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  • Women an increasing share of homeless veterans

    DK McDONALD | Mohave Valley Daily News

    BULLHEAD CITY — For all veterans, reintegrating into their communities after active duty can be a challenge. Returning servicewomen face a battle of a different kind: They are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population.

    According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the number of female veterans who have become homeless more than doubled in the U.S., from 1,380 in 2006 to 3,328 in 2010.

     

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  • Rep. Graham Proposes Bill to Boost Aid for Injured Veterans

    Carly Hildyard | WJHG.com

    PANAMA CITY-- UPDATE: 10 p.m.

    A new bill could soon provide help for ill and injured post-9/11 veterans across the United States. And it's sponsored by Florida Rep. Gwen Graham.

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  • Bush Institute summit focuses on veterans’ struggles to re-enter daily life

    JULIE FANCHER | The Dallas Morning News

    UNIVERSITY PARK — Marine veteran David Smith said he wasn’t sure what to do with himself after coming home from the Iraq war. Without a bachelor’s degree, the only work he could find was a minimum-wage job doing construction.

    In time, though, things stabilized. Smith landed a better job, attended community college and eventually enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley.

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    Transition
  • The scent of war: VA studies a legacy of dust, smoke, and burn pits and what it means for Veterans

    VA

    A persistent cough or shortness of breath can mean a lot of things—none of them very good, but for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, they could be a byproduct of their service overseas and deserve additional scrutiny.

    "Any changes Veterans notice post-deployment in their pulmonary functions, especially new symptoms, warrant a conversation with their provider and probably some testing," says Dr. Michael Falvo, a research physiologist at the VA's War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center in New Jersey.

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  • Serving Our Post-9/11 Veterans

    IVMF and The Bush Institute | George W. Bush Institute

    "Out of the more than two million non-profit organizations in the United States, approximately 45,000 self-identify as serving U.S. military service personnel and their families. Some of these non-profits have long traditions of caring for members of the military, while others are just getting started.

    Together, they offer a wide array of services. They range from guiding veterans and their families to proper health care to helping them gain access to schools to finding them meaningful careers and decent housing."

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    Transition
    VA
  • Veterans in Congress Bring Rare Perspective to Authorizing War

    ASHLEY PARKER and JEREMY W. PETERS | The New York Times

    WASHINGTON — Veterans of the wars in Iraqand Afghanistan now serving in Congress have emerged as some of the most important voices in the debate over whether to give President Obama a broad authorization for a military campaign against the Islamic State or something much more limiting.

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  • VA looking at its own version of BRAC

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    Veterans Affairs Department officials want their own version of a base closure round, targeting aging hospitals and clinics they no longer need.

    But getting support for such a move might be as frustrating and fruitless as convincing lawmakers to go along with the unpopular military base closing process, something the Pentagon has been begging for since 2012.

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  • Michigan Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Preferential Hiring for Veterans

    Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC | Law Firm Newswire

    Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2015 – The Michigan House of Representative and Senate have both unanimously passed a bill that permits Michigan employers to begin using a hiring policy that would give preference to veterans.

    Previously, Michigan employers were forbidden by law to use any sort of preferential hiring policy. Federal law prohibits preferential hiring policies except in the case of veterans, for which states must adopt laws specifically allowing preferential treatment of veterans.

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  • 120 Solar Jobs For Veterans Vs. 35 Keystone XL Pipeline Jobs

    Tina Casey | Clean Technica

    Five leading US companies have up to 120 solar jobs waiting for veterans under a pilot program aimed at transitioning members of the US military into the solar industry. The first-of-its-kind program just graduated its first class at Camp Pendleton, putting it on track to reach its goal of 200.

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  • Suicide rate higher among veterans in West Virginia

    Erin Beck | The Charleston Gazette

    Tara Abdalla loved ballet, drawing, writing poems and serving her country.

    Richard Abdalla, Tara’s father, said she was friendly and outgoing. She didn’t show any outward signs of suffering in her phone conversations with him, while she was stationed at Hill Air Force Base, in Utah.

    But on June 3, 2006, 23-year-old Tara took her own life. 

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    Mental Health

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