of this. It's not been an American ideal to see its women on the front lines being killed in combat. Is the United States ready for this?

Like it or not, there is something a little disconcerting at the thought of our daughters coming home in coffins. No, this is not making it seem that sons are different. Civilization seems to have always held women and girls in a different light.

It should also be noted that women have already been serving, if not at the front lines, certainly combat areas. There will just be more direct involvement of women in combat.

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- Military support groups.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Military members can get free National Parks Pass

Active duty military members can take advantage of a great benefit from the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. If you are on active duty, you can get a free National Parks pass for 2013.

Overview of the Annual Pass for US Military and Their Dependents
-Available to US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).
-Obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.
-Covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites.
-Admits the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person.
-Free admission at sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees for one full year from the month obtained (through last day of that month).
-Allows pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to enter federally operated recreation sites across the country.
-Covers the pass owner and three (3) accompanying adults age 16 and older at sites where per person entrance fees are charged. No entry fee charged for children 15 and under.
-The pass does not cover or provide a discount on expanded amenity fees such as camping, boat launch or interpretive fees.

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