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COMMUNITIES IN ACTION U.S. Attorney to speak at veterans’ summit Hometownlife.com Civil rights that are exclusive to veterans and military personnel will be the focus of U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade’s keynote presentation at the CantonCommunity Foundation’s third annual Veterans‘ Summit Thursday, Sept. 13. McQuade’s presentation … Resources available for veterans in agricultural communities Agri News Veteran unemployment is much higher in nearly every category, including age and gender, and even higher in rural areas, noted Martina Mohrbacher, an outreach specialist with the Military Family Research Institute’s Operation Diploma Project, a program … Helping Them Return to Civilian Life Forward Rather, they were committing to a six-month fellowship run by The Mission Continues, which helps returning veterans reintegrate into civilian life by volunteering at local not-for-profit organizations. … In addition to physical ailments and … Veterans outreach event comes to Juneau Juneau Empire Vietnam War veteran Brian Coyle tries on a jacket during the Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System’s Stand Down outreach … Read entire article »

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House Expands Education Resources and Restricts VA Executive Bonuses

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the House of Representatives reaffirmed its promises to America’s veterans by overwhelmingly passing bipartisan legislation to improve benefits and services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  A major component of this bill, H.R. 4057, as amended, requires VA to implement a comprehensive policy that aids veterans in making informed decisions about their choices in pursuit of higher education. H.R. 4057 also provides for more transparency of information related to education and training opportunities so that veterans are able to make the most of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. “Veterans deserve the best possible resources as they make important decisions about higher education,” stated Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “This legislation will … Read entire article »

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Defense Centers of Excellence Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Update

Behavioral Health Study Aims to Improve Health of the Force (DVIDS) 08/20/2012 08:00 PM EDT New Army Policy Restricting Access to Service Dogs (CBS News) 08/20/2012 08:00 PM EDT Virginia Researchers Explore Link Between Brain Injury And Crime (WAMU Virginia Public Radio) 08/20/2012 08:00 PM EDT DCoE Hosts Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Webinar (Health Net) 08/20/2012 08:00 PM EDT Vets’ Job Hunt May Be Thwarted By Disability Bias (NPR) 08/20/2012 08:00 PM EDT Fund Helps Pentagon Add Clinics for Vets (Associated Press in Army Times) 08/20/2012 08:00 PM EDT Easing Financial Stress After Deployment (Stripes Okinawa) 08/19/2012 08:00 PM EDT Resume Writing Tips for Finding a Job in the Civilian World (Stripes Guam) 08/19/2012 08:00 PM EDT The Woman Who Would Save Football (Grantland) 08/16/2012 08:00 PM EDT Taking Aim at Unseen Wounds of War: AOA, AACOM Join Federal Initiative (The DO) 08/16/2012 08:00 PM EDT Military Sex Assault Victims’ PTSD … Read entire article »

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Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the Media

Camp Smith Trains Reservists in Mental Health Support (Cortlandt Daily Voice) Unit leaders of the New York Army National Guard are undertaking a rare three days of classroom instruction this week at Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor. The reservists will be trained as resilience training assistants as part the Army’s push to address soldiers’ mental health. “You’ve got to change a culture,” 1st Lt. Karen Marotz said about addressing the perception that seeking mental health treatment could hurt a service member’s career. About 140 sergeants and lieutenants will be trained by fall. Sgt. Maj. Andrew Depalo, director of family programs, said he once believed his career would suffer if he sought mental health treatment. “I wouldn’t go seek the help I needed, then I did,” he said. “I still got my top secret … Read entire article »

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Veterans News

House votes to fire tax-delinquent federal workers.  Attention, federal workers: Pay your taxes or lose your job. Bill would require oversight of military-style ‘boot camps’ for kids.  Amid growing concern over abusive conditions at military-style “boot camps” for troubled youths in the region, two Calif. lawmakers are seeking to establish state oversight of the camps. Congress helps Camp Lejeune families hurt by tainted water.  The day after Janey Ensminger would have celebrated her 36th birthday, the House of Representatives passed a historic bill in her honor that would help thousands of sick Marine veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Janey was just 9 when she died of a rare form of leukemia. TVC teams move forward to assist the VA.  KXXV News Channel 25  As a result … Read entire article »

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Obama has Camp Lejeune Bill

The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (H.R. 1627). The bill, now headed to the President for signature into law, will bring immediate VA healthcare to Camp Lejeune veterans and their families who have been diagnosed with a disease related to the water contamination that occurred at the base between 1957 and 1987. In addition, H.R. 1627 increases VA accountability to veterans by streamlining the disability claims process, ensuring transparency in VA funding, protecting veterans from sexual assault, and transforming how VA does business in the 21st century. “This legislation is a culmination of more than a year’s worth of work on behalf of America’s veterans, and an example of what lawmakers can accomplish working together in a bipartisan … Read entire article »

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Navy Faces Empty Billets, Afghanistan Construction Way Behind, Telephone — NOT Apps — Triggering PTS Treatment

Navy taking measures to fill undermanned at-sea billets. The Navy will ship hundreds of sailors to sea before their projected rotation date to fill undermanned billets, the Navy has announced. Budget officials: Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan underfunded by $94 billion. The Navy’s most recent 30-year construction plan underestimates the cost of growing and maintaining its fleet by more than $3 billion annually over the next three decades, according to a recent analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. US construction projects in Afghanistan challenged by inspector general’s report. A U.S. initiative to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on construction projects in Afghanistan, originally pitched as a vital tool in the military campaign against the Taliban, is running so far behind schedule that it will not yield benefits until most U.S. combat … Read entire article »

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Veterans News: Marines Order Around Teachers, Jobs Program Gets Overhaul, Goodyear Hiring

2005 BRAC cost more, saved less than estimated. The 2005 BRAC round has fallen fall short of its original billing – at least as far as taxpayer savings are concerned. Overall, one-time construction costs related to BRAC jumped by 67 percent, from a $21 billion estimate to $35.1 billion in 2011. Marines aim to counter teachers’ opposition to recruiting students. The bellowing from the drill instructors began as soon as the newcomers arrived. But instead of young recruits, the group was made up of were high school teachers, guidance counselors and administrators from school districts in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas who had accepted the Marine Corps’ invitation to spend four days at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, watching the training and talking to recruits, enlisted Marines and senior officers. US is the … Read entire article »

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Veterans News

Bill looks to protect ‘sanctity’ at military funerals. The Senate passed an omnibus veterans affairs bill Wednesday that includes additional restrictions on protests near military funerals and tougher penalties on groups that violate the law. House backs spending millions for military sports sponsorships. In spite of budgetary woes and calls for defense programs to be slashed, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to let the U.S. military spend millions of dollars to continue sponsoring sporting events, most notably NASCAR. Air Force chief of staff nominee: Deeper cuts at Europe bases needed. The prospective new Air Force chief of staff said service officials must look into further base consolidations in Europe as part of the larger effort to trim military spending and stabilize the national economy. Efforts to combat military sex assaults are … Read entire article »

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Pentagon Creating Medal Detector to Find Liars

The Pentagon plans to establish a searchable database of military valor awards and medals, hoping for a technological fix to the problem of people getting away with lying about earning military honors. Pentagon press secretary George Little said details have yet to be worked out, but the intention is to have a digital repository of records on a range of valor awards and medals going back as far in history as possible. The move is in response to a June 28 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a law making it a crime to lie about receiving the Medal of Honor and other military decorations. An authoritative database would make it easier to check on award claims, and perhaps would deter some who would make false public claims. The high court ruled that the … Read entire article »

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