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What the Affordable Care Act means for vets
Chicago Tribune
Military veterans will have more health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, but some vets, like many Americans, may still struggle to find affordable, accessible care that meets their needs. Roughly 40 percent of the 22.3 million military veterans receive health care services from the Veterans Health Administration, which operates a nationwide network of medical centers, hospitals and clinics.
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Veterans: Want to contribute your expertise?
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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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Job market for vets is promising, though far from perfect
Military Times
The job market for veterans "is brighter than it has been," but the government still needs to concentrate on improving basic job-hunting knowledge and translating military-learned skills into civilian jobs, the vice chairwoman of the Joint Economic Committee recently said.
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FMCSA grants $1 million to train veterans for trucking jobs
Fleet Owner
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced almost $1 million in new grants to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry. The grants will enable colleges to increase enrollment in commercial motor vehicle training programs and provide job placement assistance for veterans and their spouses.
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Veterans aim for entrepreneurship
Telegraph Herald
Veterans are 45 percent more likely than their civilian counterparts to be small-business owners or entrepreneurs, said Rhett Jeppson, associate administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development. Nearly 1 in 10 small businesses nationwide are veteran-owned, he said. Collectively, those 2.4 million veteran-owned businesses employ almost 6 million Americans and generate more than $1 trillion in receipts.
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Interactive software helps veterans suffering from PTSD
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Digital tools can be an easily accessible and effective way of treating veterans who suffer from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

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Legion to train women veteran entrepreneurs
Military.com
The American Legion has announced a two-day entrepreneurial course, "For Her Entrepreneurship — Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support (For HEROES)," to take place in conjunction with its annual national convention Aug. 26-27 in Houston. The free-of-charge...

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Family, legal guide spells out rights, reveals sources
Marine Corps Times
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes. The American Bar Association's new "Legal Guide for Military Families: Everything You Need to Know About Family Law, Estate Planning, and the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act" aims to deliver that ounce of prevention to help troops and families avoid problems along the road of military life.
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Veterans may qualify for free legal assistance
The Gilmer Mirror
Two attorneys from Lone Star Legal Aid, a private civil law firm which helps the poor free of charge in Texas and Arkansas, detailed how their program assists low-income military veterans in a presentation to some local American Legion officials and two local attorneys.
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California hiring state workers to help VA with claims
Military Times
California is moving to help the federal government cut the backlog of veterans' disability claims with a new law creating a 36-member state strike force to help the Veterans Affairs Department process claims. The state budget allocated $3 million to the California Department of Veterans Affairs, known as CalVet, to stand up 12-member teams to be detailed to the federal VA regional offices in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego to process claims.
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Bill would outlaw job, housing discrimination for troops, vets
Military Times
A bill protecting current and former service members from discrimination in housing and employment was introduced Thursday in the House and Senate. The Veterans and Service Members Employment Rights and Housing Act of 2013 would build on legal and financial protections already in law.
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VA triples spending on homelessness problem
Stars and Stripes
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded almost $300 million in grants for homeless and low-income assistance efforts, three times what the agency spent on that program last year. The move is part of the larger government wide effort to end veterans homelessness in the next two years, and comes at a time when most federal programs are tightening their belts in an effort to deal with sharp reductions in funding.
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VA, White House officials to hold first summit on vets', families' mental health
Military Times
Veterans Affairs officials, military advocacy groups and veterans service organizations will meet at the White House for a Veterans and Military Family Mental Health Conference — the opening salvo in a series of summits to be held at VA medical centers nationwide through the fall.
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VA to help rural veterans reach clinics
Inforum
A new initiative by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may make it easier for veterans in rural areas to get medical services. The department recently announced it will provide grants to state veteran service agencies and organizations to help give free transportation for rural veterans to VA medical centers and facilities providing VA care.
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