VetJobs Veteran Eagle Newsletter November 2018 Issue 19:11

VetJobs Veteran Eagle Newsletter November 2018 Issue 19:11

VetJobs – The Leading Military Job Board

The Veteran Eagle is a newsletter for veterans, transitioning military, their family members and friends, and supporters of VetJobs.

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This month’s Veteran Eagle is sponsored by: TECHEXPO

 TECHEXPO Top Secret is the Nation’s premiere producer of professional Hiring Events, primarily for those with an active Security Clearance and/or Cyber Security experience. is one of country’s leading online career centers where defense contractors, technology companies, consulting firms and numerous agencies of the US Government can recruit and hire these experienced professionals along with Transitioning Military and Veterans. For details visit


1.     Happy 19th Birthday to VetJobs!
2.     Navigating the Federal Job Search Process
3.     Lawmakers Approve 2.6 Percent Troop Pay Raise
4.     Important Changes in Tricare Dental & Vision
5.     Advocates Call for a Renewed Conversation on Veteran Suicide
6.     Dates in November & Veterans Day Announcements
7.     Hot Jobs
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  1. Happy 19th Birthday to VetJobs

As of 11:00 AM on November 11, 2018, Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored VetJobs will have been serving the employment needs of transitioning military, National Guard and Reserve, veterans, wounded warriors, disabled veterans and their family members for nineteen years!

During that time, millions have used the site as a resource for guidance on how to conduct a job search, interviewing, career advice, referral to other appropriate career sites, to find military related job fairs, and most of all, to successfully apply to hundreds of thousands of jobs with military friendly employers who want to hire veterans and their family members. VetJobs is now averaging over 200,000 real jobs per day. We have had as many as 260,000 jobs listed! And our traffic averages 600,000 plus visitors a month with some months approaching the million-visitor mark. VetJobs continues to be a very successful resource in assisting veterans and their family members to find meaningful employment.

VetJobs is proud to be sponsored and partially owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As a further mark of the success of VetJobs, the site has been endorsed by twelve other veteran service organizations (VSOs) see (

VetJobs materials are used by state and federal DOL, DOD TAP, ACAP and VA offices as well as military and school counselors. Some of the major reasons VetJobs has become a critical tool to those assisting veterans seeking employment is the VetJobs Employment Assistance  section (, the Veteran Advisor behavioral/technical career assessment test ( and the Career Fairs ( page. VetJobs offers job information not found anywhere else on the Internet, particularly the lists of vetted job boards in the Employment Assistance section.

Over the last nineteen years VetJobs has come to be recognized by the industry evaluators as THE leading military related job board on the Internet. VetJobs’ many awards are listed on the site.

It has been an exciting nineteen years. But the bottom line for the staff at VetJobs and our VSO partners is that millions of veterans and their family members have successfully used the site when seeking help and guidance on their job search and have found jobs. Thousands have called in and received personal job counseling. Our mission is to help our brothers, sisters and their family members, and over the last nineteen years VetJobs has successfully met that mission and will continue to do so!

It is you, the users of VetJobs, who have made VetJobs what it is today. Because of your service and commitment to our country, VetJobs and our VSO and alliance partners are committed to serving your needs in finding quality employment.

Thank you for serving. VetJobs will continue to serve you and your family members!


  1. Navigating the Federal Job Search Process

 Working in the public sector can be a good choice if you are a transitioning military member, as you have first-hand experience with the culture and how the federal government operates. Being familiar with the culture could make your transition to a civilian government job smoother, but first you need to find, and land, the right job for you. The federal job search process can be daunting for those new to it, so below we’ve listed resources and advice to help you navigate the search and application process.

Finding a Federal Job
There are numerous federal, military, and commercial resources available to help you find federal government jobs:

 Federal Resources
USA Jobs – Most federal agencies post their jobs to this website. You can search for jobs by series, agency, location, title, and keywords.
FedsHireVets – The FedsHireVets Agency Directory lists individuals responsible for promoting Veterans’ recruitment, employment, training and development, and retention within their respective agencies.

Military Resources
Department of the Navy Civilian Human Resources
United States Army Civilian Personnel 
Army Civilian Careers
Air Force Civilian Service
U.S. Coast Guard Civilian Careers  

Commercial Resources
Battlefield Resumes
Federal Jobs Digest
The Resume Place
Federal Job Results


  1. Lawmakers Approve 2.6 Percent Troop Pay Raise

A panel of House and Senate lawmakers on Monday reached a deal on a massive defense policy bill that includes a 2.6 percent pay raise for service members and an increase in troops, equipment and weapons for the Defense Department.

Senate and House Armed Services Committee staffers, who spoke with reporters on the condition of anonymity, said Monday that the National Defense Authorization Act, or H.R. 2810, will also address a series of other matters, including the next step in creating a space force and authorization for a military parade in November.

The House began debating the negotiated deal, known as the NDAA conference report, Monday night. The effort could draw a vote in the lower chamber as early as this week.

“This legislation will strengthen our military’s readiness, provide our troops a pay raise, support effective implementation of the National Defense Strategy, drive further innovation in emerging technologies to secure our military advantage and continue to reform the Department of Defense,” Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., respectively the chairman, ranking Democratic member and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a joint statement Monday.

The move signals the 2019 defense bill remains on track for on-time passage by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

“This House is committed to rebuilding our military and ensuring our brave men and women in uniform have the equipment and training they need to successfully carry out their mission,” said House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “I look forward to another big bipartisan vote.”

With a two-year spending deal that lifts budget caps already in place, mid-term elections this fall and a more experienced administration, lawmakers are eager to pass the 2019 NDAA earlier than in recent years.

Earlier this year, a budget deal allowed Congress to increase defense spending to $716 billion for 2019.


