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Government approves medical marijuana research
Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug. For years, scientists who have wanted to study how marijuana might be used to treat illness say they have been stymied by resistance from federal drug officials.
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Job-hunting tips for military veterans back in the workforce
The Guardian
A job interview, for a military veteran, tends to be a formal affair. He won't slouch or lean in a chair. Thanks to military training, his back will be straight and his manner deferential. A military man will view the interviewer as his superior and stand at attention. Some veterans won't sit in a job interview until they're told.
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Democrats move to force vote on unemployment bill
The Hill
House Democratic leaders moved to force a vote extending unemployment benefits. Republican leaders have refused to consider legislation renewing the benefits program for the long-term unemployed, which expired at the end of December, leading Democrats to introduce a discharge petition designed to force the bill to the House floor.
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New tool helps veterans and military with education benefits
Alabama Media Group
A new online GI Bill Comparison Tool makes it easier for veterans, service members and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about the VA's approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country.
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'Transition GPS' helps troops re-enter civilian world
U.S. Department of Defense
Feedback on "Transition GPS," which prepares service members to enter the civilian workforce, indicates it improves on the program it replaced, director of the Defense Department's Transition to Veterans Program office said. Transition GPS — for goals, plans and success — is a redesigned, weeklong curriculum that replaces the Transition Assistance Program with a more in-depth approach that is a "significant improvement," Susan S. Kelly said.
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Young military vets show strong interest in business ownership
Washington Business Journal
It’s no secret that U.S. military veterans are a force to be reckoned with in the nation's small-business economy. But according to the latest research, younger vets are emerging as major players in the buying of small companies. To better understand today's business-for-sale market, BizBuySell.com recently commissioned a demographic study of individuals engaged in buying or selling a small business.
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Employee engagement isn't enough
Government Executive
The most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results show that most major indicators of employee engagement fell last year, creating a cumulative drop of almost 5 percent from 2011 to 2013.

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Jobs added, jobs subtracted: The current jobs economy new math
AOL Jobs
The latest jobs report for The Employment Situation — February 2014 was released by Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 175,000 jobs added, which is up from last month's 113,000.

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Lawmakers seek extension of vets' unemployment benefits
Stars and Stripes
The Help Hire Our Heroes Act was announced by Reps. Julia Brownley and Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., according to a statement from Brownley's office. The bill aims to extend the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program through Sept. 30.

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 Education


A 1st step
Inside Higher Ed
After months of deliberation, the Obama administration issued a proposed gainful employment regulation in an effort to protect students from programs at for-profit colleges that leave them with unmanageable debt and worthless degrees. The proposed rule includes provisions requiring career education programs to meet certain standards related to the debt-to-earnings ratio and default rate of graduates. Too often, for-profit colleges get away with using predatory and deceptive tactics to bully our most vulnerable students — including minority, veterans and low-income students — into "career" programs that fail to make them career-ready.
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Pentagon outlines ideas for hybrid retirement system
Stars and Stripes
Amid attempts to reduce military personnel spending, the Pentagon presented its official thinking on the politically touchy issue of how remake the military retirement system. If enacted, the proposals would result in lower benefits for future troops who retire after full careers, but as a trade-off, could also make many more troops eligible for some retirement pay.
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Congress lacks veterans, empathy, critics say
The Boston Globe
When Sen. John E. Walsh, D-Mont., an Iraq War veteran with 33 years of military service, was sworn into office, he expected that veterans' issues could unite lawmakers, even in an atmosphere gripped by partisanship and gridlock. But when the Senate derailed a sweeping bill to expand a host of post-military benefits on Feb. 27, Walsh saw how even an area that typically enjoys bipartisan support can crumble amid partisan acrimony.
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Veterans explain frustrations with VA delays to American Legion panel
Veterans Today
Michael Kelly has experienced increased swelling in his arms, pain in his legs and recurring problems with his memory since having a recent colonoscopy at the Charlie Norwood Vet­erans Affairs Medical Center. More than 50 veteran patients joined Kelly at the meeting to relay issues about care to the Amer­ican Legion's System Worth Saving Task Force.
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