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  • Veterans Finding a New Outlook Outdoors

    Ben Klasky and Martin LeBlanc | The Huffington Post

    Joshua Brandon was searching for peace. In 2009, after three combat tours in Iraq, Brandon had earned a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars with Valor Device, and was finally returning home. He was decorated and distinguished, but in his own words "washed up" as he was learning to survive with PTSD and the after-effects of war. He was not alone. Since 2001, more than two million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Over half are married and 40% have at least two children.

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  • Commissioner of KY Veterans Affairs: 2015 Year Women Vet

    Amber Philpott | WKYT.com

    Lexington, Ky. (WKYT)-In Kentucky there are 33,000 female veterans, but many of them are missing out on benefits they earned after their service. In 2015 the new Commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change that and she is reaching out through some creative measures.

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  • Vets advocates push for on-campus support

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    Veterans groups say the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given hundreds of thousands of veterans a chance to go to college. Now, they want to make sure those students are also getting the resources they need to succeed.

    Advocates lobbied congressional staffers Thursday for federal grants to build college campus veterans centers, ensuring an extra level of scholastic and emotional support for transitioning service members.

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  • Harvard honors Montco's veterans ID plan

    Jessica Parks | Philly.com

    NORRISTOWN The Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Office's veterans ID program has been deemed a 2015 "Bright Idea in Government" by scholars at Harvard University.

    The program offers veterans a free photo ID that carries discounts at more than 400 local businesses. For the county, it's a way to get veterans in the door and record their military-discharge paperwork.

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  • What's the state of veterans in O.C.? Struggling, surviving and working to find a new home

    THERESA WALKER | Orange County Register

    Military veterans in Orange County – especially those who served after the 9/11 terror attacks – face significant challenges transitioning to civilian life.

    Veterans here also need more targeted support as they struggle with employment, housing and physical and mental health issues, according to the newly released “The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study.”

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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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  • 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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