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Veterans Roundup: President Promises Mental Health Care Fixes, DOD Looking at Overhead

CBO: Why VA Claims Exploded and Ways to Slow the Trend
Tom Philpott, (@Military_Update), Stars and Stripes. A new report by the Congressional Budget Office explains why even though the population of America’s veterans has decreased significantly in recent years, the number of veterans receiving disability compensation has significantly increased. The reason for this disconnect is not because more Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are claiming disability, but is the result of looser “service connected” ailment disability compensation requirements particularly among Vietnam War veterans, an expanded VA list of diseases linked to Agent Orange, a weak labor market, increased outreach to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and a looser definition of…

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Tapping the Veteran IT Talent Pool

0689 GunnyThe hiring process can be painful for both organizations seeking talent and individual job seekers. Gaps in common skills and language are typically cited as reasons for veteran hiring initiatives. It’s also agreed by most experts that of the military skill set, Information Technology and cyber skills are some of the most translatable. Why then do we have difficulty when it comes to attracting and hiring veteran IT Talent?

The problem lies on both sides of the equation. Neither side really knows what the other one is talking about.

I recently showed a job description to a transitioning Marine Corps communications officer. I asked him for his thoughts and it…

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Veterans Roundup: Manufacturing for Troops, Jobs for Troops

VA Private Referrals on Rise
Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press. Until the VA can get its systems up to capacity, it’s sending an increasing number of veterans to private doctors. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said that the VA would need about 1,000 new doctors, nurses, and clerks at the Phoenix hospital alone to improve the VA’s capacity. The $16.3 billion VA bill signed by President Obama last week dedicates $10 billion to subsidize the cost of private doctors and $5 billion to hire new VA health care professionals. McDonald is making gains in other aspects of the VA as well, this week he works to…

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Marine Corps Radio Operator to Constellation West CEO

Lisa WolfordLisa Wolford, a former Marine Corps radio operator, founded Constellation West (formerly CSSS.NET) in 1997. Constellation West is a certified service-disabled veteran-owned small company focused on cybersecurity, GIS, IT Software and Systems Engineering and Process Management.

Lisa has received several awards including Nebraska Veteran Services Champion, Vetrepreneur of the Year and the Nunn Perry Mentor Protégé Award from the Department of Defense.  Following her Marine Corps service Lisa attended college where she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a triple specialization in management information systems, accounting and Japanese strategic information systems.  If this isn’t…

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Defense & Veterans Roundup: Phoenix VA Under Pressure Over Wait List Allegations, House Balks at Slashing Pay and Benefits

Soldier Who Lost Leg in Afghanistan Vowed ‘I Will Return.’ This is What it Took to Get Back.

Tim Craig, The Washington Post. A mere 2 percent of service member amputees return to their front line jobs after recovery. This is the story of one of them. 1LT Joshua Pitcher has always wanted to be a military man. He had only been in country for two months when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and woke up days later at Walter Reed one limb lighter. He vowed then that he would return not just to active duty, but to the field. Pitcher’s story is in many ways unusual,…

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