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  • Top enlisted personnel: Protect family programs

    Type of content: News

    Service families are well cared for in today's military but face increasing stress amid discussions on altering benefits like health care and family programs, the services' top enlisted members told Congress on Wednesday.

    With the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission proposing sweeping reforms to military pay and benefits packages and the White House's proposed 2016 budget pitching cost-savings measures like health care fee hikes and commissary cutbacks, the men implored Congress to protect family benefits.

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  • New VA Claims Process Called Detrimental to Older Veterans

    Type of content: News

    While the new Department of Veterans Affairs claims process uses forms that are simpler than income tax return forms, they have similar names and designs.

    More importantly, they represent a shift that puts more of the burden on veterans for starting a claim and will end up hurting older veterans and those with traumatic brain injuries, spokesmen for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans said.

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  • Harvard honors Montco's veterans ID plan

    Type of content: News

    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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  • 9 Investigates veterans, the GI bill and for-profit colleges

    Type of content: News

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — 

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  • Veterans Journal: MyVA’s maps reorganized to improve service

    Type of content: News

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reorganized its MyVA organizational maps into five regions, using state boundaries, as part of the agency’s continuing effort to improve service to beneficiaries across the nation by the end of June 2015. The regional map can be seen at: 1.usa.gov/1xMhfCh. Rhode Island is included in the region of states running along the Atlantic coast from Maine to North Carolina.

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  • State of Nebraska issues nearly 2,700 special veterans driver's licenses

    Type of content: News

    LINCOLN — Nearly 2,700 Nebraska military veterans have obtained special driver's licenses available through a new state program.

    “I'm proud Nebraska continues to find unique ways to recognize our veterans,” Gov. Dave Heineman said during a press conference called Wednesday to promote the service.

    A law that took effect this summer allows Nebraska veterans to have the word “veteran” printed in bold letters at the bottom of their driver’s licenses or state identification cards. Heineman, a U.S. Army veteran, said he has a special operator’s license.

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  • Veterans can apply to upgrade discharge for PTSD

    Type of content: News

    A special web page has been launched to assist veterans seeking to upgrade punitive discharges related to behavior problems caused by post-traumatic stress.

    The web page provides information and applications to seek an upgrade to discharge from service. The page can be found at http://arba.army.pentagon.mil/adrb-ptsd.cfm.

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  • Suicide prevention bill likely sidelined until 2015

    Type of content: News

    Supporters of a sweeping veterans suicide prevention bill suffered a major setback Monday when retiring Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., blocked the measure in the waning hours of the year's legislative session.

    The move likely means the end of the effort for this year, and potentially months of rebuilding work for advocates who championed the bill as a critical step forward in veterans mental health care.

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  • V.A. enlists IBM's Watson to help veterans suffering from PTSD

    Type of content: News

    IBM's Watson beat the odds on Jeopardy! Now the big question: is it smart enough to help solve what ails the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs?

    The past couple of years have been pretty rough for the V.A.. In June of this year, it got blasted for underreporting veteran complaints, which ran the gamut from slow response time to poor care. Eventually the Secretary of the V.A., Eric Shineski, resigned.

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  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Income Withholding and Veteran's Benefits

    Type of content: News

    How to determine whether a noncustodial parent (NCP) is receiving benefits from the VA.

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