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New website helps student veterans report abuse
About.com
Student veterans can now report attempts by colleges to take advantage of them and their GI Bill educational benefits on a new website from the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. The Postsecondary Education Complaint System website asks veterans and their family members to report institutions that use high-pressure recruitment tactics, like multiple unsolicited phone calls or emails, make false claims about their degree programs, make misleading statements regarding accreditation or promote costly private loans.
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Help veterans make the connection with resources
Make the Connection
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs created Make the Connection to help link veterans with resources they have earned. Especially in rural areas, the success of Make the Connection depends on support from everyone who interacts with veterans, including local healthcare providers that have direct contact with veterans every day.
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House bill would require in-state tuition rates for veterans
The Hill
The House is expected to pass legislation that would require colleges to give veterans in-state tuition rates, regardless of their place of residence. House GOP leaders will bring up the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act, H.R. 357. The bill should easily pass the House; it was approved by the House Veterans Affairs last summer by a voice vote.
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President highlights veterans' struggle, sacrifice in State of Union speech
The Hill
Veterans who had hoped President Barack Obama would support restoring cuts to military retiree pensions during his State of the Union address were disappointed, but the president instead spoke of the sacrifice and struggle of vets returning home after war.
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Veterans warn DOD plans to close commissaries
About.com
The American Legion is out to stop the Department of Defense from closing more than 75 percent of all commissaries — taxpayer-subsidized grocery stores where military personnel, their families and veterans can buy goods at near wholesale prices.
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Companies help veterans to apply military experience to civilian careers
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Exelis Inc. XLS program company Exelis Action Corps said it has partnered with Korn Ferry and nonprofit organization Points of Light to launch the Leveraging Military Leadership Program.

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What will Congress cut to 'support our troops?'
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Congress undid some of its planned cuts to veterans' benefits in the latest spending bill, but it also left the vast majority of the reductions in place.

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Agent Orange exposure increases skin cancer risk in Vietnam veterans
Medical News Today
The Vietnam War ended in 1975, but — even four decades later — high rates of nonmelanoma invasive skin cancer are reported in Vietnam veterans exposed to the controversial herbicide Agent Orange, according to a new study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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Report: VA healthcare delays leading to veteran deaths
Forbes
Recently, CNN published alarming allegations that at least 19 veterans have died awaiting medical care at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals or clinics. These waits appear to be for screening procedures like colonoscopies or endoscopies, which can help a physician make a cancer diagnosis.
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More effort needed on backlog, electronic medical records
Stars and Stripes
The Department of Veterans Affairs made significant strides in reducing the backlog of veteran disability claims last year, but aggressive steps are needed if the remaining 400,000 cases are to be handled and considerations are made for future claims, a new report suggests.
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HUD, VA reach out to Washington, DC homeless community, veterans
VAntage Point
On Jan. 29, hundreds of volunteers walked the streets of Washington, D.C., in search of the city's homeless. The goal was to find and count as many of them as possible in order to get a snapshot — a "point-in-time" count — of the current homeless population.
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