IRS Looking To Hire Veterans

Information provided by Marana Marine Corps League. Nighthawk 72 Detachment.


The IRS is looking to bring on Veterans who are eligible for VRA, 30% or
more, Schedule A and VEOA for the following entry level positions:

*    Revenue Agent (Degree which includes 26-30 hours of Accounting)
*    Revenue Officer (Degree)
*    Information Technology Management Specialists series 2210
(Computer Science, Computer Engineers, Information Technology,
Programmers and others).
*    Clerical and Admin (Admin and clerical experience a plus)

Please share with Veterans and with your partners.  The Veterans
Employment Program Office wants to make sure that we provide highly
qualified Veterans to the employment office and to hiring managers for
these positions.  Please have veterans submit their complete packages
and the attached contact card to no later than June
29th.  A checklist has been attached which provides a listing of what a
complete package includes.

Grade level and locations have not been determined at this time.

Want to know more about VRA, 30% or more, Schedule A and VEOA, please

Jobs For Veterans

Coconino National Forest, Arizona
Prescott National Forest, Arizona
Program Dates:
Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2012
n Community housing provided (participants should also plan on camping for extended periods)
n Transportation during work activities
n Living stipend of $300/week
n Week-long training session
n Travel expense reimbursement of up
to $550 to and from sites
Current-era military veteran, honorably
discharged; 21 or older; valid driver’s license;
good physical condition; able to hike up to 8 miles on rugged terrain; able to pass USFS Work Capacity (“Pack”) Test; willing to
undergo criminal background check.
Position Numbers:
00171169 and 00171170
Veterans Fire Corps provides recent-era Veterans with the training, credentials and experience they need to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. Projects include fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, FIREWISE educational outreach, participation in prescribed fires, and pre-fire preparation of burn units.
This position offers a variety of field and office work, including
gathering field data in forest settings, navigating plots with GPS
hardware, and managing the FEAT/FIREMON Integrated database. Typical work hitches may include up to 4 consecutive 10-hour
days with 3 days off. Position involves long hours in the field working in all weather conditions and in rough terrain.
Training and education are key components to this program, including:
Veterans Fire Corps Fall 2012
To apply: Go to and click “Sign Up”.
For info and fee waiver call 603-543-1700 Ext 1499 or email subject Veterans Fire Corps.
n Wildland Fire Chainsaws
n Basic Wildland Firefighter
n Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
n Introduction to Incident Command System
n Standards for Survival
n Human Factors on the Fireline
n I ntroduction to the National Incident Management System
n Wilderness First Aid and CPR

Resolution To Designate USAF C-123 K Transport As Agent Orange Exposure Site

MAY 9 – 10, 2012
Resolution No. 20: Designate United States Air Force C-123 K Transport Aircraft as Agent
Orange Exposure Sites
Origin: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission
Submitted by: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission
WHEREAS, The American Legion has long been at the forefront of advocacy for veterans exposed to the military herbicides used in Vietnam, as well as those veterans with exposures in locations outside Vietnam itself during and after the Vietnam era; and
WHEREAS, The United States Air Force (USAF) used its fleets of C-123K transport aircraft in more than 9,100 missions, for aerial application of nearly twenty million gallons of toxic herbicides between 1961 and 1971 in Vietnam; and
WHEREAS, The aircraft were returned to the United States for continued use in airlift missions by USAF squadrons at Westover Air Force Base (AFB), Massachusetts, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania and Rickenbacker Air Reserve Base, Ohio between 1972-1982 and were then retired from service and placed in storage; and
WHEREAS, The United States Air Force (USAF) in 1979, in response to the presence of noxious fumes, conducted scientific tests on unit aircraft and identified and determined that significant levels of military herbicides and insecticides used in Vietnam still contaminated the aircraft; and
WHEREAS, Additional tests carried out again in 1994 by USAF Armstrong Laboratories still showed the presence of herbicides, and in particular, the presence of highly toxic Agent Orange contaminant dioxin; and
WHEREAS, The contamination was consideration sufficient by the USAF to require the use of HAZMAT protective equipment when carrying out tests or otherwise entering the aircraft; and
WHEREAS, As late as 2009, further USAF tests conducted at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona demonstrated continued contamination of aircraft; and
WHEREAS, USAF toxicology staff has testified in federal proceedings that toxic levels of contamination due to the herbicides were a danger to public health; and
WHEREAS, The levels observed in the aircraft greatly exceed the Department of Defense’s (DoD) own standards for maximum permissible exposure to any dioxin contaminating interior surfaces; and
WHEREAS, Other federal agencies have reviewed the data and concurred that exposures to personnel at levels exceeding DoD recommendations are likely to have occurred; and
WHEREAS, In response to the State of Arizona and US Environmental Protection Agency environmental concerns, the USAF withdrew the aircraft from commercial resale, quarantined them and, in April 2010, ultimately took extraordinary disposal measures and smelted the remaining fleet; and
WHEREAS, It is estimated that approximately 1,500 service members, including aircrews and maintenance personnel were exposed to military herbicide-contaminated conditions on the C-123 aircraft; and
WHEREAS, Many of these personnel, still surviving, now have health problems commonly associated with herbicide exposure and have endured lengthy legal struggles to prove these problems are service-related; and
WHEREAS, The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs has statutory responsibility to accurately designate situations and locations that caused veterans to have been exposed to military herbicides used in Vietnam, as well as their contaminants; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, By the National Executive Committee of The American Legion in regular meeting assembled in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 9-10, 2012, That The American Legion urges the Department of Veterans Affairs to promptly designate the C-123K aircraft, used after the Vietnam War in the United States during 1972 to 1982, as having been Agent Orange exposure sites to permit veterans who were aircrew or maintenance personnel to be eligible for Agent Orange-related benefits.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)For Older Vets Is Pure Gold

Now this is the kind of problem solving that makes America great.  It is the mature and middle aged men and women that are in dire need of training and retooling as much as youth.  With the number of jobs that were exported to foreign soils in the past 10 years, few if any that are returning, our only hope for a viable job market is to create one.  We have the talent and equipment to launch a 4th Wave Industrial Revolution in clean energy and medical technology. And the Veterans Administration is helping further this vision of an America that mends itself.

