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  • New award for vet-friendly businesses passes with budget bill

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — One congressman’s plans to honor veteran-friendly businesses helped keep the federal government from shutting down last week. 

    California Republican Rep. Paul Cook’s “HIRE Vets Act” was signed into law over the weekend, after lawmakers made it the legislative vehicle for their omnibus budget plan to fund government operations through September. The $1.16 trillion spending plan includes a $15 billion boost in defense spending for the final five months of the budget year. 

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  • New Technology Allows Veterans to Control Prosthesis With Their Minds

    Katie O'Connor | The Daily Progress

    RICHMOND — For the first time since the explosion, William Gadsby thought about bending his knee, and it happened.

    His keys were banging against his hip so he reached down and dropped them on the floor. But he had lost his knee in 2007 during his second deployment in Iraq, when his leg had to be amputated following an explosion.

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  • Unemployment for post-9/11 vets hits record low in April

    Natalie Gross | Military Times

    April federal employment figures are out with good news for post-9/11 veterans: Employment is at an all-time high. 

    The unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans dipped from 5 percent in March to 3.9 percent last month -- the lowest since the federal government started tracking this group in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall veteran unemployment dropped to 3.7 percent, the lowest since last May, after two months of a 3.9 percent unemployment rate. 

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  • Making Military Veterans a Solution to Workforce Struggles

    Kelly Beaton | Fender Bender

    At the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, the estimator from Portsmouth, Va., rubbed elbows with Richard Petty. He met 2016 Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year Chase Elliott. And, he rode in a pace car for two laps prior to the AAA Texas 500, as it ripped around the track at nearly 100 mph. 

    The U.S. Naval veteran, who grew up around rabid racing fans, was elated that day, as he was one of 10 veterans currently working in the collision repair industry to be honored by 3M’s automotive aftermarket division. 

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  • Despite hope, homeless veterans will need to find a new place to live

    Mikenzie Frost | KTVH.com

    HELENA – After months of uncertainty, a veterans’ homeless living facility will officially close and the veterans living there will be forced to find a new place to go.

    March started off rocky for the 13 veterans living in the Willis Cruse Transitional Living Facility; finding out they would have to look for a new place to live after financial instability.

    “The money’s not there,” Mike Hampson, Willis Cruse president said.

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  • Despite Hope, Homeless Veterans Will Need to Find a New Place to Live

    Mikenzie Frost | KTVH

    HELENA – After months of uncertainty, a veterans’ homeless living facility will officially close and the veterans living there will be forced to find a new place to go.

    March started off rocky for the 13 veterans living in the Willis Cruse Transitional Living Facility; finding out they would have to look for a new place to live after financial instability.

    “The money’s not there,” Mike Hampson, Willis Cruse president said.

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    VA
  • Latest GI Bill fight could sideline a host of planned reforms

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Plans for GI Bill reforms this year are all but dead after a high-profile, emotional fight among veterans advocates in recent days over proposed dramatic changes to the popular benefit. 

    The conflict comes after months of behind-the-scenes work testing the idea of charging future active-duty troops for an improved veterans education benefit, a proposal that proved more controversial when it became public sooner than supporters had anticipated.

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  • Research: You Should Attend Transition Assistance More than Once

    Military.com

    According to research, post 9-11 veterans that attended government-sponsored TAP programs more than once are 57% more likely to indicate that the program was ‘extremely’ or ‘very helpful’ compared to those who attended only once.

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  • Latest GI Bill Fight Could Sideline a Host of Planned Reforms

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Plans for GI Bill reforms this year are all but dead after a high-profile, emotional fight among veterans advocates in recent days over proposed dramatic changes to the popular benefit. 

    The conflict comes after months of behind-the-scenes work testing the idea of charging future active-duty troops for an improved veterans education benefit, a proposal that proved more controversial when it became public sooner than supporters had anticipated.

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  • President Trump to Sign Executive Order Creating VA Accountability Office

    Donovan Slack | USA Today

    WASHINGTON – President Trump, seeking to rack up accomplishments as he approaches the 100-day mark in office, will sign an executive order Thursday to create an office at the Department of Veterans Affairs charged with holding more VA employees accountable for wrongdoing.

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