Lt. Gen. Helmick calls for ‘thorough inspection’ of Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion (Fay Observer, NC) — The decision Tuesday by Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick came before a group of about a dozen wounded soldiers, their spouses and others held an emotional meeting Wednesday night to discuss what they said are widespread abuses in the Warrior Transition Battalion. Those abuses, they said, include the overmedication of soldiers and their inability to get the medical help they need.
Over 300 wounded warriors to compete in Marine Corps Trials on Camp Pendleton (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) — The event, which is hosted by the Wounded Warrior Regiment, will include individual and team competition in sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, swimming, cycling, shooting, archery, and track and field. Four teams, East, West, Veteran and International, will go head to head for team gold. The international team will have military athletes from seven nations, including the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, Germany, Columbia and the Netherlands.
Updated: DoD to quadruple TRICARE fees for higher-earning retirees (FederalNewsRadio.com) — The higher health premiums would all be phased in over a period of four years and would not affect active duty servicemembers or their families, the Pentagon said. The increases would affect other TRICARE beneficiaries, such as military retirees, members of the National Guard and Reserve, Medal of Honor recipients and survivors of servicemembers, although survivors of military members who died while on active duty would be exempt from the fees.
Traumatic brain injury linked to PTSD: UCLA study (news-medical.net) — UCLA life scientists and their colleagues have provided the first evidence of a causal link between traumatic brain injury and an increased susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder. Their new study, published Feb. 15 in the in the journal Biological Psychology, also suggests that people who suffer even a mild traumatic brain injury are more likely to develop an anxiety disorder and should take precautions to avoid stressful situations for at least some period of time.
SFAC teaches Wounded Warriors financial readiness (Belvoir Eagle, VA) — The series consists of four classes that share saving techniques focusing on better money management, credit improvement, overall debt-reduction, establishing long and short term savings goals, and negotiating with creditors to lower interest rates.
Hire Me! Veterans: An ex-U.S. Army sergeant gets job search battle plan from NY startup Four Block (NY Daily News) — The fellows are coached on resume writing, how to use LinkedIn and networking. A key message imparted by the program: just because you served your country bravely, doesn’t mean you will score a job easily.
Ag Warriors gala at World Ag Expo raises money for veterans (Visalia Times-Delta, CA) — Her military qualifications to be a dental assistant didn’t line up with those she needed to be certified to do essentially the same job in a civilian dental office. And Nelson found out she would have to spend two years getting training very similar to what she learned in the Navy.
IRS Offers More Info on Veteran Tax Credit (Forbes.com) — The credit give employers a tax credit for hiring a qualified veteran. A qualified veteran is defined as a veteran with aggregate periods of unemployment of at least 4 weeks but less than 6 months in the year prior to being hired or with aggregate periods of unemployment of 6 months or more in the year prior to being hired.
Wounded Warriors Receive Top-Shelf Cooking at The Culinary Institute of America (Marketwatch.com) — In addition, hundreds of service personnel from all branches of the military have earned CIA ProChef(R) Certification. And thanks to the support of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, more than 100 veterans are currently enrolled in the college’s bachelors and associate degree programs.
Summit to discuss civilian credentials for vets (Army Times) — The federal government, including the armed services, has launched dozens of pilot programs aimed at making it easier for people who learned a marketable skill in the military to get a civilian license or credentials. Military training often differs from private-sector training in fields such as emergency medicine, where someone who knows how to save a life on a battlefield may find his training does not automatically translate into the skills needed to work for a local ambulance service.
Military Spouses Struggle to Find Employment (Examiner, CA) — Obama urged states to take action as the Defense Department issued a report that showed that nearly one-third of all military spouses face delays in employment because of licensing rules. Obama urged states to accept a list of best practices — including temporary and fast-track licensing, and eliminating paperwork delays. Texas was the first state to provide license portability. In addition, the following 9 other states have adopted the same or similar laws, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.
COMMUNITIES IN ACTION
Montel Williams Serves Lunch at Fisher House (blog.usnavyseals.com) — Montel Williams, a former enlisted Marine and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served lunch to nearly 100 wounded warriors and their families at the Fisher House in Bethesda, Maryland, a day before Valentines Day.
Georgia’s Iraq War vets coming to Rome for parade, festival (Rome News-Tribune, GA) —The day-long event will kick off with a massive parade winding its way from the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, down Broad Street, to wind up at Barron Stadium. From there, participants will be able to walk across the river on the Chief John Ross Memorial Bridge to The Forum — where music, food and festivities will center around a “benefits superstore” set up by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Supported by Texas Veterans Commission Grant, non-profit Grace After Fire Connects with Women Veterans, Launches new Program, Thanks Texas Cities for March Commemorations (PRWeb.com) — The organization has spent the last year designing and building Table Talk to help women Veterans help themselves by instilling self-knowledge as a catalyst to self-renewal, helping participants gain empowerment and providing inspiration so as to ease reentry into civilian circumstances. The model is based on one-on-one mentorships that partner women Veterans.