90-year-old Veteran Walks at High School Graduation

Mon. June 27, 2016

Edward Taylor finally got the opportunity he missed when he dropped out of school: walk at graduation.

He didn't leave high school due to bad grades or apathy, rather he left the Elmira Heights school district to serve in the Navy during World War II. He just never returned to further his education.

But that life-long dream of walking across the stage and getting a diploma was fulfilled June 24 as the 90-year-old Elmira Heights, NY man participated and walked in Thomas A. Edison High School commencement.

"I'm so happy," Taylor said as he became emotional. "I'm overwhelmed."


Fri. June 24, 2016

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Posted on FlashAlert: June 23rd, 2016 10:17 AM
The War Canyon Fire was reported around 12:30 PM Wednesday burning in grass and brush on ODF-protected lands two miles east of Long Creek, Ore. Oregon Department of Forestry fire-fighting resources from the Central Oregon District's John Day Unit were assisted by firefighters from the Long Creek Rural Fire Department. Firefighters stopped the fire spread at approximately 20 acres. ODF resources on scene included four engines, a four-person hand crew and the incident commander. Firefighting personnel will continue the mop-up process today to extinguish heat within the fire perimeter.

The cause of the War Canyon Fire is under investigation.

No other fires 10 acres in size or larger were reported yesterday on ODF-protected lands.


Fri. June 24, 2016

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry
June 21st, 2016 2:47 PM

A wildfire ignited Monday afternoon burning approximately 100 acres, five miles west of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District.

It was originally reported by crews that the fire was roughly 45 acres; however, remapping has shown the wildfire is larger. This is not due to fire growth, but better measurement.

Job Corps Help Young Workers

Fri. June 24, 2016

job corpsJob Corps is a program designed to help young workers, between the ages of 16 and 24, attain experience to begin a career or advance to higher education. They offer technical training for more than 100 occupational areas, like advanced manufacturing, automotive and construction industries. Students that attend this program also receive academic training in areas like basic reading and math, GED attainment, college preparatory courses and courses to help language barrier students. Additional courses like independent living, employability skills and social skills courses are offered for students to transition into the workplace. Along with the many other courses, it is important to note that they provide career planning, on-the-job training, and  job placement. Jobs Corps is a live-in program where students stay or regularly commute to the campuses in placement of going to college or struggling in the workforce. So, they also offer residential housing, food service, driver education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly living allowance and clothing allowance. Childcare programs are also offered in some Job Corps centers for single parents.

 Job Corps sets young workers in a place to succeed in higher education or in a more advanced career. They are the stepping stone that should be utilized for all low-income young people to advance on the economic and social ladder. Job corps provides these outstanding resources for young people who qualify, for free and therefore provides them with a sense of future.

IAM-TCU partners with Job Corps at facilities nine facilities around the country. Many of the jobs students are training for are IAM represented occupations. The IAM has hosted students at several young worker events to experience solidarity and mentorship. To learn more about IAM TCU Job Corps consult the website.

June is PTSD Awareness Month: Know Your Treatment Options

Fri. June 24, 2016

June is PTSD Awareness Month. No matter how much you know about PTSD, there is always more to learn. PTSD Treatment: Know Your Options is a short animated Youtube.com video describing talk therapies and medication options that are proven to treat PTSD.

Life can get better. There are many other options available, and VA is here to help. Watch the video.

VA Mobile Vet Centers provide counseling to Veterans, community in Orlando

Fri. June 24, 2016

On June 12, shortly after the deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, VA deployed Mobile Vet Centers to help those exposed to the trauma and aftermath of that deadly event. While VA’s Vet Centers and its mobile teams usually serve combat Veterans and family members, in light of the tragedy, all federal agencies were asked to assist with response efforts. VA’s Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin temporary lifted restrictions so trained counselors could provide crisis counseling to anyone in need in Orlando.

Modernizing VA? “Absolutely, yes” says VA Secretary

Fri. June 24, 2016

Secretary Bob McDonald spoke at the Brookings Institute on Monday. The question headlining the event was “Can the Department of Veterans Affairs be modernized?” McDonald’s first comment was “Absolutely, yes.”

McDonald’s message reiterated VA’s priorities and described the department’s pathway to success. He also took reminded the in-person and online audience of VA’s expansion and growth. Since McDonald took office, VA has added four million square feet of physical space, 1200 new doctors. 2300 new nurses, extended evening hours and more weekend hours.

“Not only can it be modernized—it’s already being modernized, and we’re already seeing the results,” he said.