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Navy Veteran Billy Hurley Takes On New Water Hazards

Only one golfer on the PGA Tour has a custom golf bag designed to look like the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon. The bag belongs to Navy veteran Billy Hurley III, a former surface warfare officer who served on the Hawaii-based ship from 2007 to 2009. Hurley’s gray bag features the ship’s “93” hull number ...

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The Vet Chef: USMC Veteran Aims for Fleet of Food Trucks

USMC Veteran Kyle Gourlie spent his 20th birthday in Iraq. As the final weeks of his seventh-month tour as a machine gunner approached, the Humvee he was atop of was blown up in Ramadi. That moment derailed Gourlie’s military career but propelled him toward a civilian career he would never have anticipated. Today, Gourlie, 32, ...

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Unconventional Veteran Helps Servicemembers Find Their Purpose in Life

When Tech. Sgt. Bernard Edwards began preparing to retire from the Air Force, he was more focused on updating his passport than his resume. The self-proclaimed “unconventional veteran” was entering the civilian workforce as a “digital nomad,” a career path that rewrites the script for military-to-civilian reemployment. Now Edwards wants to empower other veterans to ...

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3 Veterans Embark on a 3,000-Mile Journey with Roadtrip Nation

Afghanistan veteran, Daniel Rodriguez (dressed in white), appeared on the August 2014 Cover of G.I. Jobs   "Operation Roadtrip," a journey that was made into a feature-length documentary, will be broadcast on PBS stations on Veterans Day. Three military veterans recently embarked on a 3,000-mile journey with Roadtrip Nation in a quest to ...

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The New Tuition Law That Could Save You Thousands

When Josh Ortiz began applying to colleges after serving 12 years in the Marine Corps, he learned he was considered an out-of-state resident in both his military home of record as well as North Carolina, where for more than six years he had lived, owned property, held a driver’s license and registered his car. As ...

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Technicians USA Needs Tech-Savvy Vets

With the military drawdown pushing thousands of service members into the civilian workforce, Technicians USA’s founder David Gallemore is counting on tech-savvy veterans to fuel the company’s aggressive expansion plans. Gallemore, who served as a signal support system specialist in the Army during Desert Storm/Desert Shield, started Technicians USA in 2004 as a repair, warranty ...

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Former Green Beret Undaunted by Long Odds of Becoming a Seahawk

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks rookie long-snapper Nate Boyer may be a long shot to make the team’s final 53-man roster, but overcoming long odds is nothing new to the 34-year-old former Green Beret. Boyer admits he was “stoked” the first time he saw a No. 48 jersey hanging in his locker ...

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Texas Resists Watering Down Veterans Education Benefits

The Texas Legislature has rejected a proposal to overhaul the Hazlewood Act, a victory for veterans groups that had opposed a Republican state senator’s attempt to rein in costs of the lucrative education benefit military for veterans and their dependents, but a potential threat to the program’s long-term viability. The bill revamping the popular college ...

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How to Get Hired in Pharmaceuticals

As many transitioning service members have found, not all companies are prepared to hire military or are “military friendly.” Chad Sowash, director of veteran recruiting for Randstad Sourceright, warns that some companies are unsure how to translate military skills and experiences into civilian positions, because an “MOS is just a small ingredient in a much ...

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Fast Track to Civilian Jobs

Some service members transitioning to the civilian workplace need to look no farther than their current duty station to find technical training that is their ticket to civilian jobs. Partnerships with high-profile civilian employers and organizations such as General Motors (GM), Raytheon, Microsoft, the Teamsters, and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the ...

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