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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Veterans' Access to Medical Marijuana Hinges on Monday Vote

    Nikki Wentling | Military.com

    A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. A vote on Monday could be the end of the line this year in another attempt to pass it.

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  • Congressman wants 'second chance' for veterans facing deportation

    Nikki Wentling | Stars and Stripes

    WASHINGTON – One Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is seeking a second chance for veterans who were convicted of crimes and face the possibility of deportation.

    Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., introduced legislation late Thursday to have the Department of Homeland Security consider a veteran’s moral character and honorable service above a criminal conviction when reviewing naturalization applications.

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  • PAWS Act Could Be a Big Help to Veterans

    The Sun Chronicle

    My HABRI Weekly Brief recently featured articles that I think you might find interesting. One was on a study to quantify the effects of service dogs for veterans with PTSD and a companion article was on the PAWS Act, which is under consideration on Capitol Hill.

    The acronym HABRI stands for Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, a non-profit research and education organization that gathers, funds and shares scientific research to demonstrate the positive health effects of companion animals. You can log on to habri.org for more information on the group.

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  • Lawmakers reach initial deal to expand GI education bill

    Hope Yen | Stars & Stripes

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached initial agreement on the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and boosting money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve.

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  • How your company can better retain employees who are veterans

    K. Watson, M. Perry, B. Ripley, & R. Chittum | Harvard Business Review

    Up to 360,000 men and women leave the military each year and most are looking for work. Since 2009, over 400,000 veterans have found employment in hundreds of corporate and governmental organizations thanks in part to the work of coalitions and initiatives such as the Veteran Jobs Mission, Veterans Employment Initiative, and Hiring Our Heroes. And hundreds of corporate employers have collectively committed to over one million total veteran hires over the next several years.

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  • Using Veterans' Health Data, Oak Ridge National Lab Takes On Massive Medical Research Project

    Emily Siner | Nashville Public Radio

    What might be the most ambitious health care data analysis to date is happening in East Tennessee.

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working through a massive batch of records from the Department of Veterans Affairs — the records that VA doctors keep on their more than 22 million patients. About a quarter of a million veterans have also donated their genome sequence — basically, their DNA — to the VA, which has been handed over to the national lab.

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