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Government shutdown talks shift from 'if' to 'how long?'
Stars and Stripes
As a government shutdown looms, some discussions in the nation's capital shifted from whether a last-minute deal can be reached to exactly how long and painful a partial shutdown would be for the country. Recently, House members approved a new budget plan that still includes a delay in implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a move that Senate leaders immediately labeled a step towards a shutdown crisis.
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Returning veterans protected by special employment laws
Lawyers.com
As military action in the Mideast winds down, large numbers of U.S. soldiers are returning home. First, you spend time decompressing from the pressures of war and enjoying friends and family. Next, you look for work — either finding a new job or returning to an old one. The White House in 2011 projected that 1 million veterans would be returning to civilian life over the next five years. Unfortunately, while the economy is improving, the job market is not keeping pace.
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CEO: Vets are IT for tech jobs
Business 2 Community
Karen Ross, CEO of Sharp Decisions, keeps challenging the status quo. A female founder of a 20-year-old technology company, she now is convincing U.S. companies to utilize veterans — newly trained on Sharp Decisions' nickel — for IT work that normally would be done overseas. Tired of reading about the high unemployment rate among veterans, Ross decided to do something constructive
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Veterans and job readiness
WTVM-TV
See if you remember this catchphrase from an old TV commercial: "The Navy — it's not just a job, it's an adventure." What happens when the adventure ends and it's time to get a job in the civilian world? Reporter Chuck Leonard has the answer in WTVM-TV's Military Matters series.
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Are jobs really a concern for our military families?
My Edmonds News
Department of Labor report stated that in 2011, the average unemployment rate among returning veterans was 12.1 percent — essentially that works out to more than 1 in 10 of our transitioning veterans were unable to secure a job. Those numbers have declined a bit since the study, but the simple fact is: Unemployment and underemployment are still looming issues for today's veterans and their families.
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VA: Most employees to stay on, but shutdown would halt some services
Stars and Stripes
More than 95 percent of Veterans Affairs employees would not be furloughed if a government shutdown happens, but the move could still halt some key services for veterans.

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Veterans venture into business
The New York Post
During her nine years as a storekeeper in the Coast Guard, Brynn Simonetti gained invaluable experience in contracting, purchasing and accounting. And now that she is winding down her days in uniform, she has plans to put all these skills to work and open her own organic juice bar.

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Returning from war can be a minefield for veterans
Vallejo Times-Herald
It's often called the war at home — the battles veterans face after they return from fighting overseas only to find a nameless, faceless enemy has moved onto their home turf.

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St. Christopher Fund announces scholarship for veterans seeking trucking careers
Land Line
The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund announced that it will distribute a $10,000 trade school scholarship available to the men and women who have served our nation's armed forces. This scholarship program is being funded by a $10,000 grant from TBS Factoring Service of Oklahoma City.
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Shutdown could slow VA progress on disability claims
The Washington Post
The threatened shutdown of the federal government could hamper efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the big backlog of disability claims faced by veterans, advocates warn. Medical services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs would not be affected by a shutdown. The VA's Veterans Health Administration is exempt from any shutdown consequences, as the organization has already received its Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations.
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Agencies struggle to find veterans who need help
Dayton Daily News via Stars and Stripes
County veterans service offices across Ohio spend roughly $1.2 million a year tackling what many say is their biggest challenge: finding veterans and letting them know that the county has services to help. But the state Department of Veterans Services has been maintaining a list of names and addresses of veterans for years, the Dayton Daily News has learned. They just can't figure out how to effectively share the information.
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Campbell Law announces scholarship for veterans
Veterans Today
Campbell Law School has announced the establishment of the Honoratos Emeritus Scholarship, which will award any qualified veteran offered admission to the law school an annual $15,000 renewable scholarship. For veterans that reside in North Carolina, when combined with the G.I. Bill, the Honoratos Emeritus Scholarship amounts to a full-tuition scholarship.
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Veterans' deaths alter prescribing of pain pills
The Columbus Dispatch
Scott McDonald survived Army deployments to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. It was the pills that killed him as he lay on his couch in Reynoldsburg. He was 35. An autopsy found that McDonald's death was caused by the combined effect of five drugs: two antidepressants, an anti-anxiety medicine, an anti-convulsant and a narcotic painkiller. McDonald was prescribed the drugs at the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Affairs Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, said Heather McDonald, his wife.
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