Veterans Weekly Report: September 8-14th

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IVY League Schools Trying Harder to be more Accessible to Veterans

Princeton removes an old ban on transfer students to accept more veterans into their school. Lifting the ban is the latest move by the Ivy League school to make their institutions more accessible to veterans and service members.

Other schools have been doing this for longer than Princeton though. Columbia University has been recruiting veterans since the early 2000’s and Cornell University has a program set in place that allows veterans to acclimate to the school and get accustomed to a University environment before classes begin.

Military Times reported, “It’s great that universities are now beginning to value the experiences of service members and then also begin to figure out how to value the academic potential of service members who don’t necessarily fit into the traditional ways of assessing academic intelligence or potential,” – Michael Abrams, executive director of the Center for Veteran Transition and Integration at Columbia.

 

Those Born Sept. 11th 2001 Are Now Old Enough to Enlist

The law requires someone to be at least 17 years old, with parental consent, to enlist in any branch of the armed forces. This means that those children born on September 11th, 2001 are now old enough to join and fight in the war that began with the tragedy.

But do they want to enlist? Studies show that interest in joining is at an all-time low as of fall of 2017 and that might have to do with this war that doesn’t seem to end.

 -Military Times

 

VA Medical Center Renamed After 95-Year-Old Veteran

The Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center is the new name of a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia. The new name is to honor a 95-year-old veteran.

“The Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center serves more than 30,000 veterans in a service area that includes ten counties in West Virginia, two counties in southern Ohio and 12 counties in eastern Kentucky.” –Marine Corps Times

  

VA Budget Passed On Time and With Increases

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have finalized and submitted the VA and military construction budgets for 2019 this past Thursday. The plan was sent before the deadline making it the second time that the deadline has been met in nine years.

The new budget contains a more than 6% boost in funding for the VA. The departments total spending budget is over $209 billion, which is nearly four times as large as it was seventeen years ago.

 –Military Times

 

How the Military Prepared for Hurricane Florence

The military is fully prepared for a full rescue after Hurricane Florence. Warships Kearsarge and Arlington are following the storm and are ready to begin recovery along the Carolinas as soon as the weather is calm. When conditions are safe for flying helicopters will join the ships along with 7,000 National Guard in order to perform rescues along the coast.

Land-based rescue assets as reported by Military Times:

  • Satellites from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will be used to provide post-storm assessments;
  • Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia; Joint Base Bragg, North Carolina; North Artillery Field, South Carolina; and Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama will be used as staging areas;
  • Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, have companies of light medium tactical vehicles staged, with a total of 240 high-water vehicles ready to begin rescues. Fort Bragg has an additional 40 high-water vehicles it will provide.
  • Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, has 35 helicopters ready for search-and-rescue operations, as does Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg has seven helicopters;
  • Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, an Air Force search-and-rescue package with six HH-60s; two HC-130s and four pararescue teams ready to assist; and there are back up teams at Moody from Patrick Air Force Base in case additional asset is needed;
  • Tyndall Air Force Base will provide airborne command and control through JSTARS E-8 surveillance planes.