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  • Congressman submits bill to repatriate deported veterans

    Rudy Trevino | KIII TV

    CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - As of January this year there were more than 10,000 non-citizens serving in the U.S. military, and more than 11,000 in the reserves. What you may not be aware of is that some of those vets have actually been deported.
     
    However, one South Texas congressman is trying to change that by submitting legislation that he says has bipartisan support.
     
    Rio Grande Valley Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, who represents parts of the Coastal Bend, has introduced a bill called "Repatriate Our Patriots."
     

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  • Companies that focus on hiring vets outperform market

    Staff Report | Military Times

    A new investment fund will allow people to invest in companies with strong records in recruiting and supporting veterans, active duty service members, Guardsmen and reservists, and military families.

    Financial analysis shows that such companies generally outperform the market. That’s the reason a new fund, the Military Times Best for Vets Index, was created by Track One Capital Services, based in New York, and Wilshire Associates Inc., based in Santa Monica, California.

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  • Former Secretary McDonald: All Americans, not just vets, need VA

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Bob McDonald spent much of his time as Veterans Affairs Secretary working to remind Americans about the importance of the sprawling health care and benefits system.

    Now he worries that debates over privatization and medical care choices will overshadow those public awareness efforts.

    “Whether a veteran goes to the private sector or to the VA for care is an important discussion to have, but there is a larger discussion to have too,” the former Procter & Gamble CEO told Military Times on Tuesday.

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  • Veterans Released from Prison Get Second Chance

    Willie James Inman | Fox News U.S.

    A unique program is trying to ensure veterans who've served time in prison don't face a tough battle for a job when they're released.

    Soldier On, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts, runs an incarcerated veterans program focused on training and preparing inmates for life after prison. The program is now in its third year after recently expanding into Mississippi.

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  • Future Unclear for Veterans Choice Program After House Bill Falters

    Nicholas Fandos | NY Times

    WASHINGTON — Congressional lawmakers struggled on Tuesday to reach an agreement to prop up a popular multibillion-dollar health care program that allows veterans to see a private doctor at government expense.

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  • PTSD Disability Claims by Vets Tripled in the Last Decade

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — More than one in five veterans receiving federal disability payouts suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a figure that has spiked in the last decade.

    Veterans Affairs officials told lawmakers Tuesday that the number of disability cases related to PTSD has nearly tripled in that time, from around 345,000 cases in fiscal 2008 to more than 940,000 cases today.

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  • Trump Promises Huge Increase in Private Sector Care for Veterans

    Leo Shane III | Army Times

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening promised to triple the number of veterans “seeing the doctor of their choice” in coming months as part of an ongoing, ambitious reform plan at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The comments, which came at a veterans rally in Ohio, are likely to again stoke concerns among administration critics of large-scale privatization of VA responsibilities.

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  • Despite promises, VA Secretary can't shake privatization concerns

    Leo Shane | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Nearly half a year into his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is still trying to convince critics that his efforts to improve the department won’t lead to privatizing care and support programs for veterans.

    In an editorial in USA Today Monday morning, Shulkin — the only holdover of former President Barack Obama’s administration to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet — called lingering fears of VA privatization “unfounded” and stated again that “we will not allow VA to be privatized on our watch.”

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  • This App Connects Veterans in Crisis with Other Veterans Who Are Willing to Talk

    Ellie Anzilotti | Fast Company

    As a teenager growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia, Justin Miller wanted nothing more than to get out and join the armed forces. He tried a couple times; after the planes struck the World Trade Center on September 11, he met with a recruiter but was turned away after meeting with some personal objections from the recruiter. At that point in his life, he’d already given up his passion for baseball and turned to drugs and alcohol, following in the footsteps of his father, who was himself an addict.

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  • Plan to overhaul GI Bill moves through House, on to Senate

    Natalie Gross | Military Times

    Major reforms to veterans’ education benefits are one step closer to becoming law after the House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of the legislation Monday.

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