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  • Survey: 58 percent of IAVA members have lost a veteran to suicide

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    More than half of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America members know a post-Sept. 11 service member who has committed suicide, a figure that has climbed dramatically in recent years and underscores continued problems with young veterans and mental health care.

    The findings are part of the group’s annual membership survey, which drew responses from roughly 4,300 individuals on a host of post-military challenges, political priorities and social issues.

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  • House considers major changes to VA health care

    Nikki Wentling | Stars & Stripes

    WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin argued Tuesday that a House plan for veterans’ health care was too restrictive and wouldn’t offer enough veterans the choice of private-sector care.

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  • FTC Settlement over "Pay to Play" Rankings of Military-friendly Colleges

    Andrew Kreighbaum | Inside Higher Ed

    The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced a proposed settlement with a website whose "military friendly" rankings of colleges and universities promoted institutions that had paid to be included.

    Victory Media runs a number of magazines and websites targeting servicemembers and their families and operates a matchmaker tool and rankings to help them find the right postsecondary program. But FTC found that those publications basically funded as paid advertisements for institutions.

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  • VA proposes Choice program overhaul that eliminates 30-day/40-mile rule

    Nikki Wentling | Stars & Stripes

    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs sent a bill proposal to Congress that would overhaul how veterans receive health care in the private sector and do away with the widely criticized “30-day/40-mile” rule, the agency announced Monday.

    The long-awaited proposal, titled the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences Act, or CARE, promises to give veterans and their VA physicians flexibility in choosing whether they receive care at a VA facility or from a private-sector provider.

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  • VA releases plans for sweeping health care overhaul

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials on Monday presented Congress with their formal plan to ease rules concerning veterans seeking medical appointments outside the VA system at government expense, potentially sending tens of thousands of new veterans into the private sector for care.

    The proposal once again raises questions about the long-term goals of the VA medical system and potential privatization of veterans care, issues that have already caused infighting among some veterans groups and Capitol Hill lawmakers.

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  • VA secretary promises in writing not to cut benefit program for disabled vets

    Nikki Wentling | Stars & Stripes

    WASHINGTON – Months after President Donald Trump’s administration backed off a proposal to slash benefits for the country’s most disabled veterans, organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars were still receiving calls and emails from panicked vets.

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  • Research: Companies Are Less Likely to Hire Current Military Reservists

    Theodore F. Figinski | Harvard Business Review

    Prior to 9/11, the obligation of the military’s Reserve Component servicemembers — more commonly known as reservists — was typically limited to training one weekend a month and two weeks during the summer. In support of the extended military engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq, however, reservists have been required to serve as full-time members of the military for prolonged periods of time.

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  • Lawmakers take first steps toward a BRAC for VA facilities

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — House lawmakers took the first steps Thursday toward shutting down hundreds of Veterans Affairs facilities through a process similar to military base closure rounds, saying the move is critical to keep the department from wasting millions of dollars on underused, aging buildings.

    But some of the largest veterans groups said they have serious concerns with the proposal, saying it’s ripe for abuse and could tempt VA officials to outsource more veterans’ medical care to private-sector physicians.

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  • Why so many veterans go hungry — and VA’s new plan to fix it

    Caitlin Dewey | Washington Post

    When Greg Stegall left the Navy at 30 years old, he found himself utterly adrift: a single dad with no degree, no clear plans for the future and a short résumé in a down job market. Struggling to find work, Stegall put his son in a boarding school for poor children and asked his parents for money and food.

    Nearly 30 years later, Stegall — now 58 — oversees a program at a Pennsylvania food bank that delivers meals to hungry veterans. But he still regularly sees other vets in similar situations.

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  • Congress extends VA programs to year's end, avoiding budget fight complications

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Congress this week finalized legislation to extend a host of Veterans Affairs programs until the end of December, avoiding disruptions in the services while lawmakers sort out budget issues over the next two months.

    The measure was approved by the House on Monday and passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Wednesday night. It now heads to the White House, where President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure into law in coming days.

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