Intel Report, April 12



Your roundup of Veterans news and resources:

  • We often mention the Veterans Crisis Line and how it has saved lives, but this video really drives home the enormous effort from dedicated folks to staff the calls day and night. And as always, the Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, online through chat, and now by text at 838255.
  • Veteran unemployment remains a focus for VA, and while we’re glad overall Veteran unemployment is down, we can do much better. If you’re looking to make the next jump in your career (or start a new one), the US Chamber of Commerce might have something for you. Their Hiring our Heroes fairs are held every week across the country, so check out where they’ll be this month—and be sure to pass along to fellow Vets who may be looking for work as well.
  • I know, budget talk can get old real fast, but you should take a look at what VA has proposed next year. The essentials: more funds to invest in technology to bring down the claims backlog, more for mental health support, more for female Veteran care. Simply put, more resources for the things that matter.
  • Despite some challenges, Veterans are leaving the service to continue with successful lives. We profiled 12 of them for our portrait project Strong at the Broken Places—an effort to show the nation what resiliency looks like.
  • 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.

Author

Alex Horton

Comments

  1. char    

    I am disable combat vet I have been homeless for two yrs we have been eligible for the HUD/vash voucher but due to our eviction no one will rent to us I thought every community. was in support to help the homeless vets where does this madness end I am so tired of fighting for what is right I would have given my life for my country what are they doing for us and why is it like pulling tooth and nail to get any help from the gov. I be lost everything my family my belongings my pride my self worth please please explain to me why I am 40 yr old female I served in oif. If there is someone who can answer me please do. I am exhausted physically mentally and emotionlly I did my part its time for the gov. to do theirs. not all va’s are following Obama’s new guideline sor policies for vets this unfair and inhumane.

    1. Alex Horton    

      If you’re homeless now, please use these resources and call 1-877-4AID-VET.

  2. William Tuey    

    I do hope we get the funding for veterans, we deserve it fully. Being disabled is a real pain in the butt, and as a result of defending our country yes I believe we need the funding to maintain living standards and medical coverage. I have personally benefited from our Veterans Hospitals and the services they offer, I’m sure thousands of others have as well.

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