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  1. Important Changes in Tricare Dental & Vision  

Effective January 1, 2019 retired members of the uniformed services and their families, and family members of active duty service men and women, will be eligible for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Eligible individuals must enroll during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season (November 12, 2018, to December 10, 2018) to have coverage starting January 1, 2019. The current U.S. Department of Defense’s TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will sunset on December 31, 2018. For more information about this new opportunity to join FEDVIP, please visit (external link).

Check this link for additional benefits info:


  1. Advocates Call for a Renewed National Conversation on Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON — Melissa Bryant said the 5,520 flags placed along the National Mall Wednesday to illustrate the toll of veteran suicide this year alone were more than just a visual reminder of the scope of the problem.

“When we came out here this morning to plant these flags, every one of us had a friend or family member in mind,” said Bryant, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “Some of us standing here could have been one of these flags, but for an intervention.”

The event — which has become an unfortunately annual occurrence for veterans advocates — is part of a broader push in recent weeks by lawmakers, veterans groups and Veterans Affairs officials to bring the issue of suicide among former military members back into public consciousness.

Last month, VA officials released new data that showed the overall rate of suicides among veterans has held steady at around 20 a day for roughly a decade, but researchers are seeing a troubling increase in the rate of younger veterans taking their lives.

Those realities come despite a concerned push in recent years by policy makers who have increased crisis intervention and mental health treatment resources for veterans.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., and vice ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said the next step for Congress is to ensure that VA facilities are properly staffed to respond to the needs of suicidal veterans, and to better identify what programs are working to help stem the problem.

Last week, in a hearing before that committee, health experts said they see a gap in integrating those lessons learned into local community services, to provide a broader safety net for veterans in distress.

But to help fix that gap that, advocates said, they need to remind the public of the problem.

“I have seen far too many veterans and members of my community fall to suicide,” Said Kristen Rouse, founding director of the New York City Veterans Alliance, at Wednesday’s event. “What we see behind us represents a national crisis … These are veterans from your home state, from your hometown, from your home city.”

During Wednesday’s event — held between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument, in an area with heavy tourist foot traffic — dozens of onlookers stopped to take pictures of the display and talk to the advocates involved.

Stephanie Keegan, whose son Daniel served in Afghanistan but died in 2016 because of delays in receiving treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder, said she was grateful to share her families struggles with those visitors.

“It absolutely makes a difference,” she said. “Not enough people understand the problem and the consequences of our wars. As a country, we need to pay more attention.”

To contact the Veteran Crisis Line, callers can dial 1-800-273-8255 and select option 1 for a VA staffer. Veterans, troops or their family members can also text 838255 or visit for assistance.


  1. Dates in November & Veterans Day Announcements 

This month we celebrate the following holidays/events:
11/04 – Daylight savings time ends – move clocks back one hour
11/06 – Election Day
11/10 – U.S. Marine Corps established
11/11 – Veterans Day
11/11 – 19th Year of VetJobs serving Military & family members
11/22 – Thanksgiving Day
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On November 10, we celebrate the Marine Corps’ 243rd birthday! The Marine Corps has been at the forefront of our country’s defense and has a great reputation as the point of the spear in every combat engagement America has fought. If you meet a Marine this month, say Semper Fi and Happy Birthday!
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On November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Originally known as Armistice Day, it was created by an Act of Congress on May 13, 1938. It set the 11th of November of each year as a legal holiday to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and be known as Armistice Day, which was set in remembrance of the end of World War I. The Armistice was signed at 11:00 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954, after World War II had required the greatest military mobilization in the history of the United States and following the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word Armistice and inserting the word Veteran. With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became known as Veterans Day, a day to honor American veterans of all wars. We will forever be in the debt of our veterans as they are the guarantors of our freedoms. Let us honor them accordingly.
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On November 22, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. The tradition of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving is steeped in myth and legend. Few people realize that the Pilgrims did not celebrate Thanksgiving, though some of their descendants later made a “Forefathers Day” that usually occurred on December 21 or 22. Several Presidents, including George Washington, made one-time Thanksgiving holidays. In 1827, Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale began lobbying Presidents for the instatement of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, but her lobbying was unsuccessful until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln finally made it a national holiday with his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation. Now Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November. This was set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and was approved by Congress in 1941, who changed it from Abraham Lincoln’s designation as the last Thursday in November, which could occasionally end up being the fifth Thursday and hence too close to Christmas for businesses.

As you celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, please remember our troops who are serving in defense of our country in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and many other overseas locations. For many of the troops overseas, their holidays will be celebrated at the tip of the spear as they fight for the freedoms we enjoy in these United States.

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  1. 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.

*Amazon, Warehouse Fulfillment – Troutdale, OR

*BNSF Railway, openings nationwide

*Bank of America, openings nationwide

*Kennedy Krieger Institute, Assistant Manager – Baltimore, MD

*Sokolove Law, Product Manager/Attorney – Chestnut Hill, MA

*Otay Water District, Utility Worker – Spring Valley, CA

*Carnegie Hall, Director/Coordinator/Digital Director – New York City

*Lennar, Construction Manager – Orlando, FL

*Rent the Runway, Operations Manager/Team Leader – Secaucus, NJ

*County of Santa Cruz, Public Safety Radio Network Manager – Santa Cruz, CA

*St. Ives Country Club, Sous Chef – Johns Creek, GA

*The Royster Group, Psychiatrist – Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

*PTI Technologies Inc., Sr. Design Engineer/Business Mgmt – Oxnard, CA

*Lee Health, Medical Candidates – FL

*MGM Brakes, Test Engineer – Charlotte, NC

*World Wildlife Fund, Seeking Employees in DC

*Computer Aid Inc., Engineering positions – Miramar Florida  


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