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VetJobs Veteran Eagle

Issue 15:06

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Veteran Eagle is a newsletter for veterans, transitioning military, their family members and friends and supporters of VetJobs. Feel free to forward the newsletter to veterans and friends and encourage them to subscribe.
This month’s Veteran Eagle is sponsored by: The Home Depot, NITE, TECHEXPO Top Secret, FranChoice and Unmanned Vehicle University.
1. Message from the Top
2. Hot Jobs on VetJobs
3. VetJobs Recommends: Dear Mark by Susan Jimison
4. New Report Ranks States for Economic Outlook
5. GAO: Sequester Has Only Cost One Federal Job
6. DOJ Penalizes Lenders Sallie Mae
7. Three Ways to Make the Most of Employment Gaps
8. New Federal Rule Makes It Harder for Local Veterans to Find Jobs
9. USERRA Case Makes History
10. Tricare Pharmacy Update
11. National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of May 13, 2014
12. Significant Events this Month in Military History
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NOTE: If you have a resume in the VetJobs database, be sure to update your experience and refresh your resume at a minimum of every two weeks. VetJobs has many new customers using the resume database and as a general rule, they do not look at resumes over 30 days old.

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1. Message from the Top
As anyone who has been near a television or a radio this weekend has heard, Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki unfortunately resigned on Friday. General Shinseki was formerly the 34th Chief of Staff of the Army from 1999 to 2003. It appears that many executives in the VA were keeping Secretary Shinseki in the dark as to what was really going on at the VA hospitals during his tenure as the Secretary of the VA. As reported by The Hill, the removal of Secretary Shinseki does not change anything ( at the VA.
Press reports indicates that on his way out Shinseki fired those executives (non-GS or union positions) responsible at the Phoenix VA and at other VA facilities; that no VHA senior executive will receive performance bonuses in 2014; that wait times will be deleted as measures of success; and that outreach to the veterans on the “secret” waiting lists is underway.
There are many who are making suggestions as to what the VA should now do to fix things. The VFW outlined its ideas which you can read it at The Vietnam Veterans of America has an extensive list of suggestions located at You can also visit the other veteran service organizations web sites to see their suggestions and ideas.
Suggestions in the press and from members of congress have ranged from bringing in the FBI for criminal investigations and prosecutions; totally reworking the structure of the VA; bringing in the medical reserves and FEMA to process the veterans that were hid on secret lists; eliminating bonuses at the VA; to privatizing the VA in order to give it some competition. There are a lot of excellent ideas being put forth. Whatever the final solution, it is obvious that something needs to be done to correct the extensive and pervasive corruption that exists at the VA.
The VA has always had the authority to send veterans to private hospitals but that authority has not been used very much. CNN, the news organization that broke the VA corruption story nationally, found that the eight (8) cardiologists at the Phoenix VA hospital see as many patients in one week as one (1) private practice cardiologist sees in a week in Phoenix. And the private practice cardiologist gives better care! Sending veterans to private hospitals and doctors needs to take place.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) newspaper’s PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter for June 1, page B-2, states they looked at President Obama’s promise to cut the benefits backlog for veterans in 2012 and rated it Promise Broken. Per the AJC they found a series of government oversight reports on the issue of wait times, which cited not only long lag times but also avoidable errors in rating claims. Officially, the backlog refers to benefit requests that go unaddressed by government offices within 125 days. The AJC found that the backlog nearly doubled from roughly 36% in the summer of 2010 to 65% in June 2012. The AJC states that not only did Obama not reduce the backlog as president, it grew after he took office. Because of the allegations of the VA falsifying information, the AJC has questions about whether the official numbers are trustworthy. For now, the AJC rates the president’s promise to veterans as Promise Broken.
It must be said that the VA is not the only medical system that has had problems. Many private sector healthcare systems have had problems, but they generally do not have executives who can hide the problems like executives and managers have done at the VA. In the private sectors, wronged patients can get to court much faster than veterans mistreated by the VA. There have been multiple studies by the VA Inspector General that revealed the problems have existed at least since 2008.
However, with all the good recommendations that are being put forward and even if all of them were implemented, I am concerned the deaths and other problems that are occurring at the VA will continue due to two basic reasons:
1. There is no legal due process regarding claims for veterans at the VA. This has been a problem since the inception of the VA and is only exacerbated in the current situation. Without legal due process, veterans cannot have their claims moved forward in a timely manner or be able to easily seek legal redress for claims that are not processed. Claims are directly related to access to medical care. The lack of legal due process for veteran claims needs to be corrected.
2. Due to the federal employment laws it can take three years to terminate an inept, incompetent and even a federal employee who has been charged and broken the law! The inability to terminate employees in a timely fashion has given many of the federal employees the attitude they cannot be fired once hired and they can basically do whatever they want. They know they will not be held accountable as it would take a long time and extensive efforts by the federal government to terminate them. This is not acceptable. The Secretaries should be given the authority to terminate inept, incompetent, non-performing and law breaking federal employees in a timely manner similar to civilian companies. It should not take over 90 days to terminate a federal employee!
The case of Jed Fillingim is a classic example of what happens in the federal government and especially at the VA. He allegedly was out drinking, allegedly caused the death of another VA employee, resigned and then was rehired (see He then was promoted and transferred to a new position at the Augusta VA in Georgia. The tragedy here is that the way he was handled is NOT uncommon in federal government agencies. When an agency has a problem federal employee, the easy solution is to just transfer them to another location so they become someone else’s problem.
Other examples include all the IRS employees who have not paid their taxes; alleged research misconduct by researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other Public Health Service (PHS) agencies; the many conflicts of interests by federal government employees; the accusations that the EPA has been tolerating waste, fraud and "criminal conduct" in its own ranks; FBI misconduct involving sex, lies and videotape; and of course the extensive porn surfing during work at the US Science Foundation, the SEC, the Treasury Department and other federal agencies. A quick Google search reveals many of these problems and the fact they are still going on. These types of misbehavior are a regular event in the press, but seldom is anyone held accountable or reported as being fired as would happen in a civilian corporation. If they were active duty military, there would be a courts martial. This type of behavior by federal employees has to stop. The federal bureaucracy has

