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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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MCRD San Diego Hosts Career Fair Today

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is hosting its semi-annual Career and Education Fair today from 10 a.m. until 1 this afternoon.

Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Personal and Professional Development (PPD) is holding the fair at MCRD San Diego's Semper Fit Field House.

According to a news release on the event:

The fair will allow separating and retiring military personnel and their families access to more than ...

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Program To Help Vets Own Small Businesses Gets Start At Camp Pendleton

A new pilot program by the U.S. Small Business Administration aims to help veterans become entrepreneurs. Camp Pendleton is one of four Marine bases where the pilot program will get its start, according to the Department of Defense.

The other Marine bases chosen for Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup are Twentynine Palms, Cherry Point in North Carolina, and Quantico in Virginia.

The goal of Operation Boots ...

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Railroads Aim To Hire 5000 Veterans In 2012

The railroad industry announced today its goal to hire more than 5,000 veterans by the end of 2012. The industry is made up of roughly 500 companies and organizations.

Association of American Railroads President Ed Hamberger made the announcement today, along with Transportation Department Secretary Ray La Hood. The railroad's hiring goal is in conjunction with Joining Forces, an initiative backed by first lady Michelle Obama and second ...

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Job Training Grants to Assist Nearly 9,000 Homeless Vets

Some 8,600 homeless veterans will benefit from $15 million in grant money for job training through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said today.

The Labor Department has awarded the money to 64 organizations that help America’s veterans, DOL officials said. The grant, officials added, will go to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Opens Bar With Controversial Name (Video)

A former Camp Pendleton Marine fulfilled his dream of opening a bar after leaving the service - but he didn't anticipate running into trouble over the name.

"Bastards" had its grand opening last night in the city of Downey, to coincide with Memorial Day. Owner and former Marine Cpl. Nick Velez didn't name the bar after the slang word for an illegitimate child, according to the Marine Corps Times ...

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