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What's in the emergency bill to help fund Department of Veterans Affairs?
The Associated Press via Army Times
A three-month highway spending bill passes in the House that includes nearly $3.4 billion to fill a budget hole that the Department of Veterans Affairs claims would force it to close hospitals and clinics nationwide. Lawmakers from both parties said the spending was needed even as they complained about the VA's failure to anticipate the problem.
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House passes cost of living adjustment for veterans' benefits
The Hill
The House approved legislation that would increase rates of benefit compensation for veterans with disabilities caused by their military service. "Many disabled veterans and their families depend on Veterans Affairs benefits to pay for their housing, their food and other necessities. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that VA benefits keep pace with the rate of inflation so that our nation's heroes are able to make ends meet," said House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller.
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Department of Defense issues final Military Lending Act rule
Department of Defense News
After nearly three years of study, the Department of Defense issued the final Military Lending Act rule. The MLA better protects our service men and women from predatory credit practices by expanding financial protections provided to service members, and helping ensure military families receive the consumer protections they deserve. These actions build on the president's announcement during a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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House approves DOD money shift to cover health care system shortfall
Stars and Stripes via Military.com
A House panel said that the Department of Defense can shift $886 million to the military health care system, a first step toward ensuring it does not run out of money this month for costly prescription drugs and outside treatment for troops, families and retirees.
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VA finally expands disability benefits for South Carolina's Camp Lejeune veterans
The Huffington Post
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans to begin revising how it grants disability benefits for veterans who lived at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, during the 30-plus years that toxic chemicals tainted the base's drinking water.
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Here's what veterans want in their civilian careers
U.S. News & World Report
Savvy employers know that military veterans often hold the solution to their continuing struggle to attract and retain high-quality talent. They understand that military-experienced personnel possess skills, attitudes and abilities beyond those of most people who have not served. Thus, veterans can add disproportionate value to any team or organization.
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How effective are PTSD treatments for veterans?
TIME
Though many treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder can alleviate symptoms, veterans continue to meet the criteria for the disorder. A new study suggests commonly used first-line treatments for PTSD in veterans may not work as well as medical experts once thought.
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US declared war on veteran homelessness — and it actually could win
NPR
About 50,000 vets are homeless in America. In 2009, then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki declared that all of them would have housing by this year. At the time, even inside the VA that goal was considered aspirational at best. But last year, cities across the country said it was looking achievable. New Orleans was the first to declare, in January, that the city had done it.
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