Veterans and Military

Transition Programs
1:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Educational Opportunities for Veterans

Many Virginians go into the military hoping to retain skills that will provide career opportunities once they leave the armed forces. Homeless and jobless rates continue to rise because Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are finding it difficult to get certification or college credits for their training to qualify for civilian jobs.   But at least one group studying the issue is developing short-term solutions to this problem. 

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New Challenges for the V-A
3:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What Veterans Want

Veterans groups have a long list of issues for Congress to address but they say mental health remains their top priority.  Virginia lawmakers say their state government also needs to step up to the plate.

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Compromise Not Ruled Out
5:03 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Veterans' Benefits Bill Blocked

Lawmakers in the region are upset a bill to expand veterans benefits was defeated in the U-S Senate.

The veterans bill would restore a cost of living pay increase for veterans, expands health care services and pays for reproductive services for troops wounded in recent wars.

Now it’s back to the drawing board after Senate Republicans opposed the $21-billion cost of the bill, which Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says is a setback.
 

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Government & Politics
5:03 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Governor McDonnell Visits U. S. Troops in the Middle East

Credit Department of Defense

Governor McDonnell hasn’t made many public appearances in Virginia while his connection with Star Scientific and its CEO are being investigated, but he is making appearances abroad. McDonnell has been in Kuwait this week; the first stop among several in the Middle East. 

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Government & Politics
4:49 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Troops to Trucks

Virginia’s DMV is facilitating a unique relationship between the military and the transportation industry. While there is a shortage of commercially licensed drivers and fewer jobs for veterans, the DMV is making it easier for servicemen and women who have specialized driving experience to obtain their Commercial Drivers License when returning home. 

The program is part of a statewide effort to translate the skills learned in the military into the certifications needed for civilian jobs. 

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