Army celebrates 238th birthday in Pentagon ceremony WASHINGTON – At the ceremony celebrating the 238th birthday of the Army, Secretary of the Army John McHugh said birthdays can be bittersweet. “When I blow out candles, I start thinking it’s another year closer to that inevitable conclusion,” McHugh said. “But I want to make a suggestion for this occasion: that we consider instead of turning a year older, the Army is turning a year newer, a year better, a year stronger.” Throughout the ceremony, which took place in the Pentagon auditorium, McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke on the idea of looking forward, while also reflecting on the past and the sacrifices made in the last 238 years. See Story
An effort to place military sex assault cases in the hands of an independent prosecutor was thwarted late Tues. when Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin sided with the top brass and against a fellow Democrat. Gillibrand’s proposal - which had 27 co-sponsors, including 4 Republicans came in response to complaints that the U.S. military has repeatedly failed to deal with the issue of sex assaults.
Veterans and the franchise industry: a success story As part of the franchising industry’s support of the White House Joining Forces initiative, International Franchise Association President & CEO Steve Caldeira joined President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on April 30th to mark the hiring of 290,000 veterans and military spouses who have been hired or trained since the launch of the initiative in 2011. See Story
Best for Vets 2013: Employers Military Times EDGE surveyed more than 1,000 major companies and top government contractors with a detailed questionnaire about their recruiting and hiring policies, social recognition for veterans and pay and benefits for reservists. They looked for companies that didn’t just talk about how much they support the military but had in place tangible policies and programs to help veterans get in the door and feel welcome once inside. Here are the companies doing the most for you and yours:.See Story
Bills introduced to help VA reduce claims backlog The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee announced a coordinated legislative effort to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in its efforts to address the growing backlog of disability claims. The 10 pieces of legislation seek to help VA accomplish its goal to eliminate the backlog by 2015. See Story