It takes a real man to be a caregiver

http://www.blogs.va.gov/ReturningServiceMembers/index.cfm/2010/10/28/It-takes-a-real-man-to-be-a-caregiver

 

Jim Brennan, caregiver, with his wife April, who recently returned home from a yearlong tour in Iraq.
Jim Brennan, caregiver, with his wife April, who recently returned home from a yearlong tour in Iraq.
 

 

By Jim Brennan

My name is Jim Brennan. I really never thought of myself as a caregiver. My wonderful wife April, who recently returned home from a year long tour in Iraq is my personal hero.

After working hard for a number of years in the construction field as a Sand and Gravel Drier, as well as a Concrete Mixer Driver, she moved on to become co-owner of an HVAC Co. with me as her partner.

April has always worked diligently in the performance of the never ending duties of wife and mother, along with taking care of our office. As the economy started its downturn she felt the best way to serve her family and her country as well, was to join the Oregon National Guard.

At 41 years old, April was past the age of being accepted into any other branch of service, but she was proud to be able to serve in the Oregon National Guard. April had to graduate Basic Training before she turned 42 and she accomplished that task with one month to spare. I really don’t think that I could have done that at that age. WOW!

Now that April has returned home, she has experienced some difficulties in dealing with day-to-day life. My wife has been diagnosed with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder); not completely unusual in the aftermath of exposure to traumatic situations, especially in times of war. After being home for a while she decided to seek professional help in order to deal with her difficulties.

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The VA Wants to Hire Qualified Veterans

http://www.blogs.va.gov/ReturningServiceMembers/index.cfm/2010/10/19/The-VA-Wants-to-Hire-Qualified-Veterans

 

A Veteran at a job fair in Germany.
Want to work for the VA? Contact Veterans Employment Coordination Service (Email: vecs@va.gov or toll free 1-866-606-6206.
 

By Ken Mac Garrigle

Employment remains the #1 issue for returning OEF/OIF Veterans.

A recent 60 Minutes broadcast notes that unemployment for OEF/OIF Veterans is 20% -- double the national average.
 
While the VA hired 5,395 Veterans the first half of FY 2010 (out of more than 32k Veterans total Federal-wide), there is still a long ways to go.
 
So how do you *crack the code* of finding work with the Federal government?
 
If you’d like to work for the VA, a good place to start might be with VA’s Veterans Employment Coordination Service (Email: vecs@va.gov or toll free 1-866-606-6206). These folks are here explicitly for the purpose of hiring Vets. They can also help with your resume and other job-related functions.
 
Give them a call or send them an e-mail, and they will connect you with the local VA Regional Coordinator for your geographic area.
 

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