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Archive for February 1st, 2013

More than $1.7 billion provided by FEMA, SBA to New York Sandy survivors

Federal disaster assistance to New York survivors of Hurricane Sandy totals more than $1.7 billion. FEMA continues to reach out to all 13 counties designated for Individual Assistance, focusing on the hardest-hit areas. Assistance to residents in affected counties includes: Bronx                $2.5 million Kings                 $194.8 million Nassau              $284.4 million New York           […]


Key Administration Posts – February 1, 2013

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:   Janet L. LaBreck – Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:   Jonathan Safran Foer – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council […]


Army Releases December 2012 and Calendar Year 2012 Suicide Information

            The Army released suicide data today for the month of December and calendar year 2012.  During December, among active-duty soldiers, there were seven potential suicides:  three have been confirmed as suicides and four remain under investigation.  For November, the Army reported 12 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers: four have […]


FEMA approves $80 million to help NY communities rebuild from Sandy

The State of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announce the approval of more than $80 million in Public Assistance grants to help communities clean up and recover from Hurricane Sandy. Grants to New York City include $30 million to reimburse NYPD for personnel overtime, equipment usage and materials associated with emergency protective […]


New York Disaster Recovery Centers to end service on Sundays

All Disaster Recovery Centers in New York will stop offering service on Sundays beginning Feb. 3, 2013. Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York can still receive assistance Monday through Saturday at any recovery center. The State of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency closely monitor visitor traffic at all New York Disaster Recovery […]


Veteran Unemployment Below National Average at 7.0 Percent

by Kate Hoit On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Veteran unemployment data for the month of January. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.6 percent—a slight increase from last month but still below the national average of 7.9 percent. For Post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 11.7 percent. While Veteran unemployment has ticked up […]


FEMA Souris Valley Housing Mission Continues Progress

Just one month into 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that the number of temporary housing units (THU) still occupied in Ward County has fallen to 476.  The drop is another sign that recovery efforts continue, even in the chilly winter months. There are only 79 FEMA THUs still on private property […]


DOD Identifies Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation

            The Department of Defense today identified three major units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.  The scheduled rotation involves one Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) with roughly 2,250 personnel; a Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) with roughly 2,200 personnel; and a corps headquarters […]


VA Issues New Report on Suicide Data

Compliments of : Department of Veterans Affairs  The Veterans Affairs Department today released a comprehensive report on veterans who die by suicide. In the past, data on veterans who died by suicide was only available for those who had sought VA health care services. Today’s report also includes state data for veterans who had not […]


Sandy Debris Removal Passes 95 percent in 95 days

Debris removal efforts after Hurricane Sandy in New York are nearing completion. More than 95 percent of the debris has been removed within 95 days of the storm hitting New York. That includes everything from fallen trees to vehicles, boats, drywall and furniture, washers, dryers and insulation. It all amounts to 5.25 million cubic yards […]


VFW Helps Disabled Veterans Recoup $3.7 Billion

Veterans of Foreign Wars News Release WASHINGTON, DC – Last year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States helped 125,000 disabled veterans recoup more than $3.7 billion in earned compensation and pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This exceeds 2011’s record totals by 23,000 veterans and almost $1.7 billion, and provides further […]

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