| Wal-Mart Says Its Hiring 100,000 Returning Veterans In Next 5 Years
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Starting on Veteran’s Day, an American retailer says it will hire more than 100,000 returning veterans in the next five years
Wal-Mart will offer jobs to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first year off from active duty
The opportunities will be in stores, distribution centers and the home office
The numbers are against veterans finding employment Capt Jeff Pratt was one of those returning veterans struggling to find a job
“Finding full-time quality employment was a big thing for me,” Pratt said
According to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics, as of December 2012, the unemployment rate for civilians is 75 percent, while people who have served in the last decade have 108 percent unemployment
That’s down from more than 12 percent unemployment for returning service members as of a year ago
Pratt says Wal-Mart and other companies will benefit from what returning service members have to offer
“Leadership value; there is honor, integrity in everything we do in the military,” he said
Pratt was one of the lucky ones
“Companies like UnitedHealth Group and others that are out there have engaged in a process that will gainfully employ returning service members,” he said
His military job in logistics transferred nicely to UnitedHealth Pratt said it was easy because of a military skills translator the company uses on its website
That military skills translator is used by many other companies The Minnesota National Guard worked numerous Minnesota-based companies such as Target, Best Buy and US Bank to help soldiers in get jobs
And it has paid off
When the Red Bulls returned last May, 20 percent faced unemployment Today? Only 35 of those 2,700 soldiers do not have jobs
Minnesota and Iowa UAS operators train together at Camp Ripley
Posted: 2016-02-10 02:18 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Iowa National Guard's Special Troops Battalion visited Camp Ripley, Feb. 8-13 to train in Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Operators and technicians of Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division conducted training along with Minnesota "Redbulls" in order to meet mandatory requirements for UAS operation.
"It's an annual requirement, we have to maintain a certain amount of flight time in order to stay certified," said Staff Sgt. Francisco Hernandez, group leader.
Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Academy continues on Camp Ripley
Posted: 2016-02-03 11:48 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Minnesota State Patrol began its 57th Trooper Academy Jan. 25 at Camp Ripley.
"Our first training school was held on Camp Ripley from May to July of 1931," said Lt. Eric Barthel, training academy officer.
Since its creation on April 24, 1929, the Minnesota State Patrol has maintained a presence of state law enforcement officers on Minnesota highways. They became ambassadors of "good will" to let people see them, get acquainted with them and to enforce the provisions of the law.
Internet scams and impersonation
Posted: 2016-01-29 01:22 PM
The Army Criminal Investigation Command receives hundreds of allegations a month from victims who state they got involved in an online relationship with someone, on a legitimate dating website or other social media website, who claims to be a U.S. Soldier. The "Soldier" then begins asking for money for various false service-related needs such as transportation costs, communication fees, marriage, processing and medical fees. Victims of these online scams have lost tens of thousands of dollars, with a very low possibility of recovery.
The U.S. has established numerous task force organizations to deal with this growing epidemic; unfortunately, many times the people committing these scams are from foreign countries using untraceable email addresses, routing accounts through numerous locations around the world and utilizing pay per hour Internet cyber cafes, which often times maintain no accountability of use.
'Minnesota Nice' Makes Wounded Airman Feel at Home
Posted: 2016-01-28 01:50 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - During a 2013 deployment in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Taylor Savage was in a vehicle hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. She suffered extensive life-threatening injuries and has undergone multiple surgeries.
Savage arrived in Minnesota last fall for the reconstruction of her pelvis at Hennepin County Medical Center. She and her mother stayed at the hospital several weeks and then moved to a hotel near the Mall of America to recover from the surgery before being cleared to leave Minnesota.
Minnesota military members and Minnesotans around the metro took it upon themselves to make this wounded Airman feel at home during her recovery.