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Labor department: New veteran, disability hiring goals won't be quotas
Federal News Radio
New regulations from the Labor Department spell out specific benchmarks federal contractors will be expected to meet regarding the hiring of veterans and people with disabilities. But don't call them quotas, says the head of the office that will enforce the new hiring targets.
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   Suicide among veterans is increasing. Based on the article below, "Looking closer at the role of life insurance in military suicides," how do you feel insurance may play a role in suicide rates?

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IVMF issues August 2013 Employment Situation of Veterans in America
Veterans Today
The Employment Situation of Veterans in America is issued by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University on the first Friday of each month, and represents the month-to-month change in the employment situation of America's veterans. For the month of September, the program finds that the unemployment rate of veterans has improved slightly, decreasing from 6.4 percent in July to 6.2 percent in August. The nation's youngest veterans, ages 20-24, are experiencing one of the highest unemployment rates at 18.9 percent, which is 5.9 percent higher than that of their nonveteran peers of the same age.
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IT resume makeover: How to showcase your strengths
IT World
Micahel S. Smith is a 13-year IT management veteran who's done some amazing things in a short amount of time. From an early point in his career he's taken on major projects and crushed them, resulting in a relatively quick rise into IT leadership. Smith currently is a senior manager of IT Infrastructure with a major technology company, but he's always eager to solve the next problem. He has been feeling stagnant in this position and has been looking for a change.
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 Education


VetSuccess now serving veterans at 94 campuses nationwide
Veterans Today
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is expanding the availability of services through the VetSuccess on Campus program to an additional 62 new locations this fall — bringing the number of VSOC schools across the country to 94.
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Back to school: Veteran's benefits and the G.I. Bill
Forbes
In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944. Today, we know the law by its more common name, the G.I. Bill. There are a host of benefits available to service men and women under the law, but the one that tends to receive the most attention is assistance to attend college, high school or vocational education. Under the G.I. Bill, tuition assistance is available as well as stipends for books. Generally, payments are issued monthly, but for the Post-9/11 GI Bill — sometimes called the G.I. Bill 2.0 — tuition and fees are paid directly to the school.
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Army veteran's Ranger Up invades top 1,000 Internet vendors
Military Times
Ranger veteran Nick Palmisciano was dealing with "social disconnect" as a Duke University grad student. Inundated by negative and erroneous opinions of the war and military, Palmisciano, volunteered with ROTC to keep himself balanced. He started making cool and funny military T-shirts for the students, who urged him to make a website.

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GOP senator blasts IRS for auditing American Legion posts
The Hill
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., blasted the IRS in the wake of reports that it is demanding detailed membership information from American Legion posts.

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Out-of-state tuition often exceeds veterans' GI Bill benefits
News21 via The Denver Post
Despite the promise of a free education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a News21 analysis found that 29 states have residency policies that force veterans to pay out-of-state tuition.

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Malpractice payouts to US veterans reach 12-year high
Bloomberg
Christopher Ellison went to a veterans medical center in Philadelphia to get eight teeth extracted in 2007. What should have been a routine dentist visit left him permanently incapacitated. The $17.5 million Ellison and his family received in a malpractice judgment against the Department of Veterans Affairs was the largest against the agency in a dozen years — and one of more than 400 payments the U.S. government made last year to resolve VA malpractice claims, according to agency records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
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Looking closer at the role of life insurance in military suicides
Los Angeles Times
Army Spc. James Christian Paquette walked into the benefits office at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, with a question: Did his military life insurance policy pay in cases of suicide? He was assured that it did. Less than two weeks later, he shot and killed himself — and his family collected $400,000. His widow struggles with the question of whether he would have proceeded with his plan if suicide had not been covered.
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Veterans need protection from abuse in benefits claims process
Senior Journal
Some individuals approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans — many of them senior citizens — applying for benefits may be doing them more harm than good, congressional investigators have found. The finding comes in a new report released by the Government Accountability Office that had been requested by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging, and other lawmakers.
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Obama administration to extend veterans' benefits to married gays
Reuters via Yahoo News
The Obama administration will allow same-sex spouses of veterans to receive federal benefits currently only available to heterosexual married couples, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to members of Congress.
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 Housing


Homelessness among veterans: Self-inflicted or government betrayal?
Veterans Today
Homelessness among veterans is a major problem in United States. There are programs and services to help veterans, but these efforts are inadequate to effectively address the crisis. This paper defines homelessness, examines conditions of homelessness among veterans, identifies current programs that address the problem, presents arguments in favor of the status quo, presents arguments against the status quo and then concludes with a moral position.
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Special courts for veterans expanding across US
Fox News
Former National Guardsman Paul Piscitelli is in Philadelphia Municipal Court to answer to drug and theft charges. Elijah Peters, who served in the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq, was arrested twice for assault. Like all the defendants appearing before Judge Patrick Dugan, Piscitelli and Peters are veterans who chose to have their cases handled in a special court established for those once in the military.
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