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  • Helping families of the fallen: How to make the best of good intentions

    Type of content: News

    Online fundraising sites let well-wishers provide financial support for grieving families, both in and out of uniform.

    But as more requests on behalf of active-duty military dependents show up on these sites, sometimes offering emotional pleas for survivors who are destitute or “left with nothing,” donors should consider what programs are in place to assist these families, and whether online generosity may overlap with existing benefits.

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  • Gen. George Casey's 6 Keys To Success For Student Veterans

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    Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey knows what it’s like to experience a difficult transition out of the military.

    He describes it with a story about a crossword puzzle he did after leaving the Army’s top post in 2011, in which a seven-letter word with the clue “Army head” was not “general,” but, instead, “latrine.”

    “That’s kind of what it’s like,” Casey joked with student veterans assembled for his keynote presentation at the Student Veterans of America national conference in San Antonio.

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  • New in 2018: ‘Forever GI Bill’ changes take effect

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    The new Forever GI Bill signed into law by President Trump earlier this year has multiple provisions that will roll out in 2018. Among them are changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill for Purple Heart recipients, reservists and dependents — all of which start in August.
     
    Post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients will be eligible to receive 100 percent of GI Bill benefits regardless of how long they served. This includes coverage of tuition at a public school’s in-state rate for 36 months, and books and housing stipends.
     

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  • 218 schools make Military Times: Best Colleges 2018 rankings

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    There may not be a big-eared mouse or giant castle on the campus of Tarrant County College in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, but the faculty and staff want students to feel like they’re at Disney World.

    For Assistant Director of Student Development Services Eddie Brassart, that means “walking the talk” and providing “aggressively” friendly customer service — tips he picked up from the 1997 book “Inside the Magic Kingdom” that’s required reading for all new hires at the school’s Trinity River Campus.

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  • New Pentagon rules aim to broaden reviews of 'bad paper' dismissals

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — Veterans advocates are hopeful that more veterans with “bad paper” dismissals will be able to upgrade their discharge status now that defense officials have released clearer guidance of how to handle a host of mental health and injury cases.

    The new memo, released Monday by the Pentagon’s personnel and readiness office, states that reviewers must take into consideration “conditions resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault or sexual harassment” when deciding whether to upgrade a veterans’ status.

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  • 5 Things for Veterans to Know About Expanded GI Benefits

    Type of content: News

    Lawmakers this month sent an expanded GI educational benefits bill, known as the "Forever GI Bill" to President Donald Trump's desk to sign.

    The Forever GI Bill, which passed the U.S. Senate unanimously, is estimated to cost more than $3 billion over 10 years.

    "It restores benefits to veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving dependents and Purple Heart recipients," said Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin in a statement.

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  • Report: More vets getting advanced degrees under Post-9/11 GI Bill

    Type of content: News

    When New York University Professor Liang Zhang started doing research on veterans in higher education, he wasn’t surprised to see that the Post-9/11 GI Bill generated a significant bump in college enrollment.

    But what he wasn’t expecting to learn as part of his new “Veterans Going to College” report is that the largest growth has been among veterans earning advanced degrees — particularly older veterans who already have a master’s.

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  • Virginia creates legal guide for service members, veterans

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

    Type of content: News

    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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  • Plan to overhaul GI Bill moves through House, on to Senate

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    Major reforms to veterans’ education benefits are one step closer to becoming law after the House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of the legislation Monday.

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