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Category: Education issues


Big days for job seeking veterans: JBLM holds one fair Thursday; Hire America’s Heroes set for Friday

One last reminder: The annual Hire America’s Heroes job fair at Safeco Field in Seattle is set for Friday. You can register here, or walk in starting at 8 a.m.

Today, we attended a college and apprenticeship fair for soldiers and Army spouses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. We found hundreds of soldiers gathering information for the plans they’re making to leave the military down the road.

Some were just beginning their military careers. They were dabbling and making long-range plans. “When I’ll get out, I’ll be fine,” said Spc. Kaleel Salmon, 20.

We met other soldiers who know when they’re

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Cantwell in Tacoma today to promote tax credits for hiring veterans

Sen. Maria Cantwell is in Tacoma today to promote a bill that would provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.

She’s speaking this afternoon at J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding, a growing business that says veterans make up 40 percent of its payroll.

Cantwell is promoting an extension of the Returning Heroes and Wounded Heroes Work Opportunity Tax Credits through 2013. According to her office, the bill gives businesses a tax credit of up to $9,600 for each qualified veteran they hire. The credits are due to expire at the end of this year.

Her office cited figures from the Washington

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Governor signs bills giving veterans a leg up in job hunt

Veterans might have an easier time finding work after they leave the military under a couple of laws Gov. Chris Gregoire signed over the past week.

One signed yesterday allows private employers to establish preferences for applicants with military experience.

“As our veterans return from their duties overseas, it’s important for them to be reintegrated back into our communities. Employment can be a critical vehicle for this transition,” said the bill’s author, Jay Rodne, R-North Bend. “House Bill 1432 simply permits employers to give veterans preference in employment decisions, but it’s not a requirement. This will provide veterans

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Job expo Thursday is tailored for post-military life

Job seekers with military backgrounds will be out in force Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Help will be available for employment, entrepreneurship and educational opportunities.

The military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary will host the Opportunity Expo for men and women who are making a transition from active duty to civilian life; veterans who already have civilian work experience; members of the National Guard and reserves; military spouses; and other military family members.

RecruitMilitary expects more than 25 employers, franchisors, and educational institutions to be on hand to interview

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Homecomings bring more mental health pros to schools

News Tribune education writer Debbie Cafazzo reports:

The Clover Park School District will partner with the military to provide mental health services to families at schools located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Representatives of the Lakewood-based school district, Madigan Army Medical Center and others signed an agreement May 5 pledging to deliver services to students and families impacted by soldiers’ deployment and reintegration into family life. Roughly 18,000 soldiers are scheduled to return home from deployments this year.

Each elementary school on the base will have a full-time licensed social worker as part of its school staff. In addition, clinical support

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