Monday, August 1, 2016

VetJobs Veteran Eagle - August 1 2016

VetJobs Veteran Eagle
Issue 17:08
Monday, August 1, 2016

The Veteran Eagle is a newsletter for veterans, transitioning military, their family members and friends and supporters of VetJobs. Feel free to forward the newsletter to veterans and friends and encourage them to subscribe.

This month's Veteran Eagle is sponsored by: TECHEXPO Top Secret


1. Message from the Top
2. Hot Jobs
3. VFW Elects First Desert Storm Vet as National Commander
4. VFW National HQ Gets New Leadership
5. West Point Cemetery Is Almost Full
6. Humana, Health Net Win U.S. Defense Contracts
7. CFPB Proposes Overhauling Debt Collection
8. Vets Groups Fight to Save the Reform Law the VA Ignored
9. Marines to Buy Bulletproof Panels for Recruiting Stations
10. Shrinking Warrior Transition Units
11. Significant Events this Month in Military History

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1. Message from the Top

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS at has endorsed VetJobs! EANGUS is the largest of the National Guard associations and has a wealth of veterans who have proven civilian experience.

EANGUS was formally organized in 1972 with the goal of increasing the voice of enlisted persons in the National Guard. EANGUS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the principles of providing an adequate national defense and promoting the status, welfare, and professionalism of the men and women of the Army and Air National Guard by supporting legislation that provides adequate staffing, pay, benefits, entitlements, equipment, and installations for the National Guard.

EANGUS represents all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia, and has an association comprised of those who serve the National Guard on national tour. With a constituency base of over 414,000 Soldiers and Airmen, their families, as well as thousands of retired members, and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, a stone’s throw from Washington DC, EANGUS maintains a full-time staff to represent interests of the enlisted National Guard to the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

VetJobs is proud to have EANGUS join the other veteran service organizations that endorse VFW sponsored VetJobs as the premier military job board. This is confirmation once again that VetJobs is the leader in this space!

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The VFW national convention last month brought about new leaders – see articles 3 and 4 below. I want to point out that along with the election of the VFW’s first Desert Storm veteran as national commander came the appointment of a new adjutant general and the election of the VFW’s first woman as quartermaster general, Debra Anderson, who is also a Desert Storm veteran!

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On the economic front, in spite of what politicians said at the national political conventions, there are many conflicting currents in the economy. The worst was the Commerce Department reported that the Gross Domestic Product, which is the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the United States, only grew 1.0% in the second quarter, the lowest since 1949. This is NOT good.

The Wall Street Journal points to declining business investment for the low growth rate. Others point to the uncertainty of the presidential election, the myriad new regulations being imposed by the federal government, the increasing federal debt and the incredible divisiveness that currently exists. Excessive federal regulation has been cited time and again as stifling business growth.

Whatever the reason for the low growth, it is not a good thing for those seeking work. Let’s hope that by the time of the election our politicians will have figured out a way to get the economy moving again!

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As August is a travel month, if you go through an airport with a USO please stop in and sign the visitor sheet. The number of visitors has a direct impact on the funding for the USO. Additionally, monetary contributions, or contributions of paper goods and sealed cookies are always welcomed!

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As always, if there is anything we at VetJobs can do for you, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Remember, Freedom Is Never Free - Support Our Armed Forces and Veterans

Best regards,

Ted Daywalt

2. Hot Jobs

The following are jobs that employers are seeking veterans to fill immediately. To apply, go to, then to Search Jobs and search on the company name.

