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Disability Services and Rehabilitation Counseling Information

As both a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and someone who has previously worked as an SFL-TAP counselor, I believe that it is quite important for retiring and separating service members to be given more information regarding what Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling truly is and how those resources can benefit the wounded, ill and injured service member, whether medically retiring from the service or otherwise.

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Training records

Veterans should be able to utilize their training records as an equivalent to certain certifications. Number of hours of experience should be assigned to a civilian certificate and contrasted with time spent in career field and verified with training records.

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State recognition of credentials earned in the military

There has to be a better way for New Jersey to recognize credentials earned in the military. As an example, a parajumper medic from the Air Force returned from overseas combat missions to a private ambulance compajy, and applied to be recognized as a paramedic. He had to take English language classes, although a native speaker, plus organic chemistry classes and some others, to achieve state recognition. What makes things... more »

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Registered Veteran small businesses should be "first mandated" on all Federal facilities

Although a veterans "preference" rule already is codified in DoD policies, in practice it does not really work out that way.
Veteran small business, especially Disabled Veteran small businesses, should be specifically targeted for a larger percentage of contracts being offered by the DoD and other federal agencies with an improved and simplified notification process. .
Currently, I know because I am a registered disabled... more »

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Wounded Warrior Leave

I absolutely like the concept of Wounded Warrior Leave. I am a little disappointed that the leave doesn't extend past the first year.

For Veterans who have to attend weekly appointments, the 104 hours you get for the first year, is burned up very quickly.

This results in the Veterans having to use sick time, then when that runs out, they have to use their annual leave.

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Transition out of Military

We all agree that many veterans acquire multiple marketable skills that will translate into the civilian workforce. The military to civilian skills translators is a good start so the transitioning veteran will have some idea of what kind of job they can apply for once they transition. What is the military did the heavy lifting? I know that transitioning units assist in identifying the translatable workforce skill set.... more »

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GI Bill

Develop a program for Veterans to us GI Bill - As a Vocational Ag Instructor in Mn, back in the 70's, I was able to offer classes to Veterans using GI Bill to pay course fees. (Classes- Welding Farm Management)
Farm Management Coordinator in ND 90s- Working with USDA Farm Services Agency and ND State Vocational Department the courses offered received money using GI Bill to pay for courses taken by Veterans in ND for... more »

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State Agencys

What you shouldn't do is put it in the hands of a State agency, for some reason they step outside the "spirit" of what the program is geared towards and find ways to make it benefit themselves or waste the funding all together.

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Transitioning Military Program

As a previous US Army Recruiter, I learned of the US Army Partnership for Youth Success program (PaYS). Now, working at VA, we are reaching out to those with healthcare occupations transiting to build a bridge to work at VA. An example is Waste Management and Trucking Companies, until recently, Truck Drivers would exit the military without a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). I learned to drive a 44 Passenger Bus in 1987... more »

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Getting a job after you graduate

I am having a hard time getting a job, although, I have a degree and a post-bachelor certificate. I am told that I do not experience and never get the job. I would love to see something about obtaining a dream job out of school.

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Disabilities

Ask veterans to self identify their disability (s). If they choose to; require them to process through the disability department in their company/agency to obtain any necessary accommodation (s). Many veterans will not self identify disabilities because of their pride and belief they will be treated differently (less) than others.

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The support of the community is very important

1. Have the basic support for their families as soon as they start a civilian lifestyle. Housing to support the family that is transitioning, at least 6 months, guidance support during training for jobs.
2. Allowing the Federal, state, and local agencies to consider skills adquired while in duty.
3. Resources to connect with local agencies, but most important to be able to have a Veteran representatives whom understand... more »

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Vet Licensing

Upon transitioning out of the military, every veteran should receive the civilian license(s)/certification(s) equal to their military training. (This should be part of TAPS). I would take this one step further. Since the federal government is the country's largest employer, each veteran should also be provided a list of federal job, for which they are qualified, and asked to select one. They should be given 6 months... more »

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Veteran credentials upon military separation or retirement

I believe that every position held while on active duty directly correlates to its civilian counter parts. The military needs to take an active role in ensuring that a line of credentials are established for every known position titles. These credentials must be convertible and acceptable in all work environments.

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