Veteran Life Page 9

  • Unemployed Veterans Can Now Get Job Retraining Assistance

    Unemployed Veterans Can Now Get Job Retraining Assistance

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting applications for the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) which provides unemployed veterans with up to 12 months of paid benefits to retrain into a field where they can find employment. This job retraining assistance can mean great things for unemployed veterans. Qualifying veterans will receive assistance up to the full-time rate under the Montgom…

  • Military Pay May Be Headed for a More Modern Makeover

    Military Pay May Be Headed for a More Modern Makeover

    The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation recently concluded a two-year investigation into the efficiency of military pay. The study came to numerous conclusions that, if endorsed and enacted, will modernize military pay. The results were summarized in a blueprint presented to Congress in hopes that a bill will be passed to increase the efficiency of the Department of Defense and the Treasury. Some of t…

  • Female Service Members Fighting for a Place on the Battlefield

    Female Service Members Fighting for a Place on the Battlefield

    Women account for almost 15 percent of our 1.4 million active duty service members. In the last 10 years, more than 280,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 144 killed and at least 860 wounded. Despite this, the Defense Department has continued to prohibit women from taking part in direct combat. Two military women, Command Sgt. Maj. Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring of the U.S. Army Reserve, h…

  • Patriot Express Takes Flight in Ramstein, Germany

    Patriot Express Takes Flight in Ramstein, Germany

    Starting in February, soldiers and their families on Permanent Change of Station orders to European locations will fly on the Defense Department-chartered Patriot Express. The U.S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) is hoping this better protects the military members and their families traveling to and from Germany. According to USAREUR, about 1,500 soldiers and families traveled through Frankfurt Airport each month in …