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First Wounded Warrior to Graduate CCAF

First Wounded Warrior to Graduate CCAF

 

VA Doesn't Follow Up with Many Veterans After Mental Healthcare

VA Doesn't Follow Up with Many Veterans After Mental Healthcare

 

Robins to Host Arbor Day Ceremony

Robins to Host Arbor Day Ceremony

An Arbor Day ceremony happens at Robins AFB Friday at 9:30 a.m.

The Georgia Forestry Commission is set to designate Robins as a Tree City USA at the ceremony for the 20th year in a row, a news release says.

The designation recognizes the efforts at Robins to maintain the tree population.

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Some mixed news for allergy sufferers:

While the tree pollen count is still high at 1420, that's down from last Wednesday's 3,600 count, according to Dr. Plaxico's Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Macon.

Weeds and grass pollen count is now in the moderate range. That count is up from last week when the weed pollen was absent and the grass count was observed as low.

Recent War Vets Face Hiring Obstacle: PTSD Bias

Recent War Vets Face Hiring Obstacle: PTSD Bias

BY USATODAY
By Gregg Zoroya

 

Military leaders and veterans' advocates worry about hidden hiring discrimination against Iraq and Afghanistan war vets by employers who see the veterans perhaps as emotionally damaged.

A key fear is how this could be contributing to stubbornly higher joblessness among the generation that volunteered to serve in the military after the 9/11 attacks. Because employers are barred by law from asking job applicants about mental health conditions, many assume that any veteran can be afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) although the vast majority returned from war without emotional problems, researchers and veterans advocates say.

"There is a need to be concerned about this issue and this stigma," says Kevin Schmiegel, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring our Heroes program.

Houston County Jobless Rates Below Georgia Average

Houston County Jobless Rates Below Georgia Average

Houston County's jobless rate was 7.2 percent in February compared to Georgia's 8.6 percent and metro Macon's nine percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

Georgia's February unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

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Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Metro Macon includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

Airport Screening Eased for Injured Troopss

Airport Screening Eased for Injured Troopss

 

By Patricia Kime
Army Times
 

Starting today, injured service members no longer will need to remove their shoes, jackets or hats at airport security checkpoints, but they must call ahead to qualify for the perk.