to be held accountable and responsive to the tax payers and to Congress.

Of course, to change the federal employment rules the Congress will have a big fight from the government employee unions such as the American Federation of Government Employees, National Federation of Federal Employees, National Treasury Employees Union and others who have a vested interest in keeping things static. But that fight needs to take place. The lives of veterans hang in the balance.
Until the Congress decides to act and give veterans legal due process for claims at the VA, change the federal employment regulations so the Secretaries can fire people in a timely manner and hold federal employees accountable to the tax payers, I am concerned once this issue quits being reported by the press, the VA will continue to allow veterans to die with impunity. Only time will tell what will happen. But in the interim, veterans are dying unnecessarily.
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In June, we celebrate the following special days:

June 6 – D-Day

June 14 – 239th Birthday of the U.S. Army June 14 – Flag Day June 15 – Father’s Day June 21 – First day of summer June 25 – 64th Anniversary of the Korean War

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This week sees the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion on the beaches of Normandy. D-Day was the turning point in World War II. June 6, 1944 saw the start of the largest air and sea operation in military history. On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops, of which 73,000 were Americans. The amount of equipment used was staggering. In the airborne landings on both flanks of the Normandy beaches, 2,395 aircraft and 867 gliders of the RAF and USAAF were used on D-Day. Operation Neptune involved huge naval forces, including 6,939 vessels: 1,213 naval combat ships, 4,126 landing ships and landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels. Some 195,700 personnel were assigned to Operation Neptune: 52,889 US, 112,824 British, and 4,988 from other Allied countries. By the end of the 11th of June, 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches.

