VAA Dispatch
May. 27, 2015

What veterans really think about on Memorial Day
"As a wounded veteran who served two tours in Iraq, I've been asked to give speeches at Memorial Day celebrations. It's one of the hardest jobs I've ever done. Veterans Day is easy. Fourth of July, a piece of cake. But Memorial Day, that's a tough one," says retired staff Sgt. Luke Murphy, U.S. Army.More

Is new retirement plan really better for career troops?
Military Times
As a major overhaul of the military retirement system continues to gain momentum on Capitol Hill, questions remain about the core of the proposal and whether it will be better or worse than the current pension for career service members who serve 20 years or more.More

What Veterans Affairs won't pay for?: Chance for the wounded to have kids
The Washington Post
After Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillmann was paralyzed from the abdomen down in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid to retrofit his Chevrolet Silverado truck so he could drive it and bought him a handcycle so he could exercise. But the agency that cares for former troops won't pay for what the onetime squad leader and his wife, Holly, ache for most: a chance to have children.More

USO transition 360 alliance
Defense News
USO President and CEO Dr. J.D. Crouch II on the organization's new effort to help troops and their families re-integrate into civilian life. More

Ohio bill would give state boost to veteran entrepreneurs
Military Times
Navy veteran Mike Nichols says veteran-owned businesses aren't asking for handouts from the state of Ohio, but they could use a little help leveling the playing field in competing with nonveterans who may have had more time to get on-the job-experience.More

Jon Stewart has been quietly running a program to help US veterans
Jon Stewart has shown a great deal of admiration and support for America's soldiers and veterans over the years. The New York Times highlighted another way he's been quietly helping vets get into show business.More

10 online bachelor's programs with the most veterans
U.S. News & World Report
For the increasing number of veterans and service members heading back to school, online education can seem like a great option. Online learning gives adults the chance to earn a degree while balancing work and family commitments. And it allows veterans with physical or mental wounds the chance to do so while avoiding the challenges they might face at a brick-and-mortar campus.More

The military MBA: USC's degree just for veterans
The leadership style seen in the U.S. military doesn't always translate directly into the business world, but one university is aiming to address that gap. To help veterans leverage their armed forces credentials into a business career, the University of Southern California had launched a Master of Business program specifically for veterans, which it's dubbed called the "MBV."More

7 habits of highly-effective student veterans
Task & Purpose
At an academic boot camp for enlisted veterans held at Harvard University, John Korn, one of the executive directors of the Harvard Business School, shared some valuable advice to help veterans understand what they need to do to succeed in a four-year undergraduate college environment. The seven habits of highly-effective student veterans that he discussed are simply too good not to provide to a broader audience.More

Homeless veterans deserve a place in the American dream
Karlene S. is a 35-year-old Army veteran who served as part of the post-9/11 war against terrorism. A single parent, she has three children, the youngest two diagnosed with ADHD and other ongoing special needs. She herself has health issues, including hypertension and depression. While she has tried to provide for her family by working at Target, she still cannot afford her rent.More

Bill aims to keep convicted veterans from being buried in Pennsylvania cemetary
Thirty years after being convicted of killing a woman, George Emery Siple was given a full military burial in an Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Now the woman's family is working to keep other convicted veterans from being buried in military cemeteries. Recently, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta unveiled "Bertie's Respect for National Cemeteries Act." The bill, inspired by Siple's murder of Bertha "Bertie" Smith in Harrisburg in 1969, seeks to accomplish a number of objectives.More