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  • Concerns Linger Over Veterans Crisis Line Operations Despite Improvements

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs leaders say staffers at the Veterans Crisis Line have answered every single incoming call for 43 of the last 79 days. Oversight officials say there is still a lot of room for improvement. 

    “This is the one area where we must aim for perfection,” said House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. “This is a zero-sum proposition, with lives in the balance.”

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  • Suicide among female veterans up 85%

    Terri Russell | Kolo 8 ABC

    RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Since 9/11 it’s not uncommon to see women in conflict areas around the world. Their numbers in the military have increased, and a new study shows their problems associated with war, too, have increased.

    A comprehensive study from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows the suicide rate among women vets has increased 85 percent over the last 25 years.

    “You had to be really tough, you know. You couldn't take anything less than excellence,” says Dawn Lafferty.

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  • Study: Military service narrows racial wage gap among women

    Natalie Gross | Military Times

    Serving in the military can boost women’s future earnings and quash significant racial and ethnic disparities in pay, a new study has found.

    While white women traditionally make thousands more each year than their black, Hispanic and Native American peers, a recent report out of Florida State University shows that veteran women of color out-earn same-race nonveterans and also make more than white women who have not served in the military. Veteran women of all races earn about 8 percent more than nonveteran women.  

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  • Women Veterans Changing VA Care Practices

    ABC News

    IRON MOUNTAIN — The fastest growing demographic in today’s military is women. They make up 14% of America’s active duty personnel.

    The number of women Veterans using VA services skyrocketed in recent years, from 159,000 in the year 2000, to 390,000 in 2013.

    “When you think about those 13 years, you’ve had 9/11, we’ve had a surge in enlistments” said Brad Nelson, public affairs officer at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. “Correspondingly then with more women in the military, they get out and now we have an increase in women Veteran’s seeking VA care.”

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  • Companies Doing Great Things for Veterans

    Darla Atlas | People

    Can a company do well and do good? The 50 firms on PEOPLE’s first annual Companies That Care list do just that. In partnership with the research firm Great Place to Work, we surveyed workers at nearly 1,000 companies across the United States. With charitable giving, community outreach and some very creative perks, these firms prove you can make a profit and make the world a better place.

    The following is a list of 6 companies doing great things for veterans.

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  • Veteran Employment Bill Passes Senate

    Military.com

    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, announced Monday that the U.S. Senate has passed his bill, HR 244, the Hire Vets Act of 2017.

    The bill already passed the House of Representatives in February. Cook had reintroduced this bipartisan bill earlier this year. It was introduced last Congress and passed the House with unanimous support, but was unable to pass the Senate before the end of the year. The bill now heads back to the House for final passage as the Senate made minor technical changes to it.

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  • Once a fixed issue, the VA disability claims backlog is on the rise again

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — The number of backlogged veterans benefits claims is rising again. 

    Veterans Affairs officials insist it’s only a temporary problem, due to an unexpected rise in the number of new cases that flooded into the system over the last few months. They’re confident the 30,000-case increase in the backlog since last fall will be brought back down again in coming weeks. 

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  • New Bill Aims to Provide Veterans with More PTSD Treatment

    Charlie Cooper | KENS-TV

    SAN ANTONIO - Texas lawmakers will soon consider a bill to make San Antonio a national leader in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research and treatment.

    According to the Veterans Health Administration, PTSD tops the list of mental health diagnoses among veterans in Bexar County.

    The University of Texas Health Science Center is doing some of the nation's largest studies related to PTSD. Now, a new bill put forth by State Representative Roland Gutierrez would broaden and expand the work done by creating what they're calling a National Center for Warrior Resiliency.

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  • VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog

    Hope Yen | The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget. 
     

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  • Starbucks says it will hire 15,000 more veterans after facing backlash for refugee hiring plan

    Kate Taylor | Business Insider

    Having recently hit its target of hiring 10,000 veterans, Starbucks just announced plans to hire 15,000 more. 

    Starbucks announced at its annual shareholders' meeting on Wednesday that it hit its initial goal of hiring 10,000 veterans and military spouses one year ahead of the company's 2018 deadline. The coffee chain is aiming to accomplish its new goal of hiring a total of 25,000 veterans by 2025.

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