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Do Iraq and Afghanistan veterans think the wars were worth fighting?
Kaiser Health Foundation and The Washington Post
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are more likely than other Americans to say the wars were worth the costs, even as the newest generation of soldiers divides sharply along familiar partisan lines.
The new data come from an extensive survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans by The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Military hitting the breaking point on mental health problems
The Washington Times
As more details come to light surrounding Spc. Ivan Lopez's state of mind before he fired on fellow service members at Fort Hood post in Killeen, Texas, the clearer it becomes, lawmakers and military leaders say, that the mental health of returning veterans no longer can be relegated to the back burner.
Operation boots-to-business: From service to startup
The U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions that veterans make by owning and running businesses that employ millions of Americans. According to the most recent U.S. Census Data, veteran-owned firms represent 9 percent of all U.S. firms. These 2.45 million veteran-owned businesses employed over 5.8 million individuals. Transitioning service members are natural entrepreneurs, possessing the training, experience and leadership skills to start businesses and create jobs.
New York to expand state contracts for disabled veterans
The Journal News
New York leaders agreed to enact a law that would award 6 percent of state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said the initiative is more robust than the federal program, which pledges 3 percent of contracts to businesses of veterans disabled during their service. The state will create a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development within the Office of General Services to facilitate the program.
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Veteran: Returning troops want challenges
As veterans return home after completing their military service, civilians should say two things:
"Thank you for your service" and "What's next?"
"There are so many people looking to ease veterans' transition back to civilian life," said Chris Marvin, an Army veteran who was severely injured in a helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan.
"Instead, we should be finding ways to challenge veterans because that's what they respond to," said Marvin, whose injuries required 10 surgeries over four years.
The push to make college less costly for veterans
The warm weather is not the only reason military veterans may decide to head to Florida. The Sunshine State will now waive out-of-state tuition fees for former soldiers, sailors and Marines. Recently, Gov. Rick Scott signed the Florida G.I. Bill, creating the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program, which eliminates out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans.
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Amtrak tracks goal to hire more veterans
Amtrak is standing by a promise to hire more veterans, by actively recruiting thousands of veterans who are returning to civilian life. The company has a long history of providing career opportunities to veterans as well as active military members. Amtrak president and CEO Joseph Boardman, a Vietnam veteran, recently visited the National WWII Museum to report on the progress made since last year to recruit more veterans.
Taxpayer dollars funding deceptive practices of for-profit colleges
It's no secret that college tuition is rising at blinding speeds and that students are amassing exorbitant loan debt that may take their lifetimes to pay off — even if they earn degrees that will lead to promising careers. In fact, student loan debt is reaching $1 trillion and surpassing credit card debt. More than 70 percent of students leave school in debt and 1 in 7 borrowers falls behind within three years of graduating or dropping out. Taxpayers end up picking up the tab from unpaid federally subsidized loans and grants that were wasted on incomplete degrees.
Colleges preparing to help a new wave of students who served
The Boston Globe
After five years in the Marines, including a tour in Afghanistan in which he saw buddies die in combat, Andrew Kispert found going back to college as a new veteran one of his biggest challenges yet. For starters, there was the strangeness of resuming civilian life. "The hardest part is the culture shock," said Kispert, a 27-year-old veteran student at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., who expects to graduate next year with a degree in political science. "It's the shock of no longer being in the military and under that strict regimen."
Massachusetts bill expanding vets' education services passes
Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a bill designed to build on an existing law expanding education opportunities and services for military personnel, veterans and their families.
The bill provides property tax relief and strengthens employment, education and health care support services.
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