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By Karin S. Conradson
Full-Time Faculty, Real Estate Studies at American Public University

When you are the spouse of active military member, the spouse of a retired military member working a government contract, or the spouse of an employee who is transferred from state to state for a position, it is not always easy to find that new job or to transfer with your current job.  Real estate is a career than can take you around the world.

by Bradley Hood
Contributor, In Military Education

Dennis Phillips wrote a special to the Observer which has brought to my attention a new NY Job Initiative for transitioning military personnel which falls within my current line of civilian work. While a student at AMU I paid my bills by working as a Healthcare Security Officer, and continue to do so during the wait time for an active duty slot at The Basic School in Quantico.

By Bradley Hood
In Military Education Contributor

A little over a week ago, President Obama discussed his commitment to veterans and their families. He broke down his plan for the future into five parts: Employment, Education, Healthcare, Resources (VA claims), and Dignity (Homelessness, etc). For the purposes of this blog, the two areas of his plan I will focus on are new or future endeavors by the administration to improve veteran education and employment opportunities.

The Associated Press
Special to In Military Education

McDonnell to address Virginia employers intent on learning how to hire veterans

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Employers who have an interest in hiring the men and women who served their country can learn how to achieve that goal at a conference scheduled in Richmond.

Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.
Special to In Military Education

Transitioning from military life to civilian life, especially for those who have served in combat, has to be difficult, but it is good to know that there are people and businesses out there willing to make this change smoother.

One such business is Walmart.

For a second consecutive year, Booz Allen Hamilton is the top employer for veterans, according to new market data collected by Payscale.com. That means the Virginia-based defense and civil contractor employs the greatest number of former military service members in skilled labor positions.

Booz Allen Hamilton, commonly known as Booz Allen, provides consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Nearly one third of the company’s 25,000 employees have military backgrounds.

First lady Michelle Obama announced Tuesday that companies participating in a program to help veterans find work have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses since August 2011, nearly tripling the original goal of the program with about eight months to spare.

Obama said Tuesday that the program called Joining Forces has also generated pledges from businesses to hire or train another 435,000 in the next five years.

The White House announced a significant new effort Tuesday to reduce unemployment and improve job prospects among veterans, enlisting the support of U.S. companies to hire 435,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

Retail giant Wal-Mart, the Blackstone private-equity firm and shipper UPS are among the major American brands that are committing to hiring hundreds of thousands of veterans and spouses, officials said. Wal-Mart previously announced that it would find a job for any veteran discharged honorably in the year he or she leaves the service.