Veteran Unemployment for April Good News. Too Good, Actually.

The unemployment rate for Post-9/11 veterans fell dramatically in April, from 9.2% in March to 7.5%. The unemployment rate for all veterans also fell from 7.1% to 6.2%.

Although these drops are great news, they may be statistically invalid. The change in Post-9/11 unemployment shows huge gender differences (women dropped from 11.8% in March to 7.2%, while men went from 9.2% unemployment to 7.6%) that may reflect a small sample size of Post-9/11 veteran women, which would skew the sample results.

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Army says "No Thanks" to Tanks, Congress Insists

It's like trying to turn down food at your grandmother's house, it seems.

Senior Army officials have repeatedly turned down more M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, but there is a bipartisan push to spend $436 million on tanks the Army said it doesn't need or want.

The reason, of course, is politics.

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Army PaYS Program Partners Soldiers With Participating Businesses After Discharge

One of the most difficult things about leaving the Army is finding a job - many times companies don't appreciate or recognize the skills gained by soldiers simply because the soldiers have little documentation that employers love so much. The Army's Partnerships for Youth Success (PaYS) program is an attempt to help match qualified veterans with companies that want and need skillful employees.

When you enlist in the Army, you are offered an opportunity to participate in the PaYS which tries to match an MOS with a particular job in participating companies. There are many companies which

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Congress Finally Passes COLA For Vets - Now Headed to the President

It seems like all the panicked talk about veterans losing their annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) this year was for naught.

Early this week the Senate took a voice vote and passed HR 4114: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012 which should take effect on Dec. 1 of this year. This bill was passed by the House back in early July, and put aside by the Senate for unknown reasons in September.

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"Get Skills to Work" Campaign Trains Vets for High-Tech Jobs

A new jobs initiative run by the Manufacturing Institute and partnering with Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Electric and Alcoa plans to help veterans train for high-tech manufacturing jobs.

The "Get Skills to Work" program plans to start training 15,000 vets right away, with 85,000 more over the next 3 years. In America, there are around 600,000 high-tech manufacturing jobs unfilled, since many workers lack the necessary skills for such jobs.

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US Bases Fair Game if Israel Attacks

An Iranian official, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a top general of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, said that Iran will target US bases in the region if Israel launches any attack against Iran. Gen. Hajizadeh said that no attack by Israel could be launched without the support of it's greatest ally, the United States, and that makes any US bases legitimate targets. In addition to numerous bases in Afghanistan, the US Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain.

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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program has Released a List of In-Demand Jobs for Vets

The Veterans Retraining and Assistance Program (VRAP) has released a list of 210 in-demand jobs, some which require as little as one year of training.

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“You Chose to Join the Army, the Army Didn’t Choose to Join You”

Many people join the Army to get the Tuition Assistance or Post 9/11 GI Bill educational benefits they can use while serving or after getting out, respectively,  But, in light of proposed changes below, would you be able to meet the new proposed grooming standards?  

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Does the Army Reserve Have a Sign-on Bonus or Other Incentives for Joining?

Q: I'm a former active duty Marine, I was wondering if there was a sign on bonus or any other incentives for joining the Army Reserves? – Kris
A: Right now Kris, only non-prior service enlistees can get enlistment bonuses, however, that can change at any time. However, there are some great benefits you could get as a prior servicemember joining the Army Reserves.

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