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New process for wounded warriors applying for disability benefits

The Social Security Administration and the Department of Defense are working to improve access to disability benefits for the nation's wounded warriors, service members, veterans and their dependents. 

May 2012

SHRM launches free military-veteran hiring toolkit

A free military-veteran hiring toolkit designed to guide civilian employers in recruiting veterans is now available from the Society for Human Resource Management. The 32-page toolkit details 10-steps to follow to effectively source, recruit and retain military veterans in the civilian workplace.

April 2012

Military experience a plus for financial advisers

Americans view the traits of military veterans positively when selecting to work with a financial adviser, underscoring a demand in the market for veterans in the financial field, according to a survey released by financial services firm Edward Jones.

When asked why they would chose to work with a financial adviser with such experience, top reasons included military veterans' discipline (77 percent), goal-orientation (73 percent) and integrity (72 percent). Also influential, 61 percent said they would like to work with a veteran to thank him or her for their service to the country.

April 2012

VA approves ABA courses

U.S. veterans are now eligible to earn the American Institute of Banking's new Military Banking Operations Diploma as part of their educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The training program, which was designed in partnership with the U.S. Army, will provide veterans with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the financial services industry.

March 2012

ASTA forms 'Joining Forces' to create jobs for veterans, military spouses

The American Society of Travel Agents has launched Joining Forces Travel Industry Coalition as part of a national initiative to honor, recognize and support military families.

The coalition will aggregate veteran and military-spouse hiring commitments from travel industry firms. Some of the jobs created for military spouses and veterans will be portable because they frequently move.

February 2012

WGU a top military-friendly school - again

For the fifth consecutive year, nonprofit, online Western Governors University has been named to Military Advanced Education's 2012 Guide to Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.

WGU Washington is a state-endorsed university established by the legislature last year. WGU Washington is one of three state partnerships with Western Governors University and shares the same educational model.

January 2012

Retirement cutbacks lead financial concerns of military families

A proposed overhaul of the military retirement system has emerged as the No. 1 financial worry of  military families, easily surpassing the economy and related issues in a ranking of top money concerns, according to the First Command Financial Behaviors Index.

Seventy-one percent of middle-class military families (senior NCOs and commissioned officers in pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) said government cuts to military retirement benefits concerned them the most. The economy came in second at 54 percent, followed closely by the cost of gas at 51 percent.

December 2011

People on the Move

Curtis Costner has taken on the role of CEO and owner of Sands Costner & Associates, a full-service advertising and design agency in downtown Tacoma.  The company has relocated its offices to 1117 Broadway, Suite 401. Rachael Costner will continue to serve on the board.

John W. Hulbert Jr. has joined TwinStar Credit Union as business operations manager. He has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial lender and team leader with various commercial banks throughout the Northwest. Hulbert graduated from St. Martin's High School in Lacey and attended St. Martin's College before graduating from Central Washington State in 1970. He has completed Northwest Intermediate Banking School and Northwest Commercial Lending School at the University of Portland.  He also is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

November 2011
Chamber recognizes Jimenez as Military Citizen of the Year

Chamber recognizes Jimenez as Military Citizen of the Year

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber presented the 33rd annual John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award to Sgt. 1st Class Luis Jimenez. Jimenez is currently the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade's Supply and Services Section at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

In addition to multiple community volunteering efforts, Jimenez is a member of the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Knights of Columbus.

November 2011

Grants put rides a click away for Washington vets

Washington's military veterans will be among the first in the country to benefit from on-demand transportation options and upgrades funded by a new federal grant program. The grants aim to meet the transportation needs of veterans with disabilities and those who live where options are limited.

Washington State Department of Transportation will receive three grants totaling more than $737,000 to be distributed to selected veterans transportation projects. The three grants administered by WSDOT, along with a fourth grant awarded to Pierce County, totaled nearly $1 million to improve affordable, accessible transportation options for veterans in Washington.

November 2011
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