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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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This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom

This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom

James Gilbert is director of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Many Americans will enjoy a day off with family and friends, perhaps at a barbecue or baseball game. Those times and the memories that are created are precious and should be celebrated. Since 1868, this holiday has served as a moment when Americans remember the men and women of the military who lost their lives to preserve our freedom.

In that spirit, I ask that you take time this weekend to do something with your family to pass along the tradition of remembrance. All across the country, there will be ceremonies at many of the 131 Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries. The National Cemetery Administration honors veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our nation. To find out where and when a wreath-laying is happening in your area, go to the National Cemetery Administration’s website.

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Vets Deserve Better Than Walmart’s $8.81 an Hour

Vets Deserve Better Than Walmart’s $8.81 an Hour

Last week, Walmart said it would speed up its plan to hire returning military veterans that it had announced in January. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says Walmart’s latest move “is more about public relations than honoring our heroes.”

We owe it to our returning veterans to make sure they are treated as the heroes they are, rather than as symbols used to ‘greenwash’ Walmart’s eroding brand. After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?

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Helmets to Hardhats Helps Philly Marines to New Career Paths

Helmets to Hardhats Helps Philly Marines to New Career Paths

Today’s military veterans face one of the toughest job markets in decades, and their unemployment rate is significantly higher than the population at large. But thanks to the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects veterans with quality career training and employment opportunities within the building and construction industry, many veterans are now on ascending career paths.

A recent Philadelphia Inquirer feature focuses on two U.S. Marine Corps veterans who are putting to work the training and opportunities provided by Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 19 in South Philadelphia.

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