-Carnegie Hall, seeks professional candidates including a Director Human Resources, New York, NY
-United States Customs and Border Patrol needs agents in Texas and California
-Quest Diagnostics has hundreds of great jobs posted located throughout the U.S.
-ShureLine Electrical, electricians for Commercial, Industrial and Residential, DE
-DCDecaux, the world leader in outdoor advertising is in need of a Systems Technician, Boston, MA
-McLane, Warehouse Specialists and Class CDL A Drivers, Cincinnati, OH
-Rockwood Leadership, Accounting Coordinator, Oakland, CA
-University of Colorado – Denver, Radiation Safety Specialist, Aurora, CO
-AB&I Foundry, Maintenance Electrician, Oakland, CA
-BNSF Railway has multiple openings nationwide

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3. VFW Elects First Desert Storm Vet as National Commander

Air Force veteran Brian Duffy of Louisville, KY, was elected as the Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States at its 117th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. He also becomes the first veteran of Operation Desert Storm to lead the nation’s oldest and largest major war veterans’ organization. Duffy served in the Air Force as a jet engine mechanic on F-4 Phantom fighter aircraft, and later as a flight engineer aboard C-141 Starlifter transport aircraft in support of several campaigns to include Grenada, Panama, and Operations Desert Shield and Storm in Southwest Asia. In his acceptance speech, the retired UPS pilot called on everyone in the VFW to brag more about the accomplishments and public service that everyone inside the VFW knows is going on, but very few on the outside do. Among his primary objectives for the ensuing year is heightening the focus of mental health awareness and changing the veteran’s narrative—the veteran’s brand—which right now has 40 percent of Americans believing half of all veterans are experiencing mental health challenges, and an astounding 92 percent of employers believing veterans need access to mental health care programs. Also elected were Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Keith E. Harman, of Delphos, Ohio, and Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief Vincent “B.J.” Lawrence, of Alamogordo, N.M. Read Duffy’s acceptance speech at:

4. VFW National HQ Gets New Leadership

Along with the election of the VFW’s first Desert Storm veteran as national commander came the appointment of a new adjutant general and the election of the VFW’s first woman as quartermaster general. Debra Anderson, who is also a Desert Storm veteran, held previous positions as assistant quartermaster general and director of Human Resources and Investment Coordinator prior to her election to quartermaster general.

Bob Wallace is the VFW’s new adjutant general, as well as the executive director of the VFW Washington Office. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and is the recipient of three Purple Hearts. He was also the VFW national commander from 1991 to 1992. Learn more at:

5. West Point Cemetery Is Almost Full

AUSA reports that after 200 years and about 8,000 burials, West Point Cemetery at the U.S. Military Academy in New York is almost full. An expansion is underway to add about 300 burial sites to the cemetery, which has the graves of soldiers dating back to the Revolutionary War. Among those buried on the 12-acre site are Lt. Col. George A. Custer, Vietnam War commander Gen. William Westmoreland, Desert Storm commander Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf and 1st Lt. Laura Walker, the first female graduate of the academy to be killed in action. The current $3.5 million expansion could be completed in March but a larger $18 million expansion to create enough space to last through 2066 is still awaiting approval. (Source: AUSA)

6. Humana, Health Net Win U.S. Defense Contracts

Reuters reports that Humana Government Business Inc, a unit of Humana Inc, and Health Net Federal Services LLC have been selected to provide managed care support to the U.S. Defense Department's TRICARE healthcare program. The total potential value of Humana's contract, including all option periods, is estimated at $40.5 billion. The instant award, which comprises the nine-month base period, is valued at $67.4 million, the Pentagon said in a statement. The total potential value of Health Net's contract, including all option periods, is estimated at $17.7 billion. The instant award, which comprises the nine month base period, is valued at $49.3 million, the statement said.

7. CFPB Proposes Overhauling Debt Collection

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) outlined proposals under consideration that would overhaul the debt collection market by capping collector contact attempts and by helping to ensure that companies collect the correct debt. Under the proposals being considered, debt collectors would be required to have more and better information about the debt before they collect. As they are collecting, companies would be required to limit communications, clearly disclose debt details, and make it easier to dispute the debt. When responding to disputes, collectors would be prohibited from continuing to pursue debt without sufficient evidence. The outline of the proposals under consideration can be found with the press release: 

