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Coming Home From War To Hit The Books

By David Wallis

FALLING asleep in a crowded lecture hall was never a problem for Adam Connell. Just the opposite.

As a freshman at the University of Iowa in fall 2010, he uneasily eyed his classmates. "I had feelings of bad anxiety," recalled Mr. Connell, 25, a Navy veteran. "When you pull into ports, because terrorism is so high, you are always super-vigilant at all times. In these 300-person lecture halls, you are just surrounded by people you don't know."

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Does The V.A. Get It?

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it plans to hire 1,900 psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, clinicians and clerical employees, a 10 percent increase in its mental health staff. That's welcome progress for a system that is struggling to meet the needs of veterans. But there are questions about whether it will be enough — and whether the department is truly facing up to its problems.

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For-Profit Schools Taking In Millions From GI Bill

Back in the spring, close to 50 unemployed young veterans gathered in a state agency building in Richardson to learn how to rework their résumés and make themselves more attractive job candidates.

The first speaker was someone from the University of Phoenix, a mammoth for-profit college that does an overwhelming amount of its educating online, not in classrooms. She passed out brochures, then detailed why the veterans should use their generous education benefits at her school.

Jim DePaolo, laid off just weeks before, was stunned.

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Giving a hand up, not a hand out

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Homeless veterans in the local area may be just a little more comfortable thanks to the efforts of U.S. Army Reserve Command military and civilian employees.

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Home Depot Foundation Program Helps Improve Veterans' Housing

Officials with the Home Depot Foundation on Thursday said the organization will donate $50 million over a three-year period to nonprofits that work with military veterans.

The money will be used primarily on housing initiatives across the nation, including in Atlanta.

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Homeless Rural Vets Find A Place To Call Home

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This month, more than a dozen homeless veterans in Connecticut will finally have a place to call their own, thanks to the American Legion. They'll stay at the legion's post in the small town of Jewett City. Lucy Nalpathanchil from member station WNPR reports.

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Homeless veterans find help getting reconnected

WORCESTER —  In the years after John A. Doherty left the Air Force, he was diagnosed with chronic depression, worked a series of what he calls “meaningless jobs” and struck out at three job fairs.

No more, he claims. Mr. Doherty, 36, landed a bed at the Veterans Inc. shelter for homeless veterans in Worcester three months ago and, about three weeks ago, started a temporary full-time job at Eaton Corp. assembling computer server cabinets.

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Homeless Veterans No More

Nonprofit — Soldier On — provides affordable housing, support and job training

Four years ago, Michael Shindler's home was a sleeping bag under a pine tree in a park in Pittsfield, Mass. Today, the 54-year-old Air Force veteran, recovering alcoholic and mentor to at-risk kids lives just up the street, but worlds away in his own gleaming apartment. He also owns a share of the complex and has a voice in how the place is run.

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Homelessness, Economic Woes Rising For Female US Veterans

By Eric Tucker and Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Misha McLamb helped keep fighter jets flying during a military career that took her halfway around the world to the Persian Gulf. But back home, the Navy aircraft specialist is barely getting by after a series of blows that undid her settled life.

She was laid off from work last year and lost custody of her daughter. She's grappled with alcohol abuse, a carry-over from heavy-drinking Navy days. She spent nights in her car before a friend's boyfriend wrecked it, moving later to a homeless shelter where the insulin needles she needs for her diabetes were stolen.

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Obama Offers Housing-Relief Programs

By Brad Plumer

President Obama on Tuesday unveiled two housing initiatives intended to assist members of the military and Americans with government-insured loans.

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Poll Shows Jobs Top Issue For Military

By Kevin Cirilli
Politico.com

As GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama prepare for Monday's foreign policy debate, a new poll shows that members of the armed forces view veterans' unemployment as their top concern, and a majority think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Eighty-eight percent of military members think Iraq and Afghanistan war vet joblessness is a problem, according to the poll from non-partisan advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America and obtained by POLITICO.

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Shoddy Care For Veterans Becomes Campaign Issue

Rep. Howard Waxman says the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy is impenetrable. His opponent says Waxman hasn't tried hard enough.

By Steve Lopez
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2012
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Bob Rosebrock and I sat under a tree on the West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs property, discussing his pet peeve: How the country is failing its veterans. There was plenty to talk about.

Nearby was the gleaming $253-million California Veterans Home, opened with great fanfare more than two years ago, with local politicians lining up to take bows. But today, in a region with an estimated 8,000 homeless veterans, many of whom can't get access to care, roughly four-fifths of the 396 rooms are empty.

Yes, four-fifths.

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Taking His Doctor's Advice Could Cost A Combat Veteran His Apartment

By Joseph Berger

After Eugene Ovsishcher returned from a nine-month combat tour in Afghanistan, he experienced what his doctors called symptoms of post-traumatic stress: nightmares, flashbacks and a pervasive anxiety. A psychiatrist advised him to get a dog, and last August he did — a shaggy, mocha Shih Tzu puppy that Mr. Ovsishcher named Mickey because he crawled like a mouse.

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VA Chief: Urgency Needed To Rescue Homeless Veterans

Also at conference, HUD secretary calls for more funding

By Steve Vogel

An Obama administration effort to end veteran homelessness by 2015 requires more urgency, the secretaries of the departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday.

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Veterans Help Themselves By Helping Others

Nonprofit grooms ex-military for jobs via service projects

Jeffrey Hall knows the look of an empty pantry.

“I do remember some days when we only had crackers in the house,” said Hall, 45, who recalled frequent trips to a food bank on the North Side. “A family of four, and crackers and water.”

