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(BPT) - As the Department of Defense continues its drawdown of American military personnel after decades of major troop deployment, tens of thousands of American troops are preparing to transition out of the military and back into civilian life. The transition will be easier for some than others; but with a solid plan and access to helpful resources, returning heroes can find success and satisfaction in a post-military career.
(BPT) - Active Reservist Lisa De Leon had a tough decision to make a year ago when the government temporarily shut down. The 40-year-old single mother of sons ages 16, 15 and 13 considered uprooting her family from San Antonio, Texas for a nationwide job search. However, she had an incomplete college degree in an extremely tight labor market.
Two candidates are running for the open seat on Pima Community College’s Board of Governors, each promising to repair the college’s credibility after Pima has faced probation by its accrediting body, acknowledged sexual harassment of employees by a former chancellor, and falling enrollment.
Dr. Daniel L. Kester is Pima Community College’s Director of Veterans and Military Affiliated Services.
(BPT) - Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities.
Three veterans attending the University of Arizona, along with the spouse of an Air Force member, have been named Tillman Military Scholars in honor of their years of service and academic and leadership potential.
Citing Pima Community College's "remarkable work," the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services has reinstated PCC's authority to certify enrollment of new-to-PCC Veterans Benefits Recipients.
As the United States’ longest running conflict – the Afghanistan War – draws to a close, the demand for medical, social, financial, educational and other services for veterans is increasing dramatically.
Governor Jan Brewer today signed the fiscal 2015 state budget – a balanced, principled and fiscally prudent spending plan that directs resources to prioritize and protect core policy issues highlighted in her 2014 State of the State address.
The University of Arizona has been selected again as a partner institution of the Pat Tillman Foundation, enabling the UA to continue to soliciting and submitting candidates for the Tillman Military Scholarship.
The University of Arizona is one of the best institutions to consider pursuing a higher education degree, according to U.S. News & World Report's inaugural list of the Best Colleges for Veterans.
The UA is ranked 23rd on the list, which includes 234 U.S. schools.
The publication noted that the new ranking is meant to "provide military veterans with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits to veterans and active service members that can help them pursue a college education." Top-ranked institutions had to meet set criteria, such as being a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, being certified for the GI Bill, and being a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
"It is an honor to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report," said military veteran Cody Nicholls, the UA's assistant dean of students for Veterans Education and Transition Services.
Since 2000, the number of veterans enrolling at the UA has increased 56 percent, from 194 in2000to303in2012.
"We've had a long-standing, very close relationship between the UA and student veterans on campus," said Shay Stautz, the UA's associate vice president for Federal Relations. "The UA certainly understands the broader societal commitment to our returning veterans who have served their country. These individuals are an important part of our community."
The UA offers a range of programs and services geared toward student veterans. They include:
"Other universities have one or two elements of the support infrastructure we have on campus," Stautz said. "Very few of them, to my understanding, have all of these elements."
In addition, the UA has just opened a new student center at the Arizona Health Sciences Center for military veterans and their allies. The center, which is located in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, offers meeting and study spaces and is staffed by student veteran work-study recipients.
"It's the most central area there and can bring in people from pharmacy, nursing, public health and medicine," Nicholls said, emphasizing the importance of providing a space specifically for those in graduate and professional programs. "It's a great location and it is easy to get to."
This spring, the one-credit "Transitional Resiliency" course will be offered, providing a condensed version of the three-credit SERV courses. Each of these courses is designed to help student veterans have an easier tradition into higher education, aiding them in their academic success and in building resiliency. The courses also include workforce development training.
"What we really pride ourselves on is what we do above and beyond for our student veterans, especially in what the rankings recognize in terms of meeting the needs of our students," Nicholls said.
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During a visit to the University of Arizona, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), one of the first women to fly combat missions during the war in Iraq, noted that the UA has a suite of student veteran services that is unique and reputable in the nation.
Dr. Suzanne L. Miles, a veteran Pima Community College administrator whose 27 years of service included numerous high-profile posts, has decided to retire.
Joining military veterans and their spouses from across the nation, three University of Arizona students have been named to the fifth class of Tillman Military Scholars.
Feeling like she wasn’t able to give all her help to the elderly, Senior Placement Advisor Andrea Blattberg decided to start her own business, which helps with the transition of aging seniors to different living situations.
The Arizona Association of REALTORS (AAR) announced that effective December 1, 2012, Michelle Lind will become the new Chief Executive Officer for the association. Lind currently serves as the General Counsel and Assistant CEO. She has been involved with representing AAR for 20 years and has served as the primary legal advisor to the association since December 1999. Lind will replace Tom Farley, who is stepping down after 15 years, the last four as CEO.
This November 12th, we commemorate Veterans Day – a time to give thanks to those who have served in our armed forces. These brave men and women valiantly answered the call when their country needed them most, leaving behind friends and family to risk everything in the name of freedom. On the ground, in the sea, and in the air, they trained and fought for the traditions and ideals upon which our nation was founded – and that continue to make it a shining beacon across the globe. We owe a great debt of gratitude to these courageous defenders of our liberty.
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