There is no "official" casualty figure for D-Day. Total Allied casualties on D-Day are estimated at 10,000, including 2,500 dead. British casualties on D-Day have been estimated at approximately 2,700. The Canadians had 946 casualties. The US forces lost 6,603 men. On June 6, take time to reflect on what took place on the beaches at Normandy and appreciate the sacrifice made by so many to ensure the continuation of our free market economy and our Federal Republic. Their sacrifices helped give us the freedoms we enjoy today.
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Flag Day was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In that year, Congress asked that all public buildings fly the flag on June 14. The idea quickly caught on and many people wanted to participate in waving the flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Flag Day as a national celebration. However, the holiday was not officially recognized until 1949 when President Harry Truman signed the National Flag Day Bill. Although Flag Day is not celebrated as a Federal holiday, Americans everywhere continue to honor the history and heritage it represents.

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On June 14th, our nation celebrates the Army's 239th birthday. On this date in 1775 the Second Continental Congress voted to “adopt” the Boston troops preparing to battle the British in Massachusetts, thus making them the nucleus of the Continental Army. They also authorized the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, which were directed to march to Boston to support the New England militia. George Washington received his appointment as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the next day, and formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775. VetJobs salutes the brave men and women of today's Army. If you meet a member of the Army this month, be sure to say Happy Birthday and thank them for serving! For more information, visit

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This month we also celebrate the creation of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a department of DOD. Founded in 1972, ESGR has been a leading advocate for members of the National Guard and Reserve. Over 4,500 volunteers, ranging from business executives, senior government representatives, educators and military personnel, serve on local ESGR Field Committees. With help and resources from the National ESGR Headquarters in Arlington, VA, 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are the ESGR Field Committees that conduct employer support programs, including informational briefings, mediation and recognition of employers whose policies support or encourage participation in the National Guard and Reserve. By explaining the missions of the National Guard and Reserve and by increasing public awareness of the role of the employer, ESGR works to develop a dialogue among employers, the ESGR Committees, and local National Guard and Reserve unit commanders and service members. I strongly recommend that you get involved in your state ESGR committee! Visit and click on your state to volunteer!

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On the economic front, the revised numbers from the Commerce Department for the first quarter indicates that the economy is not doing well and is in fact declining. MarketWatch ( reports the U.S. economy contracted by 1% in the first quarter to mark the biggest decline in three years. Some say the economy was hampered by harsh winter weather that disrupted business operations and construction on residential and commercial properties, others point to government policies and notably the financial impact of the Affordable Care Act. If we have two quarters of contraction, the country will officially be back in recession.

Initially the Commerce Department had reported last month that gross domestic product rose at an annual 0.1% pace in the first three months of 2014. The decline in first-quarter growth mainly stemmed from lower investment, especially in new housing, offices and plants. Business investment in structures was revised to show a sharp 7.5% drop instead of a small 0.2% gain. Residential investment fell by 5.0%. Companies also restocked warehouses at a much slower pace. The increase in inventories, which adds to GDP, was slashed to $49 billion from an originally reported $87.4 billion. Inventories had grown by more than $100 billion in each of the last two quarters of 2013. Adjusted corporate profits, meanwhile, sank by 9.8% in the first quarter, the biggest decline in almost six years. U.S. exports fell 6.0% while imports actually rose 0.7% instead of falling by 1.4%. Softer net exports also subtracted from first-quarter growth. Consumer spending climbed 3.1%, a tick higher than pr eviously reported. Inflation as measured by the PCE index rose at a 1.4% annual pace, or by 1.2% excluding food and energy, little changed from the preliminary estimate.
On the plus side, U.S. home prices rose 0.9% in March, the first gain in five months, according to S&P/Case-Shiller's 20-city composite index. Among 20 tracked cities, 19 saw higher home prices in March - only New York posted a drop.
While the economy was contracting in the first quarter by 1%, the Department of Labor kept reporting a falling unemployment rate. It will be interesting to see how economists equate a contracting economy with a falling unemployment rate. The two are incompatible unless a lot of people have dropped out of the economy and are being supported by government programs. 13 million more Americans have become dependent on food stamp since 2007, with the numbers now hitting a record 47 million. In 2007, there were 26 million recipients. Spending on the welfare system has more than doubled just since 2008.
The numbers for the second quarter are not looking great. If we have a second quarter of contraction and officially go back into recession, America will be in great peril economically.
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Finally, please note we have two new advertisers for the Veteran Eagle and on the web site.

