U.S. panel: Improve child custody rules for military

A national legal panel that works to standardize state laws wants to simplify child custody rules for military service members, whose frequent deployments can leave them without clear legal recourse when family disputes erupt. http://www.thetowntalk.com/viewart/20120719/NEWS01/207190331/U-S-panel-Improve-child-custody-rules-military … [Read more...]

Powerful Leadership Lessons From a Veteran

There are few leadership training methods as proven as is serving in the miltary. Dawn Halfaker, founder and CEO of Halfaker and Associates, is a shining example. http://www.inc.com/jj-mccorvey/dawn-halfaker-military-leadership-lessons.html … [Read more...]

Should veteran disability benefits be considered during divorce proceedings?

A disabled veteran has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider anew whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran’s disability compensation in calculating spousal support. The petition also invites the justices to consider an issue that states are more sharply divided over: whether federal law bars state courts from considering VA disability benefits communal property to be divided in divorce like other marital … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Scams Target Military, Families, Supporters

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. BBB is urging consumers and donors to be on the lookout for deals that seem too good to be true, and for disreputable charities. http://www.bbb.org/us/article/memorial-day-scams-target-military-families-supporters-34054 … [Read more...]

A welcome-home gift for veterans: Jobs

Our nation is finally emerging from one of the worst recessions in American history, yet for our military veterans there is no recovery in sight. The nation’s unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. But the unemployment rate of our youngest military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan hovers at a stunning 29 percent. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/keeping-veterans-off-the-unemployment-rolls/2012/05/06/gIQA5xoY6T_story.html … [Read more...]

DOD Works to Ease Troop Transition to Credentialed Jobs

The Defense Department is working to break down credentialing barriers for service members and veterans preparing to enter the civilian workforce, a DOD official said today. http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=67290 … [Read more...]

USAA: Vets more likely to have car accidents after deployments

A USAA report released Monday said troops back from overseas tours are more likely to have accidents in the six months after their return than in the six months before deploying. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-24/vets-car-crash-risk-rises-after-deployment-usaa-says … [Read more...]

Unemployment is a special challenge for veterans

Civilian employers don't always appreciate their skills and maturity, and that a focus on PTSD and brain injuries has stigmatized those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-na-vets-unemployed-20120426,0,2627227.story … [Read more...]

A Fog Of Drugs And War

More than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year took antidepressants, sedatives and other prescription medications. Some see a link to aberrant behavior. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-army-medication-20120408,0,1291311.story … [Read more...]

White House personnel chief calls for ‘zero tolerance’ for federal USERRA violations

The White House’s personnel chief is calling on senior federal executives to ensure that Guard and Reserve troops returning to their civilian federal jobs are not penalized for their military service. In fiscal year 2011, more than 18 percent of the 1,548 complaints of violations of that law involved federal agencies, according to Labor Department … [Read more...]