By John Toth
John Toth is a former Army Lieutenant Colonel who served with the 101st airborne and 82nd airborne. He currently serves as a senior director of veterans programs at Veteran Green Jobs, and talks about the mission of Veteran Green Jobs and how veterans can overcome the obstalces they face in the civilian job market.
Can you talk a bit about your military experience?
I commissioned as an officer through ROTC. I spent 21 years in the army as an infantry officer. I spent time with the 82nd airborne division and the 101st airborne division; I did a tour in Korea, a tour in Egypt. I spent two years in the pentagon and I was actually there during 9/11. I did a year-long combat tour in Iraq with the 101st. I ended my career as a professor of military science at the University of Colorado, Boulder and that’s how I ended up here in Denver.
By Tom Philpott
With the backlog of compensation claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs having ballooned in recent years, one would expect major veterans' service organizations to be among VA's harshest critics.
If so, they would join a rising chorus. Recently network news programs have turned cameras and commentary on the mountain of 598,000 overdue claim decisions, suggesting bureaucratic neglect of returning ill and injured vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. Time magazine columnist Joe Klein even asked VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
Erik Cline's job search since he left the Marine Corps in February has been a mixed bag.
He went on a website that matches military skills with civilian jobs. He entered his experience training people in nuclear, biological and chemical defense. It didn't list any jobs for him.
Yet Cline, 29, received two offers from contractors in Quantico and Japan. He rejected both because he is committed to sharing an apartment with his sister in Chesapeake for a year.
His latest plan if he doesn't get a job: enroll in Tidewater Community College to become a paramedic. But he also has his eye on the apprenticeship program at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth.
Cline doesn't worry. "My experience will help me find a job and do well," he said.
Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Hub Cira Centre
2929 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
By Errin Whack
RICHMOND — Sen. Timothy M. Kaine says he will file his first bill as soon as next week, aimed at helping veterans looking for civilian jobs to get professional credit for their military expertise.
Kaine's bill would prevent credential fraud by setting standards and reestablishing an oversight committee in the Department of Veterans Affairs and would expand a Defense Department credentialing pilot program to include the information technology industry.
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003, may be eligible for five years of medical care. The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to reach out to eligible veterans who served “in a theater of combat operations” to let them know that they may be eligible for complete health care coverage for five years post service.
To determine eligibility, visit the Veterans Health Administration website at:
VHA website provides comprehensive health benefits and includes a link to their fully developed Veterans Health Benefits Guide. For more information, visit www.va.gov or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST.
All Bucks County veterans and active duty personnel are invited to visit the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds office on the second floor of the Bucks County Courthouse (55 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901) between the hours of 7:45 am and 3:30 pm. By showing their original DD-214 discharge form (or having staff look it up if already filled in the Recorder of Deeds office), they will be able to receive a color photo identification card that will entitle them to special discounts at local businesses.
List of participating vendors -- Please note, vendor list is subject to change without notice.
Vendors who would like to participate in the program are invited to fill out the Vendor Contract.
More than 100 businesses in Montgomery County are participating.
The Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds is providing Veterans with Photo ID cards and a program to receive discounts for goods and services from certain County merchants. Veterans will be able to present these cards to Montgomery County businesses who have agreed to provide a discount to Montgomery County Veterans in appreciation for the veterans’ service to our Country.
The Recorder’s Office is encouraging all Montgomery County businesses to participate in this discount program. Enrollment would be for a year with an annual automatic renewal. Participants would be asked to give 30 days written notice if they plan to withdraw.
The Law Offices of Eugene Gitman is proud to offer free or substantially reduced cost legal services to honorably discharged veterans who demonstrate financial hardship and substantial need for legal representation. Pro Bono and reduced cost legal services offered by our office are limited to the following areas:
- Family Matters
- Eviction/Foreclosure Defense
- Bankruptcy/Debt Negotiation
- DUI/Traffic Citation Defense
- Civil Litigation Defense
Determination of eligibility for Pro Bono or reduced cost legal representation will be made on a case by case basis upon evaluating the applicant’s financial situation and need. We reserve the right to refuse Pro Bono or reduced cost services at our sole discretion upon completing our evaluation. Contact us for additional eligibility details and terms, and to schedule a free initial consultation.
Law Offices of Eugene Gitman, LLC
826 Bustleton Pike; Suite 108
Feasterville, Pennsylvania 19053
Toll Free: 800-206-7989
PVMSEC was contacted by Monica and Kevin Rebbie about a children’s book that they wrote and published named "Mr. Stinkas and the Little Cheese Shop." They are supporters of PVMSEC through the WMGK Veterans RadioThon. To help support our programs and services for Veterans they will be donating 50 cents for each book sold to PVMSEC!
Here is an Excerpt from the Website:
Discover how Mr. Stinkas and his loyal friend Old Bleu make their dreams come true simply by, cutting the cheese. *We are pleased to let you know that with every book purchased The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center, and The Children’s Miracle Network will each receive a 50-cent donation. Thank you for your generosity!
So please pass this along to your friends and family. If you would like to purchase the book, click on the link below.
Visit http://www.mrstinkas.com/ for a special low price!
Below is a book review from the BBOTW.com website:
"A new age childrens book. A step above Dr.Seuss. It has a C.D. for you and your child to read along to get to know the story. And the next time you read it you make the sounds together. We have spent night after night reading and laughing. A MUST FOR ANY FAMILY!!!"
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TAMPA -- Almost 42 years after a horrific firefight during the Vietnam War, a Parrish man has finally received the Silver Star he had earned.
Ralph A. Morgan, 62, received the award Tuesday in Tampa during a ceremony hosted by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida.
Blinking back tears, Morgan listened as Nelson praised the gallantry and devotion to duty the award represented.
BATH TWP., Ohio -- The images of the German city of Dresden after the Allied firebombing in February 1945 are still vivid in the mind of 87-year-old Gerald "Jerry" Lamb.
As an American prisoner of war, Lamb went out on numerous work details in the burning city to remove dead bodies.
"It was like War of the Worlds," said Lamb, a Cleveland native who has lived in Bath Township for 40 years.
Lamb was kept in Slaughterhouse Five, a place where German merchants cut up meat in stalls before the war.
WASHINGTON -- Veterans groups are rallying to fight any proposal to change disability payments as the federal government attempts to address its long-term debt problem. They say they've sacrificed already.
Government benefits are adjusted according to inflation, and President Barack Obama has endorsed using a slightly different measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits. Benefits would still grow but at a slower rate.
Advocates for the nation's 22 million veterans fear that the alternative inflation measure would also apply to disability payments to nearly 4 million veterans as well as pension payments for an additional 500,000 low-income veterans and surviving families.
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic has kicked off its 27th year in Snowmass, Colorado. Nearly 400 disabled Veterans from across the country have gathered for the premier adaptive winter sports instruction for Veterans and active duty servicemen and women with disabilities.
It seems little can stop Veterans competing this year, as they manage traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, and other disabilities up on the mountain.
There’s a lot to be gained from the clinic. Not only do Veterans get out of the house and learn ways to stay active, but they also form lifelong bonds with fellow Vets who intimately know the challenges and successes of living with a disability. Cross country and Alpine skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, kayaking, trapshooting, and snowmobiling are a few of the sports they will engage in this week.
You can follow along all week as disabled Vets hit the slopes. Be sure to follow @VAAdaptiveSport on Twitter using #NDVWSC. And be sure to keep up with our Flickr feed, which will be updated with photos of the event. Check out photos from last year’s event for a preview.