By Joe Davidson
The Washington Post

Uncle Sam’s long-standing policy of giving veterans a hiring preference for government jobs enjoys strong support.

But it’s a pain to explain.

The preference is so complicated, confusing and difficult to understand that it tempts abuse.

That’s the takeaway from a Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) report released this week. Congress should consider “creating a simpler system,” MSPB suggested.

By Jennifer Bucholtz
Criminal Justice Faculty at American Military University

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are considered the “invisible injury” of our men and women engaged in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though the physical damage that results from a TBI is not always apparent, the manifestation of other side effects is quite obvious. Unfortunately, countless military members who suffer one or more TBIs, while in combat, return stateside a distant variation of their former selves. Some, having been previously law-abiding citizens, turn to criminal behavior upon their return.

by Emily Philippe
Program Director, Accounting and Finance at American Public University

If you plan on pursuing a career in accounting, with the military or as a civilian, consider the following recommendations. First, while it is important to take advantage of military offered training and schools, do not neglect continuing your education outside of the military.

By Thomas Brennan
Special to In Military Education – The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.

Rhonda Harvey expected the competition.

When she arrived to Jacksonville from Ohio, she knew the job market would demand a lot from her personally and professionally. She also knew that she needed help with her resume and finding a job. That’s where the Tarawa Terrace Employment Assistance Office came into play. With the help of her case manager, she went from having a lackluster resume and no job, to working full-time at the Naval Hospital aboard Camp Lejeune.

By Tiffany Kyall
Special Contributor, In Military Education

If you are reading this, then you must know a service member who is in school. My husband is currently attending a military career training school, but these tips can be applied to anyone who knows a service member in school, military career related or civilian.

Kristen Obst, Ph.D., Program Director for Public Admin & Security Mgmt, APUS
Military life is hard, and we spouses have a big job in supporting our Soldiers/Sailors/Marines/Coasties/Airmen for years of deployments, training, and re-locations. But, that does not mean that we can’t set and achieve personal goals, including education goals.

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.