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A bad omen for Pentagon budget?
The Hill
The swift work in Congress to repeal $6 billion in cuts to military pensions that recently passed is a bad omen for future efforts to curb military personnel costs, budget analysts say. Congress included the reductions in military retirement pay as part of the December budget deal, but it quickly reversed course amid a major backlash from veterans groups.
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Microsoft focuses on employing and training our nation's veterans
TechNet
How can the private sector best help our nation's veterans successfully transition from the military to civilian employment? Leading experts and veterans gathered at the recent Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C., to focus on answering these questions and to explore best practices. The engaging and interactive discussion examined how government and industry can work together to help our returning soldiers transition to civilian careers.
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Veterans welcomed to world of health IT
Healthcare IT News
U.S. military veterans and their families will have a chance to take part in a special program designed to introduce them to potential careers in the health IT industry, during "A Hero's Welcome to Health IT" at HIMSS14. The initiative, funded by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Education and Training Administration, provides military veterans an opportunity to gain knowledge of professional development and employment opportunities within health information technology.
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Why employing military veterans should be a national priority
The Dallas Morning News
With federal budget cuts, the drawdown in Afghanistan and imminent downsizing of our armed forces, about 1 million service members will transition out of uniform over the next few years. That's about 21,000 men and women — and their families — who will return to our communities each month with aspirations for bright professional futures.
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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
OSDBU seeks to enable service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, HUBZone businesses and woman-owned small businesses to add value to the work of VA.
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Higher education guidebook for veterans, families
Veterans Today
A current and comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data recently launched a new guidebook entitled "Higher Education Resources for Veterans and Their Families." The 20-page guide focuses on overcoming the numerous challenges veterans face when continuing their education after service. This includes navigating the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Programs, preparing for academic success, fitting in socially, working with VSOs and coping with PTSD and other medical issues on campus.
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VFW posts see membership decline as WWII veterans die
Fox News
A Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Washington state dutifully goes about the business of civic enterprise: It marshals members for the local annual Veterans Day Parade, fields a pool team, provides a color guard for local schools, as well as military honors for veterans' funerals.

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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.

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Veterans: VA reduced benefits backlog, but needs to get back in gear
The Christian Science Montior
The backlog of veterans disability claims was reduced 37 percent after peaking in March, but hit a plateau after the VA stopped its mandatory overtime policy. The path forward is unclear.

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GOP bills seek to clean house at VA
The Hill
Republicans in the House and Senate have proposed legislation that would give the secretary of Veterans Affairs the authority to fire or demote senior officials based on performance. The move is a reaction to the ongoing failure of the VA to clear the backlog of disability claims from veterans, something that has drawn criticism from both parties.
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Attack on US veterans website may have been aimed at military members
PC World
A cyberattack against the Veteran of Foreign Wars website, believed to have been initiated in China, may have sought to spy on U.S. military members, security company FireEye said. FireEye said the attack, which has now been fixed on VFW.org, exploited a zero-day flaw in the Internet Explorer 10 browser. The company discovered both the attack and the flaw in the browser.
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MOAA thanks Congress for stepping up
Military.com
The Military Officers Association of America wishes to thank all members of Congress who expressed opposition to the cost of living cut to military retired pay in the Bipartisan Budget Act and their quick action in passing S. 25 that grandfathers working-age military retirees and currently serving members who entered service before Jan. 1.
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COLA fix passed, awaits president's signature
Reserve Officers Association
The Senate passed legislation to fix the military Cost of Living Allowance reduction by a vote of 95 to 3. Without passage, working-age retirees would have had their COLA reduced by 1 percent annually starting in 2016. The vote brings an end to a dynamic debate in which, despite a common agreement over a need for a fix, funding predictably became a point of contention. The national debate underscored a more glaring disparity for members of the Reserve and Guard who do not see a retirement check until age 60, let along a 2 percent cost of living adjustment annually from age 40 to 62.
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