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Memorial Day is a day to remember the sacrifices of the men and women of the armed services. Originally created to commemorate fallen Union soldiers in the American Civil War, Memorial Day now honors all Americans who have died in all wars. Although most modern Americans celebrate with shopping, entertainment, and barbecues, take this opportunity […]

May 27, 2012

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VA Offices: Overwhelming Delays and Disservice

Veterans Face Delays at VA while Veterans Affordable Housing Program steps up to help - Veterans Affordable Housing Program

Affordable housing for veterans is still outside of the government’s grasp, and now disability claims are falling through the cracks faster (or slower) than ever. Reports from the VA show that the average waiting time for veterans at the Oakland facility is 320 days, and a nationwide average of 241 days. The same reports show […]

May 13, 2012

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Vets Still Can’t Catch a Break in the Job Market

Veterans Still Face Employment Problems - Veterans Affordable Housing Program

“Sometimes we hide the fact that we’re veterans,” says Matthew Colvin, an Air Force vet with two tours in Afghanistan. “I don’t think that’s the way it should be. […] We’ve got more life experience than the kid coming out of college or even the guy who’s maybe equally qualified on paper.” Tens of thousands […]

April 29, 2012

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Military Dogs Deserve Our Help Too

U.S. Air Force military working dog Jackson sits on a U.S. Army M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle before heading out on a mission in Kahn Bani Sahd, Iraq, Feb. 13, 2007. His handler is Tech. Sgt. Harvey Holt, of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron | U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall

While the Veterans Affordable Housing Program is typically concerned with the well-being of our human servicemen and women, their families, and the veterans of America’s armed forces, we don’t ignore the call for help for any of our military’s members, even the ones with fur. Currently, Military Working Dogs (MWDs) do not have benefits upon […]

April 22, 2012

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Veterans Fighting Sales Pitches Rather Than Midterms

Veterans wanting an education are being inundated by sales pitches rather than colleges, and lawmakers are trying to find new ways to protect America's heroes from so-called diploma mills.

Returning veterans are facing a job market much like the combat zones they are leaving. Sensing the trouble in the economy, many vets are taking advantage of the benefits offered by their GI Bill to seek higher education for a higher competitive edge. Vets looking for schools are now finding themselves inundated by sales pitches […]

April 9, 2012

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Job Market Still a Battle for Vets

Veterans are still facing unemployment, likening the current job market to combat.

Returning and retiring veterans of the Army and other service branches in the U.S. military are likening the job market to combat situations, and for good reason. Recent reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show a slight dip in the over-all unemployment levels of U.S. veterans to 21.8 million, or 8.3 percent, from […]

March 23, 2012

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A Vet’s Success: From Homeless to Hot Career

Local California Marine Finds Success After Years of Homelessness | Veterans Affordable Housing Program

A Marine from Camp Pendleton who spent more than two years homeless while attending college has taken control of his life, and finding success with hot sauce. Mike Hanes, now an El Cajon resident has found a home for his product at a national grocery store, Whole Foods. His hot sauce, Dang!!!, is bottled in […]

March 6, 2012

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New York Insurance Companies Ordered to Stop Profiting off Troop Deaths

New York insurance companies were ordered to stop profiting off the death benefits of American veterans who were killed in action. Photograph by xenia.morguefile

State regulators in New York on Friday ordered insurance companies to pay death benefits to families in full, beginning immediately. Previous practices by insurance companies were to put death benefits into a type of “checking account”, where the company would collect interest on the funds and invest it for their own profits. Under the new […]

February 26, 2012

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TIME Magazine: We Should Help Veterans Start Their Own Businesses

Veterans are facing a plague of unemployment. While many programs attempt to find jobs, Scott Gerber of TIME believes that we should be helping veterans create jobs.

SCOTT GERBER of TIME Magazine knows about the current employment woes of the country, and more importantly the vast numbers of unemployed veterans. While we are currently experiencing large numbers of unemployed and homeless veterans, the massive force reductions following our diminishing role in the middle-east conflicts will cause this number to inflate over the […]

February 13, 2012

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DoD 2013 Budget: TRICARE Takes a Hit

While active duty pay is safe for now, the new 2013 DoD budget impacts veterans' TRICARE benefits. - Kevin Connors.morguefile

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey gave and early view of some of the changes in the fiscal year 2013 defense budget that is on-track to Congress. While military equipment and personnel have been key items on reduction lists, there were a number of important pay and compensation changes that […]

January 29, 2012

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