Edmonds Military Wire

Edmonds Military Wire: Local merchants step forward to support military families

Edmonds Military Wire: Local merchants step forward to support military families

The majority of servicemembers and their families transition from the military into the civilian sector well-adjusted and ready to take on “life after the military.” However, there are growing numbers of servicemembers falling into homelessness and more than 650,000 Veterans who are unemployed and countless more that are underemployed. With upcoming military cuts, the Puget Sound can expect more f... »

Edmonds Military Wire: PTSD suggested as cause for Fort Hood shooting

Edmonds Military Wire: PTSD suggested as cause for Fort Hood shooting

As investigators scramble to determine the “triggering” event behind the April 2, 2014 shooting at Fort Hood that claimed the lives of four individuals and injured 16, some are quick to suggest that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health related issues were the cause. United States Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor, is on record for battl... »

Edmonds Military Wire: New laws provide additional protection to veterans and military families

Edmonds Military Wire: New laws provide additional protection to veterans and military families

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson successfully championed two bills on behalf of military and veteran families that received Governor Inslee’s signature on March 27, 2014. The new laws, which will take effect on June 12, provide economic protection for military personnel and veterans when on active duty as well as legal protection for elderly veterans against pension poachers. The eco... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Comprehensive health care for veterans

Edmonds Military Wire: Comprehensive health care for veterans

With the deadline for having to choose a health care plan looming, veterans can breathe a bit easier with new eligibility options for a comprehensive health care package. Unknown to many, back in 2009 federal regulations were changed to enable the VA to enroll certain Priority Group 8 veterans who were likely denied enrollment in the VA health care system because their income exceeded the VA’s inc... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington Legislature passes in-state tuition for veterans

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington Legislature passes in-state tuition for veterans

Last Thursday night, at the 11th hour — literally — the Washington State Legislature passed the veterans’ in-state tuition bill and now joins 28 other states that offer out-of-state veterans in-state tuition rates. Previous to the passage of Senate Bill 5318, a veteran had to live in the state for a year to meet residency requirements for in-state tuition. The difference between ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans become political bargaining chip, lose to illegal immigrants

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans become political bargaining chip, lose to illegal immigrants

For the second year in a row, in-state tuition for out-of-state veterans has failed to become law, putting Washington state at risk at not being able to attract new talent as well as risking improved revenue for higher education institutions. Twenty six other states have already passed and adopted the measure to provide in-state tuition to out-of-state veterans and despite Senate Bill 5318 passing... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Food stamp use among military families increases

Edmonds Military Wire: Food stamp use among military families increases

CNN recently reported some troubling news – food stamp usage is increasing among our military families. Despite the end of recession in 2009, more military families are redeeming food stamps at commissaries to purchase your basics: milk, cheese, meat and bread. At the close of the last fiscal year, Sept. 30, nearly $104 million worth of food stamps was redeemed at military commissaries. According ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington state fails disaster preparedness

Edmonds Military Wire: Washington state fails disaster preparedness

The elderly and mentally ill are at risk in Washington state should a disaster strike. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP for short) released its State-by-State Report Card that assesses how each state ranks in five critical areas: Access to Emergency Care, Quality & Patient Safety Environment, Medical Liability Environment, Public Health & Injury Prevention and Disaster Pr... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Education critical to country’s strength

Edmonds Military Wire: Education critical to country’s strength

In 2007, the “Nation’s Report Card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), reported that 69 percent of the nation’s eighth graders scored below proficiency level in math, and 70 percent scored below proficiency level in reading. Fortunately, our Edmonds School District doesn’t contribute to those poor statistics. Simply put, we as a community take investing in our youth as an imp... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran homelessness on the rise

Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran homelessness on the rise

Since 2011, the number of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are either homeless or in some form of federal program aimed at keeping them off the streets has nearly tripled. Despite the hundreds of millions ($300 million to be exact) the federal government devotes to this issue — up from $60 million in 2011 — the numbers continue to climb. Some experts site multiple deploy... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans face uncertainty in 2014

