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Pa. program honors graduates who choose the military

Edward Colimore The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — He was surprised seven years ago when he realized how little public recognition was given to high school graduates who chose military service over college. Kenneth E. Hartman, then a Cherry Hill school board member, decided to take action. The former Army first lieutenant set up a committee and began mobilizing businesses, colleges, educators, and veterans groups to plan and fund Camden County's first High School Enlistee Recogn ... More

Alaska names new military hospital for Chris Kyle

Tegan Hanlon Alaska Dispatch News ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An intensive inpatient treatment program for veterans and active duty military in need of mental health care that opened a few months ago in Anchorage was dedicated Tuesday to the late Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who inspired the movie "American Sniper." The 36-bed Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital is part of North Star Behavioral Health System, an Anchorage subsidiary of the large publicly traded fir ... More

3 myths of entrepreneurship debunked

I want you to be an entrepreneur. As a veteran, you’re poised to start a business. You’re adaptable, versatile, and will bust your ass working 25-hour days if you have to. You’re ready, but why haven’t you started?  This is what I’ve heard far too many times: “I can’t be an entrepreneur. I don’t have funding, I don’t have a developer, and I don’t have a million dollar idea.“ Fun Fact: You don’t need any of these.  Myth: I Ne ... More

Coast Guard still searching for missing Fla. teens

Ken Kaye Sun Sentinel JUPITER, Fla. — The Gulf Stream, a fast-moving current that parallels the Florida coast, can be perilous during a storm — and likely played havoc with the two missing teenage boaters, authorities said Wednesday. Choppy even in good weather conditions, the Gulf Stream can quickly pull a vessel both north and farther out to sea — up to 10 miles out near West Palm Beach and 35 miles near Central Florida. Its ocean heat also can intensify storms, whip up the seas and ... More

Advocate for vets in Ill. says PTSD caused manic episode

Elizabeth Donald Belleville News-Democrat EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.— A Madison County veterans’ advocate has been locked out of his office after a mental break related to post-traumatic stress disorder, and he is suing the county for permission to return to work, with the backing of the commission that hired him. Bradley Lavite is the superintendent of the Madison County Veterans Assistance Commission, which operates a number of veterans’ services out of the Madison County Administration Bui ... More

Minn. vet's advocacy groups pressure reps to support bill that fires VA staff

Dan Linehan The Free Press MANKATO, Minn. — A veterans advocacy group is pressuring Rep. Tim Walz to support a bill that makes it easier to fire Veterans Affairs employees. Concerned Veterans for America, which typically supports conservative positions, said it will spend more than $100,000 across three districts, including Minnesota’s First. The group’s legislative and political director, Dan Caldwell, said it will reach tens of thousands of Walz constituents with online video, maili ... More

Budget Blinds helps Wash. Navy vet transition to business ownership

By Rolf Boone The Olympian  OLYMPIA, Wash. — After 14 years in the Navy, Reynaldo "Ray" Pinlac's service in the military paid off in an unexpected way. Rather than needing to come up with the $75,000 fee to open a Budget Blinds franchise, the fee was waived as part of a new company program for veterans called Troops in Transition, specifically designed to help veterans re-enter the civilian workforce. Pinlac, 37, qualified for the program and in June became the owner of his ... More