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thedrifter
11-06-02, 08:28 AM
VetJobs Veteran Eagle
Issue 3:11 - Tuesday, November 5, 2002
http://www.vetjobs.com

The Veteran Eagle is a newsletter for veterans, transitioning military,
their family members, and friends and supporters of VetJobs.

VetJobs is proudly sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United
States.

Contents:
1. Message From The Top
2. Tips On Using VetJobs
3. GI Bill Benefits Increase
4. Golden Corrals Offers Free Dinner Buffets
5. VA FAQ for Female Veterans
6. Troops to Teachers Open to Reserve Components
7. Navy Changes Policy on Tuition Assistance
8. Military Sentinel Focuses Consumer Complaints
9. VA Seeking Participants in Project 112 and SHAD
10. Reserve Call-Up For An Iraqi War May Equal 1991's
11. National Guard and Reserve Activations as of October 30
12. Significant Events this Month in Military History


1. Message from the Top

Happy Birthday VetJobs! It is amazing how time flies. On Veterans Day three
years ago, VetJobs was launched into a highly competitive market place as
the most comprehensive military related job board on the Internet. Since
then, VetJobs has garnered the lion share of traffic in the military related
Internet job board space and has come to be recognized as the primary source
for finding veterans, transitioning military personnel and their family
members. Over the last three years thousands of veterans have found
employment using VetJobs as their preferred job-sourcing site. VetJobs was
created for the veteran and their family members. This will continue to be
VetJobs primary focus.

We are very excited about the direction VetJobs is going. VetJobs is now
receiving record traffic. VetJobs traffic has exceeded 750,000 page views in
one month, the largest of any site in this market space. The average visitor
to VetJobs views 20 to 22 pages per visit. This high page view count is
because VetJobs has more employers and jobs posted than any other military
related job board! We have you, the veterans and transitioning military
that regularly use VetJobs to thank for this phenomenal growth in such a
short time period. We look forward to continuing to be your source for
reaching the civilian employment community in the years to come.

This month is also the 227th birthday of the United States Marine Corps,
which was established by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775. If
you see a United States Marine this month, tell them Happy Birthday! Semper Fi!

Additionally, this month we also celebrate Veterans Day. Originally known as
Armistice Day, it was created by an Act of Congress on May 13, 1938. It set
the 11th of November of each year as a legal holiday to be dedicated to the
cause of world peace and be known as "Armistice Day," which was set in
remembrance of the end of World War I. The "Armistice" was signed at 11:00
AM on the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954, after World War II had
required the greatest military mobilization in the history of the United
States and following the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of
1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veteran".
With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954,
November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. We will
forever be in the debt of our veterans. Let us honor them accordingly.

Finally, while the economy is still giving mixed signals, things are looking
up. Housing starts surprisingly exploded 13.3% in September to a 16-year
high of 1.84 million units. Unemployment is holding steady, and sectors of
the economy are starting to grow. Real GDP (gross domestic product) grew at
a 3.1% annualized rate in Quarter 3, much stronger than Q2's 1.3% gain.
Although uneven, the economic recovery continued to make progress last
quarter, helped along by consumers whose spending rose a strong 4.2%. The
future for our economy may be determined on Tuesday's election day. Be sure
to get out and vote! Every vote counts. The veteran vote will especially be
important during this election.

As always, if there is anything we at VetJobs can do for you, please do not
hesitate to call or email.

Please forward this newsletter to other veterans and their family members,
and any employers who you would like to see recruiting on VetJobs!

And remember, Freedom Is Never Free - Support Our Armed Forces and Veterans

Best regards,

Ted Daywalt
CEO and President


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2. Tips On Using VetJobs

After posting your resume to the site (or any job board site), go back and
view your resume, as an employer will see it posted. Is it easy to read? Do
your jobs, accomplishments and responsibilities jump out at the reader?
Remember, most HR personnel prefer to read bullets rather than long
paragraphs. For more assistance on how to prepare your resume, read the
resume articles in the Employment Assistance section on VetJobs.


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3. GI Bill Benefits Increase

As of October 1, Montgomery GI Bill benefits have increased for active duty
and selected reserve members. Service members can now receive up to $900 a
month (up from the previous $800) in education benefits with at least three
years of active duty experience. Selected Reserve members saw a slight
increase in benefits, from $272 a month to $276 a month. The next scheduled
increase in GI Bill payments will take place on October 1, 2003, when
maximum payment will be increased to $985 a month.


4. Golden Corrals Offers Free Dinner Buffets

On Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, all 400+
Golden Corral restaurants spanning 39 states will offer veterans and retired
and active duty military members a free dine-in dinner buffet plus beverage.
The offer includes members of the Reserves and the National Guard. To
receive the free dine-in buffet, military guests should state their military
status when coming through the ordering line the night of the event. This is
the second year in a row that Golden Corral has offered this program
nationwide to honor military members and retirees.

5. VA FAQ for Female Veterans

The VA has published a pamphlet that has the answers to 25 common questions
asked by women veterans regarding health. Topics covered include filing
disability claims, stress disorder treatment programs, and information on
women veteran health studies and research. The pamphlet is in Microsoft Word
format and can be found online at:
http://www.va.gov/womenvet/docs/25_most_frequently_asked_questions_and_responses.d oc

6. Troops to Teachers Open to Reserve Components

The National Education Association says the worst teacher shortage ever is
now approaching. Reserve component service members can help alleviate the
problem because last January they were included in the Troops to Teachers
program. Under the program, the Department of Education and the Defense
Department team up to help qualified service members transition to civilian
teaching careers. The goal is to recruit quality teachers for schools
serving low-income families and to relieve teacher shortages. Eligible
individuals may receive up to $5,000 to offset teacher certification
expenses and an additional $5,000 bonus if they teach in a school serving a
high percentage of students from low- income families. Basic qualifications
include a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or one year of
college with six years experience in a vocational or technical field. Visit
[url]http://www.ProudToServeAgain.com for details.

