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Veterans shouldn't learn how to be civilians — veterans should be veterans
The Huffington Post
Director of Community at Unite US Mike Liguori writes: "As proud as I am of serving in the Iraq War, I am finding it increasingly difficult to tell civilians stories of war. America is illiterate when it comes to war. Stigmas are still placed on combat veterans and the overuse of the phrase 'empowering veterans' has painted the veteran landscape as a community in need of help after service. Veterans are more valuable than this and instead of being pushed to learn how to be civilians and to re-assimilate, they should be pushed to redefine what it means to be a veteran in the civilian world."
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New IT job site assists veterans
InformationWeek
Monster Worldwide, the Consumer Electronics Association and several technology business groups have launched a job site that focuses on moving veterans to civilian careers within the technology industry. Announced at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, USTechVets.org offers free tools and resources for former military personnel and for employers interested in attracting veterans.
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Project Transition USA helps veterans find civilian careers
83 Degrees Media
For many military veterans, making the transition from military to civilian life can prove challenging — especially landing a good job. Project Transition USA is on a mission to ease that process by using the power of LinkedIn to help military veterans find and position themselves for unique post-military career opportunities.
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Veterans need more than a day; they need and deserve a career
The Califonrian
America is home to 21.2 million veterans — men and women who were willing to risk their lives for our country. Unfortunately, many of these veterans face a daunting personal battle here at home: finding work. According to the labor department, more than 700,000 U.S. veterans are unemployed. This simply isn't acceptable.
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Report: Suicide rate spikes among young veterans
Stars and Stripes
The number of young veterans committing suicide jumped dramatically from 2009 to 2011, a worrying trend that Veterans Affairs officials hope can be reversed with more treatment and intervention.

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Commentary: Congress turns its back on the military again
CQ Roll Call
In late December, a two-year budget deal passed the Senate by a bipartisan 64-36 vote. It includes a provision that cuts a full 1 percent from future annual cost-of-living-adjustments to the retirement packages of all veterans under the age of 62.

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CEA works to connect vets with tech jobs
TWICE
The Consumer Electronics Association will launch an initiative to connect veterans with U.S. tech jobs at the 2014 International CES.

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Proposed VA disability filing rule not favorable to vet groups
The Associated Press via Fox News
What has been a simple and easy application process to file claims by veterans seeking disability compensation could be changed by a proposed filing rule from the Obama administration. Veterans are not happy and are speaking out.
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Military officers group helps veterans in filing for benefits
Stars and Stripes
For the first time in four years, a new national advocacy group has stepped up to help veterans prepare their benefits paperwork and reduce the VA's still problematic claims backlog. The Military Officers Association of America was formally recognized as a veterans service organization recently, the first time a national group has earned that distinction since 2009.
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A big year for VA loans
The New York Times
The number of loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs reached a record high in 2013, perhaps marking the peak of an upward trajectory that began after the housing market collapse.
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Veterans groups worry retirement cut is just the 1st step
Stars and Stripes
With Congress back in session, veterans groups are vowing to resume their fights against trims to military retirement benefits. But what they're really fighting for is relevancy, and to make sure the country hasn't forgotten them.
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Military update: Usual gains in military veteran pay stall in 2013
Standard-Examiner
As it came to a close, 2013 seemed to leave a kind of high water mark on the wall of more than a decade of steady, impressive gains to military and veterans' pays and benefits. Will those gains now begin to recede?
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