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  • Major Veterans' Groups Voice Concern Over Senate Health Bill

    Hope Yen | U.S. News

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Major veterans' organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate GOP bill to repeal the nation's health care law, fearing the impact of rising insurance costs and worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won't be able to fill the coverage gap.

    While there are more than 21 million veterans in the U.S., only about 8 million receive health care from the VA. The others rely on Medicaid, purchase insurance on state or federal exchanges, have employer-provided insurance or have no coverage at all.

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  • Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Protecting Veterans, Will Sign New Animal Rights Bill Wednesday

    Kara Seymour | Harrisburg Patch

    Governor Tom Wolf signed the "stolen valor" bill into law Tuesday, a move that lawmakers say will protect benefits for Pennsylvania veterans. The governor has plans to sign another piece of legislation Wednesday protecting animal rights.

    The "stolen valor" bill, introduced by Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington), prohibits the fraudulent representation of military service or military decorations to obtain money, property, or other benefits.

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  • Would GI Bill changes affect military recruitment

    Natalie Gross | Military Times

    Changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefits may have little impact on military recruitment and retention, a new study suggests. 

    That’s because many new recruits and service members don’t have a good grasp on how they work, according to a RAND Corporation report evaluating military education benefits. 

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  • City moves forward to establish a 'one-stop shop' Veterans Resource Center

    Kylie McGivern | Kxan

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin is moving forward with the establishment of a Veterans Resource Center. Think of it as a one-stop shop where service providers will have representatives to help veterans and their families.

    Jackson Stewart is transitioning out of the military after serving for more than a decade.

    “My journey I guess started, you know, 10-and-a-half years ago when I was 17 and joined the Marine Corps,” he said.

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  • VA chief: Time to rethink disability system; current setup 'not sustainable'

    Karen Jowers | Military Times

    It’s time to rethink a veteran disability system that "incentivizes disability," Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said during a Friday forum in Washington, the same day President Trump signed new VA accountability legislation.    
     
    “Our current disability system that is designed from 50, 60 or 70 years ago….. I would suggest it’s not sustainable and it may not be achieving the results of well-being for our veterans,” Shulkin said at an event organized by the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative.  
     

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  • Racine Veterans Outreach looking to export tiny house success

    Jonathon Sadowski | The Journal Times

    RACINE — The men and women behind the success of Racine’s veterans village — the collection of tiny house built to house homeless vets — are looking to expand their program to other cities.

    Doubling as a worker training program, the expansion plan centers around having Racine’s homeless vets build tiny houses and then shipping them to cities interested in having a veterans village of their own. 

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  • Trump signs VA bill to protect whistle blowers, expedite firing of problem worker

    Donovan Slack | USA Today

    WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Friday designed to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problem employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The "VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" makes permanent an office created by a Trump executive order earlier this year to look into claims made by whistleblowers and to protect them from retaliation.

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  • Trump nominates VA insider as next department deputy secretary

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday nominated Marine Corps veteran Thomas Bowman to serve as the No. 2 ranking appointee at the Department of Veterans Affairs, potentially giving the administration another high-ranking official with inside knowledge of the department. 

    Bowman is currently majority staff director for the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and previously worked in several top posts at the department, including serving as chief of staff for former secretaries Jim Nicholson and James Peake.

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  • Soldier who lost 4 limbs opening retreat to help others

    David Sharp | Military Times

    ROME, Maine — Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills awoke in a hospital on his 25th birthday to learn that an explosion in Afghanistan had robbed him of all four limbs. He later told his wife to take their daughter and their belongings, and just go. He didn't want her saddled with his burden. 

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  • VA standardizing caregiver plan before opening to older vets

    Tom Philpott | Stars and Stripes

    VA Secretary David Shulkin has told congressional committees in recent weeks he supports a change in law to expand the post-9/11 caregiver program so that its cash stipend and menu of support services can benefit caregivers to severely injured veterans from earlier generations.

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