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Veterans' help needed to build genetic database
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans, Uncle Sam wants your DNA. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development has created and funded the Million Veteran Program — a national, voluntary research program with the goal to study how genes affect health. To do this, MVP will build one of the world's largest medical databases by safely collecting blood samples and health information from 1 million veteran volunteers currently receiving care in the VA Healthcare System.
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 Benefits


VA data show disparities in veteran benefits spending
KPLU-AM and NPR
If you're a veteran and rely on benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where you live may have an effect on whether you receive the benefits you've earned.
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Wounded veterans starting federal jobs would get sick leave under new bill
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
Wounded veterans hired by the federal government would start their jobs with a stockpile of paid sick leave under a new bill introduced in Congress. The bipartisan measure would give service-disabled veterans 104 hours of paid sick time after they enter the federal workforce; nonveteran employees begin with none and accrue hours over time.
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Survey: Base services, health care are military family's top benefits
Militry.com
Base amenities and health care are the two most valuable benefits to military spouses according to data from a new survey released recently.
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 Employment


The Hire More Heroes Act is misguided; there's no veterans' unemployment crisis
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
Recently, the House of Representatives unanimously approved the Hire More Heroes Act, which would exempt businesses from counting newly hired military veterans toward the 50-worker threshold at which they must provide health insurance or pay a fine under the Affordable Care Act. Although the bill calls veterans "heroes," it treats them as victims.
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New laws in place geared toward helping veterans for 2015
WICZ-TV
The office of Sen. Tom Libous, R-N.Y., announces some laws geared toward helping veterans and the businesses that hire them. Some business managers are saying a reward for hiring a vet can serve as an incentive for many companies and a New York veteran agrees.
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Nebraska senators announce veterans job bills
Marine Corps Times
A coalition of Nebraska lawmakers vowed to push for expanded veterans benefits in a state where the group's unemployment rate of 5.8 percent is nearly double the state average. Six senators, led by Sue Crawford of Bellevue, announced at a news conference bills detailing hiring preferences, tax exemptions and workforce training.
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FMCSA's 2014 achievements help veterans find jobs
Military.com
The end of the year is the time when many people look back at the past 12 months and compile their "best of" lists for books, movies and music. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a list of their own. Their long list of accomplishments this year includes three game changers that advance their safety-first mission by cutting the red tape and waste burdening American businesses, offering a helping hand to our soldiers preparing to transition into civilian careers in transportation and working to improve health and wellness of bus and truck drivers.
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Rauner wants Illinois companies to track hiring, training of veterans, minorities
Chicago Sun-Times
Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., criticized on the campaign trail for running companies in the past with few if any minorities at the top, ordered companies contracting with the state of Illinois to start counting how many veterans and minorities they employ or train.
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 Housing


New York: New veteran housing provides men with hope
TWC News
After years of planning and work, a new resource is bringing veterans out of the cold. A former Schenectady factory in Albany, New York, has been transformed into affordable housing for veterans and homeless men. It's called 845 Commons and it'll provide housing and support services for 155 in need. The program used to be run on a smaller scale at the downtown Schenectady YMCA; however the new $26 million housing unit provides much more, including state of the art energy efficient apartments.
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New Orleans still tackling homeless vets issue despite city's claim
WWL-TV
Recently, the Landrieu administration held a news conference applauding New Orleans for being the first major city in the nation to "end veteran homelessness." WWL-TV hit the streets one night to see if that truly is the case. Cocooned in blankets for warmth, these homeless men and women, for varying reasons, are once again camped out underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway. On Jan. 7, Mayor Mitch Landrieu flanked by a coalition of supporters announced an end to chronic homelessness in the Crescent City.
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 Medical


To Liberia and back: The military's fight against Ebola
By Danielle Wegert
Even though most of people in the U.S. were fearful about the spread of Ebola, there were some who were willing to put their lives at risk to help the West African nations pull through this epidemic. Doctors were traveling to the countries to help treat those infected, and others were sent to help build hospitals and provide necessary resources. Sally Eilerman, staff physician and a major in the U.S. Air Force, was one of those heroic individuals, and she talks about her experience in Liberia.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Military tattoos evolve into tributes for veterans (The Associated Press via The Washington Times)
Veterans Journal: After 2014 woes, Veteran's Administration headed in right direction for 2015 (Providence Journal)
House passes bill to increase jobs for veterans (Defense One)
Wisconsin: Opiates handed out like candy to 'doped-up' veterans (WISC-TV)

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