VAA Dispatch
Apr. 21, 2015

House panel unveils $77 billion bill to fund military bases, vets' benefits
The Hill
The House Appropriations Committee released a $76.6 billion bill to fund military and veteran housing, benefits, training and maintenance — $1.2 billion below President Barack Obama's budget request. Members of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees these areas will mark up the legislation soon. GOP leaders have already scheduled a floor vote on the measure before the House leaves for its next recess in early May.More

Military medical leaders sound alarm over spending cuts
Military Times
Looming spending cuts pose a significant threat to military medical research and could harm health services for troops, families and retirees, top Army, Navy and Air Force medical commanders told Congress. More

When veterans return, their children also deal with the invisible wounds of war
The Washington Post
Twice a day, Koen Hughes' medicine alarm beeps and sputters. He yells out across the kitchen to his father, retired Army Staff Sgt. Jonah Hughes, an Iraq war veteran, who suffers from such a severe brain injury that it's hard for him to remember things, like whether he showered, and sometimes how to shower. Koen is always there, reminding him to take his anti-seizure pills, nervously double-checking his medicine box and squinting as he monitors his father's behavior. Koen is 10.More

Verizon, USAA, Lockheed at top of list for vets' jobs
USA Today
A few years ago, many companies viewed veteran hiring as a nice thing to do, a way to chip away at sky-high vet unemployment rates and achieve some good public relations in the process. Times have changed. With the unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans routinely running below 7 percent, companies across all industries have realized how vets can boost bottom lines — and they're fighting to bring them on board.More

Paralyzed Veterans of America, UnitedHealth Group partner to promote veteran hiring in health sector
Paralyzed Veterans of America has partnered with UnitedHealth Group create recommendations that promote the hiring of veterans in the health sector. These recommendations are contained in a new joint policy paper titled "Converging Lines: Veterans, Health Care, and Jobs." The paper focuses on resolving veterans and caregiver unemployment by promoting increased hiring in clinical and nonclinical health sector occupations.More

Military veterans should be front and center in the US solar campaign
Solar Industry
As veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can tell you firsthand that nothing drives home the importance of energy security like serving in combat. We saw the resources needed to protect the fuel convoys that allowed our fellow service members to complete their missions. We witnessed the vulnerability of these convoys, and the danger in which our comrades placed themselves to deliver critical fuel.More

Connecting vets to energy jobs
Houston Chronicle
After retiring as chairman, president and CEO from El Paso Corporation, Doug Foshee started his own company. Although always an active community volunteer, he began spending more time on community service. Through his work with SEARCH, which provides services to the homeless, Foshee learned that 27 percent of Houston's homeless are vets. "Really?" Foshee asked himself. "Oil is $100 a barrel, and we're letting our vets sleep on the street?" Vets, he found out, are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as other workers. The situation, he thought, was wrong.More

Enlisted jobs rank among worst in new career report
Military Times
If you're an enlisted service member, a new career report says you've got one of the very worst jobs on the planet. But at least you can say you're not a lumberjack or, worst of all, a newspaper reporter. Those are bottom three, according to in its latest rankings of best and worst professions. Jobs involving number crunching, computers and several medical specialties took top spots among the best-rated gigs.More

Law that gives veterans free tuition may be in jeopardy
Kent Patteson has crammed a lot of life experience into his 26 years. "I've gone to Austin Community College, worked in the oil fields, run telecommunications," Patteson said. Now he is cramming for a career at Texas State University. "Before I was a Texas State student I was a Marine from 2007 to 2011," Patteson said. And that service entitles him to free tuition under the Hazelwood Act. In 2009, state lawmakers extended the Hazelwood Act to select spouses and children of military veterans.More

LA discovers wrinkle in plan to house homeless veterans by 2016
Southern California Public Radio
As cities across the country rush to house all homeless veterans by the end of this year to meet a goal set by the Obama administration, officials in Los Angeles said veterans who have a less-than-honorable discharge from the military have fallen through the cracks.More