Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Separating from the military after a career of service and returning to civilian life brings about unique mental,‭ ‬financial‭ ‬and physical challenges for military personnel.‭ ‬You may be asking yourself where you will live,‭ ‬what you will do‭ ‬and how you will afford life after service.
Despite engaging in a heated war of words with President Donald Trump in recent days, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Mary., is also working with a Republican congressman from Florida in offering a bill to help veterans attending colleges and universities.
Veterans groups and education leaders are going all out to help a South Florida congresswoman’s proposal to close a loophole proprietary colleges use when it comes to federal funds, including GI benefits.
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) honored “Hire a Veteran Day” and called on more businesses in the Sunshine State to bring veterans into their companies.
This week, Mast went to bat for Rob Jones, a Republican hoping to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va. Jones, like Mast, lost limbs when he served in Afghanistan. While Jones served in the Marines, Mast was in the Army.
A proposal with key support a freshman congressman from Florida to help veterans launch small businesses is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill and is now before the full U.S. House. 
“These grants provide funding to defense-dependent communities to support advocacy and military community relations,” the governor’s office noted on Friday.
With the support of U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., last week, Rutherford proposed to amend the NDAA “to evaluate the effectiveness of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for female servicemembers.”
Back in May, Dunn brought out the “Future Defense Artificial Intelligence Technology Assessment (DATA) Act” which would have the U.S. Defense secretary report to Congress on how the Pentagon plans to use AI. Dunn‘s proposal was brought into the NDAA as an amendment.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., added the amendment to the House version of the NDAA. According to Crist’s office, the amendment “requires the military to work with agencies like NOAA and NASA that track our changing climate, to incorporate flooding and sea level rise projections into their plans for building new military installations and fortifying current ones.”