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  • The Best Employers For Veterans

    Karsten Strauss | Forbes

    Coming out of a life in the military, many former soldiers turn their attention to how they’ll support themselves and their families in the private sector. It’s an exciting and sometimes stressful prospect.

    Making the transition to civilian life and work comes with several factors worthy of consideration: to what extent does military service matter to a prospective employer? Is there a culture of veteran hiring, or a military workforce within the organization? What kind of pay does military experience bring in?

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    Transition
  • Army Should Consider PTSD in Gauging How It Discharges Vets, Lawsuit Says

    Cristina Corbin | Fox News U.S.

    A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.

    Stephen Kennedy and Alicia Carson, two Army veterans from Connecticut who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in a lawsuit filed Monday that they were wrongly denied honorable discharges.

    They said a review board set up to give veterans a second chance often doesn't do an adequate job in considering PTSD and related conditions.

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    Mental Health
  • Gov. Ricketts Signs Major Veterans' Legislative Package

    KTIC

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB340e to merge the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) and the Division of Veterans’ Homes (DVH) from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The Governor launched this initiative with Senator John Murante of Gretna as a way to provider a higher level of service to Nebraska’s veterans by creating a one-stop shop to for all veterans served by the State of Nebraska.  This legislation was one of the Governor’s top priorities for the 2017 legislative session, and was passed with unanimous support from the Legislature.

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    Employment
  • Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans' Opioid Use Similar to that of Civilians

    RTI International

    Heavy rucksacks, parachuting out of helicopters, combat injuries, and stress result in chronic pain for many service members. In the United States, opioids are commonly prescribed to manage chronic pain, and overprescribing is a concern, particularly for veterans' healthcare.

    However, a new study published in Pain suggests that opioid use among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) veterans is roughly comparable to that of the general U.S. population.

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    Physical Well-Being
  • WRNMMC, VCE Staffs Discuss Care, Rehab With Blind Veterans

    Bernard S. Little | The Journal

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Vision Center of Excellence staff briefed members of the Blind Veterans Association and Blind Veterans UK about care and rehabilitation capabilities at the nation’s flagship health care facility April 5.

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    Physical Well-Being
  • VA Launches 'New, Unique' Tool to Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

    Nikki Wentling | Stars and Stripes

    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs recently unveiled a new program that reviews veterans’ health records to identify which ones might attempt suicide.

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    Mental Health
    Physical Well-Being
    VA
  • Trump Extends Vets' Access to Privatized Health Care

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed into law an extension of the controversial Veterans Affairs Choice Card program on Wednesday, the precursor to a planned massive overhaul of the initiative later this year. 

    Flanked by officials from veterans groups in a White House signing ceremony, Trump praised the legislation as key to ensuring access to care for veterans and important to his larger promised reform plans. 

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    Legislation
    VA
  • There's a Plan in Congress to Start Charging Troops For Their GI Bill Benefits

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — A congressional proposal to make service members buy into their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits surprised veterans groups on Tuesday, with advocates divided over whether it amounts to a long-term fix for the benefit or an unfair bill for veterans. 

    “This new tax on troops is absurd,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy in a statement. “Ensuring veterans are able to successfully transition back to civilian life after military service is a cost of war, and not a fee that Congress can just pass along to our troops.

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    VA
  • VA Halts Change to Caregiver Stipends, Pending a Full Program Review

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials on Monday announced they will not kick any more individuals out of the department’s caregiver support program while a full review of the benefit is conducted over the next three weeks. 

    The move comes two weeks after an NPR report that dozens of regional medical centers were cutting back on the number of families receiving caregiver benefits, possibly against VA rules. 

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    VA
  • Pardons Give Deported Veterans Hope, but No Promises

    Dianna Cahn | Stars and Stripes

    Easter weekend came to Army veteran Hector Barajas-Varela with a gift – the kind he could hope for but hadn’t dared expect at the small shelter he runs for deported veterans in Tijuana, Mexico.

    The California governor on Saturday pardoned Barajas-Varela and two other honorably discharged veterans who were deported from the United States after serving prison terms for criminal convictions.

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