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Veterans advocate hopes cross country trek raises PTSD awareness
WFSB-TV
A veterans advocate has a long road ahead. Neil Davis made a pit stop in Connecticut to take a short rest and hopefully raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder. He said the toughest battle many veterans have to fight occurs long after they return home. That's why he's hoping to help them one mile at a time. Davis is trekking across the United States.
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  3. I'm not certain, since I think the whole system needs revamping.
  4. I believe they should have more veteran employees treating veterans than the current civilians in those positions.
  5. Only if the service is an upgrade from what I've previously been receiving.

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Drug co-pays, retirement changes delay NDAA agreement
Military Times
Add Tricare pharmacy co-pays to the growing list of disputes holding up the 2016 defense authorization bill. At the start of July, lawmakers in the House and Senate were hopeful that the annual policy bill could be finalized before the August congressional recess. But fights over a host of issues have stalled progress on a compromise.
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Congress bails out the VA, helping avoid furloughs
Government Executive
The Senate approved legislation by a vote of 91-4 that would give the Veterans Affairs Department budget flexibility to avoid closing hospitals this summer. Because of the impending congressional recess, the Senate was forced to take up the House's stop-gap bill to avoid shutting down infrastructure projects and also to fix the VA budget problem.
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Senators propose radical changes to give veterans the care they need
Inquisitr
As veterans continue to struggle with longer wait times at the VA, both a senator and two congressmen have offered solutions for how to fix the VA health care system. The proposals came after a discovery that more than one-third of veterans had died while waiting to receive VA care. Recommendations for fixing the system range from a simple change in appointment scheduling to privatizing the system.
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Cost-of-living hike on track for disabled vets
Military Times
Congress appears poised to give disabled veterans a cost-of-living increase in 2016 after a series of legislative maneuvers in the days before their August break. But veterans and federal officials will not know how much the hike is for another two months.
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Fresh Start Global: Veterans who grew up homeless start charity
KOVR-TV
Two veterans who used to be homeless as teenagers are now giving a helping hand to those in need. "I kept thinking it was my fault," said Joseph Lopez, founder of Fresh Start Global. At 13, Lopez tried to understand why he was homeless. "There weren't a lot of options for me," Lopez said. Right after high school, he joined the military. "If it wasn't for the military, I wouldn't have been able to create this on my own," Lopez said.
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Women who served in the military in high demand for job openings
The Huffington Post
There is no shortage of programs to recruit, hire and retain veterans for civilian employment, but industry leaders, such as Verizon, now have turned their attention to women veterans specifically for their skills, talent, education, training and qualifications that add value to the workforce. In July, Veteran Recruiting teamed with Verizon to launch the Women Veterans Jobs Initiative to hire at least 20,000 women who have served in the U.S military by 2018.
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Collaborating our way to stronger veteran employment
The Huffington Post
Back in 2011, the employment situation for our nation's veterans was substandard. Post-911 vets were facing an unemployment rate of more than 12 percent, and only 3 out of 10 believed they had the ability to achieve career success outside of the military. Employers, for the most part, had little experience and knowledge of the skills veterans bring to a business environment, and had difficulty translating military roles into the private sector. Fast-forward four years and we have an overall veteran unemployment that is almost half of what it was in 2011.
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How to optimize PTSD treatment for veterans
Science 2.0
Our nation's veterans continue to suffer emotional and psychological effects of war — some for decades. And while there has been greater attention directed recently toward post-traumatic stress disorder, and more veterans are seeking help, current psychotherapy treatments are less than optimal, according to a new narrative review.
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Hot air ballooning program helps veterans cope
KRQE-TV
A new program at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque has paired veterans with hot air ballooning. The goal is to help the soldiers transition from military life to civilian life. Several veterans are part of a hot air balloon chase crew called Sky Warriors. It's all part of a new CNM program designed to help soldiers transition back to civilian life.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    House passes cost of living adjustment for veterans' benefits (The Hill)
What's in the emergency bill to help fund Department of Veterans Affairs? (The Associated Press via Army Times)
VA finally expands disability benefits for South Carolina's Camp Lejeune veterans (The Huffington Post)
House approves DOD money shift to cover health care system shortfall (Stars and Stripes via Military.com)
How effective are PTSD treatments for veterans? (TIME)

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