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Study: Troops discharged for misconduct at greater risk of homelessness
Stars and Stripes
Troops separated from military service because of misconduct are far more likely to become homeless than other veterans, a recent study has found. Researchers with the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System in Utah found that more than a quarter of veterans who were homeless at their first Veterans Affairs visit had been separated for misconduct, with a risk for homelessness nearly five times greater than that for troops with normal separations.
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Have you are someone you know transitioned out of the military and now find themselves homeless? If so, has anyone on the local, state or federal level attempted to find you or that vet housing?
  1. Yes, I know several that are vets that are homeless
  2. No, I'm not aware of any veterans but I'm sure that there are
  3. I've been homeless for 6 months or more
  4. I've been homeless for over a year and no one has assisted me with anything
  5. I've been homeless for over a year and no one has assisted me with anything

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 Medical/Health


Pentagon: New Tricare drug prices take effect Oct. 1
Military.com
Military families and retirees who regularly refill some brand-name medications at retail pharmacies will need to either switch to home delivery, get their drugs at a military treatment facility or start paying for them out of pocket beginning Oct. 1.
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Suicide at Florida VA hospital offers window into older veterans' pain
Tampa Tribune
Ever since leaving the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, Marine veteran Gerhard Reitmann struggled with the horrific memories of the things he did and saw. "It was a rough one," said his brother, Stephan Reitmann. "Emotionally, it did a number on his mind." Reitmann had trouble holding a job. He often kept to himself and, until recently, cut himself off even from his family.
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 Employment


Who better than veterans to fill trucking's empty ranks?
Fleet Owner
When it comes to it, a job like driving a heavy-duty truck on U.S. roadways is different than many you'll find in the civilian sector — it's more regulated and structured, for instance, and involves operating more serious hardware than many potential new hires would be comfortable doing. Military veterans' experience often gives them an edge in being successful in that role and other trucking industry positions, says Jason Schenkel, who recently joined southeastern U.S. motor carrier Holland as a hiring manager.
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Record numbers of veterans getting jobs in government — but many quit
The Washington Post
The share of federal jobs going to veterans is at its highest level in five years, new data shows, with former service members comprising almost half of full-time hires in the last fiscal year. One in 3 people in government is now a veteran, proof that the White House's six-year push to give those who served in the military a leg up in the long hiring queue for federal jobs is working.
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 Housing


Single dad shows challenge of ending vet homelessness
The Tampa Tribune
Hargrett, 33, served 11 years in the Navy as a nuclear power technician. He and his three kids have been bouncing between motels and family members since April 16, when they were evicted from their house. They have stayed just a few steps ahead of a life on the streets, with help from nonprofits Tampa Crossroads, the Society of St. Vincent DePaul and Metropolitan Ministries.
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 Education


For-profit colleges are using the GI Bill to make money off veterans
Los Angeles Times
Many of the nation's largest for-profit college chains have seen enrollments plummet amid investigations into questionable job placement rates and deceptive marketing practices. One crucial source of revenue, however, has remained a constant: military veterans.
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 Benefits


VA: Veterans claims backlog dips below 100K but won't hit zero
Military.com
The Veterans Affairs Department's backlog of disability claims has dropped below 100,000 but it won't ever reach zero because of the way veterans seek care, says the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    VA planned to ration drugs for sick veterans (Veterans Today)
Survey: Most Americans think government is failing vets (Military Times)
Service dogs for veterans with PTSD get closer look (Star Tribune)
Thousands of vacant VA jobs costing taxpayers billions (WXIA-TV)
Veteran helps others navigate complex VA benefit system (Independent Mail)

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