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Veterans' education policy subject of House hearing
Veterans Today
The House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing examining policies designed to increase the educational opportunities provided to veterans at public, private and for-profit colleges and universities across the country. The subcommittee examined a law passed during the 112th Congress that requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide relevant education and employment information to veterans. Also reviewed was a 2012 executive order that established guidelines for educational institutions serving service members, veterans and family members.
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Veterans: Want to be published?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of VAA Dispatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of VAA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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 Employment


Build your career
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Here are resources for Veterans, their family members and civilians to obtain career advice and find jobs. Whether you're looking for a job at VA, another federal agency or you need help navigating opportunities in the private sector, these sites will help you through the process.
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Why a 5 percent lending increase matters to veterans
Small Business Trends
By now, you may have heard about the U.S. Small Business Administration's vow to increase lending to veteran-owned businesses by 5 percent a year for the next five years. Twenty big banks and 100 community banks across the country have signed on to become SBA Lending Partners through the SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative. Collectively, they are aiming to lend $475 million in expansion and startup loans to 2,000 veteran business owners over the next five years.
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A call to arms: Helping female veterans find jobs
The Huffington Post
Did you know that there are now more than 20 million military veterans living in the United States? When you imagine their faces, you probably picture two distinct groups: the now-aging men who served in WWII, Vietnam and other conflicts, and the fresh-faced young people returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. But there's something you may have forgotten to include in that image: for every 10 people returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, there is one woman.
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VA looks to tighten sleep apnea rating schedule
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is studying changes to disability ratings for obstructive sleep apnea, particularly the 50-percent rating being awarded when VA physicians prescribe use of a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine, for sleep-deprived veterans.

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Veterans in college face unique challenges
KUOW-FM
Sam Talkington is cramming. It's finals week at the University of Washington and he's got an economics exam soon. Talkington 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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Veterans struggle to land civilian jobs
WTOP-FM
Finding a job is never easy in this economy. But for thousands of veterans coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan, it can be an even tougher road.

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 Benefits


Making the most of your military benefits
Show Your Stripes
eBenefits is a central location for veterans, service members and their families to research, find, access and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense developed eBenefits.gov to allow veterans, service members and their families instant, online access to VA benefits information and military personnel records.
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New technology in place for electronic submission of veterans' disability claims
HealthNewsDigest.com
A new online application from the Department of Veterans Affairs enables disability compensation claims to be processed faster in a more end-to-end electronic environment, and VA is urging Veterans and their Veterans Service Organization representatives to make full use of its capabilities to receive speedier decisions and reduce the backlog of claims.
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VA says catching up on disability claims
About.com
Thanks to working overtime since May, the Veterans Administration says it is catching up on processing its massive backlog of veterans' claims for disability benefits, many of which have been pending for more than two years.
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Cut the Joint Strike Fighter, not funds for veterans' benefits
The Baltimore Sun
U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski deserves praise for trying to reduce the claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congress should also work on repealing sequestration, which is hurting veterans in particular. Due to the sequester, veterans are being shut out of understaffed Tricare clinics that have furloughed medical staff. Sixty thousand homeless veterans are losing federal housing aid. And children attending military operated schools are losing critical school days.
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Bill package addresses issues facing female veterans
Legislative Gazette
As members of Congress shine a light on the treatment of women service members in the U.S. military during hearings in Washington D.C., Sen. Kevin Parker, D.-N.Y., has unveiled a legislative package addressing a range of issues facing New York veterans — from post-service homelessness to alcohol and substance abuse.
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Bill would upgrade records of those discharged under DADT
Stars and Stripes
A bill circulating in the House would upgrade the service records of gay, lesbian and bisexual troops who were discharged due to sexual orientation and eventually open the door to veterans' benefits.
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 Housing


Efforts to help end homelessness get federal boost
The Press-Enterprise
Arthur Jensen is proud of his small apartment. The view from his living room looks out on a quiet, grass-covered common area and other apartments across the way. On the patio is a covered gas grill. His living room is dominated by a giant flat-screen television. The replicas of lighthouses he collects are scattered about the room. And on the wall of his dining area is a full-size American flag. Jensen, 56, has lived here three years. Before that, he was homeless.
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PTSD: A thorny issue as veterans look for work
San Jose Mercury News via The Denver Post
Mike Liguori returned home after two tours of duty in Iraq with the Marines and slipped into a depression that, at its depths, left him contemplating suicide. But the California native emerged from the darkness of post-traumatic stress disorder and today feels his life is in a great place. "The only complaint I have is not having a steady amount of work," Liguori said. "I want what we all want: a job." He has no single explanation why his résumés over the past year largely have been ignored. But Liguori did write a poignant book about his experiences in the military and afterward, and he believes it's possible the PTSD issue has contributed to why he is still unemployed.
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