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Remember the veterans health care crisis?
Government Executive
Having so far failed to complete reform legislation intended to ensure veterans don't die waiting for health care, lawmakers return facing significant unfinished business to show voters action before they go home to campaign in August. The House and Senate are under the gun to show a response to reports that veterans have been left languishing for months on secret waiting lists for medical treatment or never even getting on to such lists. But members serving on a joint House and Senate conference committee, tasked with hashing out veterans reform legislation, made little headway before recess.
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Initiatives that give vets an edge
Air Force Times (subscriber article)
Federal agencies aren't trying to hire veterans just because they think it's a nice thing to do. They've been ordered to do so by their chief executive and board of directors — the president and Congress. To help agencies reach vet hiring goals, federal leaders have established several special pathways to federal jobs for vets.
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Continuum helps 81 veterans find IT jobs
Channelnomics
Managed services enabler Continuum celebrated Independence Day by announcing the placement of 81 military veterans in the IT sector. The program, supported through the Continuum Veterans Foundation, had sought to place at least 50 in 2014.
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Most veterans satisfied with GI Bill education benefits
Gallup
As the original GI Bill turns 70, Gallup finds nearly 8 in 10 American veterans are saying they are "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the education benefits the bills provide. Relatively few — 16 percent — are dissatisfied to any degree.
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VA says patient access to medical care improving
The Associated Press via ABC News
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reached out to nearly 140,000 veterans in the past two months to get them off waiting lists and into clinics for medical appointments. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed that new audit figures have shown improved patient access at 731 VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.
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DOD finds health problems similar to what VA faces
Military.com
The Department of Defense has acknowledged systemic problems in the vast Military Health System for active-duty and retired troops similar to the pattern of poor care and management that has plagued the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Veterans turn to American Legion for medical help in wake of VA scandal
The Associated Press via Fox News
A counselor at a Veterans Affairs office looked at Rebecca King, a victim of domestic violence and abuse who was seeking help for depression, and told her she would not be able to see a psychologist. She looked too nice and put together for someone depressed, King was told. She now is among nearly 1,800 people who have turned to the American Legion, which has opened temporary crisis centers in Phoenix, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and El Paso, Texas.
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