Author: USVM

By Larry Broughton As a military veteran navigating the business arena, you understand the value of strong leadership better than most. Your experience and traits have shaped your desire to become an even more effective, upbeat and positive leader—one who inspires and uplifts those around you. Drawing from my own journey as a former U.S. Army Green Beret turned entrepreneur and leadership expert, I present to you the eight powerful traits I believe will help you transform into the leader you aspire to be. Character: Humility and Integrity Leaders who possess humility and integrity are like beacons in…

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By Kellie Speed   When Cpl. Todd Nicely went to sleep on March 25, 2010, he never could have imagined what would happen to him the following fateful day. As Nicely was crossing a bridge leading his squad of infantry Marines back from a security patrol in Afghanistan, he stepped on an improvised explosive device. On March 26, 2010, Nicely became a quadruple amputee. “I knew when I stepped on the bomb that my legs were gone, but it still felt like I had my hands, but that was not the case,” he told U.S. Veterans Magazine in a recent phone…

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By Gregg Laskoski   If you’ve been prescribed pills that don’t work, you have been given a window into one of the difficulties that wear down veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And over many years their struggles have also been compounded by VA officials and physicians. Their skepticism toward service dogs may have prevented or delayed many veterans from receiving positive, lifesaving therapy. Thankfully, that’s changing. It’s been a painfully slow process.  But, researchers and medical experts in the public and private sectors are increasingly recognizing and validating the distinct benefits and contributions of service dogs. To be clear, service…

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Meet the businesses and organizations going above and beyond to provide the funds, resources and training veterans need for a smoother transition into the civilian workforce. Home Depot About 200,000 service members transition from the military each year. However, according to the Pew Research Center, only 1 in 4 veterans say they had a civilian job lined up when they left the military. Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, launched the first online guided version of MISSION TRANSITION, a series of courses aimed at providing U.S. service men and women with the knowledge and resources to help them…

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Opened in 2017, the Education & Outreach Center brings civilians and defenders together. Through speaking series, workshops, and summits,  hosted events focus on character building exercises and educating communities about the importance of service over self.Bridging the GapWith less than 1% of our population in the armed services today, and all serving on a volunteer basis, our military and civilian communities rarely interact. This facility provides a casual, communal environment to bring these two worlds together for constructive dialogues and inspiring events.Raising AwarenessA service member’s successful transition to civilian life starts with a welcoming community. Our forthcoming multimedia exhibit and…

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NASA’s new on-demand streaming service and upgraded app are now available to the public, ushering in a new world of original content from the space agency for the benefit of all. These new digital platforms are the landing place of original video series, live launch coverage, kids’ content, Spanish-language programming and the latest news as NASA continues to improve life on Earth through innovation, exploration and discovery. “NASA is a leader in the federal government for creating inspirational content that meets people where they are,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy. “I am excited we have created a powerful trifecta…

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Unlike other job candidates, veterans sometimes have an advantage when searching for employment, especially in the federal sector. Veterans’ Preference gives eligible veterans priority in appointment over other applicants. It applies to all new placements in the competitive service and many in the excepted service. While Veterans’ Preference doesn’t guarantee jobs or apply to internal agency actions (like promotions), it can provide a helpful advantage for veteran candidates when properly utilized. Understanding how Veterans’ Preference works can be a challenge. In accordance with Title 5, United States Code, Section 2108 (5 USC 2108), Veterans’ Preference eligibility can be based on dates…

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In their annual study, the PenFed Foundation has compiled a list of the top 20 cities for veteran entrepreneurs. The foundation’s Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program (VEIP), which supports veteran-owned startups and businesses through education, preparation and network access, conducted the study in partnership with Edelman Intelligence. “The military community’s resilience and entrepreneurial spirit is invaluable for our nation’s business sector. That’s why the PenFed Foundation is proud to commission this study for the fourth year in a row, highlighting the cities that are making strides to support veteran businesses,” said PenFed Foundation President Andrea McCarren. “We want to help cities…

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If you have served in the military, you’re likely eligible for the GI Bill, which will cover much, if not all, of the costs of a college education. But suppose you’re not looking to return to school or have completed your education before being eligible for the bill. In that case, you may have a family member who could benefit. Here is what you need to know about transferring your GI Bill:  Am I eligible? To be eligible to transfer your benefits, you must meet the following requirements: Be on active duty or in the Selected Reserve Have completed six…

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Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Tavai Knight holds a unique position in the U.S. Army. As a geospatial engineer, her job is to provide maps and other materials that are critical to the U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC) and the U.S. Army Material Command (AMC). Most interestingly of all, Knight is the only person in the ASC and the only uniformed individual in the AMC to serve in the position. “I never thought I would be doing what I do now. I enlisted in the Army on a whim and 13 years later, I create and design maps and geographic products…

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