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Return of the tourniquet
By Dan White
Recent combat medical military experience has taught us that tourniquets both save lives and often do not cause limb loss. As in any conflict of war, our EMS systems learn invaluable lessons from the horrible price our soldiers pay. One of the lessons learned in Iraq is that when elevation and direct pressure fail, a tourniquet can work. In the emergency department and aeromedicine, you can expect to see more frequent use of tourniquets by first responders, and we should become familiar with the different types and applications.
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2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers
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The 10th annual list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers has been released by G.I. Jobs. The list of 100 companies represents the top 2 percent of more than 5,000 eligible companies whose annual revenues exceeded $500 million. The Military Friendly Employers list, which is verified by Ernst & Young LLP, serves as the primary benchmark of corporate recruiting programs aimed at veterans.
Solar jobs course for military veterans comes with full scholarship
The nonprofit career education organization Solar Energy International has taken note of the surging interest in solar jobs among military veterans, and it has come up with a scholarship plan to help both veterans and active-duty military jump-start new careers in the solar industry.
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New Texas pilot program will help military veterans find jobs
The Dallas Morning News
The Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Veterans Commission has launched the State of Texas Soldier Employment Initiative as part of a national pilot program to help military veterans find jobs. The project is funded with $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to help returning U.S. Army veterans find work before leaving the service, particularly in fast-growing industries in Texas, such as the medical, energy and technology fields.
College credit for military experience
Pursuing your college degree can be the best career move you can make, but it can also be very expensive and time-consuming. That's why claiming credit for your military experience is vital. Applying your military experience credits could save you as much as $600 and five months on a typical three-credit college course.
Veterans in college face unique challenges
Sam Talkington is cramming. It's finals week at the University of Washington and he's got an economics exam soon.
Talkington is majoring in finance at the Foster School of Business and he's been feeling the crunch. "I have an extremely heavy course load right now," he said. "I'm taking four courses and some stuff I'm not familiar with but becoming more familiar with as the days progress." Talkington grew up in Spokane, Wash., and joined the Army right after high school. It was a lifelong dream; but after four years and two deployments, it was time for a change.
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Pending legislation for veterans
One of veteran benefits, the GI Bill, comes with an expiration date of between 10 and 15 years from discharge date. The Senate is reported to be reviewing the present time limits and could vote to remove them in the near future. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has announced a new bill that he says "will remove the unfair and arbitrary time limits."
If passed, this bill would restore the GI Bill for veterans who served from Vietnam through the Gulf War and were unable to use them in the original set time limits.
IDF veterans received extra benefits at expense of US veterans
Per the Jerusalem Post, anyone who enlisted in the IDF or did civilian service will get preferred treatment in employment, higher education, buying land and other areas, according to a bill by coalition chairman Yariv Levin — Likud Beytenu — that was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.
HUD, VA to provide thousands of veterans permanent housing
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Approximately 9,000 homeless veterans living on the streets and in the nation's shelter system will soon find a permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies across the country to offer permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions.
Experts seek better health outcomes for homeless
Los Angeles Times
Years after facing patient dumping allegations and hefty legal settlements, Southern California hospital executives have begun working with advocates for the homeless to improve the health of homeless patients and to reduce their use of area hospitals.
Study: More than money and lawsuits drive overtesting
Despite reports that financial incentives and fear of lawsuits lead doctors to order too many heart tests, a new study of U.S. Veterans Affairs doctors suggests overtesting may be the result of more fundamental issues.
SARCOMAS: Hope for veterans exposed to Agent Orange, DU
Former Marine Corps Ed Mattson writes: "My recent articles relating to potential life-improvement solutions for diseases related to Agent Orange and Depleted Uranium 'cook-off' particulates, has resulted in a large number of inquiries from veterans and others, who have been receiving treatment for their particular illnesses from the VA Hospital, but have been fighting, some for decades, to get recognition for disability compensation. Anyone who has a loved one struggling with a life-threatening disease, has observed the financial consequences with which families are burdened, often resulting in financial ruin and bankruptcy."
Proof Gulf War illness does exist
Medical News Today
Scans have shown loss of brain matter in two regions of the brain associated with pain regulation in Gulf War veterans, researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center reported in the journal PLoS One.
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