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Please don't thank me for my service
The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
To some vets, thanking soldiers for their service symbolizes the ease of sending a volunteer army to wage war at great distance — physically, spiritually and economically. It raises questions of the meaning of patriotism, shared purpose and, pointedly, what you're supposed to say to those who put their lives on the line and are uncomfortable about being thanked for it.
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Glitches surface in VA Veterans Choice program rollout
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Cards recently issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair are intended to help veterans get more timely care closer to home. Seen as a remedy to issues raised in the appointment scandals last year, the fix has had a glitchy, confusing start for many veterans.
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New VA claims process called detrimental to older veterans
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
While the new Department of Veterans Affairs claims process uses forms that are simpler than income tax return forms, they have similar names and designs. More importantly, they represent a shift that puts more of the burden on veterans for starting a claim and will end up hurting older veterans and those with traumatic brain injuries, spokesmen for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans said.
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Veterans Journal: Law aims to end vet suicides; funds attempt to end homelessness
The Providence Journal
President Barack Obama signs an act aimed at reducing the military and veteran suicides, while $300 million in grants are being made available to get veterans and their families off the streets.
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CareerCast names 10 best jobs for veterans
AL.com
Although more jobs were added to the U.S. economy over the past 12 months, veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to face employment challenges back home. New figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show the January unemployment rate for recent veterans is 7.9 percent, unchanged from a year earlier. A new list from the CareerCast Veterans Network highlights some of the best jobs for U.S. vets.
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3 military bases partner with DOE to train veterans for solar jobs
POWER
The first class of Marine trainees at Camp Pendleton in California recently graduated from the Department of Energy's solar job training pilot program. The program is aimed at preparing service members for careers in the solar industry, such as solar photovoltaic system installers, sales representatives and system inspectors. Camp Pendleton is one of three military bases partnering with the DOE's SunShot Initiative to train 200 transitioning military service members during the pilot period for employment opportunities in the rapidly growing U.S. solar energy industry.
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The Economist
In the 1990's American veterans were more likely to be in the labor force than nonveterans. By 2013, things really had changed. Three-quarters of male veterans between 18 and 64 were in the labor force, compared to four-fifths of male nonveterans of the same age. The difference in their employment rates was equally striking. A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research looks at what happened and why.
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From yoga to food startups, how veterans found their true calling in civilian life
New York Post
When Anu Bhagwati supervised 38 staff members and 450 new Marines monthly in combat skills as company commander, it was one "incredibly intense, high-adrenaline experience after the next” — but she never thought it would lead her to yoga. Calling it "an act of survival" navigating stress, trauma and sexual harassment, the now 39-year-old discovered yoga while on vacation in upstate New York in 1999.
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 Medical


New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans, VA
The Washington Post
New federal rules that make it harder to get narcotic painkillers are taking an unexpected toll on thousands of veterans who depend on these prescription drugs to treat a wide variety of ailments, such as missing limbs and post-traumatic stress.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Congress acts on veteran suicides (The New York Times (tiered subscription model))
Senator: College benefit for vets could cost $2 billion after ruling (Houston Chronicle)
The 10 best jobs for veterans in 2015 (Forbes)
US unemployment rates spike for veterans, teens (The Associated Press via CBS DC)
Switching uniforms: Police departments hiring veterans (The Journal News)

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