Hall left Chicago to join the Navy, but he will return this week as a fellow with The Mission Continues, a nonprofit group dedicated to involving veterans of recent wars in meaningful service projects. More than 100 veterans will gather in Chicago this weekend to prepare for six months of work at nonprofits across the country.

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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program to help unemployed veterans

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program provides a housing allowance of $1,473 for up to 12 months for unemployed veterans who are not eligible for other Veterans Administration education benefits.
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Veterans Say Late Pay From VA Cripples Their Finances

By Dan Elliott, Associated Press

DENVER -- Exasperated veterans who work part-time for the Veterans Administration while attending college say their paychecks are sometimes weeks late, leaving them in trouble with bill collectors or having to borrow money to avoid eviction.

The two-week paycheck is typically about $360, and can be vital to veterans raising families and juggling expenses.

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Veterans' Homelessness High Priority For Agency

VA pursuing strategic, and some say lofty, goal of ending problem by 2015

WASHINGTON -- On a cold night in Monmouth County, N.J., a lone dishwasher stayed late, taking on extra work to buy time. The restaurant's owners, trying to close up, guessed the man had no place to go. And when they tried to find him one, they struck out.

The restaurant is owned by rock legend Jon Bon Jovi's foundation, and Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea Hurley, discovered that night that finding services for the homeless is no easy task. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is trying to tackle the problem of veterans' homelessness, figuring out how to make the task easier is a pivotal goal.

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War Vets Should Get Tax Break On Foreclosures, Fed's Peach Says

By Christine Harvey, Bloomberg News

The U.S. government should provide a tax credit to military veterans to buy foreclosed properties owned by government mortgage financiers, according to Richard Peach, a Federal Reserve Bank of New York economist.

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U.S.VETS provides comprehensive services to the veterans we serve, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug and alcohol free housing. At our facilities veterans progress through a seamless continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community.

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Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) is the official relief society of the U.S. Coast Guard. CGMA is a non-profit charitable organization established to provide financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family. While CGMA works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, it is an independent corporation. Its mission is to promote the financial stability and general well being of Coast Guard people through interest-free loans, grants, and financial counseling.

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Best Veteran Blogs - [ADD THESE ONE BY ONE]

Top 50 Veterans Blogs

Typically we reserve our praise and adulation for former members of the armed forces to one day each year, -- November 11 -- but their contributions to our society deserve recognition on a more frequent basis. This is something that individuals with veterans in the family know well, but many people without loved ones who have served can easily forget to acknowledge this importance.

We've combed the Internet in search of the 50 most outstanding veterans-related sites. They range in focus from the army to the navy, from Iraq vets to those from the Cold War. Click around and salute your favorites.

The Five Best - The Rest of the Best

The Five Best

  1. The Transitioning Veteran. One of the most difficult aspects of providing military service to the country is how to go about one's life on the outside after the tour of duty. Thankfully, TTV has arisen as one of the Internet's zestiest resources on just this dilemma. This site provides the authentic and dynamic opinion of a former veteran himself, "My thoughts on veteran benefits and life after the military." The topics are applicable to those who've served in the Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, or any other branch.
  2. Military Members and Veterans. This blog is devoted to "discussing current military members, veterans, and military personnel. This blog will deal with issues regarding benefits, help, and ways to support our troops and veterans!" Recent features on Pearl Harbor and Afghan translators help to distinguish this blog site via its unique focuses and engaging writing style. A must-read site for anyone interested in the prestige and perils of the military.
  3. What's Really Wrong in America? The zealous, potentially polemic title of this blog immediately clarify it as one of the Web's most personal and passionate military blogs that we found. The blog features a former veteran's "musings on how a middle class American sees what's gone wrong in" his home country. We're not claiming that you'll heartily agree with all of the thoughts and positions he takes on various issues, but one thing's for sure: you will definitely get a kick out of perusing these posts that really are opinion pieces in disguise. An energizing read.
  4. Wounded Times. Thankfully, the harrowing issue of post-traumatic stress disorder, after silently afflicting recently-returned veterans for decades, has received increasingly more attention from both the field of psychology and the media. Capitalizing on the attention to the issue is Wounded Times, which is one of the best sites we located that specifically caters to recent vets and these issues. The site assures readers that they are "not alone" and that PTSD "does not have to win as long as we care enough to learn."
  5. Libertas and Latte. This blog site is a collection of the "rantings and ravings of a disgruntled patriot and coffee slave." The retired paratrooper has discover a new zeal as a "fanatical libertarian" who liberally dispenses his vibrant viewpoints on "National Security, Foreign Policy, Civil Liberties, Politics, Trivial Observations, Family News and various distractions." A fun read for veterans and civilians alike.

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Homeless to Housing - Video

VA is taking decisive action to end homelessness among Veterans through on-going efforts to provide easy access to programs and services designed to help them get back on their feet, such as this effort that's making a difference in Dayton, Ohio.

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Housing for Homeless Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs is adding 34 new locations around the country to serve as housing for homeless and at-risk veterans.

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Video - HELP USA - Providing Homes for Homeless Veterans

HELP USA, one of the largest nonprofit housing organizations for the homeless in the country, is taking steps to ensure an adequate safety net for soldiers returning from Afghanistan. The organization has specialized transitional and permanent supportive housing residences and employment services for veterans in NYC, Newark, Philadelphia and Las Vegas with projects in development in Washington DC and Maryland.

The organization today released a PSA film message featuring U.S. Ranger and Bronx native Robert LeBron, an Iraq war veteran who was forced to seek shelter in HELP USA's homeless shelter on Morris Avenue with his 14-year-old son.

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