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AFGE: Veterans' Health Care Bill 'Critical First Step' in Addressing VA Failures

Spurred by the recent revelations about long waiting lists, denied critical health care for military veterans, management cover-ups and other serious problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and health care facilities, Senate and House leaders have agreed on veterans' health care funding and reform package.

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I Am AFGE: Christopher Lee Castle Serves Veterans Facing Difficult Times

The latest entry in the "I Am AFGE'" series takes a look at Christopher Lee Castle, a former Marine, who took a job with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008 so he could give back to his fellow veterans. Castle is a loan specialist outside of Denver and he frequently works with veterans and their family members, particularly when they are going through foreclosures and tough economic times. When not helping veterans, he's vice president of AFGE Local 1557.

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Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program Is a World-Class Training Program for America's Best and Brightest

On Monday, April 14, members and leaders of the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), representatives of the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA), local political leaders and U.S. Army leaders gathered for the graduation of five military members from the new Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program (PAT-VP).

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TWU Vets Bring Holiday Cheer to Wounded Warriors

Some 2,000 wounded soldiers, their spouses and children got a holiday boost this month when the Transport Workers Air Transport Division (TWU-ATD) Veterans Committee co-led the distribution of hundreds upon hundreds of holiday gifts and necessities at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Issues Fraud Alert on Marketing Scam

The AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council would like to share this alert from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a fraud alert about a marketing scam that is targeting veterans who misdial the VA National Call Center (800-827-1000) or the GI Bill Call Center (888-442-4551) phone numbers. A marketing company created two phone numbers that differ from the real VA numbers by one digit. If a veteran incorrectly dials and calls the bogus number, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain sensitive personal data, including credit card information.  

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Happy Veterans Day from the AFL-CIO

Happy Veterans Day from the AFL-CIO

Today we celebrate Veterans Day and honor the men and women who serve our country. 

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Roberts: Faith and Patriotism Are Union Values

Photo by Berry Craig

This Veterans Day, I’ll be thinking about a conversation I had with Cecil Roberts, president of the Mine Workers (UMWA), when he was in Paducah, Ky., for Labor Day. Roberts, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, says it’s time for unions to take back two big issues the labor haters have hijacked from our movement: “The Bible and patriotism.”

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California’s Unions Step Up for Veterans

California’s Unions Step Up for Veterans

My grandfather, a member of what Tom Brokaw coined the “greatest generation,” was a chief petty officer in the US Navy during World War II, fighting along so many others for nothing less than freedom itself. He made it back. Many of those he served with did not.

Upon returning home, he needed a job. While looking for work is never easy, he found meaningful employment first as a police officer in Washington state and then later at Caltrans in the San Joaquin Valley. Back then, putting veterans to work was a priority. Government partnered with labor unions and employers to create a pathway to careers for veterans who bravely served our country, defending the freedoms many take for granted today.

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Union Veterans Lobby at Ohio Statehouse for Job Opportunities for All Veterans

Union Veterans Lobby at Ohio Statehouse for Job Opportunities for All Veterans

This post originally appeared on the Ohio AFL-CIO blog.

More than 20 union veterans and members representing each branch of the military, along with the group Veterans Helping Veterans & Others Inc., met near the Ohio Statehouse today before heading out to meet with 10 senators to discuss gaining support for Senate Bill 13 (S.B. 13), the Veteran Opportunities Act, sponsored by Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville).

Update: Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued an order to state agencies they must consider veterans' military skills and service for civilian job licensing and college credits.

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IBEW Member, First Iwo Jima Flag Raiser, Honored in Bronze

The first flag raisng in Iwo Jima. U.S. Marine Corps photo.

Standing at the center of the “Honoring All Veterans Memorial” that was dedicated Monday in Richfield, Minn., is a bronze statue of longtime Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 292 member and World War II veteran Chuck Lindberg, who raised the first U.S. flag on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.

Most of us know the iconic image captured by photographer Joe Rosenthal that was recreated for the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. But earlier that day Lindberg and several other Marines, after four days of bloody combat, were the first patrol to make it to the top of Mount Suribachi.

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