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  • House Passes VA Appeals Bill and 5 Other Veterans Measures

    Nikki Wentling | Stars and Stripes

    The House unanimously passed legislation Tuesday aiming to shorten the amount of time veterans wait for earned benefits, a process that takes an average of six years when a veteran is forced to appeal a claim with the Board of Veterans' Appeals.

    But thousands of veterans are waiting much longer, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • Column: Veterans May Be Overlooking Job Opportunities in IT Sector

    Eileen Trauth | PBS

    Military veterans have a higher unemployment rate than nonveterans, according to federal statistics. One reason may be that when veterans seek civilian jobs, they often face stereotypes from hiring managers. But another set of stereotypes may come into play as well: Veterans fall prey to their own preconceptions 

    about certain types of jobs, and miss out on promising opportunities.

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  • Analysis: The Civil Service's Preference for Hiring Military Vets Comes at a Hidden Cost

    Gregory B. Lewis | Government Executive

    An important way the U.S. shows its gratitude to veterans who have fought America’s wars is by giving them a leg up in getting a job with the federal government. The Conversation

    The policy, known as “veterans’ preference,” became law after the Civil War, was strengthened following World War I and grew even more entrenched after World War II and in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  • Veterans Groups Agree on Four Proposed GI Bill Changes

    Nikki Wentling | Military.com

    After their public disagreement stalled a congressional hearing last month, 35 veterans groups came together Thursday in Washington to reach some consensus on changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and restart their activity on Capitol Hill.

    The groups agreed the Post-9/11 GI Bill needed to change, at least to close several loopholes excluding some servicemembers from receiving education benefits.

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  • Best for Vets: Employers 2017

    Natalie Gross | Military Times

    Benny Kinsey retired from the Army in 2010 thinking his experience as a command sergeant major with two bachelor’s degrees and an MBA would make it easy to land a job in the civilian workforce. 

    It didn’t. 

    “My transition was absolutely horrible,” said Kinsey, 48, who struggled to get interviews – even to stock shelves at a grocery store. “It was to the point that I was having problems paying my bills.” 

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  • Treatment Court Offers Vets Mental Health, Substance Abuse Counseling

    Javonte Anderson | Chicago Tribune

    After robbing a bank two years ago, Louis Merchat sat in his car and waited for police to arrive. He wasn't after money.

    "I was either going to get my head blown off, or I was going to get something done," said Merchat, 65, an Army veteran. "One way or the other, I was going to get some help."

    Merchat ended up at the Lake County Veterans Treatment Court. And after a two-year journey, Merchat and 22 others graduated May 10.

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  • New study offers hope in targeting focusing, emotional control problems in vets with PTSD

    Karen Jowers | Military Times

    A new study has identified what happens in the brains of veterans with post-traumatic stress as they have trouble refocusing their attention and regulating their emotions – and offers hope for some effective treatments, according to one of study’s lead authors. 
     

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  • Helping Homeless Veterans: Getting veterans back on their feet

    Carmen Montes | NTV

    According to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR)*, on any single night in 2016, more than 39,000 veterans were homeless in the U.S. nationwide.

    In the state of Nebraska according to the same study, the rate of homeless veterans was at 3.7 percent, which was one of the lowest in the country, but caseworkers in central Nebraska say that number is increasing. 

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  • These young Philly veterans are convinced they can help the city

    Mark Dent | Billy Penn

    Chris Diaz, Ryan Peters and a handful of veteran friends were at Fogo de Chao enjoying a 50 percent discount last Veterans Day when the casual lunch inevitably turned serious.

    As Peters said, they’re all “alpha personalities” and were sharing details of their accomplishments at work and in graduate school. At some point, Peters recalled, the idea clicked: “Why don’t we do that together?”

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  • Washington State Patrol Agrees to $15M Settlement In Veterans Hiring, Promotion Case

    Austin Jenkins | KLCC

    The Washington State Patrol has agreed to a $15 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over the hiring and promotion of military veterans. The case involves troopers and trooper applicants who did not receive preference points for their service in the military as mandated by state law.

    As a result, some weren’t hired by the state patrol. Others like Sgt. Christina Martin—the lead plaintiff in the case—had to wait longer to get promoted.

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