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Congress should pass veterans suicide prevention bill
The Hill
Immediately prior to recessing for another few weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed four veterans bills. These pieces of legislation included reforms to Department of Veterans Affairs construction projects, extension of several veterans benefit programs, improvements to services for traumatic brain injury and a cost-of-living adjustment increase for veterans receiving disability compensation. However, the most pressing issue in the veterans community — preventing suicide among troops and veterans — was not addressed.
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Opinion: Not all returning veterans find a home
The Daily Beacon
On the wall of the National Guard Armory on Sutherland Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, a fierce bald eagle glares from above a George Orwell quote: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." The rough men and women of the military — less than half of 1 percent of Americans — often return to their own beds after service. They have families and successful careers as citizens. But for some of those rough men and women, no bed offers peaceful sleep — for some of them, no bed exists at all.
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 Employment


Agriculture reaching out to disabled veterans
Farm and Dairy
The National AgrAbility Project is expanding its services to veterans with disabilities interested in agriculture. While only about 17 percent of Americans live in rural areas, rural residents account for approximately 44 percent of the U.S. military, said Paul Jones, AgrAbility project manager based at Purdue University.
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How 3 police and military veterans built a career after retirement
PoliceOne.com
Jeff Carlyle, Rick Dunn and Mark McClure are doing something right in their second careers after retiring from police and military posts — this year, their office was the Signal 88 Franchise of the Year.
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Federal push to hire veterans reduces jobs available for women
AllGov.com
The U.S. government has succeeded in providing more federal job opportunities for veterans in the wake of two major wars. But the emphasis on employing more ex-soldiers, most of whom are men, has wound up reducing the total of women being hired. At the beginning of the 21st century, 43 percent of all new hires were women, but that dropped to 37 percent by 2012.
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Culinary school gives veterans a fresh start
Time Warner Cable News
Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, New York, is now home to the national program, Culinary Command. Veterans and those who are still active have the chance to come and train in the kitchen. It's an intense six-week program, where students devote at least 12 hours a day. And as Iris St. Meran explains, at the end, graduates are ready to take on the next challenge in their professional careers.
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Best for vets: Career and technical colleges 2015
Army Times
Military jobs and training can provide service members with in-depth technical expertise — but how to convert that knowledge into success in the civilian world isn't always obvious. "They have that technical experience, but they really don't know where to plug that in," said Gregory Scargall, veterans resource specialist at Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico. With the right education at a good technical school, though, "they're able to re-harness some of that experience."
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 Medical


Report: DOD should review Tricare rules on compounded medications
Military Times
Tricare spends $259 million a year on medications it is not obligated to cover and should align its policies on compounded medications with existing regulations or change those rules, a federal watchdog agency says. The Department of Defense health program paid for 465,000 compounded medications in 2013, about one-third of 1 percent of all prescriptions covered by Tricare for the year, at a cost 50 times higher than it spent on compounded medications in 2004.
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Suicides by veterans expose holes in mental health system
Voice of OC
After a five year military career that included deployments to Kosovo in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, Kris Skinner returned to civilian life with physical injuries sustained over the course of the war. But just as debilitating — and potentially deadly — to Skinner and many other veterans, including those who never saw combat, are the mental and emotional wounds that can manifest during their transition into civilian life.
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Veterans Affairs: 690,000 veterans used telehealth services during FY 2014
iHealthBeat
The Department of Veterans Affairs provided telehealth services to more than 690,000 veterans during fiscal year 2014, compared with 608,000 in FY 2013, according to VA data recently released, FierceHealthIT reports.
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