Tag: Government

New NGA Chair Announces Year-Long Initiative

Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), has launched an initiative which aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.

Immigration Deferred Action: Living the Dream?

The DREAM Act is a piece of legislation that would confer upon qualifying illegal immigrants “a valid positive immigration status” and set them on a path to permanent legal residency in the United States.

The Ins and Outs of the GI Bill

The first GI Bill, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, was a monumental piece of legislation that transformed the lives of veterans and their families, establishing the ideals of the American Dream and creating the infrastucture for a stable middle class of the 1950’s. Now almost 70 years later, the new GI Bill, including the Post-9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill, has reestablished one of America’s greatest contributions to veterans.

Surprise! Government is Still Mostly White and Male-Dominated

The latest findings show the government has yet to reflect the diversity of its constituents. The governmental workforce has made little progress in ensuring greater ethnic, racial, and gender diversity. Government leadership remains largely male (70 percent) and white (83 percent).

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Our Troops

PTSD is a psychological condition that occurs after an individual is indirectly or directly exposed to a traumatic event, such as war, assault or a disaster, according the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV. Following a trauma it is normal to experience levels of stress, but once the stress-induced symptomatic distress and functional impairment starts disrupting daily life, the possibility that this is due to PTSD needs to be considered.

First Female Helicopter Pilot Overcomes Adversity on Land and Sea

La’Shanda Jones— now a 27-year-old MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter pilot—is a pioneer: the first female African-American helicopter pilot in Coast Guard history.

Surviving On & Off the Battlefield: How Female Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma Push for Recovery

According to the VA, about twenty percent of women (and about one percent of the men) who receive treatment at VA Health Centers report being victims of military sexual trauma.

Heroes Coming Home

The Sears Heroes at Home program raises money to support the rehabilitation of homes for veterans and military families across the country in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading non profit working to preserve affordable homeownership.

Update: Diversity in the Medical Industry

The medical industry is one known to lack a diverse workforce. African American, Latino, and Native American practicing physicians make up only 6 percent of all practicing physicians in the United States. Given that 26 percent of the U.S.’s population consists of ethnic minorities, this demonstrates just how much the medical industry lacks diversity.

A Letter to the Nation: Reflections on the Morning of Repeal

Col Gary Packard Jr., PhD shares his reflections the morning after 10 U.S.C. § 654- Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law was repealed.