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  • Gen. George Casey's 6 Keys To Success For Student Veterans

    Natalie Gross | Military Times

    Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey knows what it’s like to experience a difficult transition out of the military.

    He describes it with a story about a crossword puzzle he did after leaving the Army’s top post in 2011, in which a seven-letter word with the clue “Army head” was not “general,” but, instead, “latrine.”

    “That’s kind of what it’s like,” Casey joked with student veterans assembled for his keynote presentation at the Student Veterans of America national conference in San Antonio.

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  • Combat Veterans Suffering From Same Brain Disease As Concussion Victims

    60 Minutes

    CTE, the brain disease that has been found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players, has been found in 65 percent of studied combat vets.
     

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  • Senate passes VETS Act, Enhancing Telehealth Access for Veterans

    Eric Wicklund | mHealth Intelligence

    The Senate's unanimous approval follows a similar House vote last November of a bill that will give VA doctors the ability to use telehealth to treat veterans no matter where they live.

    Veterans will soon be able to access healthcare no matter where they live through a telehealth connection.

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    Legislation
    VA
  • Intensive PTSD Treatment for Veterans May Reduce Violence

    Traci Pedersen | Psych Central

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with violent behavior, particularly among military personnel who have returned from combat. But little is known about whether intensive PTSD treatments might be able to reduce such violent behavior.

    In a new study, researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University analyzed the data of more than 35,000 U.S. military veterans who had been treated in specialized intensive Veterans Health Administration (VHA) PTSD programs.

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  • Utah couple's relentless pursuit to end veteran suicide: 'If it's not us — then who?'

    Nikki Wentling | Stars and Stripes

    SALT LAKE CITY — AnnaBelle Bryan knows the therapy is working when she hears the laugh.

    She hears it through the wall separating her office from her husband’s, and she almost always hears it during a veteran’s fifth or sixth session. She knows that in a few short weeks the person laughing will test negative for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    And she’s usually right.

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    Mental Health
    Suicide
  • Study To Examine Suicide Risk Factors Among Veterans

    Healio

    In collaboration with America’s Warrior Partnership and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, researchers from University of Alabama will conduct a 4-year, $2.9 million study to assess risk factors related to suicide, early mortality and self-harm among military veterans.

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    Mental Health
    Suicide
  • Leaving The Military Wasn’t My Idea: How Separation Status May Affect Homelessness in Women Veterans

    Lily Casura | Huffington Post

    Ask enough women veterans about their own experience with homelessness and you hear a consistent refrain, that they were “unprepared” for life after the military, that homelessness “surprised” them, and they were therefore unable to plan for it. In an effort to better understand the topic overall, we surveyed almost 3,000 women veterans — from every service era from World War II to the present — about housing issues and homelessness after military service.

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    Homelessness
    Transition
    Women Veterans
  • New in 2018: ‘Forever GI Bill’ changes take effect

    Natalie Gross | Military Times

    The new Forever GI Bill signed into law by President Trump earlier this year has multiple provisions that will roll out in 2018. Among them are changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill for Purple Heart recipients, reservists and dependents — all of which start in August.
     
    Post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients will be eligible to receive 100 percent of GI Bill benefits regardless of how long they served. This includes coverage of tuition at a public school’s in-state rate for 36 months, and books and housing stipends.
     

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  • Congress eases rules for active-duty troops, reservists seeking commercial driver’s licenses

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    Lawmakers have again eased rules regarding troops seeking commercial driver’s licenses, part of an ongoing effort to help veterans use their military skills for post-service jobs
     
    On Dec. 21, in pre-recess work, House lawmakers easily passed the Jobs for Our Heroes Act, which clarifies eligibility rules for active-duty service members and reservists applying for the licenses under Department of Transportation programs. The measure now heads to the White House to be signed into law.
     

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  • Entrepreneur's Winning Secret: Use These 3 Elite Military Tactics in Business

    Mark L. Rockefeller | Forbes

    Hang out with entrepreneurs long enough and you notice patterns.

    At StreetShares, we fund thousands of veteran-owned small businesses. I’ve noticed many successful veteran-owned small businesses are run by veterans from elite special operations units. These elite units include the Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces (“Green Berets”), Marine Corps’ MARSOC (formerly “Force Recon”), Army Rangers, and others. Units like this are selective and tough. The warriors in these units are highly trained and, as a result, they are given liberties and discretion that other military units do not have.

    Special operations forces are the entrepreneurs within the military.

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    Collaboration
    Entrepreneurship

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