The National Institute of Training & Education. NITE offers excellent training programs designed to build the most competitive IT skill set based on current IT job opportunities. If you are looking to get into IT, the National Institute of Training & Education is worth looking into at See their advertisement below.
Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU) offers degrees in one of the hottest career fields, unmanned vehicles. UVU is approved by the Veterans Administration. You can use your GI bill to pay tuition to take any of their programs or courses including UAV Pilot Training. Visit for more information. See their advertisement below.
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As always, if there is anything we at VetJobs can do for you, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Remember, Freedom Is Never Free – Support Our Armed Forces and Veterans
Best regards,
Ted Daywalt


/—June Veteran Eagle sponsor is The Home Depot—-\
There are a lot websites out there that advertise jobs, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a conversation with a REAL person? Wouldn’t it be great to connect to a recruiter to show them what a great employee you’d be?
Well, The Home Depot has created a brand new community where you can do just that. The community, named HomeTown, has a specific group to help veterans during their career search by giving them a place to network and have live conversations with recruiters.
Within the HomeTown community, veterans can:

• Chat directly with recruiters

• Learn from exclusive articles and free webinars • Network with other military members and veterans
The Home Depot intends this free community to be your central hub to learn, grow and enhance your career. Veterans who take advantage of this free service will most definitely have an advantage when it comes time to applying and interviewing for their next career.
You can join the HomeTown community at:
The Home Depot’s support of the nation’s military extends beyond the new HomeTown community as they offer plenty of resources to veterans. The company recently launched a new website highlighting this commitment ( and has offered its free Military Skills Translator Tool for some time now. The Skills Translator Tool is designed to help translate and match an applicant’s military skills to positions that might offer the best career fit.
The company has also partnered with military-focused career fairs and participates in multiple events throughout the year.
VetJobs, G.I. Jobs magazine and Military Spouse magazine have all named The Home Depot a top military-friendly employer.
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2. Hot Jobs on VetJobs

The following are hot jobs on VetJobs that need candidates immediately. To apply, go to Search Jobs at and type in the company name and then click on Search.
TESSCO has 21 strong paying openings in DE/MD/VA.
The Cheesecake Factory needs Kitchen Managers nationwide. This is a top restaurant chain paying strongly. A great opportunity for any veteran who has food experience!
Olin Chlor Alkali Products has an opening at the McIntosh (Mobile area), AL facility for a Senior Mechanical Engineer and mechanic and driver positions in Santa Fe Springs, CA.
Hallmark Channel has many positions available in Studio City, CA.
FTS needs Field Technicians in Marietta, GA and Nashville, TN.
MGM Brakes needs an AS400/iSeries Programmer in Charlotte, NC and National Accounts Managers in Dallas & Houston, TX
Alban CAT has openings for truck drivers, technicians, HR and managers in MD, DE and VA.
Zyvex Labs needs a Research Technician in Richardson, TX.
Scales Industrial Technologies needs Field Service Technicians in Woodland Park, NJ.
The Columbus Dispatch needs a Hopper Feeder in Columbus, OH.
Rentokil needs Inspectors in CA.
Weidenmiller Company needs AutoCAD Drafters and Engineering Clerks in Itasca (Chicago), IL.
Legacy Health needs a Medical Director in Portland, OR.
Portland General Electric needs a Plant Electrician in Portland, OR.

/—June Veteran Eagle sponsor is National Institute of Training & Education —-\

Military Information Technology Credentialing Initiative
The Information Technology Credentialing Initiative provides active duty military personnel, reservists, veterans and their respective spouses an opportunity to take fast-track Information Technology (IT) training courses that lead to immediate job placement opportunities utilizing their GI-Bill benefits. A collaborative effort between Global Knowledge, National Institute of Training & Education (NITE) and its college partners, Hero2Hired, VetJobs and several other veteran job boards ensures world-class training execution and guaranteed job interviews upon program completion. Training programs were designed to build the most competitive IT skill set based on current IT job opportunities and DOL-Bureau of Labor Statistics in-demand IT occupations. Training is delivered live through a virtual instructor-led portal so no travel is required. Call today if you are interested in speaking with an IT Training Advisor about a career within the Information Technology Industry 855.648.3

