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Vets have less faith in merit-based federal promotions than their peers
Government Executive
Veterans working in the federal government have even less faith than their nonveteran peers that job promotions in their office are based on merit, according to the results of a new governmentwide survey on employee satisfaction and engagement.
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 Benefits


Sanders reacts to Social Security adjustment
Veterans Today
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, said he is "disappointed" by the recent announcement of only a 1.7 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries and disabled veterans. "At a time when the prices of prescription drugs and electricity are skyrocketing, I am disappointed that seniors and disabled veterans will only be getting a 1.7 percent increase next year," said Sanders.
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Does the VA have a women veterans problem?
Government Executive
When Angela King left the Navy and enrolled in Ohio State University, she struggled to find classmates who could understand her military experience. But instead of turning to a local branch of the Veterans Affairs Department for support, she looked for help in a student veterans group on campus.
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 Employment


Tactical veteran: Social media can be link to your next job
Army Times
Gone are the days when handing out paper resumes to potential employers was the main way — and sometimes the only way — to land a job. Nor is it the only way to get noticed by recruiters. With the explosion of social media in recent years, the Internet can be your best friend in your job hunt.
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Veterans journal: VA processes record number of claims in 2014
Providence Journal
The Department of Veterans Affairs processed more than 1.3 million claims, the most in department history, during fiscal year 2014, exceeding 2013's record mark by more than 150,000 claims. The agency attributes the increased productivity to new efforts to aggressively reduce the disability-claims backlog, which is now at its lowest mark in four years, according to the agency.
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Air Force veteran bucks unemployment trend with hard work, help
The Bradenton Herald via Stars and Stripes
When Dawn Smith left the U.S. Air Force six years ago, she was sure a career that included a master's degree and eight years experience moving people and cargo to war zones around the world would easily get her into a $60,000-a-year civilian job. But all she found waiting for her when she went home to North Carolina were offers for $9-an-hour warehouse jobs from potential employers who simply couldn't believe a woman was capable of running an overseas logistics operation.
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 Education


VA to offer GI Bill scholarships for surviving spouses
Veterans Today
U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for college scholarships for surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty. Sanders worked hard to get the provision in the recently-passed veterans bill. He urged all eligible spouses to take advantage of it.
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Picking a college with data crunchers
The Associated Press via Military Times
The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online are giving high school seniors and others planning for college more tools than ever to help chart their next step.
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 Housing


Survey finds many Americans associate homelessness with military veterans
The Times-Picayune
Respondents to a survey on military veterans issues were more likely to associate homelessness with people who've served in the armed forces, the Marine Corps Times reported. The civilian-run news outlet reported the survey results released by Got Your Six, a campaign whose aim is to cast military veterans in the post 9/11 era in a positive light.
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 Medical


3 FAQs on TRICARE supplement every military retiree should know
Military.com
Approximately 5.29 million military retirees and family members worldwide are eligible for TRICARE health insurance. Of these, 2.55 million retirees are using TRICARE, 950,000 of which are using TRICARE Standard. While TRICARE Standard is a comprehensive insurance plan and allows for more flexible health care options, it does not cover every expense a military retiree may encounter.
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 VAA Resources — Job search, grants, research

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