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thedrifter
11-06-02, 08:31 AM
6. Troops to Teachers Open to Reserve Components

The National Education Association says the worst teacher shortage ever is
now approaching. Reserve component service members can help alleviate the
problem because last January they were included in the Troops to Teachers
program. Under the program, the Department of Education and the Defense
Department team up to help qualified service members transition to civilian
teaching careers. The goal is to recruit quality teachers for schools
serving low-income families and to relieve teacher shortages. Eligible
individuals may receive up to $5,000 to offset teacher certification
expenses and an additional $5,000 bonus if they teach in a school serving a
high percentage of students from low- income families. Basic qualifications
include a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or one year of
college with six years experience in a vocational or technical field. Visit
http://www.ProudToServeAgain.com for details.


7. Navy Changes Policy on Tuition Assistance

Stars and Stripes reported that a recent policy change in the Navy's Tuition
Assistance program now allows sailors to take college courses absolutely
free. The catch is that studious seamen can take only 12 semester hours of
classes during the fiscal year. After that, they will have to pay 100
percent of their own way. The old plan provided 75 percent coverage of
tuition costs for up to $3,500 a school year. According to a Navy news
release, the new tuition assistance plan for fiscal 2003 completely covers
tuition costs with the following stipulations: One semester hour cannot
exceed $250. Students using Tuition Assistance will be limited to 12
semester hours a year. TA funds only apply to tuition, not books or fees.


8. Military Sentinel Focuses Consumer Complaints

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Defense have created
Military Sentinel to identify and target consumer protection issues that
affect service members and their families. Members worldwide can enter
consumer complaints directly into a database that is accessible by over 500
law enforcement organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and
Australia. Officials can manipulate the database in order to identify
patterns and targets of scam artists. Although members cannot access the
database, they and their families can obtain consumer information from the
web site covering a wide range of consumer protection issues, from auto
leasing, to identity theft, to work-at-home scams. Visit
http://www.consumer.gov/military.


9. VA Seeking Participants in Project 112 and SHAD

The Department of Defense has released data on a series of biological and
chemical weapons tests conducted aboard ships and at sites in the United
States, Canada and Great Britain. The tests, conducted from 1962 through
1971, involved some 5,500 service members and civilians. Land-based tests
(Project 112) involving about 500 members were conducted in remote areas of
Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Puerto Rico and Utah by the
Desert Test Center headquartered at Fort Douglas, Utah. Navy tests (SHAD -
Shipboard Hazard and Defense) involved some 5,000 sailors. Tests also took
place in the Marshall Islands, Baker Island and other Pacific Ocean locales.
VA officials said they are trying to contact the service members involved in
the tests. Veterans who believe they may have been part of these tests
should call the VA's Help Line at 800-749-8387.


10. Reserve Call-Up For An Iraqi War May Equal 1991's

If President Bush orders an attack against Iraq, the Pentagon has plans to
mobilize roughly as many reservists as it did during the Persian Gulf war in
1991, when about 265,000 members of the National Guard and reserves were
summoned to active duty, administration officials and military experts say.
Although fewer combat troops would be required than in 1991, the military
would play an important role in protecting an array of potential terrorist
targets in the United States, including power plants, transportation hubs,
medical centers and factories, as well as military bases at home and
overseas. (New York Times, October 28, 2002, Pg. 1)


11. National Guard and Reserve Activations as of October 30

The Air Force and Navy announce decreases of reservists on active duty in
support of the partial mobilization, while the Army and Marine Corps
announce slight increases. The net collective result is 412 fewer
reservists. The total number currently on active duty in support of the
partial mobilization for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 30,702;
Naval Reserve, 5,594; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 17,009;
Marine Corps Reserve, 3,718; and the Coast Guard Reserve, 698. This brings
the total Reserve and National Guard on active duty to 57,721 including both
units and individual augmentees. A cumulative roster of all National Guard
and Reserve who are currently on active duty can be found at
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Oct2002/d20021030ngr.pdf


12. Significant Events this Month in Military History

1775 - Continental Congress establishes two battalions of Marines. Samuel
Nicholas was appointed "Captain of Marines" on 28 November 1775, and
promoted to major on 25 June 1776. Because of his senior status among other
Marine officers of the Revolution, he is numbered as the first Commandant.
1775 - Americans under General Richard Montgomery capture the British fort
of Saint Johns (War of Independence).
1861 - The Confederate raider Nashville captured and burned the Union
clipper ship Harvey Birch in the Atlantic Ocean (Civil War).
1864 - Union General W.T. Sherman began his march to the sea from Atlanta,
GA, in an effort to cut the Confederacy in two (Civil War).
1865 - Dr. Mary E. Walker, the first female surgeon in the Union Army, is
presented with the Medal of Honor, the first woman to earn that award.
1910 - First airplane flight from the deck of a ship.
1917 - American troops were first engaged in fighting during World War I
attacking German troops near the Rhine-Marne Canal in France
1918 - World War I ends at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the
eleventh month.
1942 - Operation Torch begins with Allied landings in northwest Africa
(World War II).
1943 - U.S. Marines landed on Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, one of the
bloodiest campaigns waged by American forces against the Japanese in the
Pacific (World War II).
1965 - Battle of Chu Pon-ia Drang River, Vietnam. US 1st Calvary fought
North Vietnamese regulars for four days (Vietnam War).
1967 - American troops broke a North Vietnamese assault at Loc Ninh, near
the Cambodian border (Vietnam War).
1979 - Iranian militants seized the US Embassy in Tehran, held 65 Americans
hostage.


Sempers,

Roger