338 or visit

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3. VetJobs Recommends: Dear Mark by Susan Jimison

Dear Mark by Susan Jimison is a heartfelt story of a little sister who knew how her brother died, but decades later learned how he lived because of the men from the helicopter unit he served with in Vietnam. It is an extremely moving book for any family member of a Vietnam Veteran lost in that war and for anyone else who is interested in what we did. For more information or to order a copy of the book, visit

/—June Veteran Eagle sponsor is TECHEXPO Top Secret—-\

TECHEXPO Top Secret’s next career fairs are:
6/5, TECHEXPO Cyber Security Hiring Event, The Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8861 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Cyber Security Experience Required. Go online to register
6/11, TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Event, Crystal City Hilton, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Security Clearance is REQUIRED to attend this show. Go online to register
6/17, TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Event, BWI Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Security Clearance is REQUIRED to attend this show. Go online to register
Interview with leading government contractors! Full schedule, event details, & pre-registration are available at The career fair is for professionals with active or recent security clearances only. Free admission. If you attend a TECHEXPO career fair, please indicate you learned of the career fair from VetJobs.
\—Please visit your Veteran Eagle sponsor TECHEXPO Top Secret at—-/

4. New Report Ranks States for Economic Outlook

The 2014 edition of "Rich States, Poor States" — the ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index — again ranks Utah as the state with the best economic outlook for the year. The report was compiled by noted economist Arthur Laffer along with economist Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams, director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
The Economic Outlook rankings were compiled using 15 factors "that have a proven impact on the migration of capital — both investment and human — into and out of states," the authors noted. "Each of these factors is influenced directly by state lawmakers through the legislative process." The 15 factors include the top marginal personal income tax rate, the top marginal corporate income tax rate, personal income tax progressivity, property tax burden, sales tax burden, and overall tax burden. Also factored in are debt service as a share of the tax revenue, public employees per 10,000 population, state minimum wage, average workers' compensation costs, number of tax expenditure limits, quality of the state's legal system, and recently legislated tax changes. Whether a state has an estate/inheritance tax and whether it is a right-to-work state contribute to the ranking as well.
Utah ranks No. 1 for economic outlook, as it has every year since 2008. South Dakota is No. 2, followed by Indiana, North Dakota, Idaho, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and Wyoming. In last place at No. 50 is New York, which has finished in that slot or at No. 49 every year since 2008. Vermont has the second-lowest ranking, followed by Illinois, California, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut, Montana, Oregon, and Rhode Island.
The report also offers its Economic Performance Rankings, judging the states over the past 10 years on three variables: Gross Domestic Product, Absolute Domestic Migration, and Non-Farm Payroll Employment. Texas ranks at the top of the list, leading the nation in Absolute Domestic Migration and finishing in the top five in the other two variables. Utah is No. 2, followed by Wyoming. North Dakota is ranked No. 4 thanks to its top rankings in the Gross Domestic Product and Non-Farm Payroll Employment categories. Rounding out the top 10 are Montana, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Idaho. Michigan is at the bottom of the list, ranking No. 50 in the Gross Domestic Product and Non-Farm Payroll Employment categories and No. 50 overall. Ohio is No. 49, followed by New Jersey, Rhode Island, Illinois, Connecticut, Wisconsin, California, Maine, and Massachusetts. ALEC is a nonpartisan organization of state legislators, made up of nearly one-third of America's state elected of ficials.

/—June Veteran Eagle sponsor is FranChoice—-\

Veterans interested in learning about franchise ownership are invited to join a FREE webinar “Veterans Exploring Franchise Ownership”. Learn how you can leverage your military experience through franchise ownership and how your unique qualifications improve your chances for success.
Senior Franchise Consultant, Laurie Pollock, and retired Army Captain and 2-time franchise owner, Christian Germain, will explain how to evaluate franchise opportunities, the training and support franchisors offer, as well as discounts for veterans – including one franchise in particular that is waiving the entire franchise fee for qualified veterans. They’ll open up the lines at the end of the webinar to answer your individual questions.
The date for this month’s Veteran Franchise Webinar will be on Monday, June 9th at Noon Central. Register at
If you want assistance in purchasing a franchise, call or email Laurie Pollock to request a free one-on-one consultation and she’ll be happy to help you. or 800.818.9929
\—–Please visit your Veteran Eagle sponsor FranChoice—–/

