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How is the Mental Health Services at the VA Community Clinic?
We Need Your Feedback! July 19th, 2012 10:15 - 11:15 Please contact Dean Cotton, CDA CBOC Manager at 208-665-1705 or Tamira Maciosek at 208-665-1700...
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The Army OneSource Virtual World the arrival of the Virtual Resiliency Campus.
The Army OneSource Community is the next generation of innovation for virtual world services and resources designed to serve Soldiers and Families wor...
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OMK Presents Military Family Camp
Military Family Camp: 27-29 July For more information contact: 208-334-2332 FAX: 208-364-4037 E-Mail: omk@uidaho.edu www.4h.uidaho.edu/omk www.op...
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Employment
A Bipartisan Cause: Employing America's Veterans

Source: Real Clear Politics
By Carl M. Cannon - May 13, 2013

Confiding to a friend after her son returned from the Civil War, a Massachusetts mother named Henrietta Maria Benson Homer wrote: “He came home so changed that his best friends did not know him, but is well & all right now.”

 




ESGR Accepting Nominations

CONTACT: Beth Sherman

571-372-0705; ESGR-PA@osd.mil

November 1, 2012 

ESGR ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE EMPLOYER SUPPORT FREEDOM AWARD

 Guardsmen and Reservists Encouraged to Nominate Supportive Employers for Nation’s Top Honor

ARLINGTON, Va. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest award presented to civilian employers for support of their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Nominations may be submitted by Guardsmen, Reservists, or family members acting on their behalf, at www.FreedomAward.mil through January 21, 2013.  

Nearly one million Americans serve in the Guard and Reserve, making up almost one-half of the nation’s total military. For more than 10 years, these Citizen Warriors have responded to unprecedented national security demands and humanitarian missions spanning the globe. The civilian employers of Guardsmen and Reservists have shared in their service to our nation by standing firmly behind employees, providing essential support and greater peace of mind.  

"Employers of every size and industry continue to go to extraordinary lengths to demonstrate their unwavering commitment to employees serving in the Guard and Reserve," said James G. Rebholz, National Chair, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. "I urge all Guard and Reserve Service members who have benefited from their employer's support to nominate that employer for this most prestigious award.  A Freedom Award nomination allows service members to acknowledge and thank their employer for the essential role they play in supporting their military career and in our nation's defense."

Each year, up to 15 of the nation’s most supportive employers are selected as recipients and honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Past Freedom Award recipients supportive measures have included arranging childcare services for deployed employees, sponsoring trips to visit injured employees, and working longer hours to cover the shifts of employees at military training.

About ESGR and the Freedom Award:

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 175 employers have been honored with the award. Established as a DoD agency 40 years ago, ESGR develops and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. 

For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, please contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA, 38 U.S.C. § 4301 – 4335) is a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other “uniformed services:” (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service; (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service. The federal government is to be a “model employer” under USERRA (38 U.S.C. § 4301).



How Veterans Can Use Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Pay for IT Training and Certification

August 8, 2012
by Janet Pinkerton

Veterans and transitioning military members interested in building a career in IT after their service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars can use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to pay for IT training and certification. Since October 2011, the benefits can be used to pay for IT training via non-college degree training programs, as well as graduate and undergraduate degree programs

Here’s how to do it...Read full story

 



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