Executive order signed to empower veterans and end veteran suicide

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled “National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,” which focuses on improving the quality of life for America’s veterans and ending the tragedy of veteran suicide.

The executive order mandates the establishment of the Veteran Wellness, Empowerment and Suicide Prevention Task Force. the task force shall:
• Develop a comprehensive national public health road map outlining the specific strategies needed to lower effectively the rate of veteran suicide, with a focus on community engagement;
• Design and propose to Congress a program for making grants to local communities, which will increase their ability to collaborate with each other, integrate service delivery and coordinate resources to veterans; and
• Develop a national research strategy to improve the coordination, monitoring, benchmarking and execution of research in the field of veteran suicide prevention.

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For further information, please contact the Veteran Services Office.
Important numbers
• 799-VETS, www.Vets4VetsPSCO.org.
• Durango VA Outpatient Clinic: 247-2214.
• Farmington VA Center: (505) 326-4383.
• VAMC Albuquerque NM: (800) 465-8262.
• VAMC Albuquerque NM emergency notification: (800) 465-8262, ext. 5739.

Google Has Tools To Help U.S. Veterans Find Jobs And Promote Businesses

Google Data Scientist and former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sean O’Keefe pointed out that there are more than 2.5 million businesses in the U.S. that are majority-owned by veterans. This amounts to 9% of all businesses in the U.S. To help veterans find jobs and promote their businesses, Google has launched some useful new tools.

Google has enabled new “Veteran-Led” attribute for businesses that are owned, led or founded by a veteran. This attribute can be added through the Google My Business profiles. And it will appear along with others such as “Outdoor Seating” and “Has Wifi.” . . . . more

Writing Scholarship for Veterans

The LWC Baker Veteran Scholarship
SCHOLARSHIP details: Applicant must be a veteran of the armed services, and not have a book in publication but should be generating work with the intent of being published in established literary magazines and/or have other awards of merit. The goal of this scholarship is to give an underserved population the opportunity to have close mentoring relationships with professional writers and editors. This scholarship covers full tuition (all events, readings, workshops, etc. are covered for scholar) for the conference and offers steep discount for the superb housing we have at Seaside (scholars pay a lodging fee of $200 total for the full conference). This is our sixth year, and we are proud to have offered financial aid (we have both fellowships (for those with one book or more) and scholarships for five years!

GENRE: Open

DEADLINE: January 10, 2019

CONFERENCE DATES: May 11-19, 2019

TO SUBMIT: https://www.artweeksouthwalton.com/longleaf-writers-conference-registration/

FOR DETAILS:  https://www.artweeksouthwalton.com/2018-longleaf-visiting-writers-faculty-agents-editors-and-guests/

The Longleaf Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and creative nonfiction who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, lectures, readings, and social events.  The conference offers the opportunity for all writers to celebrate writing, to network with other writers, make new literary friends, and to hone their crafton one of the most beautiful beaches in the US.  web:https://www.longleafwritersconference.com  

Please note: Travel stipends and meals are not included at this time for fellows and scholars but most activities and events have some food and drink available.·Fellows and scholars will benefit from a special reading, direct work with faculty, and other specific duties that allow them access to our faculty and visiting writers.

For more info: contact Seth Tucker at longleafwritersconference@gmail.comor303-868-3873

The Gender Wage Gap Is Worse Than We Thought – But Fixable

New research shows that the reality of today’s wage gap is more complicated than the figure often bandied about in Washington—“80 cents to a man’s dollar.” In fact, the gap might actually be much worse, yet much simpler to fix, than we assume.

According to a new analysis of historical wage data by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), the oft-cited 20 percent gap, which focuses on short-term earnings, misses the context of women’s lives. When mapped over 15-year periods, the long-term gender earnings gap might widen to as much as 50 percent.

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