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What's in Veterans Affairs' $164 billion budget?
The New York Times
The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki outlined President Barack Obama's 2015 budget for the department before hearings of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees, calling for total spending of $163.9 billion, a 6.5 percent increase from last year. The plan asks Congress to allocate $68.4 billion for discretionary spending, a 3 percent increase from last year, which is largely used for health care, and $95.6 billion for mandatory programs, such as disability compensation and pensions for veterans.
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Report: Growth in solar jobs for veterans
CleanTechnica
Fresh off the news that President Barack Obama is making noises about withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the organizations Operation Free and The Solar Foundation have released a first-of-its-kind report that offers returning veterans the prospect of civilian employment in the U.S. solar industry. In a nutshell, the new report demonstrates that veterans are employed in the solar industry at higher than average rates.
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Post-9/11 veterans employment improves but still lags civilian rate
Marine Corps Times
Employment for the latest generation of veterans improved in 2013 but still lags well behind that of civilians, according to a new government report. The unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets was 9 percent in 2013, down from 9.9 percent in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual veteran employment report, released March 20.
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GI Bill helping veterans with education
WWMT-TV
A new report shows the GI Bill is making an impact in helping veterans with their education. The report by the Student Veterans of America shows a little more than half who got college money eventually graduated.
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Study: Recent veterans are succeeding in college
USA Today
Just over half of veterans who sought a higher education from 2002 through 2013 under the GI Bill completed schooling ranging from vocational training to post-graduate, according to an unprecedented review of nearly 800,000 college records. The research released by the Student Veterans of America service organization is the first in-depth look at how those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are performing in college. While analysts say results could be better, the numbers appear to refute reports that most of these veterans are dropping out or failing in college.
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Don't cut funding to veterans
The Clarion-Ledger
Almost 5.5 million veterans received care in Veterans' Administration health care facilities in 2008, yet we know that the VA is understaffed and incapable of handling all the ailing veterans, especially the many with mental illnesses and injuries and conditions that will need a lifetime of treatment. Now, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel proposes a smaller budget that "recognizes reality": the country cannot afford the military we have and we must reduce troop strength and budgets.
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Veterans group to launch suicide-prevention campaign
The Washington Post
An emerging veterans group plans to descend on Capital Hill to demand new action on veterans issues and launch a national campaign to combat suicide among former troops. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has named veteran-suicide prevention as its top priority for 2014. The group sent 31 representatives to discuss mental health challenges with members of Congress and President Barack Obama.
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Recent veterans struggle to find jobs
USA Today
Despite downward trends in unemployment across the country, veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars still have difficulty finding work, according to government jobs data issued recently.

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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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