VAA Dispatch
Nov. 4, 2014

Bill to shield veterans services from government shutdown advances
Stars and Stripes
A bill to secure the funding of veterans' services in a time of uncertain federal budgets won an initial legislative victory on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will call a vote before the end of the year on the Putting Veterans Funding First Act. Reid announced this in a letter sent to the bill's sponsor, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who is in the midst of a tough re-election battle.More

Lawmaker questions VA exec's management of benefit appeals
Stars and Stripes
A House panel says the head of the Veterans Affairs' Board of Veterans' Appeals continues to mismanage the legal office and may have been "untruthful" in her sworn congressional testimony claiming improvements in processing vet appeals in September.More

VA guarantees its 21 millionth home loan
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it has guaranteed 21 million home loans since the Home Loan Guaranty program was established in 1944 as part of the original Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the GI Bill. This achievement comes during the year-long commemoration of 70 years of the GI Bill, which established a wide range of benefits for Veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education and vocational training.More

Veterans making waves in the housing market
As the U.S. continues to condense the size of its military, returning veterans are having a widespread impact on civilian life. Many are entering the private sector while others struggle to find work. Many are benefiting from advanced medical care while others suffer from inattention. Despite the ups and downs of every veteran's transition, one area of civilian life that a great number of veterans are finding success in is housing, and they have the VA loan to thank for it.More

Private insurers weigh backing veterans' mortgages
Insurance Journal
Private insurers are considering a request by U.S. officials to guarantee mortgages for veterans — the fastest growing part of the market. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is urging mortgage insurers that rely on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for business to offer supplemental protection for lenders to military members and veterans.More

4 success strategies for veterans making the military to civilian transition
PRWeb via Digital Journal
In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, career guidance leader Career Key recommends four strategies to help veterans make a successful military to civilian transition. Leading to more confident career and education decisions, these strategies are based on the best practices and science of career counseling. More

Hilton aids job-hunting veterans with limited free lodging
Starting Nov. 3, Pennsylvania veterans searching for a job will have a strong resource available to them: limited free lodging at Hilton hotels. Veterans who enter the program will receive 100,000 Hilton Honors Points each year, which can be used for roughly three to five nights in a hotel depending on the brand they choose. For job seekers, this may be a big boon.More

Veterans find job opportunities at Amazon fulfillment centers
After leaving the military in 2012, the Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran, Navy officer and former F-18 Super Hornet fighter pilot Becky Murphy has joined nearly 2,000 veterans hired by Amazon in the past year, through an initiative to boost the company's ranks with service members transitioning into civilian life.More

Houston ranks 1st on list for midcareer military vets
Houston Chronicle
Houston is a great place to land if you are a veteran of the armed forces looking to take the next step in your career, according to a financial services company for military service members and their families. The United Services Automobile Association ranked Houston as the number one city for midcareer vets. San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth, Texas, also ranked in the top 10 for best midcareer cities. More

Kirk Murray: Veterans make great employees, so why are many unemployed?
Capital Gazette
Nov. 11 is the day we honor those individuals who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. In Maryland, there are more than 400,000 veterans. Veterans offer an employer a unique skill set that only can be gained through military experience. However, like the rest of the population, too many of these veterans are unemployed.More