Yes there is good news out there. Unfortunately is not carried in the satchels of Presidential candidates who thrive on being nabobs of negativity.

Take a sabbatical from Cable TV news. Wake up every day and ask not what your opinion will be for that day, but what your offering will be.

Can you imagine the kind of workforce we could  show to the world if all the money  funneled to mind-washing and gerrymandering,  provided by the Citizens United decision, were to go to job training?

Between now and next Fathers Day, lets focus on fathering a nation not opining a nation.

By Art Sloane

Special for the Arizona Republic
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) GI Bill offers up to 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits for older unemployed veterans.
Unemployed veterans between the age of 35 and 60 may apply for education benefits worth as much as $17,600 ($1,473 a month). This new GI Bill program was created as a part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

To be eligible for the VRAP GI Bill, you must be at least 35 but no more than 60 years old and unemployed as determined by Department of Labor. You also must not have a dishonorable discharge, be eligible for any other VA education benefit program, be drawing VA compensation due to being unemployed and be enrolled in a federal or state job training program.

Information: or 1-800-827-1000.

The Merritt Center Veteran Program Restores A Father’s Soul

For five years running I had the honor to both attend one of these retreat circuits and then become a mentor to other returning veterans of war.  I can say without reservation that this program made me a better father.

Fatherhood, masculine identity, paternity, and the meaning of being a soldier in American culture can often create some internal conflicts that do not easily sort themselves out in a solitary state.

When a soldier is sent off to war, his role as a father is  stalled.  The nature of companionship and character development of his children is now a proxy job.  To segue back into that role upon returning home is a daunting task, particularly for those with multiple tours of duty.

To meld back into the social fabric, contribute to the engine of capitalism with learned military skills, maintain resiliency and equanimity, both at home and work,  and simultaneously function as a guide and role model for your children’s  development, does not come with the wave of a wand.

For us Vietnam Veterans it took decades to find and keep that treasured balance. At 64 years old, it remains a to be a daily task.  Now with the sage guidance of Betty Merritt and the platoon of men and women who are graduates of the Merritt Center Veterans Program,  I can access a tool box of skills to approach the day, and end it with a joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.

Should you have a giving program in your family and an inclination to support a cause, this is one that will make you sleep well!

Betty and Al Merritt have dedicated their lives to making veterans of war whole again. The most stand-out feature of this program which sets it apart from all others is that it is free to the veteran.

On this Father’s Day, you can be assured the Merritt Retreat Center is producing better dads.  I would call that a Father’s Day gift to America.

Happy Father’s Day, American Veterans!




The Merritt Center’s Vet Program: Basic Training for Life: Vets Helping Vets Return from Combat at The Merritt Lodge in Payson, Arizona was started in 2005 by Betty Merritt, The Merritt Center’s Board of Directors, and the veterans and Vet Mentors from combat areas.


It was designed to provide a safe space for veterans to come together in a talking circle to trust each to share and hold their words in confidence. A model of how the structures and transitions of the Cycle of Life is presented which allows each vet to understand how the military cycle of deployment and civilian life differ and the resulting processing needed to return to “normal”.   The program is educational teaching techniques to release the trauma of war and interrupt the triggers of trauma flashbacks. A vet mentor is available to each veteran as he/she enters the program.  The mentor provides a unique perspective as a veteran who has walked through the transition process to embrace a new life.


The Program is free to the combat veteran and consists of four weekend retreats over a six month period.  The first two weekends encourage the understanding of the traumatic events of combat; the third creates a ceremony to release the toxins of trauma making space for the fourth retreat:  which provides the environment to create a vision of the dream of a new life and ends with a family and friends graduation ceremony.


There is a dream waiting to come true in every person.  We all have a purpose.  Veterans have a need to serve so each vet is encouraged to return to give back by becoming a vet mentor.


We are now in our eighth program for men and our sixth program for women.  We have provided 320 free weekends to male vets and 200 free weekends to women vets.  We have seen men who had not had a healthy relationship since joining the service because they had lost the ability to feel and express emotions create a partnership based on healthy sharing of “feelings”.  We have witnessed vets who had decided to commit suicide decide there was a reason to live and now have healthy families. We have seen vets who have isolated because no one understood their pain join the program and connected with others who have walked their path in combat.


We now have over two dozen returning vet mentors for the men and for the women programs.


The program is sponsored by The Merritt Center, a non profit, 501C3 organization and the program is supported by donations.  It costs the Center $150 per veteran per retreat.  The cost of the entire program of four weekends is $6,000 to $10,000.  A program for men and a program for women is scheduled pre year with the expected cost of: $12,000 to $20,000.  As of this writing the Center has not received any grant from any governmental organization – so the 14 programs provided, to date, have been supported by personal donations. The Center is now seeking funds for next year’s programs.

There is a PayPal account access on the Veterans Page of The Merritt Center website: