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Senator unveils proposal to revamp VA health care
USA Today
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders unveiled a broad proposal to revamp health care for 6.5 million veterans as the department faces an expanding investigation into the way care is provided at VA medical facilities. "The truth is that when people get into the VA, the quality of care is good. The problem that we have to address is access to the system and waiting lines," Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
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Veterans' benefits explained
Military.com
In addition to the pensions and benefits to which veterans may be entitled because of both public and private employment, veterans may also be eligible for certain benefits based on military service. Here is a summary of veterans' benefits and what to know about them.
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How to fix the VA
Slate
President Barack Obama had no choice but to accept Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation. The VA inspector general's interim report contained too many damning findings of "systemic' problems that grew under his watch. Unfortunately, Shinseki's departure will do little to fix the broader problems in the massive VA health care system — and may even set the quasi-leaderless agency back as it waits for a new secretary to be appointed and confirmed.
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Texas agencies emphasize veteran hiring practices
Fort Worth Business Press
Andre Smith is an Iraq war veteran who compiled more than 20 years of service in the Army. Since January, he has relied heavily on that experience as Veterans Advocate for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, charged with the task of finding, hiring and retaining ex-military personnel for jobs in the state's massive social services network.
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Veterans are vital assets to business world
The Tennessean
Wade Franklin was a U.S. naval officer who longed to be an entrepreneur one day. During his seven years in the military, Lt. Franklin saved much of his salary — preparing for the day when he could launch his own business. Following his discharge from the Navy in 2012 at age 29, Franklin decided to open a UPS Store franchise in Arlington, Virginia. This opportunity was made possible by VetFran, an initiative sponsored by the International Franchise Association that provides transitioning service members with training, financial assistance and industry support.
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Homeless veterans can obtain skills for employment
KTVI-TV
Late Oscar winner actor Gregory Peck, often portrayed military figures in the movies, but due to medical issues, he was exempted from military service. His son Stephen Peck, CEO of U.S. Vets, who was drafted into the marines in 1968 and fought in the Vietnam War, now fights for the rights of homeless vets.

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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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Post-9/11 GI bill transferability
Military.com
While the Post-9/11 GI Bill offers a very generous post-service education benefit, a special provision of the program allows career service members the opportunity to share their education benefits with immediate family members. The Post 9/11 GI Bill is the only one which allows transferring education benefits.

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Syracuse launches vet student study
Military Times
Syracuse University's veterans research arm has launched a new study to learn more about the experiences of veterans in higher education and the group is calling for student vets across the country to participate. The Service Member to Student Survey can be taken online and is open to all current and former service members as well as their families.
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Solar education gets boost with federal help
The Associated Press via The Denver Post and Military Times
Many students have graduated from programs with the intent of entering into the solar industry, however, finding a job in this quickly changing and competitive industry may require graduates to start their own business or look for jobs in other energy businesses. Now, many U.S. community colleges that will be supported by the White House's commitment to aid in training 50,000 solar-industry workers by 2020 to create jobs and cut air pollution by encouraging solar development and energy efficiency.
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Progress remains slow digitizing health records
Military.com
The Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs say they have made progress digitizing medical records and easing the transfer between the two groups, but not nearly fast enough, according to outside observers. The issue is one that has attracted much attention over the years, with critics from Congress and government watchdog groups complaining that the Pentagon and VA use different databases for medical information that are not compatible and that both organizations are taking too long to digitize records.
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