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A Postwar Picture of Resilience

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According to mounting scientific evidence, the prevalence of post-traumatic stress syndrome among veterans of recent wars is substantially lower than is commonly believed.

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PeopleScout announces veteran-hiring initiative

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The city of Indianapolis is at the center of the world’s attention this weekend as it hosts the Super Bowl on Sunday night. A recruiting-services company took advantage of the massive media presence on Friday afternoon to announce its plans to help companies put more veterans to work. PeopleScout, which provides recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) services to help companies with their hiring needs, has launched its Veteran Hiring Initiative. The company will provide its clients with technology and capabilities to help them find and attract veterans, using 10 “best practices” for recruitment and hiring – such as establishing a priority-screening process, and deploying a 360-degree veteran sourcing program that will have the companies leveraging military hiring fairs and veterans support organizations. Patrick Beharelle, CEO of PeopleScout parent company SeatonCorp, csaid that “there is no better organization for training than the U.S. military” when it comes to job skills, and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to working with its corporate clients to help reduce the 13-percent unemployment rate among servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. “The key is to partner with the private sector, because that’s where the jobs are,” he said. Kevin Schmiegel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has partnered with PeopleScout on the Chamber’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program, echoed the need for thinking outside the old boxes in moving veteran employment forward, saying, “We need to be more creative.” Also sharing that view was Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who touted the state’s efforts for and support of veterans. “On behalf of Indiana, this fits us like a glove,” he said. “It’s a win for everybody … anything Indiana is asked to do, we’ll do.” Daniels went on to praise the private sector’s speed in getting such initiatives off the ground, versus more “indirect” government efforts. “These companies say they’re going to hire 10,000 vets – it’s going to happen,” Daniels said. Representatives from some of the companies joining PeopleScout in the Veteran Hiring Initiative – including Burger King, Fifth Third Bank and Avis Budget Group – were among those attending its annual Client Forum in downtown Indianapolis. There, they heard about the 10 “best practices” to be used in the initiative; discussed recruitment and 21st-century tools; participated in a panel discussion on how employers view veteran recruiting programs; and listened to retired NFL coach Bill Cowher, no stranger to the Super Bowl himself, talk about leadership and his work on behalf of veterans.

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New Online Enrollment Application Available for Servicemembers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with the First Army at Camp Shelby, Miss., to launch a streamlined version of its online application for VA health benefits (VA Form 1010EZ) for Servicemembers returning from deployment. VA will introduce it at demobilization sites nationwide by early spring 2012.

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IDVA launches ‘Stand Up and Be Counted’ to improve delivery of benefits and resources to state’s veterans - By registering online, veterans can expect follow-up from a local Veteran Service Officer within 48 hours

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SPRINGFIELD – Designed to improve access to services for the state’s 1.2 million veterans, “Stand Up and Be Counted” is a new online tool launched in January by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA). This function, located at www.veterans.illinois.gov, encourages all Illinois veterans to logon and submit basic contact information to IDVA.“I would encourage all veterans to Stand Up and Be Counted – not only to receive assistance with benefits, but also for the sake of their battle buddies,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “Participating veterans will help us gain a better understanding of the Illinois veteran community."

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VA hiring fair produces 500 job offers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that over 500 tentative job offers were made to veterans at its recent Hiring Fair in Washington, and it hopes to continue that success by expanding its hire-a-vet program and launching more veteran career fairs throughout the country.

According to VA, more than 4,100 veterans attended the 13-hour career fair, Jan. 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Attending the event were employers from all over the public and private sectors, including Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, JPMorgan, and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Agriculture and Labor.

A reported 6,400 public and private jobs were made available to attendees at the event, and about 2,600 veterans interviewed on site with potential employers. Additionally, VA reports that about 700 veterans created online accounts for accessing their VA benefits, and 30 homeless veterans were referred to care providers.

The American Legion manned a booth at the event, providing career counseling to attendees and assisting with veteran-oriented services.

Patricia Orsini, a Legionnaire and former Legion employee, also was on hand for the event, recruiting veterans for work-placement in her Wounded Warrior Program, which she directs in coordination with the U.S. House of Representatives. The program finds disabled veterans to work two-year paid fellowships with representatives, which gives the veteran employment and valuable job experience working under a lawmaker. A good number of fellowship participants transition into full-time employment, and some even stay on to work with their assigned representative.


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