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Presidential candidates aren't talking about vital veterans issues
Task & Purpose
With the media saturated with stories about the 2016 presidential election, it's hard to believe it's still 16 months away until we choose the next leader of this free nation. Candidates are scrambling to assemble their teams, create their messaging and build their platforms — all out of key issues that are close to the hearts of the American people. So far, there have been myriad issues raised — from women's rights to Iran to the economy. Veterans and their families, however, — the backbone, strength and protection of this nation — have taken a back burner in the national discussion.
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 SURVEY


Veterans Association of America wants to know...

How many veterans have filed or requested help in filing Disability Claims and received little or no assistance?
  1. I haven't filed a claim.
  2. I've filed and constantly get the run around on who I should see.
  3. I've been told that I'm ineligible for disability from the VA.
  4. I've filed on numerous occasions and still waiting for a response.
  5. Yes, I've requested assistance but are shuffled to too many people who only give you lip service.

Click here to give Veterans Association of America your answer.


Respond today — survey results revealed in next week's VAA Dispatch.



 Benefits


More than 300,000 veterans died waiting on VA health care
MLT News
As many Americans paused to reflect on the events that took place 14 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, when close to 3,000 lives were lost, veterans were once again reminded of the sacrifices many of their brothers and sisters have made — off the battle field — waiting on VA health care benefits. According to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report, "more than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care — and nearly twice as many are still waiting."
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VA to unveil new website on vets benefits application
ExecutiveGov
The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to introduce a new Web portal designed to help veterans apply for benefits, Federal News Radio reported. Emily Kopp writes Vets.gov is designed to extract data from the VA's other online portals and serve as a one-stop shop for veterans benefits.
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Veterans' care should include their families
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
After more than a decade at war since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, we face an unprecedented challenge in caring for our military service members. Too often, veterans' spouses and families are left behind. Because Texas has the second-largest veteran population and will have the largest number of veterans by 2019, Texas should set the standard for how we treat our veterans' families.
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 Employment


10 military habits that make service members stand out
Task & Purpose
We all know the tell-tale signs of a military service member: high-and-tight haircut, camo backpack, polo shirt and cargo shorts combination, unit T-shirts or hats, decals on cars and, of course, "Affliction" T-shirts. These are all easy ways to spot military folks in public places. And while many of us try not to stand out, there are still subtle indicators. Most civilians would never notice these things, but they are dead giveaways to those who have served. Here are the top 10.
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Fred Meyer Stores offer career opportunities to veterans
KDRV-TV
Fred Meyer Stores will hold open interviews on Sept. 15 for all veterans and their family members. The company says they're currently hiring to fill more than 1,500 positions in its stores. Nationwide, The Kroger Co. is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions.
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Best for vets: Franchises 2016 — 42 brands with benefits
Military Times
Are you compatible? Do you share similar values? Can you depend on them for support? How have their other relationships gone? Are they in it for the long haul? Are you? Important questions when you're trying to find a spouse, for sure. But you should also have these things in mind if you're considering a franchise. You can always transfer out of a bad college or put in your two weeks' notice at a bad job. But pick the wrong franchise and you could be stuck for years — or have to deal with big debts.
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Firm offers myriad of learning opportunities for veterans, other employees
HR.BLR.com
An innovative work-study program created by Prudential Financial Inc. and the El Paso Workforce Opportunities Services program gives veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard and their spouses access to on-the-job training and exposure to the corporate work environment.
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Pittsburgh 1 of 50 American cities chosen for veterans job program
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
When Lynn Strezeski left the Army in 2009, employment agencies steered her toward assembly line jobs. Strezeski, 35, said she appreciated the help, but she was over-qualified. She has bachelor's and master's degrees and served as an intelligence analyst in the Army. She said the agencies stereotyped her: "People think that anyone coming out of the Army is young, male and undereducated," she said. "That's not who we are."
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 Education


Recruiting veterans to elite colleges
Marketplace.org
At a welcome dinner for incoming freshmen at Vassar College in New York, one table in the back stands out among the mostly 18 year olds. It's a group of slightly more-seasoned looking military veterans. They're part of the third veteran "posse" at Vassar, recruited from around the country to attend this prestigious liberal arts college on a full ride. During the first two years at Vassar, the group will work closely with a faculty mentor. "We have a bond that is unique to the military, and so I think that that will benefit us throughout our journey here," says Janine Smith, 26.
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 Medical/Health


Donating PTSD soldiers' brains to science for research encouraged by doctors, veterans
International Business Times
Doctors and veterans alike have been encouraging soldiers affected by post-traumatic stress disorder to consider donating their brains to science after death to allow for more in-depth study of the condition, the Military Times reported Sunday. PTSD — often referred to as shell shock in relation to soldiers — is a condition in which a person who has been in danger continues to exhibit that same fear response in civilian life. The disorder is often difficult to treat, especially given stigma surrounding it in military circles.
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