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans face uncertainty in 2014

The New Year is proving to be interesting for veterans and their families. The recently passed budget agreement did not sit favorably with some of our veteran retirees and current active duty because it impacts their pensions. However, within this last week, as reported by GovExec, “The omnibus spending bill introduced this [past] week (JAN 13, 2014) to set the funding levels for all federal agenc... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Vietnam War tribute at Seattle University Jan. 11

Edmonds Military Wire: Vietnam War tribute at Seattle University Jan. 11

This New Year rings in the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War – and Seattle University is hosting an event on Saturday, Jan. 11 to thank and honor both the veterans who fought in the war and their families. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, claimed more than 3 million lives — 58,000 of those lives were Americans and more than half were Vietnamese civilians. By 1969, a... »

Edmonds Military Wire: When political correctness is politically incorrect

Edmonds Military Wire: When political correctness is politically incorrect

Honor, Courage, and Commitment; these three words were engrained into my DNA when I served our country and to this day these three words are still sacred. Those who serve as Navy SEALs, of whom I wasn’t, are the living, breathing example of the true meaning and high value that defines these words – and when SEALs are accused of a crime – one better have the facts correct. “Honor and Betrayal” by P... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans sacrifice more in new budget

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans sacrifice more in new budget

While some are celebrating the passing of the Congressional budget that will fund the government past Jan. 15, 2014, averting another shutdown and setting spending levels through fiscal 2015, veterans groups across the country are not pleased. The budget deal requires new civilian federal workers and military retirees to contribute $12 billion in savings overall — $6 billion from each group ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Christmas comes early for 150 military families

Edmonds Military Wire: Christmas comes early for 150 military families

Bank of America teamed up with award-winning Operation Military Family and sent 150 service members and their families to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker in Seattle. Operation Military Family, based in Edmonds, is a veteran-owned small business whose mission is to enrich and strengthen service members, veterans and their families. In an effort to create more “access to the arts” for chil... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Champions highlighted Dec. 7

Edmonds Military Wire: Champions highlighted Dec. 7

On Dec. 7, America pauses for a moment to honor and remember those who perished at Pearl Harbor in 1941. This date that will live in infamy forever in our history books, is also a reminder to the rest of the world that our American spirit can’t be defeated. On that same day, NBC Sports is airing the World Championship Spartan Race – an event that truly highlights that no matter the weight, color, ... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Reminder of Fire District 1 Operation Career Boost for veterans Wednesday

Edmonds Military Wire: Reminder of Fire District 1 Operation Career Boost for veterans Wednesday

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Operation Military Family are teaming up to train, educate and position veterans and their spouses on how to better compete in today’s job market – and for some, potentially get hired with Fire District 1. The event, Operation Career Boost, is a one-day workshop for transitioning or recently transitioned service members on how to gain the... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Exclusive savings for military at Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us

Edmonds Military Wire: Exclusive savings for military at Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us

On Nov. 11, America celebrates and honors the service of all U.S. military veterans. Originally known as “Armistice Day,” – a day to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I and to be known as a day to be dedicated to world peace – Veterans Day is also known for kicking off the holiday season. It is true. After I celebrate and honor my brothers and sisters in and out of uniform, I begin stre... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Language in Affordable Care Act could cost veterans

Edmonds Military Wire: Language in Affordable Care Act could cost veterans

The recent requirement for all Americans to have healthcare has caused joy for some and heartache for others. John Vogel, a recruiting consultant for HireVeterans.com and a columnist for Veterans Today.com, recently reported that “A ‘glitch’ in the Affordable Care Act [ACA] could cost some families thousands of dollars, especially veterans with children.” Under the law, health care pla... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Learn how to get hired in fire and EMS services industry

Edmonds Military Wire: Learn how to get hired in fire and EMS services industry

In today’s job market, first impressions are critical. How you look and how you share your talent, skills and abilities will often make or break you in today’s competitive environment. Operation Career Boost is a one-day workshop for transitioning or recently transitioned service members on how to gain the competitive advantage in landing your next career. Taught by transition speciali... »

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