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At "Residents 4 Arkansas" our mission is to help improve the rural and metropolitan communities of Arkansas by working with individuals in neighborhoods to solve their problems. Our primary goal is to give residents a loud voice by assessing the needs of individuals and families young and old alike, thus giving them the tools to work for REAL improvement!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Our proud vets!

Three days ago a short article was posted by; Residents 4 Arkansas about the plight of our homeless veterans, and the struggles which they themselves are engaged in on a daily basis. This information was sent to the following news organizations; Time magazine, The Army Times, Poinsett County Tribune, and a couple of smaller newspapers as well. In an effort to help ensure that information is more accessible to veterans of our military and residents across the country in general we have started to compile a comprehensive listing of MILITARY friendly companies. This will be an ongoing list of corporations (some very large and some relatively small.) Simply go to www.residents4arkansas.com and follow the links (located on the right side of the site itself.) These links will take you directly to the sites of the companies briefly mentioned above where you can submit for jobs online and be able to receive good firm points of contact. This information is recent as of June 2010, and comes straight from a recently designed program in the Army called ACAP. The purpose of this program in the Army is to ensure that the transition process from soldier to civilian goes smoothly. Basically in a nutshell, the ACAP program helps the soldier better prepare his or herself for entry back into the civilian world. It's a program that shall we say is LONG overdue. It's rather unfortunate however that this program was NOT put into place YEARS ago!

The following is a quote from the main website:

"Welcome to ACAP On-Line. This site was created as part of the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) to help eligible members of the Army and their families successfully transition from federal service. ACAP Centers are located on most major Army installations. These offices are staffed with experienced transition and employment assistance counselors who can provide personalized counseling and assistance. You can start your ACAP journey online by going tohttps://www.acapexpress.army.mil/ or by contacting your local ACAP Center. To locate your nearest ACAP Center, click ACAP Centers at the left of your screen. Additionally, this website contains a wide range of tools and services to help you succeed."

To be eligible for the program you must meet the following requirements:

Retiring Soldiers can start using ACAP services up to two years before their retirement and non-retiring Soldiers can start one year before their separation date. Keep in mind that non-retiring veterans and non-Army retirees can use ACAP for up to 180 days after separation.

The major point which we're attempting to drive home is this; THE ACAP PROGRAM SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR AS LONG AS THE SOLDIER NEEDS IT, especially our previously discharged vets. All one has to do is look at the majority of vets from Desert Storm who could still benefit from the program even today. The military is taking steps in the right direction, however it still needs to do MUCH more. We hope that this information is useful to former members of our armed forces, and as new information becomes available we will continue to publish it.

In addition to this listing we're also proud to announce that early next year we'll be incorporating resume writing classes into our "Residents 4 Arkansas" town hall meetings in the state of; Arkansas. This is of course a service which will be offered to all regardless of military status, as it will only serve to better our communities as a whole. It's our hope to be able to post example resumes online and to also have every single bit of info posted online. If you should have any suggestions concerning this topic please email us at community4rebuilding@gmail.com

With Humble Regards
Kenneth Wade Aden
Director: "Residents 4 Arkansas"
Empowering Arkansas Communities THROUGH positive action!


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