A bipartisan bill currently before the Senate is focused on increasing efforts to prevent suicide among our veterans. According to a study done by the Veterans Administration (VA), an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day.
The AFL-CIO's Union Veterans Council strongly urges you to support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. We need your help to push the Senate to vote on this measure before lawmakers go home for the holidays. Sign our petition to tell them this veterans' crisis deserves their attention.
U.S. military service and unionism go hand-in-hand—and always have. Working people stormed the beaches of Normandy, waded the rivers of Southeast Asia and planted dusty boots on the deserts of the Middle East.
In 2014, the Transport Workers (TWU) union has increased its focus on veterans, particularly through the Veterans Committee's three-day conference, which seeks to unify and empower veterans and support the creation of veterans committees at locals across the country. In the past, the Veterans Committee focused more on service projects and fundraising, but it is shifting toward a more legislative agenda with a concentration on issues that affect veterans.
On the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, here's a little "Throwback Thursday" recognition of the veterans who rebuilt the World Trade Center and became highly skilled members of the union building and construction trades through the Helmets to Hardhats apprenticeship program.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.