Author Archives: Fred Wellman

Veterans Roundup: Army Morale is Low, Latest “Best for Vets” Employer Rankings

When Veterans Return, Their Children Deal with the Invisible Wounds of War
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux (@emily_wax), The Washington Post. Emily Wax-Thibodeaux worked with a number of organizations we partner with to weave this fascinating tale of the burdens that the children of wounded and ill servicemembers and veterans face at home today. The challenges of being a back-up caregiver, or even primary one, for the children of war is a shocking burden and one for which they too often bear a mental health price as well. It’s an important read, made more so as we are in the Month of the Military Child and our friends at Operation Homefront awarded their…

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Veterans Roundup: VA Scandal Turns One, New DOD Chief Proposing Big Changes, Plus Much More

New Personnel Rules: Carter’s Plans to Keep Best Troops
Andrew Tilghman (@andrewtilghman), Military Times. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is proposing an overhaul of the personnel system which would change the way our military recruits and retains its troops. The suggested changes focus on attracting and keeping the best troops in our military in competition with corporate high-paying jobs. Some changes include making military life easier for single parents, increasing sabbatical opportunities, allowing older well-trained recruits to enlist, and paying back student loans for college-educated recruits. –MC
Bottom line: The ideas that Secretary Carter floated during his speech to his former high school last week are ones that have bounced…

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Veterans Roundup: Carter Visits “Pathbreaking” IVMF, New Veteran Suicide Data and “Bad Paper” and more

VA Secretary Talks of Progress in Recent Months, Outlines Challenges Going Forward
Heath Druzin (@Druzin_Stripes), Stars and Stripes. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald spoke with Stars and Stripes about the VA’s progress over the past few months and the issues that still need improvement. McDonald’s focus is on improving the customer experience and adding new doctors. The VA has hired about 900 new doctors and extended apologies  to families in Tomah for the pain and loss experienced as a result of mismanagement and overprescribed opiates. –MC
Bottom line: While Secretary Bob has been on a national goodwill tour for the last several months, his visibility in the…

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Veterans Roundup: Veterans not Taking ISIS “Hit List” Threat Seriously, VA Expands Choice Eligibility

Military Community Mocks Threat from Islamic State Group
Derrick Perkins (@DerrickTPerkins), Marine Corps Times. Two weeks ago, ISIS supporters published a supposedly “hacked” hit list with the names and addresses of 100 troops—though most of the information was available online. Since then, some military families have voiced concerns about the threat, but many active-duty and former service members have turned the tables on ISIS, daring its supporters to try and attack them. Defense Department officials have warned service members and their families to be wary of what they post on social media while they further investigate the threat. –MC
Bottom line: One of the secrets of military life…

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Veterans Roundup: Sham VA Investigations, All Military Jobs to Open to Women

Services on Track to Open all Military Jobs to Women
Leo Shane (@LeoShane), Military Times. Defense officials say that by next year all military jobs in each of the four services will be open to women. The services are reviewing accommodations that will need to be made to allow women in the last few male-only jobs and rules for the changes will be put into place this fall. –MC
Bottom line: By all military jobs, the services mean all jobs will be open to women meeting the standards including special operations occupations. The services have until the end of September to develop those standards at which time we expect another…

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