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Veterans Roundup: Congressional Drama in the Lame Duck Session, Still More to Do on Veteran Mental Health

Tom Coburn Puts Hold on Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill
Jacqueline Klimas (@jacqklimas), Washington Times. Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) placed a hold on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, a bill that is supported by numerous veterans’ groups, temporarily preventing the bill from coming up for a vote. The act requires increased private-public partnerships in mental health, a one-stop shop website, loan repayment incentives for psychiatrists who work for the VA, and a third party report on successful VA suicide veteran programs. But Coburn says that the VA already has the tools to solve these issues. Montel Williams shared his opinion about the bill this week…

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How Military Transition is Like Cooking

What’s the very best meal you could make right now using nothing but the items currently found in your kitchen? Could you pull off a four course meal? Whip up a deep dish lasagna? Soup and sandwich? OK, maybe just soup?

Bob Wheeler's refrigerator

The best cookbook in the world is useless without the right ingredients.

How you answer this question depends more on what you have in your cabinets and refrigerator than it does your cooking abilities and it’s a great analogy for today’s veteran.

A military career, whether it be for four years or twenty-four years provides multiple opportunities to acquire skills and experiences. Some become…

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Interview with a Recruiter, Edessa Reed, PSS

Edessa ReedEdessa, tell us about yourself and your company

I have been in the recruiting industry for nine years. About seven years ago I decided to move into an Information Technology Recruiting role. Presently as an Intelligence Technical Recruiter with Preferred Systems Solutions (PSS), I  am responsible for supporting several government efforts with multiple openings. All these openings require at least a Top Secret/SCI up to Top Secret/SCI with a Full Scope Polygraph clearance. Most of the positions I recruit for are located within the Northern Virginia, DC Metro and Maryland areas.

Since 1991, PSS has been providing reliable, cost-effective solutions to meet our clients’ goals and objectives in the core…

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How Military Women Find Job Search Success

USMC WWIIMilitary women transitioning to the civilian world over the past decade have had higher rates of unemployment than men. What can you do to make sure you find the right cleared job and succeed?

1. Take advantage of every transition program offered.

Research shows that those who start the job search at least six months before they leave active duty are most likely to move into jobs they want. There are several aspects of this you should pay attention to.

  1. Learn civilian language and expectations. You learned military lingo quickly when you joined the service. Now you need to do the same for the cleared civilian world. Learn the

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How to Fail Your Military Transition

Where does your military transition leadWant to ensure you have trouble finding a civilian job? Looking forward to months without a job? Ready to go through 3-4 job searches in your first few years after the military?

Probably NOT!  But those problems are quite common.

Failure 1: Defining a Specific Career/Job You Want

I see comments like this regularly in many LinkedIn military transition groups:

“We (military) can do anything. All we need need is the opportunity.”

“Employers ignore my military work just because I don’t meet their requirements, but I can do any job.”

Many of the transitioning military I talk with and whose resumes I review say something…

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