May 25, 2011
||ROA Participates in Veterans Affairs Roundtable on Employment Issues
the roundtable, ROA pointed out that unemployment remains a serious
problem for Guard and Reserve members returning from deployment, Reserve
Component affiliation can hurt individuals seeking employment, and
ROA's law center gets about 4800 calls a year on employment and
ROA Blog: Veterans Affairs Roundtable Addresses Employment Issues
Congressional Veterans Leadership Roundtable: Outline of Specific Employment Issues Discussed (5/25/11)
ROA Briefed on Agent Orange Exposure Report
ROA was briefed on a recent Institute of Higher Medicine (IOM) report which found there is no consistent evidence to suggest a higher risk of cancer for Blue Water Navy veterans than Brown Water Navy veterans or ground troops from Agent Orange exposure.
ROA Blog: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Still Waiting for Help
ROA Informed on Initiative to Connect Faith-Based Groups, Churches to Military Families
ROA participated in a conference call with First Lady Michelle Obama and others on the "Joining Forces" initiative she and Dr. Jill Biden recently launched. At the Joining Forces website you can find volunteer opportunities and post projects, connect with social media, find resources, send messages of thanks, and more.
ROA Blog: Initiative Connects Faith-Based Groups, Churches to Military Families
ROA Receives Yellow Ribbon Update, Establishes Contact with Freshman Senator
a recent event ROA asked for an update from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
on Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) funding and learned that
despite previous budgeting problems, all YRRP funds were released and
are available to the states to administer the program. ROA also shared
with the Senator's staff materials relating to the Comprehensive Report
on the Future of the Reserve Component.
ROA Supports Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Program
The Georgia Department of ROA has endorsed a resolution to support the IRT program in its current format. IRT provides Reserve Component units the opportunity for joint training on mission essential tasks (METL) and benefits underserved communities in the U.S. by providing infrastructure development assistance and medical care. The HASC stripped the IRT from the OSD-RA office in its version of the NDAA and the Georgia resolution would restore it.
Innovative Readiness Training: Supporting American Communities
||Note about SMLC Services
Law Center director CAPT Samuel Wright can answer your question about USERRA or other military-legal topics. Do not call from work or email from your employer's email system as that could potentially compromise your employment. CAPT
Wright can be contacted at 800-809-9448, ext. 730, or email@example.com.
Starting May 26, CAPT Wright will take calls until 10 pm EST on
Thursdays, in addition to his regular hours of 8 am-4 pm Monday through
New Law Reviews
No. 1140 Suing a State Government Employer under USERRA
The bin Laden Raid and its Legal Framework, May 25, 2011
21st Century Think Tank Design Workshop, June 1, 2011
Cyberspace: The Next Battlefield, June 16, 2011
||2012 NSS/Convention Presentation Proposals Due June 1
ROA seeks presentations that will provide our national event attendees with information that will improve their effectiveness on the job. To learn more about our event, its attendees, types of sessions, programming, and how to submit a proposal, please visit www.roa.org/2012.
|| Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Still Waiting for Help
Initiative Connects Faith-Based Groups, Churches to Military Families
Veterans Affairs Roundtable Addresses Employment Issues
ROA Career Center
Military.com Job Expos
Vets Hiring Fair in NYC June 23
"Hiring our Heroes Manhattan" will have over 100 participating employers and is being conducted in partnership with DOL-VETS and ESGR.
WEEKLY NEWS CLIPS:
The Intersect (5/24/11)
May 30, 1868 - Memorial Day was first observed. This day of remembrance was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General
John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his
General Order No. 11, and was first observed when
flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at
Arlington National Cemetery. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday.
Memorial Day (History.com)
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Participants in the Fallen Heroes Run head out from the starting line on Camp Liberty, Iraq, May 22, 2011. The 10-kilometer race was created in part to remember and honor service members who died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each participant ran to honor a specific service member. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy
1,300+ Museums offer Military Families Free Tickets
are more than 1,300 museums nationwide military members and their
families can attend for free from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For
specific information including what IDs are acceptable and what may be
available in your state visit http://www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.