8. Vets Groups Fight to Save the Reform Law the VA Ignored

The Washington Examiner reports a dozen military and veterans groups are asking for the right to defend a law in court that makes it easier to fire corrupt and negligent officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs, because the VA is refusing to defend the law on its own. The groups filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit asking for the right to defend the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act. The dramatic move comes after the VA said in June that it would no longer apply the law, which Congress passed in 2014 in order to help the agency fire officials after the healthcare wait list scandal. That decision shut down the avenue Congress created in order to help clean up the broken VA. It may also allow Sharon Helman, the former director of the Phoenix VA, to escape her own firing. The notorious official sued after the VA decided to fire her, and because the VA and the Justice Department won't defend the law, there's no one to step in to argue against her. The veterans groups, which include the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, are therefore asking for the right to argue against her in court. In their filing to the appeals court, they said it's extremely rare that the Justice Department refuses to enforce the law. They said that should open the door to allowing veterans groups to defend it themselves.

9. Marines to Buy Bulletproof Panels for Recruiting Stations

A year after a terror-motivated mass shooting in Chattanooga, TN, left four Marines and a sailor dead, the Marine Corps has begun the process of shoring up recruiting centers against the prospect of similar attacks in the future. The Corps published a solicitation last month for bullet-resistant cubicle covers for each of roughly 1,500 Marine Corps recruiting centers nationwide. These panels will be certified at Level 8 or above on the Underwriters Laboratory scale of bullet resistance, capable of withstanding five shots from a 7.62mm rifle lead-core full-metal copper jacket military ball, according to the solicitation. That's a level of protection far exceeding what many banks and credit unions use for bullet-resistant dividers. While the initial amount of the solicitation is not specified, Marine Corps Recruiting Command spokesman Jim Edwards said the initial Marine Corps budget for purchase of the panels is $2 million. While officials have agreed on a need to move forward with increased security measures for recruiting centers, the military has dithered over whether to arm recruiting personnel for self-defense. While the Marine Corps maintains it does not want to arm its recruiters, the Navy announced this month that it was in the process of installing armed sailors at its own recruiting offices. (Source:

10. Shrinking Warrior Transition Units

In 2008, the Army had 45 geographically dispersed Warrior Transition Units to help care for soldiers facing serious physical or mental problems. As combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has been winding down, transition units have been consolidated. Where there were more than 12,000 soldiers entering the program in 2008, there were 2,600 in the units in 2015. The Army expects to be down to just 14 units this month but has plans in place so the process could be reversed if required. Part of this calls for annual inspections of inactivated units so they could be reopened with as little as 180 days’ notice. (Source: AUSA)

11. Significant Events this Month in Military History

1782 – The Purple Heart Medal was established by Congress.
1790 – US Coast Guard established.
1801 – The USS Enterprise seized the Tripolitan corsair Tripoli in naval action in the Mediterranean Sea (War with Tripoli).
1863 – Battle of Little Rock, AR (American Civil War)
1864 – Battle of Petersburg, VA (American Civil War)
1864 – Admiral David Farragut, USN, exclaiming "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead," ran through a Confederate minefield at Mobile Bay, Alabama, and captured a defending group of Confederate ships (American Civil War).
1898 – U. S. and Spanish skirmish outside of Manila, Philippines (Spanish American War)
1907 – U. S. Army Signal Corps forms an Aviation Section, which later becomes the United States Air Force
1914 – Germany declared war on Russia and France declared full mobilization for war (World War I).
1914 – Britain declared war on Austria-Hungary (World War I).
1941 – Beginning of the three-year siege of Leningrad by German troops (World War II).
1942 – US Marines landed on Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, the first American amphibious operation in World War II.
1945 – The US Army Air Force bomber Enola Gay, piloted by COL Paul Tibbets, dropped the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. (World War II).
1945 – The second atomic bomb is dropped by a U.S. plane on Nagasaki, Japan (World War II)
1945 – The Empire of Japan surrendered to the Allied forces, ending World War II.
1947 – Air Force Day was established
1950 – Defense of Pusan/Naktong Perimeter began (Korean War).
1952 – The Battle of Bunker Hill (Hill 122) began (Korean War).
1982 – Eight hundred U.S. Marines landed in Beirut, Lebanon, as part of a multinational force overseeing the withdrawal of PLO fighters.
1990 – Operation Desert Shield began.

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