en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:27:55 -0500 15 Report: Retaining vets in civilian jobs should be employers' focus American companies have made great strides in recruiting veterans in recent years, according to a new study by the Rand Corp. Now the challenge is keeping those employees. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:38:00 -0500 Unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets at 7.2 percent The unemployment rate for the newest generation of veterans jumped by 1 full percentage point in October, according to new federal data, but the figure of 7.2 percent is about average for 2014 and actually a marked improvement from last year's overall unemployment rate of 9 percent for that group. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0500 Vets' entrepreneurship boot camp to include NHL alumni Officials with Syracuse University's veterans outreach programs are adding new recruits to their annual entrepreneurship boot camp: professional hockey players. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:38:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Social media can be link to your next job Gone are the days when handing out paper résumés to potential employers was the main way - and sometimes the only way - to land a job. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:20:00 -0500 These federal contractors are hiring vets now Companies that do business with the federal government employ a big chunk of the U.S. workforce - and if you're a veteran looking to join their ranks, federal law requires that they give you a leg up. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:16:00 -0500 Overseas federal contractor jobs common in industry After Scott Lang's tours in Iraq and Kuwait, you might think the last thing he would want to do is go back to the Middle East. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:21:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Heal your wounds to prepare for civilian life Separating from the military is tough enough in and of itself, but many veterans leave the military with issues that make their transition much more difficult. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:53:00 -0500 American Legion boss: Vets have earned federal hiring preference The American Legion has a message for federal workers upset over veterans preference rules: Get over it. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0500 Post-9/11 vet jobless rate drops in September Unemployment for the latest generation of veterans tumbled in September, continuing a period of roller-coaster volatility for the measure, as the unemployment rate for the nation as a whole ticked down amid significant job gains, government data show. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:26:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: A deeper dive on landing apprenticeships In my last column, I looked at three organizations that give veterans an opportunity to get their foot in the door of a blue-collar job through apprenticeship opportunities. This week, I go a little deeper into the details. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:05:00 -0500 Survey: 65% of vets likely to leave 1st civilian job within 2 years Roughly two-thirds of veterans are likely to leave their first post-military job within two years because of problems like low job satisfaction and limited opportunities for advancement, according to a new survey by employment specialists. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:36:00 -0500 U.S. awards $450M to link job training, employers The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:38:00 -0500 Soldier sues Florida for discrimination A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:06:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Apprenticeships can be path to solid career In my last column, I talked a bit about 'blue-collar' occupations and broke down some of the pathways into those careers. This week I'd like to talk in a bit of detail about another such potential pathway: apprenticeships. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:21:00 -0500 U.S. to train veterans to install solar panels The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:25:00 -0500 A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:00 -0500 Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:31:00 -0500 Post-9/11 vet unemployment at 8.1 percent in August The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans dropped by more than a point in August, government data show, but the 8.1 percent rate is still well above the dramatic lows charted a few months ago. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:45:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Maybe a blue-collar job is perfect for you The thought of attending college for two or more years may have you thinking of passing up the chance to use your GI Bill benefits. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:59:00 -0500 Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit Defense officials are launching a pilot program in the fall that will help military spouses put together portfolios of education and work experience for possible college credit. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:49:00 -0500 Spouse to receive White House entrepreneurship honor Air Force wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher said she was 'floored' when she learned she is being honored as a White House Champion of Change, but she didn't become an entrepreneur for the recognition. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:43:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: 5 questions to help you choose college major - and career It's not uncommon for service members to fully enjoy what they're doing in their military careers, but think that they could easily see themselves doing something much different in another field once they make the jump to the civilian world. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:54:00 -0500 Vets in workforce ramp up as military gears down About 1,200 soldiers were ordered and urged by Fort Bragg brass to prepare Wednesday for their future mission: transition to a civilian job. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:05:00 -0500 Vets everywhere can log on to virtual job fair Hiring Our Heroes wants to take its veterans job fairs beyond major cities to small towns across the country. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:04:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Put school to the test before you enroll Knowing you have GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of tuition for school should make the decision to attend college easier. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:48:00 -0500 Military spouses move up - while constantly moving Denise Hunter began her career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in 1987 as a food service worker at an AAFES-owned Baskin-Robbins concession in Katterbach, Germany. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 15:05:00 -0500 Post-9/11 vet unemployment rate jumps again in July The volatile unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans jumped again in July, reaching 9.2 percent, matching the highest monthly rate recorded so far this year, government data show. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:16:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Vets making move from battlefields to farm fields Some veterans are finding a new way to serve their country after separating from the military - they're leaving battlefields for farm fields. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:07:00 -0500 Commentary: Industry credentials are solid first step in transition Many programs and initiatives have been launched over the past few years to help veterans get civilian jobs, and many employers have committed to hire and even train veterans. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:46:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Private security contractor jobs offer good money - with risks How does a six-figure, tax-free job overseas sound? Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500 Post-9/11 veterans unemployment at 7 percent in June Following a sharp drop in May, the unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans jumped substantially in June, government data show. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:40:00 -0500 STEM skills more important to employers than bachelor's degree, study indicates High school graduates with a background in science, technology, engineering and math are in higher demand in the job market than college grads without such skill, according to a new Brookings Institution study. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:45:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Frustrated job-seeker may need to adjust strategy A reader recently sent me this anguished email: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:12:00 -0500 Some military household goods shipments 'held hostage' Some service members' household goods shipments are being held by subcontractors in an effort to force contractors to pay for other work they've performed, according to the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, the executive agency responsible for Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:54:00 -0500 Va. gets $3.4M grant for veteran employment Virginia is getting a $3.4 million federal grant to help veterans better gain employment. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:07:00 -0500 Small business training for veterans set for major expansion The Small Business Administration announced a major expansion of their post-military entrepreneurship training efforts Tuesday, unveiling a plan to open the program beyond transitioning troops to any interested veteran. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:01:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: Boosting your odds of landing a federal job In the military and in life, we all inevitably hit a roadblock or two that stops us from accomplishing a goal or task. When that happens, the best option is usually to backtrack and focus on what led you to that roadblock. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:31:00 -0500 Behind the baggage: Screening luggage is a big deal, but TSA does far more The U.S. Transportation Security Administration: Keeping our skies safe, one piece of luggage at a time. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:19:00 -0500 Marine vet-turned-reservist manages American Red Cross disaster response When floods devastated Colorado last fall, the Red Cross mobilized in force. More than 830 workers provided food, shelter, relief supplies and emotional support. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:23:00 -0500 Recruiters & business owners talk hard-to-fill jobs Gunnery Sgt. Chris Albright left the Marine Corps in 2013 and jumped right into his new career as owner of CMIT Solutions in northern Virginia, a national information technology franchise. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:49:00 -0500 Vet unemployment drops again in May, beating nation's unemployment rate The unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans dropped significantly in May, falling a point below a steady national unemployment rate, government data show. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:03:00 -0500 Tactical Veteran: STEM companies aggressively seeking veterans Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hit the nail on the head when he said in a 2011 interview: 'Innovations and creativity in science, technology, engineering and math will be the drivers of tomorrow's economy.' Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:01:00 -0500 For veteran volunteers, story is part of the work Jules Toraya rattled off his life story as quickly as he could: a desire for public service, five years in the Army, environmental work for the last four, and now a new fellowship to help vets find jobs. Then he glanced at the clock. Wed, 28 May 2014 09:06:00 -0500