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A Welcome-Home Gift For Veterans: Jobs

By Mike Mullen and Steven A. Cohen

Our nation is finally emerging from one of the worst recessions in American history, yet for our military veterans there is no recovery in sight. The nation's unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. But the unemployment rate of our youngest military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan hovers at a stunning 29 percent.

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BEWARE OF PENSION POACHING SCAMS

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension exists to help financially disadvantaged wartime Veterans and their survivors.

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Video - Vet to Vet: Prepare Yourself for a Career with the Federal Government

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This video shows several Veterans giving advice to Veterans and transitioning service members about how to prepare for employment with the Federal Government as a civilian.

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New Disability System Fails To Speed Claims

Average case now drags on for more than a year

By Patricia Kime

Five years after launching a combined effort to cut the time it takes to complete disability evaluations and begin paying benefits to wounded, injured and ill troops, it now takes the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments an average of 100 days longer to close a case.

The Integrated Disability Evaluation System was launched in 2008 to combine the separate DoD and VA systems into one and cut the time it takes to complete to 295 days for active-duty troops and 305 days for reserve-component members.

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The Death Of Peter Wielunski

For every soldier killed in combat, 25 veterans are dying by suicide. It's time to broaden efforts against PTSD.

By Robert Morgenthau
Wall Street Journal
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During the Civil War, they called it "soldier's heart." In World War I, doctors called it "shell shock." In World War II, the war I served in, we called it "battle fatigue." Now we know it as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The name may have changed, but one thing is clear: It is reaching epidemic proportions among our soldiers and veterans.

According to a Veterans Administration report released this March, current or former military personnel represent an estimated 20% of all known suicides in the United States—that's more than 7,000 veterans and service members each year. For every soldier killed in combat, 25 veterans are dying by suicide.

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VA Yellow Ribbon Program

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Some educational institutions may make additional funds available through the Yellow Ribbon Program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

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Army Establishes Hotline

The Army Medical Command has a hotline available for soldiers and veterans who have been screened by forensic psychiatric teams since 2007 as part of the evaluation process for medical retirement. Soldiers and veterans with concerns about their diagnosis may call 800-984-8523.

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Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is a U.S non-profit organization that was established to "help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness".

Services from BVA are available to all veterans who have become blind, either during or after active duty. The BVA has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. BVA is a 503(c)(3) registered nonprofit; for the 2008-2009 Fiscal year, BVA's income was $4.2 million.

VA News this week - October 8 2012

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October 8, 2012

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

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Lawmaker Sees 'Leadership Void' At VA

House Veterans' Affairs chairman decries waste, lavish conference costs

By Steve Vogel
Washington Post
October 4, 2012
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The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Wednesday that an inspector general’s report on Department of Veterans Affairs spending on conferences raises questions about its leadership’s ability to cope with problems faced by the people it serves.

“Disappointed is a polite word to describe my thoughts about this,” Rep. Jeff Miller, (F-Fla.) said at a joint hearing with the House and Senate veterans affairs committees to hear legislative requests from the American Legion.

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Fiscal Year 2018 NASA Budget

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot testified at a hearing on his agency's fiscal year 2018 budget. Members questioned him about cuts to programs in areas such as education, earth science and satellite servicing technology. Mr. Lightfoot also discussed NASA's future missions, including a new telescope to study the origins of the universe, a Mars Rover mission, and deep space human exploration.

What Should Trump Do in Afghanistan?

"Its unfortunate that the strategy review has taken so long and now has become involved in a political debate over what Americas role in the world should be."

Insurance Fraud

John Doak, the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, was among the witnesses testifying at a hearing on efforts to eliminate insurance fraud by consumers, insurers, and scammers. Subcommittee members questioned panelists on recent instances of fraud, and on what local and state regulators were doing to address them

The Real American Heritage

Within a generations time, nearly all of the 16 million veterans who served in World War II will be gone.

Water Infrastructure

A Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee held a hearing on infrastructure financing and safe drinking water. Members heard from representatives of a local utility and metropolitan planning board on their recommendations for funding and modernizing the nation's water systems. A resident of Arkansas also talked about his family's problems getting access to safe drinking water and the help he received from a rural government assistance program that installed well systems in his community.

Border Security Technology

Homeland Security officials with the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection agencies testified at a hearing on the various technologies they were using to secure the nation's borders. During the hearing, Customs and Border Protection's Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owens said the smuggling of the dangerous drug fentanyl into the U.S. via the courier system from China was an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Mr. Owens added that the CBP had conducted testing on the drug that comes from both China and across the U.S. southern border and the Chinese drug is much more potent.

The Physics Behind NASAs 'Quiet' Supersonic Jet Design

Quieting the boom is all about the shape of the sound waves.

Art Trade Theft and Fraud

Federal customs and financial crimes officials were among the witnesses at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on efforts to combat the illicit art and antiquities trade. They outlined the ways terrorist groups like ISIS have used antiquities and arts sales to fund their operations, and the ways federal enforcement agencies and their foreign counterparts were trying to disrupt the black market of such transactions. The hearing was ended after final votes in the House were called for the week.

The Upcoming U.S.-South Korea Military Drills Occur Every YearBut Not Amid Tension Like This

The exercises are preceded by threats and developments unique to 2017.

State Department Confronts North Korea With Rows of Vacant Positions

Trump has nominated candidates for only a third of key slots; envoy to South Korea is acting.