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Pentagon defends pay, benefit cuts to Congress
Military.com
The military's top leaders tried to sell Congress on the pay and benefits changes they proposed in the 2015 defense budget that would reduce pay raises to 1 percent, raise health care fees and shrink housing allowances by an average of 5 percent. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testified alongside every service chief before the Senate Armed Services Committee saying the Pentagon had no choice but to reduce compensation packages in order to offset budget cuts and salvaging readiness rates and modernization programs.
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Vets want class credit for military skills
The Hechinger Report via TIME
A growing number of military veterans are wondering why they don't get class credit for the skills they acquired in uniform. As their numbers increase with the war in Afghanistan winding down, states are questioning if vets are being deprived of an earned head start.
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US Navy vet asks for education benefits regrets working for IRS
Digital Journal
A U.S. Navy vet says working for the Internal Revenue Service was his biggest mistake as he has been damaged for life by the institution. Michael Collins-Frias of California is currently running a petition on Care2, titled ALL Veterans Deserve Education Benefits, in which he is calling on fellow Americans to stand with him in asking for education benefits for disabled veterans.
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Veterans' success at home: More than just landing any job
NPR
The federal government has spent billions helping veterans get the training and education they need to re-enter the civilian workforce. Despite the effort, the unemployment rate for vets remains higher than the national average. Aside from dealing with the psychological transition, veterans also have to navigate how to transfer their military skills into civilian ones.
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Entrepreneurs offer alternatives for lean budgets
Military.com
Recent budget cuts have forced Defense Department and Defense Intelligence Agency officials into a bind when working with small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Pentagon wants to encourage additional small business purchases, but leaner budgets make it riskier to take chances on entrepreneurs who don't have the track records of the larger defense companies, said Dan Donley, the chief innovation officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
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Veterans Writing Project touches all generations
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Pete Donnelly and Georganne Hassell both speak the Air Force language, but they appear to have little in common beyond that. But both bear the mental burden of having served overseas, and both have found solace in the Veterans Writing Project at the College of William and Mary.

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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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Florida aims to be 'most military-friendly state'
Sun Sentinel
Florida is determined to be on the front lines when it comes to recruiting more veterans to the state. This year the Legislature passed the "Florida G.I. Bill," which "makes Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation and supports the brave men and women who protect us at home and abroad," Senate President Don Gaetz said.
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Ecstasy: An effective PTSD treatment?
The Week
American veterans are suffering a crisis of PTSD: 1 out of every 5 returning soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are being diagnosed, and reportedly, 22 veterans per day are committing suicide from the effects of PTSD. A growing cohort of researchers have been studying the use of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, better known as Ecstasy) to treat the condition, with some extraordinarily positive initial results.
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Tricare for Life to cut discounts for more than 400,000 retirees
Stars and Stripes via The Virginian-Pilot
Starting this spring, more than 400,000 military retirees and senior dependents in the Tricare for Life program will owe the full amount for certain prescription refills if they use a retail pharmacy rather than a military pharmacy or a mail service.
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