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Grimes pledges support for jobs plan for veterans
Houston Chronicle—November 21, 2013

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has pledged her support for a move in the U.S. Senate to make tax credits permanent for businesses that hire military veterans. It’s an issue on which Grimes and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agree. Grimes said in a statement Thursday that the tax credits, which are set to expire at the end of the year, are beneficial to Kentucky’s 350,000 veterans, some 12,000 of whom, she said, are dealing with unemployment.

Number of homeless vets drops, but VA goal might be out of reach
Stars and Stripes—November 21, 2013

Efforts to end veterans homelessness have helped nearly 20,000 impoverished people off the streets in the last four years, a figure that government officials call impressive progress given the shaky U.S. economy. But some housing advocates say that progress won’t be enough to meet VA’s self-stated deadline to end veterans homelessness over the next two years, especially as veterans of the recent wars struggle with unemployment and mental health issues.

Hiring Our Heroes event matches veterans with jobs
WFTV—November 20, 2013

War veterans often have a difficult time returning home and finding a job. A job fair called Hiring Our Heroes is matching up service members with local companies. Organizers said Wednesday’s event in Melbourne should help them reach their goal of hiring more than 500,000 veterans nationwide by the end of next year.

Salute to U.S. Veterans celebration, job fair planned Saturday
Las Vegas Review-Journal—November 20, 2013

The Las Vegas Review-Journal will host a Salute U.S. Veterans celebration and job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Texas Station in North Las Vegas. Reps. Joe Heck and Dina Titus are slated as opening speakers. Heck, R-Nev., is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Titus, D-Nev., is a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

Why We Need to Stop Overlooking Our Unemployed Veterans
Business Insider—November 20, 2013

While in the service, military professionals get used to having a team of people around them to help them grow professionally. Still, veterans return home to find this support has fallen away — they transition back into civilian life staring down financial instability and vast unemployment. But a new initiative aims to change that. Nonprofit GallantFew recently announced its 1kVets initiative, which aims to change the employability of 1,000 veterans using new technology, like video calling and social media.

Program wants 5,000 Vets in Wireless Tech Jobs by 2015
U.S. Department of Defense—November 20, 2013

Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy joined with a coalition of private-sector partners from the telecommunications industry to launch “Warriors 4 Wireless,” a new nonprofit program aimed at connecting veterans and returning service members to jobs in the rapidly growing wireless telecommunications industry.

Job fair set for Fresno veterans
The Fresno Bee—November 19, 2013

The Fresno County Veterans Employment Committee will host a job and resource fair for veterans Thursday.  Employers from all over the Valley will attend the job fair to collect resumes and to conduct interviews for veterans seeking work. The job fair will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 509 at 3509 N. First St. in Fresno.

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