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  • Pentagon seeks to waive troops' debt in California Guard bonus scandal

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    Top-level Pentagon officials are exploring ways to potentially waive the debts imposed upon more than 10,000 military reservists after the California National Guard sought to force the veterans to repay generous recruitment bonuses that were fraudulently awarded a decade ago. 

    “This has the attention of our leadership, and we are looking at this to see what we can do to assist,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday. “We take doing right by our service members very seriously, and the senior leadership of this department is looking very closely at this matter.” 

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  • Foundation to cover fertility-related expenses for some veterans

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    Veterans whose injuries have caused infertility can now apply for reduced-cost fertility services and grants to cover related expenses under a new program administered by the Bob Woodruff Foundation. 

    The foundation has established a financial assistance fund that will help cover the unreimbursed costs of fertility services, while members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies provide discounted services to eligible veterans. 

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  • Obama signs bill that helps veterans pay for in vitro fertilization

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    Veterans who suffered injuries that resulted in fertility problems will soon be eligible for federal assistance for in vitro fertilization.

    President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bill that authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to help pay the costs for the next two years. The provision was included in the two-year budget for Veterans Affairs and military construction and was authored by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

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  • NEW ‘HERO CARE’ APP HELPS MILITARY MEMBERS AND VETERANS

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    RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The American Red Cross has unveiled a new mobile app meant to help members of the military, veterans and their families.

    The Hero Care app will let users identify and access emergency and non-emergency Red Cross services from anywhere in the world.

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  • VA now taking health benefits applications by phone

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    Veterans can now apply for Veterans Affairs health benefits over the phone. 

    The VA published a final regulation on Monday that allows former service members to complete VA health care applications by calling 877-222-8387.  

    The line is manned by VA employees who walk the veterans through the process, including providing them information on copayment requirements and third party insurance. 

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  • Senators: More protection needed for troops who misbehave after trauma

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    Eight senators have urged Defense Secretary Ash Carter to follow the Navy's lead in ensuring that service members aren't wrongfully discharged for misconduct stemming from a trauma-related mental health condition. 

    The senators -- six Democrats and two Republicans -- wrote Carter on Thursday asking he consider adopting a policy that would prevent the services from discharging personnel involuntarily under less than honorable conditions without weighing whether their discipline problems were related to a physical or mental trauma like sexual assault or brain injury.

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  • California Revokes GI Bill Approval for ITT Tech

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    California revoked GI Bill approval for all 15 campuses of ITT Technical Institute on Thursday, a decision that will affect more than 1,300 California veterans and beneficiaries at the troubled for-profit school.

    The California State Approving Agency for Veteran Education, which grants authority to state-based universities to enroll students in the GI Bill, said the move was to "protect the hard-earned GI Bill education benefits for California veterans," according to a statement.

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  • Veterans Legal Clinic publishes report, files rulemaking petition on access to the VA for veterans with ‘bad-paper’ discharges

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    More than 125,000 veterans who have served since 9/11 are denied access to basic services like health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a report by the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. The report, “Underserved,” presents new findings about how the VA’s regulations exclude hundreds of thousands of veterans with “bad-paper” discharges, contrary to the text and intent of the 1944 G.I. Bill of Rights, which established the current VA eligibility standard.

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  • Senators push to advance sweeping veterans bill before July 4

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    As House Democrats staged a sit-in Wednesday to force their chamber’s leaders to move on gun control legislation, on the Senate floor there was an attempt to jump-start sweeping veterans legislation that has stalled.

    Multiple members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee spent nearly an hour in the late afternoon arguing the full chamber needs to quickly vote on the pending Veterans First Act, a massive veterans omnibus authored by committee chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

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  • 10 Things We Know For Sure About Modern Veterans

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    Here are 10 findings from a decade's worth of research on veterans' transitions.

    Over the last 15 years, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have been studied and dissected from innumerable angles. No group has spent more time studying their needs, habits, challenges and strengths than the nonprofit RAND Corporation, which focuses on developing public policy solutions to complex national problems.

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