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Cognitive decline in veterans: Journal offers open-access issue
By Denise A. Valenti
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 23.2 million living veterans have served in the United States armed services in times of both war and peace. As these men and women age, there is concern about the increased risk of potential cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative disease. In order to bring attention to this issue and to provide a forum for open discussion, Alzheimer's and Dementia — the professional journal of the Alzheimer's Association — has given open access to its June issue, which focuses on the overall problem of cognitive decline and dementia in soldiers and veterans.
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VA announces $5 million in grants to aid homeless veterans with special needs
Sierra Sun Times
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it is making renewed funding available to 25 organizations in 11 states that provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans with special needs. The Grant and Per Diem Program Special Need Grants will allow the organizations to continue providing housing and necessary services to homeless veterans from any or all of the following groups with special needs: women, frail elderly, terminally ill, chronically mentally ill and individuals who care for minor dependents.
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Los Angeles mayor vows 10,000 veteran jobs
Military Connection
Recently, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of a multiagency program designed to assist veterans. The Los Angeles area is home to approximately 330,000 veterans. Veterans in this area have experienced a decline in employment prospects, with the local veteran unemployment rate up to 15 percent. Garcetti's plan pledges to secure 10,000 jobs for veterans by 2017.
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Military pay outpaces civilians'. Is it justified?
The Virginian-Pilot
Whether you are military or civilian, enlisted or officer — mention military pay in the Virginian region and you're likely to hear an earful. To some, the topic is synonymous with the nation's commitment to those who serve and sacrifice on its behalf. Others see military pay and benefits surpassing civilian wages and question whether they're too generous, especially as Congress grapples with reductions in defense spending. It's an emotional issue, especially in Hampton Roads, Virginia, where military pay drives the economy.
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New Florida education laws change veterans tuition, grades for schools
WLRN-TV
Veterans will pay less to attend Florida colleges and universities. This is one of a handful of laws taking effect at the start of a new budget year.
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'Degree mills' are exploiting veterans, making millions off the GI Bill
The Daily Beast
The GI Bill is being gobbled up by for-profit colleges that spend lavishly on marketing but can leave veterans with worthless degrees. Nowhere is this a bigger problem than in California, where nearly 2 out of every 3 GI Bill dollars go to for-profit companies — institutions created to make money. In fact, The Center for Investigative Reporting found that since a generous new GI Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans went into effect in 2009, more than $600 million has gone to California schools so substandard that they have fail to qualify for state financial aid.
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VA review finds 'significant and chronic' failures
The Associated Press via Military.com
In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes that medical care for veterans is beset by "significant and chronic system failures," substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators. A summary of the review by deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors says the Veterans Health Administration must be restructured and that a "corrosive culture" has hurt morale and affected the timeliness of health care.
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Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs
Military.com
President Barack Obama has picked an Army veteran and retired chief executive of Proctor & Gamble to succeed retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki as head of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs. Obama is expected to make the formal announcement that he was nominating Robert A. "Bob" McDonald to take over as VA Secretary of an agency reeling from scandals over waiting lists and botched care.
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Ceremonial PTSD therapies favored by Native American veterans
Washington State University via Science Codex
Native American veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder find relief and healing through an alternative treatment called the Sweat Lodge ceremony offered at the Spokane Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington.
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