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  • VA Studying Suicide Prevention In Veterans

    Quil Lawrence | NPR

    Suicide among veterans is 22 percent higher than for civilians of the same age. The VA and the Pentagon have been studying how to prevent suicides.

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  • Don't abandon our female veterans to staggering risk of suicide

    Paula Broadwell and Kate Hendricks-Thomas | The Hill (Opinion)

    Earlier this month, the Department of Veterans Affairs released an updated version of its “Veteran Suicide Statistics by State” report, the most comprehensive examination of veteran suicide in American history which analyzed over 55 million records from 1979 to 2014 from all 50 states and four territories.

    One of the most staggering public health statistics in this report was the rate of female veterans’ suicide rate: 250 percent higher than civilian women.

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  • DoD official: States 'spotty' in easing military spouses' licensing burdens

    Karen Jowers | Military Times

    States’ efforts to ease licensing burdens for military spouses relocating from state to state have been “spotty,” a defense official said, and plans are in the works to target trouble spots.

    “For those states that haven’t done that well, we’re going back. We’re going to present this information to those states through their legislatures and ask them to progress further, clear it up,” said Marcus Beauregard, director of the Defense Department state liaison office.

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  • VA's suicide prevention hotline expanding to third site

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials will open a third call center for the Veterans Crisis Line in Kansas in coming weeks, a move that’s expected to add about 100 new personnel to the emergency response service.

    The new office will be located in Topeka on the campus of VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. More than 500 staffers currently operate the around-the-clock hotline out of locations in New York and Georgia.

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  • Suicide among veterans highest in western U.S., rural areas

    Hope Yen (Associated Press) | The Denver Post

    Social isolation, gun ownership and access to health care may be factors

    WASHINGTON — Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas, according to new government data that show wide state-by-state disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership and access to health care may be factors.

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  • New VA claims process promises decisions within 30 days

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials on Thursday unveiled a new disability claims process they promise will result in decisions within 30 days, potentially shaving months off some veterans’ current wait.

    But that timeline doesn’t factor in advance work veterans must do on their own to collect relevant medical tests and service documents. And for now, the new process is only open to veterans looking to upgrade existing disability claims, not new cases.

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  • The Schultz Family Foundation awards $143,000 grant to NAVSO

    Grant leverages NAVSO’s human-centered design capabilities to drive improvements in veteran experiences.
     

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  • The Suicide Contagion: How The Effort To Combat Veterans’ Suicide May Be Making It Worse

    Adam Linehan | Task & Purpose

    In May 2011, amid President Barack Obama’s troop surge, the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division began leaving Afghanistan after a grueling year-long tour. By the end of the summer, the entire division had returned home to Fort Campbell on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, greeted by a succession of parades and award ceremonies honoring the 101st’s sacrifice in some of Afghanistan’s most volatile regions, where a total of 131 Screaming Eagles lost their lives and many more were wounded. Chests were adorned with medals; families were reunited; alcohol flowed.

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  • Transgender military service unchanged as Mattis announces study of policy implementation

    Shawn Snow | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Transgender troops can continue to serve pending a study and recommendation from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

    The DoD has received Trump’s memorandum on transgender service members and will implement the president’s policy direction, according to a prepared statement from Mattis.

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  • New Pentagon rules aim to broaden reviews of 'bad paper' dismissals

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Veterans advocates are hopeful that more veterans with “bad paper” dismissals will be able to upgrade their discharge status now that defense officials have released clearer guidance of how to handle a host of mental health and injury cases.

    The new memo, released Monday by the Pentagon’s personnel and readiness office, states that reviewers must take into consideration “conditions resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault or sexual harassment” when deciding whether to upgrade a veterans’ status.

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