VAA Dispatch
Jan. 7, 2014

Top military health stories of 2013
Contributing writer on research and policies that affect soldiers Rebecca Ruiz writes: "How did the physical and mental health of service members and veterans fare in 2013? I can't answer that question with a single statement, but I have compiled a list of topics and stories that I hope will give you some insight. I've chosen these because they consistently generated headlines or provided readers with new information or rare access. I want to hear your recommendations as well. If there's a story you feel deserves a top spot, share it in the comments."More

CEA works to connect vets with tech jobs
The Consumer Electronics Association will launch an initiative to connect veterans with U.S. tech jobs at the 2014 International CES. The program will be run with USTechVets and will focus on helping the estimated 1 million veterans in the country by utilizing their skills and experience to land civilian tech careers.More

Future veterans training center lands AT&T partnership
The Telegraph
A future Warner Robins institution, which will provide training and job assistance for veterans and active military members, will partner with AT&T, officials recently announced. The Georgia state Legislature has earmarked $10 million for the The Military and Academic Training Center, which also is known as the Gateway Center, and the project now has received another boost through a strategic education partnership with AT&T.More

Cuomo: Proposed plans help veteran-owned businesses
The Associated Press via CBS
In Gov. Andrew Cuomo's upcoming State of the State address, he will present plans that are aimed to benefit many New York military veterans, specifically applicable to businesses owned by disabled veterans.More

Am I more than just a war veteran?
Writer on entrepreneurship and veterans' issues Shaun So writes: "I struggle to find other veterans that stretch their post-military life descriptions outside of the term 'veteran.' I've started two businesses and have had a successful career as a serial entrepreneur — why have I been saying veteran first and entrepreneur second? It perplexes me and I think that our collective veteran conscious keeps us feeling this way. I find current government and some private sector initiatives for returning veterans unhelpful."More

Commentary: Congress turns its back on the military again
CQ Roll Call
In late December, a two-year budget deal passed the Senate by a bipartisan 64-36 vote. It includes a provision that cuts a full 1 percent from future annual cost-of-living-adjustments to the retirement packages of all veterans under the age of 62.More

Navy veterans charity scammer sentenced to 28 years
John Donald Cody, the man who as "Bobby Thompson" ran the sham U.S. Navy Veterans Association, was sentenced to 28 years in prison, according to ABC News.More

2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers
Show Your Stripes
June 18, 2013: The 10th annual list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers has been released by G.I. Jobs. The list of 100 companies represents the top 2 percent of more than 5,000 eligible companies whose annual revenues exceeded $500 million.More

Military-style discipline introduced to raise standards in state schools
Education Executive
Former soldiers without degrees will be fast-tracked into teaching and more cadet force units will be established as part of a dramatic expansion of a "military-style" ethos in English state schools.More

Some ways you can resolve to help veterans in 2014
Providence Journal
Most Americans will never serve in the military or fight for their country. Yet there are countless ways that everyone can help veterans, who often return home from war to face their most difficult battles. Severely injured vets may need to learn how to live with the loss of a limb or limited mobility. For others, brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder can make the return to civilian life a struggle. Here, you will find some things you can do to make a difference for the more than 23 million American veterans.More

Younger military veterans are angered by budget cuts to their pension benefits
The Washington Post
After 25 years of service, including a combat tour in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Stephen Preston retired from the Army and began collecting a pension of nearly $55,000 a year. The money made it possible for Preston to go back to college, get his MBA and embark on a second career in corporate strategy. So it happened that Preston was sitting in his new office shortly before Christmas when he heard on the radio that he had become the latest target in Washington's war on spending.More