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The Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo is a 501 c non profit. We present information on employment, training and benefits for vets. We are the production company for Veterans Helping Veterans TV.
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President Obama Announces Jobs Initiative for Post 9-11 Veterans

President Obama Announces Jobs Initiative for Post 9-11 Veterans | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
Has challenged the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed vets or their spouses by the end of 2013.
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More jobs for our veterans.

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Connected Warrior Foundation

Connected Warrior Foundation | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
RT @timoreilly The connected warrior foundation: tablets to wounded veterans http://t.co/4wArJQJg5O A good cause cofounded by a friend
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Tablets for wounded warriors.

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Happiness University: HAPPY HEALTH: Labradoodle Saves Iran Vet from PTSD Suicide

Happiness University: HAPPY HEALTH: Labradoodle Saves Iran Vet from PTSD Suicide | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
Happiness: Labradoodle saves Iran vet from PTSD Suicide http://t.co/QdfqxUaJfz #ptsd #depression #veterans #happiness
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We love our dogs.  Here is a great story of how a dog saved a vet.

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Philanthropist pays for 170 guide, search and service dogs as tribute to his ... - Windsor Star

Philanthropist pays for 170 guide, search and service dogs as tribute to his ... - Windsor Star | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
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The majority of the dogs funded by Annenberg have been for veterans.
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Helping others get service dogs is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a dog named "Lucky."  Great story.

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Labor Department Rules Could Boost Employment For Veterans And Disabled ... - Huffington Post

Labor Department Rules Could Boost Employment For Veterans And Disabled ... - Huffington Post | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
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WASHINGTON — Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations.
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Just what we need, more jobs for our veterans.

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Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service Program « Veteran Owned Business Directory Blog

Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service Program « Veteran Owned Business Directory Blog | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.
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Another great benefit for vets, the Veteran Business Directory.

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VA opens newest development at ceremony - Palo Alto Online

VA opens newest development at ceremony Palo Alto Online The $10 million center will house training and education for staff to improve practices and procedures for mental health treatment, an ever-changing field, said Palo Alto VA director Lisa...
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This new center is a great example of " Best Practices" now at the VA in Palo Alto, CA.

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IVMF Issues Veterans Employment Advisory, OFCCP Final Rule to ...

IVMF Issues Veterans Employment Advisory, OFCCP Final Rule to ... | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Vice President Biden announced two new rules that represent an historic advance for veterans and individuals with disabilities. By strengthening longstanding regulations under the Vietnam Era Veterans' ...
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Your best bet is to hire a vet.

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Special courts for veterans expanding across US - U-T San Diego

Special courts for veterans expanding across US - U-T San Diego | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
Special courts for veterans expanding across US
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PHILADELPHIA — Former National Guardsman Paul Piscitelli is in Philadelphia Municipal Court to answer to drug and theft charges.
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Veterans Courts are here to help vets, not put them in jail.

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Vet's denied claim granted 10 years later — for $500,000

Vet's denied claim granted 10 years later — for $500,000 | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it

The first time the Vietnam veteran filed his disability claim, he got nothing.

The second time, he got nearly $500,000.

“It was certainly a surprise,” said the veteran, who asked to remain anonymous because of his recent windfall. “I went ahead and paid off a bunch of overdue bills. I feel like I won’t have to worry about money from now on.”

The 66-year-old’s story is unusual but not unheard of, according to veterans advocates. And it speaks to the overwhelming nature of the veterans benefits system, which has come under increased scrutiny in recent months.

“I don’t think that the (Department of Veterans Affairs) is out of control,” said Gerald Manar, deputy director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ claims assistance programs. “But a lot of it is complex and complicated. It’s hard to navigate it alone.”

Earlier this month, VA officials announced a year’s worth of retroactive benefits for any veterans submitting Fully Developed Claims, a streamlined filing process designed to ensure that raters have as much documentation as possible before starting their work.

The department also encouraged veterans to work with service organizations before filing any claims, a suggestion that has rankled some who feel they’re shifting the burden of work to the disabled veterans.

But VSO have largely sidestepped that argument. “This approach puts veterans in the driver’s seat,” said Rich Dumancas, deputy director of claims at the American Legion. “By doing work with an outside group, you take away the reasons VA has for a delay. And we’re seeing (fully developed claims) move faster than traditional claims.

In the case of the $500,000 payout, the veteran sought out help from the VFW to refile his disability claim. Back in 1996, he petitioned VA raters for disability pay because of exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam tour, but was denied because his Ischemic heart disease was not on the list of injuries presumed to be service-connected.


Via Tonya Scholz
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Never give up filing for a disability claim with the VA.  Better late than never.

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Rogue IRS Shamefully Targets Nation's Veterans - Investor's Business Daily

Rogue IRS Shamefully Targets Nation's Veterans - Investor's Business Daily | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
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Scandals: One of the nation's largest veterans groups is being required to provide proof of membership eligibility. Posts that can't or won't comply face heavy fines.
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This is a very timely article for all veteran service organizations.  We all have to be in compliance in order to be a tax exempt organization. 

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Do more: We must ensure that all veterans get the benefits they're due - Pacific Daily News

Do more: We must ensure that all veterans get the benefits they're due - Pacific Daily News | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
Do more: We must ensure that all veterans get the benefits they're due
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The freedoms and privileges we all enjoy as Americans come from the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S.
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Absolutely agree with this, vets need to know about their benefits and to apply for them.  Get help from a Veterans Service Officer to assist you in filing for benefits.

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Quixote in Ramadi: Female Combat Veterans: The New Vietnam Veterans?

Quixote in Ramadi: Female Combat Veterans: The New Vietnam Veterans? | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
Woman combat veteran -- yes, Virginia, they exist -- Michelle Wilmot wrote this about women veterans as the... http://t.co/2Z3LbpcTm9
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Why is it so difficult for women combat veterans to get the help they need? All vets need to know about their benefits and to apply.  Know your resources and use them.

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Veterans may get 1 year of retroactive benefits with 'fully developed ...

Veterans may get 1 year of retroactive benefits with 'fully developed ... | Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo | Scoop.it
Veterans filing an original "fully developed claim" for service-connected disability compensation may now be entitled to up to one year of retroactive disability benefits.
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Now there is a new automated way for veterans to file for a Service Connected disability claim.  Use this system and you get 1 year of retroactive benefits.

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