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The Veterans Advantage program: A private solution to the VA health system's problems
Forbes
In the wake of recent findings from White House special investigator Rob Nabors that the "corrosive culture" at the U.S. Department of Veterans Health led to well documented delays in treatment for veterans and a systemic cover-up in the approximately 150 hospitals and 800 VA clinics, it's time to consider all options for fixing the VA health system. By accepting the resignation of the secretary, passing legislation to spend billions to enhance access to primary care and opening federal investigations into the matter, officials have signaled their intent to get it right. A bolder step warrants a national conversation: integrating the VA with the private sector.
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How veteran unemployment compares to overall unemployment by state
Business Insider
As the economy continues to recover from the recession, more people are heading back to work, and that means more veterans are employed as well. But taking a look at employment data and the factors affecting it shows that vets have a better chance at finding a job in certain parts of the country. Drawing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2013, we took the overall average unemployment rate for each state and subtracted from it the corresponding veterans' average unemployment rate.
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7-Eleven increases franchising incentive for new military veterans
CSP
With more servicemen and women leaving the military and seeking careers, 7-Eleven Inc. has increased its franchising-fee discount to 20 percent, capped at $50,000, as an added incentive for qualified military veterans who have left the service in the last five years to open 7-Eleven convenience stores.
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Returning veterans turn to agriculture
WAMC-FM
We've heard many stories about young vets returning from service, unable to find jobs and having difficulties re-adjusting to civilian life. Yet, there are many opportunities available. Among them, programs accentuating farming in its various forms. Cornell University has developed a Small Farms Program to support returning veterans.
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Improved transition tools for soldiers
Military.com
On Oct. 1, soldiers will begin to have a more defined plan for transitioning out of the military with the implementation of the new soldier life cycle. This three-phase career cycle prepares soldiers from the beginning of their military service until their transition to civilian life, with the resources needed to equip them with the employment skills, training, counseling and opportunities that will enhance their marketability after military service.
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DOD testing child care online search tool
Military Times
A project is underway to allow military families to search online for military child care and get placed on the waiting list at their current duty or next duty station. Officials have not finalized a timeline for implementing the new website, said Defense Department spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen.
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Experts: McDonald must clean house at VA
Stars and Stripes
Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama's pick to head up the troubled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, faces such a hidebound bureaucracy that experts say the way forward is clear: He must clean house.
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Michelle Obama, Eric Garcetti headline summit to end veteran homelessness
USC News
First lady Michelle Obama and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke about an aggressive plan to eliminate veteran homelessness citywide at the Unite for Veterans Summit, a partnership between the USC Price School of Public Policy, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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iEHR redefined: DOD's top 3 tactics in VA turf war detente
Government Health IT
While turf wars between the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Veterans Affairs effectively have blunted efforts for a unified electronic health record system, both agencies are at least moving toward improving interoperability. On the DOD side, three initiatives are budgeted for continuing development — some seeing request increases, others flat, per the DOD's overall budgeting trends. Before we get to the programs DOD is betting on to put some legs under its interoperability initiative, here's a little history to bring us up to date.
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