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New Website Links Veterans, Military Spouses With Jobs

A new website created by the federal government aims to make it easier for veterans - and their spouses - to find jobs in the civilian world.

The Associated Press touted the virtues of ebenefits.va.gov:

The website... is the first online resource that combines information provided by a variety of agencies and employers. It will help veterans and military spouses build resumes, translate military skills into private-sector aptitudes and provide ...

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Time-Lapse Video Of Homeless Veteran's Transformation Goes Viral (Video)

Time-lapse video of a once-homeless veteran undergoing a physical transformation has gone viral, garnering more than one million hits in just two days.

The video is a fundraising tool for Dégagé Ministries. The non-profit, Christian organization provides help to the homeless.

The man who is the focus of the video, U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf, was homeless and plagued by alcoholism when the footage was shot. According to Dégagé ...

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Medal Of Honor Recipient Capt. William Swenson Requests Return To Active Duty (Video)

Retired Army Capt. William Swenson is being inducted into the the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes today, one day after President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor.

The 34-year-old Swenson was humble upon receiving the nation's highest military honor. He told reporters after the ceremony:

“The value of an award is truly what we as a nation put into it, what we value it as. This award is ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Get Help In Transitioning To Civilian Life

From Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton:

The Corps’ mission is to make Marines, win battles and develop quality citizens, but unfortunately many service members struggle when it is their time to return to the civilian world.

According to the Labor Department reports, 203,000 post 9/11 veterans were unemployed in February. Hiring our Heroes held a job fair at the Pacific Views Event Center here Sept.19 in an ...

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Marines Transfer Skills Used In Military To Civilian Life Under New Program

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Pilot Program gives Marines the opportunity to earn certification recognized in the private sector based on the occupational skills they learned while in the military.

The goal is to make the transition from military to civilian life a bit smoother for the troops.

Cassandra A. Coney, an Education and Career Specialist with Personal and Professional Branch, Marine and Family Programs Division, Headquarters U.S. Marine ...

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Military Commissaries To Close Mondays Due To Sequestration

The effects of sequestration are about to hit home for many military families. The Defense Commissary Agency announced today most military commissaries will soon be closed on Mondays.

The civilian employees who work at the commissaries will receive furlough notices starting May 28, a consequence of sequestration cuts. Defense Commissary Agency CEO Joseph H. Jeu explained:

“We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons. Also, we ...

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San Diego Amputee Veteran Helps Train Others For Combat (Video)

SAN DIEGO -- The sailor had been back from war for just over a year when friends invited him to watch an unusually emotional training exercise for troops preparing to deploy.

The drill happened not on a military base but at a film studio, where Marine and Navy medics role-played wartime rescue missions with actors who had, in real-life, lost limbs in motorcycle or car accidents or to ailments such as ...

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Wal-Mart Plans To Hire Nearly Any Veteran Who Wants A Job

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, is making a pledge to hire every veteran who wants a job.

The plan is set to be announced as part of an address delivered in New York on Tuesday at the annual retail industry convention by Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart's namesake U.S. business.

Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., says ...

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Qualcomm Scholarships Available for Veterans

Twenty information technology scholarships worth at least $430,00 are going to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in a unique collaborative program sponsored by wireless giant Qualcomm Inc. and Manpower San Diego.

“Strategies for Success” is a 26 –week program designed to give vets a leg up pursuing high-tech careers in an effort to drive down the high unemployment rate among younger veterans.

The first class for veterans is scheduled to ...

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CSU San Marcos Named A Top School For Veterans

The Military Times Edge has named California State University San Marcos the top public university in California for veterans.

The website listed the top 57 four-year colleges for veterans to attend. CSU San Marcos came in at number 27.

In making up the list, the Military Times Edge used criteria like ease of using the GI Bill, having a relaxed residency requirement for vets coming from out-of-state, and accepting credits ...

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Medal Of Honor Recipient Urges Businesses To Hire Vets

From American Forces Press Service:

The Marine Corps’ first living Medal of Honor recipient from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars told a gathering of U.S. business leaders here yesterday that hiring veterans is a mutually beneficial practice.

Dakota Meyer was a keynote speaker at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual “Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes” event.

"If you want to thank a veteran," Meyer told ...

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Road Now Easier For Veterans Who Want To Become Truckers

The road to a new career has fewer bumps for military veterans who want to become truckers when they leave the service. A new law allows states to waive residency requirements when issuing commercial trucking licenses to those who've been in the military.

Active-duty and reserve military, and members of the National Guard and Coast Guard can all take advantage of the new law, which went into effect in ...

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Amazon Donating Kindles To Wounded Warriors For Veterans Day

Amazon is donating 2,000 Kindles to wounded warriors across the country, with 150 of the reading devices going to injured service members and their families in Oceanside.

Representatives from the online retailer will be at the Operation Homefront Village in Oceanside on Thursday morning to hand out the Kindles.

Operation Homefront Village gives injured veterans recently discharged from service a place to live, emotional support, and help with finding ...

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California Marine Using Cooking Skills To Make Dream Come True

California native Staff Sgt. Juan Contreras, a Marine with the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), has always had a passion for cooking. He hopes the food service skills he's picking up in the Marine Corps will help him open a restaurant in San Diego one day.

Contreras has served almost two decades in the Marine Corps, and has completed five combat deployments. He told DVIDS he takes his job ...

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Brighter Job Outlook For Military Veterans Gathered At MCRD San Diego

The job outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans continues to improve. Many of them are settling down in San Diego and Southern California. But the unemployment numbers remain volatile as the country digs out from the recession.

Cpl. Christian Herrera spent nearly eight years in the Marine Corps with two tours in Iraq. He's making the rounds at a Marine Corp Recruiting Depot job fair.

He's got confidence ...

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