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How many non-veterans use the VA health care system?
The Washington Post
The number of non-veterans using the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system has risen steadily in recent years, even outpacing the rate of growth for former troops, according to VA data. The numbers could help the VA determine how many patients — and possibly which kind — it should send off for private care.
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Home, repair loans and grants available to veterans
The Journal Times
Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans are for families seeking financing to purchase, repair or improve a home. This subsidized housing program offers loan benefits as down payment assistance to enable purchase with a loan through a private lending sources or as a sole source of assistance for purchase, repair or improvement. Sole source assistance is limited to families who are unable to obtain any part of the needed credit from another lending source.
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California veterans housing program hits ground running thanks to Proposition 41
Sierra Sun Times
On any given night, roughly 16,000 veterans in California have no place to call home; they sleep in parks, under bridges, in their cars, in emergency shelters or on a friend's couch. Now, thanks to the voters' approval of Proposition 41 and the partnership of three state agencies, more veterans will have access to permanent, safe and affordable housing.
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What government should actually do to support veterans' employment
Forbes
The latest crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs has called into question again the proper role of government in the care of our veterans. Whereas health care is clearly in shambles, veterans' employment is another realm in which well-meaning government involvement has been inefficient at best and ineffective or counterproductive at worst.
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Virginia receives $3.4 million grant to help veterans find employment
The Associated Press via WJLA-TV
Virginia is getting a $3.4 million federal grant to help veterans better gain employment. The U.S. Department of Labor says Virginia is experiencing a record number of military personnel transitioning from active military duty into the civilian workforce. Officials say that while there are numerous programs and services designed to assist veterans and their families, the funding will enhance coordination and alignment of those services.
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Why hiring more doctors to treat veterans isn't going to be easy
Forbes
Hiring more doctors to treat veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs isn't going to be easy, according to a new analysis by a national physician staffing company. The last choice for physicians when it comes to where they want to work is government and military employment, including the VA, according to the 2014 physician practice preference and relocation survey by The Medicus Firm, a physician staffing company.
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VA, IG warn against rush of veterans into private care
Stars and Stripes
A report by the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general and a separate "access audit" of appointment scheduling practices across VA health care facilities confirm systemwide abuses to distort wait times for care, which have put patients at risk and shaken confidence in how VA hospitals and clinics are staffed, managed and resourced.
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Senate passes VA reform with White House backing
Stars and Stripes
The Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise bill aimed at reforming the nation's troubled veteran health care system, the latest move by lawmakers to fast-track fixes in the wake of a scheduling scandal that has been blamed for patient deaths.
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Report: Tricare appeals taking a year
Military.com
While Navy Cmdr. Cassidy Norman navigates the murky waters of the Tricare coverage appeals process, the bills pileup for his 4-year-old son's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder therapy. Chace Norman was diagnosed with ADHD last year. The therapy, which costs about $7,000 a year, helps him have normal social interactions in his special needs preschool. But because Chace was initially assessed as having a sensory disorder and Tricare does not cover "sensory integration therapy," the agency denied their claim, Norman said.
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Resume-padding VA employee got big bonuses
The Washington Times
A top Department of Veterans Affairs executive received tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses even after an internal investigation found she lied about having a master's degree, according to a senior member of Congress who has asked the department to justify the bonus.

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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.

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Veterans struggle with higher unemployment rates
Chicago Tribune
The U.S. economy held a constant jobless rate in May, the Department of Labor reported adding 217,000 jobs. While the 6.3 percent rate for the second month in a row shows the economy is continuing its steady rebound, there's one group in particular that continues to lag when it comes to finding a job: U.S. veterans.

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