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  • Veterans' health-care gap creates 'greater risk' for opioid abuse

    Joe Davidson | The Washington Post

    WASHINGTON — The information about the veteran is scant, clinical in tone, yet disturbing.

    "At the time of his death, the patient was a male in his forties with a past medical history significant for PTSD, chronic low back pain, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, and depression," the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported.

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  • Columbia University studying horse therapy for veterans with PTSD at Bergen County stables

    Lindy Washburn | NorthJersey.com

    They are each wary and slow to trust others. They each scan their surroundings constantly. And each stays constantly alert for danger.

    But while horses depend on those characteristics for survival, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder can find them debilitating — traits that interfere with family and work life and can result in disturbed sleep, depression and substance abuse.    

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  • Virginia creates legal guide for service members, veterans

    The Associated Press | Military Times

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s attorney general has created a new resource guide with information on things like taxes and education for military service members and veterans.

    The Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide created by Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is aimed at helping military families and veterans learn about the rights, resources and legal protections they’re provided because of their service.

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  • New tools let vets schedule appointments, meet with doctors through their phones

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Veterans will be able to schedule medical appointments online and consult with physicians on their mobile phones through an array of new telehealth offerings unveiled by the White House and Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday.

    The move is part of broader VA reforms promised by President Donald Trump and should expand access to department medical care for tens of thousands of rural and homebound veterans across the country. In some cases, federal money will pay for upgraded mobile phones and tablets to help veterans use the new medical technologies.

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  • Senate Advances VA Choice Fix, Claims Appeals Reform Package

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Senate lawmakers quietly advanced two major Veterans Affairs reform bills on Tuesday night, sending a funding fix for the Choice program to the White House and queuing up a benefits claim appeals reform package to become law later this year.

    Both measures were passed by voice vote in the waning hours of the Senate’s session, as lawmakers look to leave town for an extended legislative recess. Administration officials have signaled that President Donald Trump will sign both into law.

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  • Advocates Push Senators to Pass GI Bill Expansion Before Summer Recess

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — House lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a massive expansion to GI Bill benefits last week. Now supporters are wondering if Senate officials will be able to do the same.

    Advocates for the plan on Monday lobbied upper chamber leaders not to derail the popular legislation with “political grandstanding,” saying finalizing the sweeping reforms should be an easy task before senators break for the summer.

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  • Report: Young vets are more successful than their civilian peers

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Young veterans are better educated, better paid and better off than many of their civilian peers, which researchers believe could be due to their military service.

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  • Congressman submits bill to repatriate deported veterans

    Rudy Trevino | KIII TV

    CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - As of January this year there were more than 10,000 non-citizens serving in the U.S. military, and more than 11,000 in the reserves. What you may not be aware of is that some of those vets have actually been deported.
     
    However, one South Texas congressman is trying to change that by submitting legislation that he says has bipartisan support.
     
    Rio Grande Valley Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, who represents parts of the Coastal Bend, has introduced a bill called "Repatriate Our Patriots."
     

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  • Companies that focus on hiring vets outperform market

    Staff Report | Military Times

    A new investment fund will allow people to invest in companies with strong records in recruiting and supporting veterans, active duty service members, Guardsmen and reservists, and military families.

    Financial analysis shows that such companies generally outperform the market. That’s the reason a new fund, the Military Times Best for Vets Index, was created by Track One Capital Services, based in New York, and Wilshire Associates Inc., based in Santa Monica, California.

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  • Former Secretary McDonald: All Americans, not just vets, need VA

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — Bob McDonald spent much of his time as Veterans Affairs Secretary working to remind Americans about the importance of the sprawling health care and benefits system.

    Now he worries that debates over privatization and medical care choices will overshadow those public awareness efforts.

    “Whether a veteran goes to the private sector or to the VA for care is an important discussion to have, but there is a larger discussion to have too,” the former Procter & Gamble CEO told Military Times on Tuesday.

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