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  • US Unemployment Rates Jump for Recent Veterans and Teens

    The Associated Press | ABC News

    The U.S. job market extended its momentum into the new year as employers added 257,000 jobs in January and wages jumped. The overall unemployment rate ticked up to 5.7 percent, but the rate rose because of a good reason: More Americans felt encouraged enough to start looking for jobs, and because some didn't find work right away, they increased the number of unemployed.

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  • Why Veterans and Civilian Employers Have So Much Trouble Communicating

    Lida Citroën | Entrepreneur

    In his 2015 State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama encouraged American employers to "hire a veteran" if they want to get the job done. Veterans bring high levels of integrity, commitment, loyalty, flexibility, skills and talents learned in high risk, high stress situations, plus the ability to navigate cultural narratives not taught in most business schools or university environments. So, why aren’t veterans getting hired? 

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  • HillVets 100 of 2014

    HillVets

    HillVets honors the 100 most influential and impactful 

    Veterans, Service Members, and those that supported them in 2014.

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  • Group therapy shows promise for suicidal Veterans

    VA

    Veterans. The word itself invokes thoughts of honor, service and sacrifice. Unfortunately, since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, another word has become linked with Veterans: suicide.

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  • Officials: Wounded warrior units still needed

    Patricia Kime | Military Times

    The military may be winding down from more than 13 years of war, but military wounded warrior programs remain a top priority within the Pentagon, officials told Congress Tuesday.

    Providing an update on their evolving initiatives to the House Armed Services Committee's personnel panel, defense and service officials said that since the non-medical services programs were launched in the mid-2000s, they have managed more than 70,000 cases involving combat wounds, debilitating illnesses and injury.

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    Physical Well-Being
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  • Lt. Helton Memorial Foundation Seeks Funds to Raise Monument

    Jennifer Helton | Lt Helton Memorial Foundation

    Below is an excerpt from an open letter written by Jennifer (Jiffy) Helton. Mrs. Helton is the surviving mother of 1Lt. Joseph D. Helton, Jr. who was killed in action on Sep 8, 2009 while serving in Iraq.

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  • Lawmaker blasts budget plan to trim VA Choice Program

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    Veterans Affairs officials don't know how many veterans are using the new "choice card" program, but it's a small enough total that they want to start taking money out of the program.

    The move is likely to ignite a lengthy fight on Capitol Hill with lawmakers who created the program last summer following the department's patient-wait-time scandal and who doubt VA's ability to serve veterans in a timely and effective manner.

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  • VA lays out 2016 health care budget priorities

    Patricia Kime | Military Times

    The Veterans Affairs Department's budget plan for health care next year would boost spending on mental health treatment and services, caregiver programs and health care for female veterans.

    The budget request for fiscal 2016, which starts Oct. 1, includes $56 billion in spending for veterans health care as well as $63.3 billion in advance funding for 2017. That advance funding is included each year in the VA spending plan to protect the health budget in the event of a government shutdown.

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    Physical Well-Being
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  • VA Announces Single Regional Framework under MyVA Initiative

    VA

    VA Announces Single Regional Framework under MyVA Initiative
    Internal Organizations to Realign Their Existing Structures

    Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is taking the first steps under the MyVA initiative to realign its many organizational maps into one map with five regions to better serve Veterans. 

    The new regions under the MyVA alignment will allow VA to begin the process of integrating disparate organizational boundaries into a single regional framework to enhance internal coordination. 

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  • Labor Department takes data-driven approach to veteran hiring

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    By Amrita Jayakumar | The Washington Post

    Contractors will have to start collecting annual data on their veteran hiring practices in 2015, according to an updated Labor Department regulation.

    The rule, released last fall, is a significant modification to a 1974 rule related to the hiring of veterans after the Vietnam War and an example of the government’s push to use data to study industry trends.

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