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Obama says still more work to fix veterans' health system
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Amid persistent complaints about veterans' health care, President Barack Obama acknowledged lingering weaknesses in the federal government's response to the chronic delays and false waiting lists that triggered a national outcry over the Veterans Affairs health system last year. Obama said that while VA Secretary Robert McDonald is "chipping away" at the problem, it was clear there was still more work to do.
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 Employment


5 highest paying jobs for military vets
CNN Money via WPTZ-TV
In some fields, having military service under your belt offers a real leg up — both career wise and financially. As new data from PayScale recently found, veterans are at least twice as likely as civilians to hold certain high paying jobs in industries like national security, technology and transportation.
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Bill aims to help veterans find careers in agriculture
AgriNews.com
Two St. Paul, Minnesota-area legislators have introduced legislation aimed at helping veterans find jobs in agriculture and agriculture-related industries. The House bill, HF545, was heard March 2 in the House Veterans Affairs Division and forwarded to the Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee.
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ACA launches veterans' outreach effort
Tire Business
The Auto Care Association has launched Operation Auto Care, a program designed to help military veterans transition into jobs in the automotive service industry. Operation Auto Care is a partnership effort involving the ACA, the Wyakin Warrior Foundation and Easter Seals Dixon Center, according to the ACA.
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Prepping vets for health IT careers
Healthcare IT News
After two decades of service as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, Jaime Parent knows something about the skills of U.S. service members. As vice president of IT operations and associate CIO at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, Parent is also well aware of the growing career opportunities in health care. Seeking to put that knowledge to good use, Parent launched the EN-Abled Veteran Program at Rush, an internship that trains returning members of the military for careers in health information technology.
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 Benefits


Research calls for new policies to support women veterans' health care needs
Wolters Kluwer Health via Medical Xpress
As more women veterans seek health care in the Veterans Administration system, effective approaches are needed to ensure that their unique needs are recognized and met. A special April supplement to Medical Care collects new studies from an ongoing research initiative to inform health care policy for women veterans. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
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It's not over: Veterans waiting months for appointments
CNN
Thousands of veterans who are patients at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System have been waiting months just for an appointment, CNN has learned. What's more, administrators in charge of the massive VA facility in greater Los Angeles may have been hiding wait times, and may have misled Congress on the delays and exactly how long veterans are being forced to wait for care, according to new information obtained by CNN.
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Veterans Choice Act fails to ease travel burdens for vets in need of care
NPR
Veterans who need to see a doctor often have to travel long distances —; 40 miles or more — to get to a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. So last year, after scandals involving long wait times for vets, Congress tried to make getting care easier. The Veterans Choice Act gives veterans the option of using a doctor outside the VA system if VA facilities are more than 40 miles away, or there's more than a 30-day wait for an appointment.
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Veteran, amputee helps others through fitness
WKYC-TV
An Army veteran is using his experiences to help others get physically fit. "The only ceiling is the one we put on ourselves," says CrossFit Coach, Derick Carver. Carver recently moved to Northeast Ohio to open Chagrin Falls CrossFit, but his road to fitness started years ago with football and heavy lifting. In 2009, Carver was deployed to Afghanistan. In 2010, he was medevaced to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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