Welcome to our Big News section for all the latest news concerning Military Disability.
We'll do our best to keep you up to date on everything that could affect your disability. Since the majority of our news will cover legal issues that can be dragged out for a long time, if you'd like an update on an issue, let us know, and we'll do what we can.
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Friday, May 30, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
- The Military Skills Translator. This is an amazing new tool to help veterans translate their military skills into civilian skills so that they can better design their resumes and applications to cater to the needs of civilian employers. It can also help veterans see different civilian job options they are qualified for that they may not have originally considered.
- JP Morgan Chase’s 100,000 Jobs Mission. This is an online database designed to connect businesses dedicated to hiring veterans with veterans seeking employment.
- The Mission Continues. This organization offers well-structured fellowships to veterans at various nonprofit organizations to help them gain new experiences, develop skills, and make important contacts.
- The Department of Labor’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). This program is a fantastic resource available to every service member preparing to leave the military and every veteran for the first 6 months after their retirement or separation. It is also available to military spouses. It provides workshops, employment counseling and advice, job opportunities, and much more.
- Hiring Our Heroes. This website connects veterans and their spouses with employers, job fairs, networking events, and much more.
- American Corporate Partners. This organization offers one-year mentorships from numerous employers for veterans to help launch them into a civilian career.
- The Gold Card Initiative. This program was founded by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Veteran’s Employment Training Service. It provides intensive one-on-one training and guidance.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
In 2013, American veterans had an unemployment rate of 6.5%, with disabled American veterans at 6.2%. The unemployment rate varies from state to state, with more than 10% in Michigan and New Jersey, and less than 4% in Delaware, Iowa, North Dakota, Vermont and Virginia.
The new regulations require these Federal employers to be more proactive in hiring and retaining "protected veterans" (see definition below). All employers must establish their own annual benchmarks for hiring veterans in one of two ways. They must either use the national benchmark of the current percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force (currently 7.2%), or they must create their own benchmark based on numerous factors, including their state's veteran-to-civilian ratio, the availability of veterans who are properly qualified to perform the necessary job requirements, etc.
A "protected" veteran is defined as one of the following:
- Disabled Veteran: A veteran who served on active duty and is entitled to disability compensation because of a service-connected disability.
- Recently Separated Veteran: Any veteran who was discharged within the past 3 years. A veteran no longer qualifies under this heading once he has been out of the military for more than 3 years.
- Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran: A veteran who participated in a military operation and received an Armed Forces Service Ribbon.
- Other Protected Veteran: A veteran who served on active duty when a campaign badge was authorized under the DoD.
Two databases were recently founded to help Federal employers meet these requirements.
Monday, May 5, 2014
The amendment to the Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act also requires the VA to submit regular reports on the progress of the A.C.E. Initiative so that Congress will be able to closely monitor the implementation and success of the program.