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Survey: 9 in 10 troops oppose cuts to pay, BAH
Military.com
About 9 in 10 active-duty service members oppose the Defense Department's proposals to reduce their pay raises and basic allowances for housing, according to a new survey by Military.com. Responses from more than 8,400 service members, their spouses, veterans and retirees show overwhelming opposition to the Pentagon's recommendations to curb personnel costs by reducing military benefits to include pay, housing, commissary stores and health care.
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Prop 41 would create 'supportive' housing for homeless veterans
KPBS-TV
A California ballot measure before voters next month would redirect $600 million of pre-approved funds to build housing for low income and homeless veterans. Forty-eight year-old Matthew Meissner says when one thing goes downhill, everything else follows. He became disabled in 2009, stopped working, moved in with family, then last year, found himself sleeping wherever he could in Sacramento, California.
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Employers told to meet vets halfway on jobs
Military.com
Good intentions are not enough when it comes to hiring the new generation of veterans in a highly competitive job market, business leaders were told. "It's not all rainbows and unicorns out there" for veterans or the employers seeking to hire them, said Ray Weeks, vice president of Veterans Initiatives for Prudential Financial. Just as troops must prepare carefully for civilian life, employers must be focused in their efforts to hire them.
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Major foundation initiative for returning veterans unveiled by White House
Nonprofit Quarterly
In a recent event that had echoes of President Barack Obama's session with foundations supporting his My Brother's Keeper initiative, this program united the foundation community behind first lady Michelle Obama's and Dr. Jill Biden's Joining Forces effort. Joining Forces is committed to raising awareness about the service, sacrifice and needs of military families, particularly around three priority areas for national initiatives: employment, education and wellness.
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Certify work skills of returning veterans
The Courant
Veterans returning to Connecticut face significant obstacles getting the licenses and educational credit they need to transition back to civilian life. These barriers have devastating consequences for returning service members, their households and our state economy. A bill passed by the House and now pending before the state Senate would help veterans avoid the obstacles faced by two exemplary Connecticut veterans, Roberto Santos and Michael Serra.
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Ohio bill aims to help veterans with college, jobs
Veterans Today
Army veteran Tim Koester hopes proposed state legislation making it easier for veterans to get college credit for their military experience will help others avoid the problems he encountered.
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Number of student veterans may increase
The BG News
As President Barack Obama announced a significant reduction of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by this year's end, colleges could see an increase in veteran students on campus. While Obama announced in February a large withdrawal by the end of 2014, he wants to leave up to 10,000 of the current 35,000 troops in the country. This many troops returning home, coupled with massive cuts to the Pentagon budget, could lead to an increase of veterans in higher education.
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White House website helps veterans find jobs
InformationWeek
Veterans Employment Center offers job-search tools to help transitioning service members connect with employers.

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We should change the meaning of PTSD
The Huffington Post
PTSD — the four-letter word is a job killer for veterans looking for employment. That fearful stigma of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has turned into a sad state of normalcy.

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4 tips for transitioning to a civilian post
By Catherine Iste
Whether you work in defense, military, police or fire, your job description includes duties rarely found in the civilian world. That does not mean you cannot make a smooth transition out of your uniform and into business casual.

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4 veterans resources you may not have heard of
A Place For Mom
The Veterans Affairs has a huge job. It doesn't just provide assistance to senior veterans, it provides assistance to veterans of all ages. Veterans returning from war — Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular — have taxed the VA's system significantly, so many VA resources are dedicated to caring for these younger wounded warriors. However, a significant portion of the VA is also dedicated to helping provide assistance for older veterans, too.
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Panel approves troop reductions, not benefit cuts
Military.com
A House subcommittee on military personnel is backing the Pentagon's request for troop cuts next year but is not on board with making retirees pay more for health care. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel, said any changes to retirement or health care benefits needs to wait until the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submits a report in February.
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ONC is helping veterans access their electronic health records
Government Health IT
Go where they are. In this case, "they" represents rural veterans and Medicare patients. On their way to meet them is a group of Federal partners — including ONC, telecommunication companies — known in industry parlance as "telecos" — and other stakeholders who are pushing to bring broadband to the heartland.
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