Author Archives: Fred Wellman

Veterans Roundup: Young Veterans vs. VSOs, Student Veterans, Veterans’ Housing, Veterans in Congress

VA Moves to Prevent Veteran Violence over Disability Claims
Jordain Carney (@jordainc), National Journal. The VA is removing the compensation-and-pensions medical exam from their online system for veterans’ viewing. These documents show doctors’ comments on disability claims, often before claims are accepted or rejected. The VA fears that veterans who see the comments may become violent if they believe their claim will be denied. Some VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation members challenged the ethics of the removal but VA officials want to ensure safety of staff. –MC
Bottom line: On the one hand, this story plays into the fears many veterans have about VA being more afraid of veterans…

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Veterans Roundup: VA Employees Say “You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit”, Army Leaders to Make Bases More Non-Profit Friendly

Wounded Vets Cooking Up a Fresh Start at Dog Tag Bakery
Emma Hinchliffe (@emmahinchtwiffe), USA Today. Dog Tag Bakery, set to open in Washington, DC, this fall, is a bakery that doubles as an entrepreneurship and business training program for wounded veterans. Nine Dog Tag fellows will serve as bakers and students, earning a $2,200 monthly stipend and a certificate from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies during the six-month program. All of the profits from the business will go towards stipends for the veterans and their courses at Georgetown. –MC
Bottom line: First things first: Dog Tag Bakery’s brownies get the ScoutComms’ stamp of approval. As far as a…

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Veterans Roundup: Veterans Hiring Preference Shenanigans

VA braces for a New Front in the Agent Orange Battle
Jordain Carney (@jordainc), National Journal. A group of veterans who flew C-123s after the planes had been used in Vietnam are concerned that their post-Vietnam era service may have exposed them to Agent Orange and contributed to a range of illness. The VA refutes this claim and says that possible Agent Orange on the planes would not lead to “adverse long term health effects” as it would have been solidified by the time of exposure. Later this month, the Institute of Medicine will release a report about the “excess risk of adverse health” for service members who flew on…

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Veterans Roundup: 3 Female Marines Pass Combat Endurance Test, How TAP Has Changed for the Better

Survey: 65% of Vets Likely to Leave 1st Civilian Job Within 2 Years
Leo Shane (@LeoShane), Military Times. VetAdvisor and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University released the results of their recent Veteran Job Retention survey. The report shows that employment problems for veterans are not always solved as soon as they land their first post-service job. Veteran respondents said that they changed jobs because they did not see opportunity for advancement; they felt that their work was tedious, and that their jobs did not align with their military skills. Transitioning service members need to put more focus on finding a career before leaving the…

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Veterans Roundup: The Army’s PR Problem, the Salute Seen Around the World

New Army Vice Chief Expects Worse Manpower Conditions
Michelle Tan, Army Times. The Army’s new vice chief, Gen. Daniel Allyn, said that he expects sequestration to rear its head again in 2016 at a recent AUSA Hot Topic professional development forum. Allyn said that the Army must be prepared for “extreme fiscal constraint” as it will have to drop down to 420,000 soldiers in the case of another sequestration. This dropdown would likely result in more involuntary separations. –MC
Bottom line: It’s truly a sad statement that the first public remarks from the new Vice Chief of Staff of the Army surrounds the all too likely idea that sequestration will…

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