5. GAO: Sequester Has Only Cost One Federal Job

Officials from warned of the dire consequences of last year’s "sequester" that triggered automatic spending cuts to reduce the federal deficit. The White House issued a lengthy report declaring that "sequestration would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments, and core government functions." The president also said that "thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off." But a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report discloses that the total number of jobs lost due to sequestration in 2013 was . . . one. The cuts have been removed through a budget deal passed early this year, and last year's cuts totaled only $44 billion in a $3.5 trillion budget, according to Nick Gillespie of The website reported that GAO investigators looked at 23 federal agencies and the actions they took to deal with the budget cuts. The agencies that "implemented reduction in force" — cut jobs — included only the Department of Justice, which eliminated o ne job in its Parole Commission. Twenty agencies canceled or limited monetary awards, 20 reduced employee travel, 19 reduced employee training, 19 curtailed external hiring, 15 reduced overtime, and seven furloughed employees from one to seven days.

/—June Veteran Eagle sponsor is Unmanned Vehicle University —-\

>From horse carriage to car, from standalone PC to internet, drones will revolutionize the aviation industry. There are already successful commercial drone businesses all around the world. Drones are currently in an emerging commercialization phase and those that start businesses now could benefit by being the first. Interest is growing in hundreds of civil uses.
The UAV pilot training program consists of three phases. Phase 1 and 2 are conducted at home. Phase three is conducted at one of our flight schools. At the end of the program, students will receive the UAV Pilot Certificate that shows 10 hours of simulator, 16 hours of ground school and 24 hours of flight training for a total of 50 hours of training. UVU is approved by the Veterans Administration. You can use your GI bill to pay tuition to take any of our programs or courses including UAV Pilot Training.
For more information visit
\—Please visit your Veteran Eagle sponsor Unmanned Vehicle University —-/

6. DOJ Penalizes Lenders Sallie Mae

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) this week announced an enforcement action against Sallie Mae (also known as Sallie Mae Bank and Navient Solutions), the largest servicer of federal and private student loans, which was found to be systematically violating the legal rights of U.S. service members. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) also reached a settlement with the companies that addresses allegations of student loan servicing misconduct. Sallie Mae is ordered to pay $96.6 million in restitution and penalties. Sallie Mae violated several consumer protection laws related to federal and private student loans, including the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) which protects active duty military personnel against harmful overcharging. While the recent DOJ orders will provide restitution directly to most victims, consumers may still wish to file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) if they are concerned their account was illegally ha ndled. To file a complaint go to: or call 855-411-CFPB (2372).

7. Three Ways to Make the Most of Employment Gaps

Volunteer: Any volunteer work during an employment gap can help overcome employer objections. Work with a non-profit says a few things about you as an employee. You are committed to using your talents in any way to better the world. You are unwilling to let moss grow on your skills. You are able to step outside of your comfort zone and thrive. Additionally, volunteering is a great way of explaining employment gaps on a resume as positive experiences. Plus, you can easily use your non-profit connections as references to convey the full spectrum of your capabilities.
Pursue New Certifications: Have some free time on your hands? Get yourself further certified. An employment gap becomes less visible if your time was spent enhancing your education. University courses and technical programs are the traditional way to increase your aptitudes. There are also plenty of free courses and certifications online that help when explaining employment gaps as a learning opportunity on a resume. Employers will be more inclined to overlook your time away from the workforce when you return with a fresh set of pertinent skills.
Do Freelance Work: Instead of including a long list of micro contracts on a resume, you can list them underneath freelancing experience. Select your four best projects to highlight, ones that show your aptitude and versatility. That way, you can continue to keep your skills sharpened and discard the stigma of an employment gap label.
These suggestions are abridged from General Employment Enterprises.

