President Obama highlighted a federal rule he’s finalizing on predatory lending and the military to make the case to the VFW that he’s working to make things better for America’s military families. The predatory lending rule, which the Obama administration publicly proposed last year, expands the categories of payday and short-term loans subject to added protections under the Military Lending Act. The White House said in the past, lenders have exploited loopholes in the regulations and targeted military members with exorbitant interest rates. The revised version will cover larger or longer-term payday loans, plus title loans, installment loans and credit cards, subjecting them to an interest rate cap of 36 percent and other protections (although the 36% is certainly still very high compared to the upper limit of around 8% through the 1980s)
Obama started off the week Monday signing a bill to allow all veterans to receive official IDs from Veterans Affairs even if they don’t meet certain criteria for VA services. Obama is also speaking about serious and persistent problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. That agency has been under intense scrutiny for more than a year over waitlists and other shortcomings in the VA health system. Last week, the VA said it can’t count how many veterans died while waiting to sign up for health care, and may have to close some hospitals if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall.
The military community has also been on edge over the killing of four Marines and a sailor last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Obama has pledged a prompt and thorough investigation into an attack that authorities have blamed on a 24-year-old Kuwait-born man. On Monday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she authorized a review of security at National Guard installations and recruitment centers, and U.S. military officials have said security at recruitment centers should be reviewed.
Empowering our service members, veterans and military families with opportunities to lead, and thrive in our communities – July 14, 2015 8:00am to 5:00pm; location is the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall 1816 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Sponsored by Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti.
A Veterans Career Summit will be held on July 14, 2015 to celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch of “10,000 Strong.” The summit will aim to connect 1,000 veterans with career and business resources. This one day event will help job seekers and veteran entrepreneurs network with career and business experts, connect job seekers with on-site hiring managers, and provide valuable tools for veteran entrepreneurs to access capital, develop business proposals, and compete for government contracts. Here is a link to Summit WEB site
Stand Guard Against Veteran Suicide. Monday June 22, 2015 Veterans will walk Colorado Bridge to guard against Veteran suicide. Colorado Blvd Bridge, Pasadena, Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
Visit notonmywatch2015.org and/or wellnessworksglendale.org to learn more about volunteering, donating, and or registering to walk/stand post for 1-4 hour shifts.
Opening ceremony June 22nd 0900
Closing Ceremony an vigil June 27th[masked]pm
Each veteran standing post will be wearing a dog tag given to them by staff. This ceremony will be an on-going event, 24/7, therefore; by the end of the event there will be about 130 dog tags that represent all the men and women who committed suicide during that period. All dog tags will be placed on a field memorial. There will be supporting staff the whole time, RV’s, water, food, an parking. This is a community and military event. Together we can fight against veteran suicide. The local community is welcomed to watch veterans walk post on the bridge. We ask for your support at any capacity and please SHARE this event with your loved ones, friends, and strangers!
Monday, June 1 at 11:00am-1:00pm
location: West Hollywood Library – Wells Fargo Community Meeting Room, 625 Norht San Cicente Blvd., 1st floor, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Information Session will include the following topics:
Housing, Nathaniel Boehme from New Directions for Veterans; Finance, Lyrice Marsh from First Financial Security; EBenefits, Denise Self from Veterans Administration; Stress Management, Gail Soffer from Mindful Warriour Project; Educational Benefits, Community College Veterans Officer.
Get your questions answered. Refreshments served.
click here to RSVP for limited seating or call Alicia at 310-776-6245
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT).
location: YWCA of Glendale, 735 East Lexington Drive, Glendale, CA 91206
Women Veterans should be setting the cadence for other women to follow. The Military Women Leadership Conference is designed to benefit the women veterans who attend with a direct learning experience that can be used and further developed. The day is long yet rewarding because we have guests from multiple backgrounds providing a breadth of information. Organizations presenting will include: The Verdugo Job Center, Employment Development Dept (EDD), Wellness Works, Calvet, Vet Hunters, World Financial Group, Millennium Momentum Foundation, EBV Consultants and Encouragement Center, and Volunteers of America. This day is designed to build confident leaders who will have the knowledge and hunger to share the information they gain. A representative from Verdugo Jobs Center will present a workshop about available free, short-term training programs for high demand jobs in entertainment, medical, administrative and IT / Computers – available for women veterans. She will also provide resume and interview tips, and information about special career resources available for women veterans at the VJC. There will be raffles and a gas card of $50.00 will be awarded to the veteran with the most guests! (must be vets). A Leadership Certificate of Recognition will be awarded to each participant who attends the full day ! The Certificate can be shown at your future job interviews. Come make connections, grow in self and professional development, and share your professional experiences with other female military women. Together, we can set the cadence for future leaders.
LA Veteran Business Network Networking & Dinner Event – Military Women Social Meetup,Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:30 PM. Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612. The Veteran Business Network (VBN) is proud to present the first of what will be quarterly events. Join us as we bring together some of the area’s most successful veteran business leaders to enjoy some libations, eat great food, and build lasting friendships that enrich the veteran business community and the veteran community as a whole.
LA Women Veterans Collaborative- Military Women Social Meetup, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 10:00 AM. AT&T Building (USC School of Social Work), 1150 S. Olive Street, 11th Floor Sunset Theater, Los Angeles, CA. Please join us for the next meeting of the Collaborative. In just over six months since the Los Angeles Veterans Study, our community has set clear action items, leveraged new relationships and begun new processes for coordination that will better support Veterans and their family in Los Angeles County. Go To our Social Meetup Page for more information
May 16, 2015, 11am to 3pm
Penny Lane’s Rainbow Room, 15314 Rayne Street, North Hills, CA
Sponsored by VHATs Inc. Learn about federal benefits for veterans, their families and survivors. Learn what are the necessary steps, and get help applying for benefits. Important documents to bring: Veterans DD214 or DD215; children’s birth certificates or adoption papers; veteran death certificate to determine survivor benefits. VHATS
Thursday May 28, 9am to 1pm, Pacoima Employment Development Office, 11623 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima
U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas Invites you to learn about Resources Available for Military Veterans !
– Learn about resource systems available
– Guest Speakers from Local Veterans Groups
– Talk to reps from the VA and Veteran Volunteer Groups
QUESTIONS ?? Call or E-Mail us – 818-781-7407 / CardenasVets@mail.house.gov
Let’s grab some food and beverages – Military Women Social Meetup , Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:30 PM. Commonwealth Restaurant, 222 S. Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank, CA Hosted by Megan R. (Female Veteran Advisory Commitee Member)
GORUCK Light – Military Women Social Meetup , Saturday, May 2, 2015, 2:00 PM. Hosted by Megan R. (Female Veteran Advisory Commitee Member) And theGORUCK page link is here for more information.
Our Military Women Empowerment Conference: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the YWCA of Glendale , 735 East Lexington Drive, Glendale, CA (map). Wellness and Financial Workshops and skill building for making decisions under stress. Free lunch, $15 gas cards to first 7 women who register. For more information see our Meetup Page and join our meetup group for invitations to all our future events!