Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Reemployment Rights of Returning Vets

Washington is a state whose citizens have been heavily involved in military service with Guard units called to active-duty.

Too, local citizens find the local military installations as home to Reserve units an attractive option for military service.

Employers sometimes do find themselves dealing with the reemployment rights of returning vets.

Today, KPLU features a story about advocacy for those reemployment rights.

To help employers better understand the reemployment rights of returning National Guard and Reservists, you may reference the ESGR site for assistance.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Noteworthies with a Local Link

The chief of staff, Army announced the following general officer assignments:

Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, commanding general, Western Regional Medical Command, Tacoma, Wash., to director, health operations, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Va.

Brig. Gen. John M. Cho, deputy commanding general (Support), U.S. Army Medical Command, Falls Church, Va., to commanding general, Western Regional Medical Command, Tacoma, Wash.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Nominations Open for Military-Citizen Award

Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen compose a vital part of our community.  The Chamber wishes to recognize, with the 35th annual presentation, the John Anderson Military-Citizen of the Year.

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee will make the selection of the honoree.  Presentation of the award, named for John Anderson, former Mayor of Tacoma and Chairman of the Tacoma-Pierce Co. Chamber, will be made November 7, 12 noon at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8.

You are requested to submit nominees for this award.  The guidelines are:

1)   An active-duty Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine.  Reservists and Guardsmen called to active duty are eligible.
2)  Residing in Tacoma or Pierce County
3)  Professional in military occupation
4)  An exemplary volunteer in the community

Nominations should be no longer than two pages, no photos.  While military professionalism is important, this is usually a given standard.  It is recommended that the nomination focus on the nominee's volunteerism in the community.  You are referenced to the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, which has been added to the list of awards and decorations that earn promotion points. 

The deadline for submitting nominations is Nov. 1.  Nominations may be delivered to the Chamber’s offices, forwarded by mail, email (gary.brackett@tacomachamber.org) or fax.  Your consideration of this request is appreciated.

Tacoma-Pierce Co. Chamber
950 Pacific Ave., Ste. 300
Tacoma, WA  98402
PO Box 1933
Tacoma, W  98401-1933
Fax: 253-579-7305

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Inaugural Issue of "Courage"

The Inaugural Issue of “Courage,” Lt. Gen. Robert Brown’s quarterly newsletter that is designed to keep you informed and up-to-date on what’s happening in America’s Corps.

You can also follow and watch on:
Facebook, Twitter, Flickr,YouTube 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Business Case for Hiring Vets

 The Chamber joins Hire Our Heroes, TrueBlue, Inc., The Association of Washington Business, Starbucks, and Eisenhower Carlson, PLLC to present “Standing Shoulder to Shoulder with our Military Veterans – The Business Case for Hiring Military Veterans”.

On November 13,  8 a.m. to Noon at TrueBlue, Inc., 1015 “A” Street, Tacoma, the event will focus on why hiring Veterans makes good sense, finding the right match amongst the many qualified Veterans available, and the Legal “ins and outs” related to hiring the Veteran of your choice.

All Tacoma-Pierce County businesses interested in hiring Veterans, currently hiring Veterans, or considering hiring Veterans should plan to attend this interesting and informative event. Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber member businesses may attend for only $25.00, morning refreshments are provided.


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Military Forum on WA Military Transition Council


Date & Time: WEDNESDAY, October 9, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Place: La Quinta Inn
          La Quinta Inn, 1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma 98421
Price:  $13.00 pre-paid by Oct. 7, noon
          $15.00 pre-paid after Oct. 7
          $20.00 walk-ins/at the door
Information: Janice, (253) 627.2175 X100
RSVP:  DUE 12 noon, Oct. 7 (Monday)

Washington Military Transition Council

13,000 veterans per year through 2016, 8,000 per year from JBLM, expect to make Washington their home.

A battery of legal support (Department of Army Executive Order 054-12, Governor’s Executive Order 13-1, State HB 1432 and Congressional VOW to Hire Veterans Act), provides the framework for concerted action to meet the need.
The Washington Military Transition Council has a vision to ensure that separating service members transition seamlessly into civilian employment, training, and business opportunities as well as creating a sustainable cross-jurisdictional, ‘linked systems’ approach in Washington State that can be replicated across the nation.

Alfie Alvarado serves as the Director of YOUR Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, the statewide advocate for the benefits and services veterans and their families earned.

Alfie served 22 years on active duty retiring in August 1993 as Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center and Troop Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

She serves on boards of directors of local and national associations and has received local, state and national awards including the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for women in the military from the Young Women’s Christian Association.

November 7, 12 - 1:30 p.m., with Rotary Club of Tacoma featuring the John Anderson Military Citizen of the Year