VAA Dispatch
Oct. 7, 2014

In effort to end veteran homelessness by 2015, this $270 million doesn't hurt
The Washington Post
The Obama administration has announced a new round of funding to help meet its goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, pumping nearly $270 million into programs aimed at addressing the problem. The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs said they would dedicate $62 million toward a rental-assistance program that could bring more than 9,000 chronically homeless veterans off the streets.More

Veterans group highlights issues for November midterms
Stars and Stripes
Aiming to make veterans issues campaign issues, the largest advocacy group for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has released a voter guide for the upcoming midterm elections. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is not endorsing candidates but is encouraging members to ask candidates where they stand on six key issues, with suicide prevention the group's top legislative priority.More

US military hospitals are ordered to improve care, access and safety
The New York Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the military to improve access to treatment, quality of care and patient safety at its hospitals and clinics, giving underperforming hospitals four to six weeks to show how they will address shortcomings. At a Pentagon news conference, Hagel said that the military's 54 hospitals and hundreds of clinics in the United States and abroad deliver care that is comparable to that of an average civilian system.More

Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors
Marine Corps Times (tiered subscription model)
An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system — prompted by the VA hospitals scandal — concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care.More

Tactical veteran: A deeper dive on landing apprenticeships
Navy Times
A veteran and founder of Transitioning Steve Maieli writes: In my last column, I looked at three organizations that give veterans an opportunity to get their foot in the door of a blue-collar job through apprenticeship opportunities. In this column, I go a little deeper into the details. I recently had a question-and-answer discussion with Darrell Roberts, executive director of Helmets to Hardhats, one of the three groups mentioned in my last column, to give you a better perspective of what this program has to offer.More

Commentary: The benefits of hiring veterans
National Post
Research commissioned in 2013 by the Veterans Transition Advisory Council and conducted by Navigator, a public strategy firm, found that most of the 850 employers surveyed had "little or no understanding of the skill set veterans have." The study went on to reveal that just over half of the respondents thought that veterans' comfort in high-pressure situations would be an asset to their companies, yet only 16 percent reported that they would make special effort to recruit them. That's what could be called a disconnect.More

Hiring vets: It's not just plug and play
Recently, we've seen a tremendous amount of companies declare their newfound goal to bring more veterans onto their workforce, but despite these proclamations and other attempts to help veterans, the unemployment rate for veterans under the age of 30 is 12 percent or double the national average of 6 percent.More

Study: Veterans are unprepared for transition
Los Angeles Wave
A majority of veterans who leave the military and return to Los Angeles County are unprepared for the transition to civilian life, with most having no job and many suffering from untreated physical and mental health issues, according to a University of Southern California study released recently.More

VSU awarded $3.25 million to develop training for careers in wireless networks
The Progress-Index
Virginia State University has been awarded a $3.25 million grant from the Department of Labor to develop a training program for the wireless workforce. The program will focus on "educating veterans, displaced workers and others for careers in building and maintaining America's wireless networks" and will be only one of two in the country, according to a press release from the university.More