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Youth deserve ability to make an informed decision about their future

 

Written by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow
Commanding General for U.S. Army Recruiting Command

U.S. ArmyFort Knox, KY – Unfortunately, the growing divide between the military and society was apparent last week when a teacher’s inaccurate and misinformed statements about the quality of America’s armed forces made national headlines.

As a U.S. Army officer for more than 30 years, I can tell you our nation’s military services are among the most respected organizations in the world, and the individuals who choose to serve deserve the support of our nation’s people.

About 50 percent of young Americans today admit they know little to nothing about our military. As a nation, we are failing them, and we are failing ourselves.

Major General Jeffrey Snow

Major General Jeffrey Snow

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New Program Aims to Better Help Troops Transition to Civilian Life

 

Written by Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

United States Department of DefenseWashington, D.C. –  The Defense Department is conducting pilot classes of a new program designed to better prepare service members transitioning out of the military to civilian life.

Transition Goals Plans Success, known simply as Transition GPS, replaces the 20-year-old Transition Assistance Program, or TAP. In a sweeping overhaul of the 20-year-old TAP, as part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act passed in 2011, Transition GPS takes military members through a week-long class, compared to the original TAP’s mandatory two to four hours of separation counseling, said Susan Kelly, the Defense Department’s deputy director for the newly formed Transition to Veterans Program Office.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dusty Thibodaux, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kasey Schmidt and Marine Corps Sgt. Joshua Johnston attend a Transition GPS pilot program resume class at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Aug. 15, 2012. (Terri Moon Cronk/U.S. DOD)

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dusty Thibodaux, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kasey Schmidt and Marine Corps Sgt. Joshua Johnston attend a Transition GPS pilot program resume class at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Aug. 15, 2012. (Terri Moon Cronk/U.S. DOD)

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Veterans Get Academic Help Prior to Enrolling in School

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Troops throughout the U. S. are returning from deployment. Many of them hope to use the Post-911 GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation to pursue college or technical school training. While they apply for benefits, most reflect that it has been quite some time since they were in school. 

Filing for benefits is one challenge, but by far the biggest ordeal —hitting the books—lies ahead.

Veteran Darrell Chambers sums up his feelings this way: “You may have known the skills, but time caused you to forget.  You need somewhere you can go to get help.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Deployment on Campus: Help for Perplexed Veterans

 

Veterans throughout the U. S. are getting ready to use the Post-911 GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation to pursue college or technical school training. While they apply for benefits, most reflect that it has been quite some time since they were in school. Filing for benefits is one challenge, but by far the biggest ordeal —hitting the books—lies ahead.

Veteran Darrell Chambers sums up his feelings this way: “You may have known the skills, but time caused you to forget. You need somewhere you can go to get help.”

Such a place exists at Austin Peay State University. Veterans Upward Bound, a program funded by the Department of Education, has been preparing veterans for the rigors of academic coursework since its inception in 1989. Now located in the McReynolds Building at APSU, the program helps veterans refresh their skills at their own pace. «Read the rest of this article»

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