A roundup of Veteran news and resources this week:
- Get out your cell phone and take down the number to the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255. The line is there 24/7/365 for Veterans and family members who may be facing a crisis. You can also chat online with a counselor or text 838255.
- Last year, The White House’s Joining Forces initiative set a goal with its employment partners to get 100,000 Veterans hired across the country. This week, the First Lady announced 125,000 Vets were hired by more than 2,000 companies—and they want more. The companies have pledged to hire a quarter of a million Veterans and military spouses by 2014.
- When a group of Iranian students took 65 Americans hostage in Tehran in 1979, Air Force Master Sgt. James O’Neal Hughes was among them. Now more than 30 years later, Hughes has received long overdue recognition. He was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal this week at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
- Veterans are used to adapting to tough situations, working in small teams, and operating in high stress environments. Sounds like a small business doesn’t it? Learn how to create your own business, get information on upcoming conferences, and more.
- SFC Josh Olson may have lost his leg in Iraq, but he found a mission in competitive shooting. He joins other active duty troops and Veterans in London for the Paralympics next week.