8. New Federal Rule Makes It Harder for Local Veterans to Find Jobs

According to Jon O’Connell of, a new federal mandate could make it harder for veterans to find jobs. Under a directive issued by the U.S. Department of Labor last month, local employment representatives no longer will act as personal caseworkers for veterans seeking work. The government says that’s because of compliance issues that have surfaced in the last several years. But many involved with helping veterans find work have said the directive changes the way things have been for the last 20 plus years. Those specialists, known as “local veterans’ employment representatives,” now have until July 1 to transition to the duties called for in Title 38, which include broader services like: planning and participating in job fairs; conducting employer outreach; working with employers to hold workshops and set up job-search groups; coordinating with labor unions and business organizations; and coordinating with other business-outreach efforts. Unemployed veterans sti ll should get the priority set forth in Title 38 despite the transition, a U.S. Department of Labor spokesman said. The local veterans’ representative positions are funded through a special grant outlined in Title 38. That grant also pays for “disabled veterans outreach program specialists,” whose job descriptions are more defined under the new directive. Those folks help veterans who have employment barriers like disabilities, criminal records, low income or no high school diplomas.

9. USERRA Case Makes History

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado has approved an unprecedented settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against United Airlines (UAL) by more than 1,000 of its pilots serving in the Reserve & Guard. On May 19, 2014, the court issued the final approval order for a $6,015,000 settlement. The pilots alleged that during the 2000-10 period, UAL made retroactive payments to the pension accounts of individual pilots returning from military service, but those payments were computed based on the minimum guaranteed hours, not the hours that the individual would have worked if continuously employed as required under the Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

10. Tricare Pharmacy Update

In February Tricare started a one-year pilot program requiring TFL beneficiaries to switch to home delivery for name brand maintenance medication refills. During the transition period, the program allowed for two courtesy retail pharmacy fills before being charged full price. Now that the change is two months into the program, those who have not converted to home delivery yet may be subject to having to pay full price with their next attempted retail fill. If you are a TFL beneficiary and have not done so already, it is strongly recommended that you switch to home delivery to avoid unnecessary charges. For more information or to make the switch, visit or call 1-877-363-1303

11. National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of May 13, 2014

The total number currently on active duty from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 25,828; Navy Reserve, 3,721; Marine Corps Reserve, 1,459; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 7,081; and the Coast Guard Reserve, 429. This brings the total National Guard and reserve personnel who have been activated to 38,518, including both units and individual augmentees. A cumulative roster of all National Guard and reserve personnel who are currently activated may be found online at:

12. Significant Events this Month in Military History

1775 – The United States Army was founded. The Continental Congress named Colonel George Washington of Virginia Commander-in-Chief of the American Army.
1865 – The American Civil War ended with the surrender of the last Southern forces, led by GEN Edmund Kirby-Smith, at Shreveport LA (Civil War)
1877 – Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African-American graduate of West Point, was commissioned a second lieutenant.
1916 – Congress authorized The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps.
1927 – Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, an Army reservist, completed the first non-stop transatlantic airplane flight from New York to Paris in 33.5 hours.
1940 – The British began evacuating 338,000 British and French troops from Dunkirk, a Belgian coastal city. (WW II)
1941 – Allies invade Syria and Lebanon (WW II)
1941 – Germany attacks the Soviet Union (WW II)
1942 – The decisive Battle of Midway opened in the Central Pacific. (WW II)
1942 – Pledge of Allegiance recognized by Congress
1944 – WWII GI Bill signed into law
1944 – D-Day invasion of Normandy by Allied troops. Operation "Overlord" was the largest air and sea operation in military history. (WW II)
1944 – The Battle of Saipan (WW II)
1944 – GI Bill signed into law.
1949 – The first African-American graduate of the Naval Academy was W.A. Brown.
1950 – The Korean War began on June 25 with US troops arriving on June 29. (Korean War)
1951 – The US Eighth Army launched attacks against Chinese forces all along the front lines in Korea, slowly driving the enemy back. (Korean War)
1967 – The USS Liberty was attacked by Israel, a controversy that continues today.
1972 – The National Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve created as an entity within the Department of Defense.
2008 – Post 9/11 GI Bill signed into law.

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