“Diversity and inclusion has to become ubiquitous and embedded in every aspect of what we do to care for veterans and their families.”

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The veterans issue has raised the visibility of the needs for people with disabilities and diversity and inclusion practitioners need to be sure that they are adequately equipped to address these issues in your organizations.

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2012 was a tipping point for many diversity and inclusion (D&I) issues in this country and around the globe. We saw a number of defining moments, many of them controversial and misunderstood, that will require the attention of D&I experts this year and beyond.

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The first GI Bill, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, was a monumental piece of legislation that transformed the lives of veterans and their families, establishing the ideals of the American Dream and creating the infrastucture for a stable middle class of the 1950’s. Now almost 70 years later, the new GI Bill, including the Post-9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill, has reestablished one of America’s greatest contributions to veterans.

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La’Shanda Jones— now a 27-year-old MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter pilot—is a pioneer: the first female African-American helicopter pilot in Coast Guard history.

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Dwayne Hayes, President of Exalt Integrated Technologies LLC, is an African-American, service-disabled veteran who was named on of the top five entrepreneurs in Atlanta by Business to Business.

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According to the VA, about twenty percent of women (and about one percent of the men) who receive treatment at VA Health Centers report being victims of military sexual trauma.

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Heroes Coming Home

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The Sears Heroes at Home program raises money to support the rehabilitation of homes for veterans and military families across the country in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading non profit working to preserve affordable homeownership.

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A few weeks after Maynard and his Mission Kilimanjaro team summited the mountain, Kyle related the experience. “The vision is, that regardless of what’s happened to you, you can still choose to create the life that you want, not just be overcome with a sense of loss and mediocrity. Regardless of who you are, you can still fight for the things that you want.”

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Col Gary Packard Jr., PhD shares his reflections the morning after 10 U.S.C. § 654- Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law was repealed.

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