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Veterans up for slew of new benefits from bills in Texas Legislature
The Dallas Morning News (subscriber article)
The generally penny-pinching Legislature has found one group to lavish with generosity: veterans. Lawmakers have worked this year to reduce veterans' college tuition, utility bills, handgun license fees and property taxes, and to extend many of those benefits to their families. More than 190 bills that would benefit veterans and the military were introduced this year. They range from the small nods of approving specialty license plates to the bigger salutes of spending at least $30 million for tuition exemptions.
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Chicago to test job assistance program for veterans, long-term unemployed
WBBM-TV
Chicago County officials have teamed up to kick off a pilot program to help veterans and those who have been unemployed for a long time. Craig Dellimore, WBBM Newsradio political editor, reports the new program called "Platform to Employment" was designed by officials in Connecticut. Its aim is to help the long-term unemployed and veterans who haven't been able to find jobs.
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War veterans, chronic pain: Hearing, breathing problems
Minnesota Public Radio
Among the most prevalent health conditions reported by post-Sept. 11 veterans are hearing loss and tinnitus. Nationally, the Department of Defense estimates that 13 to 18 percent of U.S. troops experience hearing loss and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. According to the Defense Department's Hearing Center of Excellence, more than 350,000 service members have reported tinnitus after overseas tours in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 250,000 have reported hearing loss during this era.
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Military veterans trained in firefighting techniques
USDA
The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with the California Conservation Corps to provide firefighter training for military veterans. "Fire and Aviation Management is particularly appealing because of the significance of our mission and our well-defined organization," said Robert Baird, deputy director of Fire and Aviation Management for the Forest Service. A pilot program started with three crews in 2011 which resulted in the hiring of 45 veterans. Because the pilot was such a success, the partnership agreement was extended and expanded in 2012.
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Veterans dying for benefit decision
Press TV
The backlog of initial and supplementary benefit claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is expected soon to reach 1 million filings, forcing most honorably discharged GIs to wait for at least nine months for a decision.

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An 'unfair fight' for job-seeking veterans
Stars and Stripes
Home Depot wants to hire more veterans. But as its human resources staff sorts through stacks of resumes each day, they often can't find a reason why they should. "Veterans resumes are often too wordy and don't explain really what their skills are," said Eric Schelling, director of talent acquisition for the company.

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Learning to fight cellular abnormalities caused by Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome
Veterans Today
In part one of this series, veteran and medical researcher Ed Mattson promised to provide information that will be beneficial to those exposed to Dioxin from Agent Orange and those returning from the Gulf War with what has become known as Gulf War Syndrome.

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Homeless heroes in back alley squalor
Veterans Today
Important video. Please take time to watch journalist Millie Weaver's insightful and comprehensive coverage on the history of the Los Angeles National Veterans Home from 1888 through today's biggest land fraud scam in American history that has forced 20,000 disabled and disadvantaged Veterans to live homeless and hungry in back-alley squalor.
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Criticism of Veterans Affairs secretary mounts over backlog in claims
The New York Times
The 30-second Web video has the edgy quality of a campaign-season attack ad, including ominous music, grainy photos and a closing demand: "It's time for new leadership." But the target is not an elected official, or a politician at all. It is President Barack Obama's secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, the man being held accountable for his overwhelmed agency's problems.
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Learning to fight cellular abnormalities caused by Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome
Veterans Today
In part one of this series, veteran and medical researcher Ed Mattson promised to provide information that will be beneficial to those exposed to Dioxin from Agent Orange and those returning from the Gulf War with what has become known as Gulf War Syndrome. With dioxin exposure, it has taken decades for the Veterans Administration to acknowledge that those who came into contact with this most deadly of toxins are today suffering from a long list of illnesses and second generational birth defects in their offspring. The decades-long battle of continued denials and stonewalling as to Dioxin-related disease has taken years of appeals and court battles to tear apart.
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Baffling rise in suicides plagues the US military
The New York Times
After Specialist Freddy Hook, a medic with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, killed himself in 2010, the trail of possible causes seemed long. He had used illegal drugs: Was it the demons of addiction? His rocky relationship with his fiancée? A wrenching deployment to earthquake-ravaged Haiti or the prospect of an impending tour in Afghanistan? As with most of suicides plaguing the military today, no one will know for sure.
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Military sexual assault victims seek help from veterans affairs
The Huffington Post
More than 85,000 veterans were treated in 2012 for injuries or illness stemming from sexual abuse in the military, and 4,000 sought disability benefits, underscoring the staggering long-term impact of a crisis that has roiled the Pentagon and been condemned by President Barack Obama as "shameful and disgraceful."
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