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Veterans' groups clash over proposed changes to military benefits
Military.com
Veterans' advocacy groups are clashing with each other over proposed changes to military retirement, health care and other benefits. The Military Coalition, an umbrella group of almost three dozen military, veterans and uniformed services organizations, couldn't reach an accord on the recommendations of the congressionally mandated Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Even as TMC members debate the recommendations with lawmakers, they plan to push back against parts of the Pentagon's proposed fiscal 2016 budget. "Congress has to deal with the budget this year," said Michael Hayden TMC co-chair and director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America. "They don't have to deal with the MCRMC recommendations."
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Bill would assist disabled vets on discharged loans
The Hill
Reps. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., both freshman lawmakers and war veterans, teamed up to introduce a bill that seeks to ensure disabled veterans and families of deceased veterans are not burdened by taxes on discharged loans.
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Advocates spar over plans for retirement overhaul
Military Times
Outside advocates offered Congress conflicting views on a proposed military retirement overhaul, leaving lawmakers with an even more muddled picture on how to move ahead on the idea.
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VA seeks new law to change Veterans Choice rules
Military Times
The Veterans Affairs Department has asked for new legislation that would let it pay for private health care for veterans who live near a VA clinic but can't get the treatment they need because it's not offered at that location.
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Virginia Tech is teaching veterans entrepreneurship as a part of a DoD program
DC Inno
Virginia Tech has teamed up with the U.S. Small Business Administration to to offer a one-day Boots to Business entrepreneurship workshop specifically geared toward veterans. The course, which specializes in teaching entrepreneurship to past and present service members and their families, is a part of the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program.
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New laws seek to aid veterans' education
The Daily Targum
Thanks to a federal bill passed in 2014, veterans attending any public university can now pay in-state tuition regardless of where they live. The bill, titled the "Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014," is seeing its effects take root at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The "New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military Act" sets the tuition limit within the state.
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Veterans unemployment rate drops to lowest point since 2008
The Washington Post
The unemployment rate among military veterans has dropped to its lowest point since 2008 last year, as the U.S. government hit a high for hiring former troops, according to federal data.
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DOE helps military vets, Native Americans go solar
Triple Pundit
The Department of Energy is zooming in on U.S. military veterans and Native Americans as the Obama administration continues its effort to spur green job creation and deployment of solar energy. On March 17, DOE announced it would offer a free public webinar about hiring veterans for solar energy jobs as part of the president's SunShot Initiative.
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Government halts enrollment of veterans in helicopter flight program
Los Angeles Times
The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school.
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New Jersey veteran, IT company launch effort to help veterans find work
NJ.com
A Ridgewood, New Jersey, Marine veteran and IT company have teamed up to help veterans get jobs. The unemployment rate for veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan was 7.9 percent in 2014. That represents a slight decrease from 2013, but hundreds of thousands of veterans remain out of work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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