| 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 U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics, as of December 2012, the unemployment rate for civilians is 7.5 percent, while people who have served in the last decade have 10.8 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.
204th Area Support Medical Company Returning Home from Sinai
Posted: 2015-07-27 10:08 AM
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Jul. 20, 2015
Cottage Grove, Minn. - More than 40 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 204th Area Support Medical Company are returning home over the next several weeks from a nine-month deployment to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt in support of Multi-National Force and Observers (MFO). The mission of the MFO is to enforce the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
The 204th ASMC supported the nearly 2,000-strong Multi-National Force and Observers by providing medical services, veterinary services, preventive medicine, food inspection, and medical logistics.
Funeral Honors, Medic Aids Widow at Funeral
Posted: 2015-07-20 01:21 PM
FORT SNELLING, Minn. - While performing the requirements of his full-time position as Funeral
Honor Guard, Army Sgt. Ryan Kingsley employed the technical expertise of his traditional military occupation as a medic, before a funeral ceremony began at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on June 29, 2015.
Kingsley began his military career in 2005 as a combat medic prior to transferring to the Minnesota National Guard in May. After only a short time with his new unit in Minnesota, Kingsley was offered a position with the Funeral Honors Team.
Army National Guard Breach of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Reserve Component Manpower System - Guard (RCMS-G)
Posted: 2015-07-16 04:43 PM
How did this event occur?
Data files needed to analyze payroll expenses where inappropriately transferred from a secure government server to an environment that is outside the Department of Defense system.
How many people could this affect and whom?
Approximately 868,000 current and former Army National Guard members; current and former members of the Army National Guard who were in a paid status from October 2004 to October 2014.
How much information may have been compromised?
Data files containing the individual names, full social security number, home address, and date of birth for about 868,000 former and current Army National Guard members that served since 2004.
Cooks Get Fired Up for Competition Comeback
Posted: 2015-07-15 03:45 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Culinary sections of the Minnesota National Guard and Army Reserve participated in the 48th Annual Philip A. Connelly Regional Competition July 10, 2015.
"It is a culinary competition, where the section is evaluated not just on food preparation and quality, but on field site layout, food service and sanitation, as well as maintenance of equipment and training," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Erickson, food program manager for the Minnesota National Guard.