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What are the best cities for veterans to live?
USA Today
For years, maybe decades, members of the military have lived where the U.S. government has told them to live. So when that discharge paperwork comes through, how do they decide where to go? Among large cities, Virginia Beach, Virginia, ranked No. 1 for best places to live, with Colorado Springs, Colorado, and San Antonio in second and third place, respectively.
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Gary Sinise encourages civilians to support vets
Bergmann & Moore
As Veterans Affairs continues to be embroiled in controversy and many veterans struggle to get the care they need, actor Gary Sinise said there's more the community must do to support service members and veterans.
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Congress presses VA to identify high-risk colleges
Stars and Stripes
Could tweaking the Department of Veterans Affairs website have saved some veterans from suffering through the collapse of Corinthian Colleges? A group of congressional Democrats believe so and asked the VA to give veterans researching the best use of the education benefits a heads up about for-profit colleges under investigation for suspicious activity.
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$70 million to be invested in veterans' mental health
Military Times
A new program funded by Wounded Warrior Project aspires to improve mental health services and care for veterans in the private sector. The charity is using $70 million to fund an effort that will create outpatient programs at four of the nation's top academic medical facilities, aimed at helping sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
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A veteran suicide prevention network built by veterans
CBS Evening News
Recently, Special Forces veteran Johnny Primo logged on to his Instagram account and says he was horrified to see a suicide note from a veteran who lived just a few miles away. The note read: "Very few people know the truth ... I want this in everyone's memory." Desperate to help, Primo tracked down his address. "I was 45 minutes too late from him taking his own life," said Primo. "Immediately it was a gut wrenching feeling, knowing that there was a chance that if he had my phone number he wouldn't have killed himself."
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Wait lists for veterans even longer today than last year
The Associated Press via Stars and Stripes
The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported.
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Marine brings awareness to overmedicated veterans with photography project
WCAU-TV
A military veteran and student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia is using his skills as a photographer to protest the overmedication of our nation's heroes. Mike Whiter, 39, launched the photo project "Operation Overmed," which features pictures of veterans, including Whiter, rejecting pharmaceutical options and using alternative treatments, such as medical marijuana for their health issues.
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Wounded vets join fight against child exploitation
U.S. Department of Defense
A group of 22 wounded veterans are applying their skills in the fight against child exploitation, Laura Junor, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness said. At the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters, Junor addressed the veterans, who've joined the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative Child-Rescue Corps program, and completed the first phase of their one year of training.
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Veterans urge drone operators to refuse orders to fly
Veterans Today
An increasing number of United States military veterans are counseling United States military drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions — the veterans are even helping sponsor prime time television commercials urging drone operators to "refuse to fly." In a letter released by KnowDrones.com, 44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines, whose ranks range from private to colonel and whose military service spans 60 years, "urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/ assassination missions. These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals' rights to life, privacy and due process."
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'Dependa' bashing: Mudslingers stun military spouses
Military Times
The Air Force wife was stunned. She had allowed a photo of herself with her husband and children to be posted on a website. Soon, an anonymous commenter labeled them "the fat family." Other online trolls doubled down on the nastiness in a stream of intense, crude insults about each family member's appearance. Even more shocking: The online troll who initiated the online attack, a Facebook profile revealed, was an Army colonel.
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