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Obama push to hire veterans into federal jobs spurs resentment
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each other's competence and qualifications. With veterans moving to the head of the hiring queue in the biggest numbers in a generation, there's growing bitterness on both sides, according to dozens of interviews with federal employees.
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Career coach: Helping military veterans succeed
The Washington Post
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1 in 10 civilians ages 18 and over were military veterans in 2013. From this group of 21.4 million people, about 2.8 million served during the second Gulf War era, compared with 4 percent of veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam eras. More than half of all veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, were between the ages of 25 and 34 in 2013. Generally, the unemployment rates for these recent veterans remains higher than for nonveterans, after adjusting for age and demographic factors.
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What if your transition from the military did not go as planned?
By Catherine Iste
A fellow veteran, Andy, was a high-ranking NCO, who had racked up lots of training and credentials while he was in. Instead of taking the bonus to stay a few more years, the lure of more money, being closer to his family and moving a lot less was too attractive. He got out, offer in hand and was a few weeks into a training program when the organization experienced a significant cut in funding and eliminated the program into which he was hired. Andy's story is similar to many others I have heard by working with veterans who came out during this recession. Let's take a closer look at his story and find out what we can learn from his experience.
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Partnership allows for more educational resources for veterans
The Daily Orange
A new partnership between Emerald Group Publishing and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities will provide online resources to assist veteran students looking to develop their entrepreneurial and management skills. Emerald Group Publishing has agreed to provide over $100,000 worth of e-journals, e-books and other online content to Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Veterans students at Syracuse University and the seven additional participating colleges in the program, according to an Syracuse University news release.
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VA: Mobile is 'value-added' to health programs
InformationWeek
The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving ahead with an ambitious effort to provide mobile wireless services to both veterans and the clinical staff who serve them.
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Medical marijuana after traumatic event 'prevents PTSD symptoms'
Yahoo News
Providing trauma patients with medical marijuana shortly after the event could help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers have said. In a study on rats, scientists at the University of Haifa in Israel found that administering synthetic marijuana, or cannabinoids, helped to prevent PTSD symptoms caused by both the trauma and trauma reminders.
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VA chief: 'Tens of thousands' more medical staff needed
Stars and Stripes
The Department of Veterans Affairs needs "tens of thousands" more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet patient demand, the new VA Secretary, Robert "Bob" McDonald, told lawmakers at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
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War veterans try yoga, hiking, horseback riding to treat PTSD
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Veterans are experimenting with new ways to heal wounds left by their war experiences — and many are demanding the U.S. government do the same. Some are trying hikes on the Appalachian Trail, scuba diving and horseback riding. Their pursuit of alternative treatments has spawned a cottage industry of dance, drama, companion dogs, tai chi, fish-oil supplements and high-pressure oxygen treatments to treat brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Challenges and solutions: Meeting the mental health needs of military and veterans
Reserve Officers Association
The Reserve Officers Association sponsors a broad range of educational events through its educational branch, the Defense Education Forum. In its most recent symposium, Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Military and Veterans: Challenges & Solutions, ROA panelists addressed recent developments in behavioral health treatments, upcoming legislation and current obstacles to ensuring veteran access to effective behavioral health professionals.
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The veterans no one talks about
National Journal
While on tour with the Navy in Guam in 2000, Brian Lewis says he was raped by a higher-ranking service member. He said his superiors told him not to report the incident, suggesting that he could lose his job and that "it would have made the command look bad." About a year later, while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from the assault, Lewis received what he says was a misdiagnosis of personality disorder instead of PTSD. He was dismissed from the military without an honorable discharge.
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Honor Flight thanks veterans for service with trip to D.C.
The Coloradoan
World War II veteran Jack L. Miller enlisted in the military on his 18th birthday. At nearly 90 years old, he's never seen the national memorial honoring his service. Honor Flight Northern Colorado began sending World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., in 2008 to see the national war memorials as a thank you. Recently, Miller became one of more than 1,600 veterans the organization has completely funded to travel to the nation's capital.
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