The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Joint Force Headquarters DOD-Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) workforce and their guests celebrated the Army’s 244th birthday at their joint headquarters on Fort George G. Meade June 14.
The theme of this year’s Army birthday is, “America’s Army: Honoring the call to service from D-Day to today.”
JFHQ-DODIN Executive Director Jeffery R. Jones, a 30-year Army veteran and the event’s guest speaker, explained the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, and the Army’s establishment 244 years ago, reflect the Army’s deep connection with personal values and commitments.
As companies recognize the benefits of hiring military veterans, the question often arises: Will they stay? Replacing an employee who is also a veteran is costly (as with any employee) and often emotional (I feel bad for not retaining someone who served our country).
When it comes to military veteran employees, employers can do more to increase the support network, open communications channels, and demonstrate leadership aligned with values to positively impact retention.
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
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!