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  • Duke Experts To Help State VA Overhaul Veteran Service Systems

    REBECCA MARTINEZ | WUNC.org

    The North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs is working with experts at Duke University to overhaul its strategy to connect vets with the right resources.

    State VA Director Ilario Pantano says Duke's Evidence Based Practice Implementation Center will help the VA train its service personnel to better understand how to assess a veteran's needs.

    Pantano says the experts will help create better customer management software. They'll also help improve intake questions, follow-up guidelines, and messaging.

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  • Study: No link between combat deployment and suicides

    Patricia Kime | Military Times

    A large study of nearly 4 million U.S. service members and veterans found that deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan is not associated with an increased risk of suicide.

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  • Female Veterans Pose Homeless Challenge for VA

    Léa Bouchoucha | Women's eNews.org

    NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--For Penelope McClenan, a 52-year-old disabled veteran, the future is clouded by the most basic of uncertainties: does she have a home to call her own?

    Over a year ago, on Jan. 29, 2014, a city marshal escorted her out of her apartment. It was her birthday.

    McClenan is unable to work for medical reasons she ties to the time of her military service, and the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program had been helping to pay her rent for three years.

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  • VA leader: Re-embracing the customer

    Jeanette Steele | The San Diego Union-Tribune

    The man in charge of the nation’s embattled veterans agency is turning to executives at Starbucks, Disney and Ritz-Carlton for advice about customer service, and he is making a personal plea for doctors to consider working at VA hospitals serving nearly 10 million American veterans.

    Bob McDonald, appointed to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after two major scandals rocked the agency, was in San Diego over the weekend and told U-T San Diego that his customer service reforms should be felt by veterans soon.

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  • Troops’ and veterans’ groups divided over compensation reform

    Tom Philpott | Stars and Stripes

    The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 military associations and veterans’ service organizations in support of, or opposition to, legislation affecting military folks and veterans.

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  • VA grossly underestimates paper claims as new forms policy begins

    Heath Druzin | Stars and Stripes

    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs has underplayed how many veterans were using the informal disability claims process the department ended Tuesday, and some veterans advocates say the beleaguered department is trying to fix their much-maligned claims backlog at the expense of older and disabled veterans.

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  • VA seeks new law to change Veterans Choice rules

    Patricia Kime | Military Times

    he Veterans Affairs Department has asked for new legislation that would let it pay for private health care for veterans who live near a VA clinic but can't get the treatment they need because it's not offered at that location.

    VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Tuesday that vets are "frustrated" with the VA Choice program, particularly the requirement that measures eligibility by a veteran's proximity to any VA health facility — even those that are not full-service medical centers.

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  • VA Choice program's distance rule to be revised

    Patricia Kime | Military Times

    After much debate over how the Veterans Affairs Department chose to define the 40-mile distance rule for veterans to access the new Veterans Choice health program, VA will announce today that it's changing the definition.

    Rather than use an "as the crow flies" measure of 40 miles, VA will rely on driving distance from a VA medical facility as the qualifier to use Veterans Choice, a program that lets veterans see a civilian health care provider if they live in a remote area or can't get an appointment at a VA facility.

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  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs lauds USC, LA’s efforts to support veterans

    USC President C. L. Max Nikias, left, stands with Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on Monday. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

    Claudia Bustamante | USC News

    With more veterans in Los Angeles County than any other part of the nation, a robust effort of academia, nonprofits, government and the private sector has stepped up to meet their needs and their families’ – and top military officials have noticed.

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  • Starbucks's Schultz Opens New Front in Helping Veterans Enter Work Force

    Megan O’Neil | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    While many employers have committed to hiring veterans, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is leading a push to train soldiers for civilian jobs even before they leave military service.

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