Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is revising its regulations to make it easier for rural communities to compete for veteran home construction grants.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has more.

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Yuma- Law enforcement agencies across the state are having trouble hiring and keeping new police officers.

21-year old Arlene Martinez, a cadet at the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy is going through the red man training, a series of realistic training scenarios that test her decision making skills under pressure.

Martinez is five foot four inches tall and weighs 120 pounds.

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Yuma-The unemployment rate among veterans is high compared to the general public.

Despite the training and job skills acquired in the military, some former service members have a hard time finding work as civilians.

27-year old Jose Reyes, a former Marine stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma worked in administration as a bookkeeper and customer service representative working with military personnel.

Upon completing his service, Reyes found himself unemployed for about a year. The skills he acquired weren’t enough.

Arizona Edition - Yuma is a military community, housing both the Marine Corps Air Station and the Yuma Proving Ground.  At Arizona Western College, an art professor recently started a program to help current military, veterans, and their families with the stresses of military (and daily) life.  KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…(originally aired 01/29/14).

This piece was featured in the January 29th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show can be found below in the related content section.