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DARPA's spending $70 million on a brain chip for mentally ill soldiers
Gizmodo
Picture this: In the near future, 10 percent of our veterans could be walking around with chips implanted in their brains. These aren't intended for some I, Robot-style takeover, but rather to treat conditions like PTSD and substance abuse. Sound crazy? DARPA only deals in crazy.
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10 companies that are 'heavy hitters' in hiring returning soldiers
The Blaze
Despite a nominal dip in the unemployment rate for September, the number of young veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq reached 10.1 percent, up nominally from 10 percent in August. The pattern has prompted U.S. employers have committed to hiring more veterans, including the companies as big as Walmart and several lesser known companies making large efforts, according to the American Legion.
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Oracle sees the value of vets
BlackFive
It is easy for corporations to donate money to wounded warrior programs or veterans groups and pat themselves on the back for being good people. And doing that is certainly a good thing. But vets don't really want a handout as much as a hand up and Oracle has done a great job with that. They regularly hire and train wounded warriors and other veterans and both the vets and Oracle benefit from the arrangement.
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Unemployment reports show Iraq, Afghanistan veterans struggle to find jobs
WBTW-TV
The latest job report shows veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan War struggle to find jobs. The national unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent, as more workers said they got jobs and joined the labor force. But the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans grew to 10.1 percent. Here's a list of some of the upcoming job fairs.
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Money mismanagement by veterans increases risk of future homelessness
Medical News Today
Military veterans who report having common financial problems, such as bouncing a check or going over their credit limit, are four times more likely to become homeless in the next year than veterans without such problems. Furthermore, money mismanagement by itself made a significant contribution to predicting higher odds of subsequent homelessness in veteran populations above and beyond other variables, according to a new study published online ahead of print by the American Journal of Public Health.
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Shutdown's impact may not be over for veterans
CNN
The partial government shutdown ended recently, but America's veterans may continue to feel its effects for some time. Throughout the 16-day shutdown, efforts to clear the Department of Veterans Affairs' backlog of veterans' disabilities claims stalled, according to a department official. This delay has created concern about Secretary Eric Shinseki's ability to keep his pledge to end all backlogged claims — those older than 125 days — by 2015, the official said.
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VA: Backlog of claims didn't grow during shutdown
The Wall Street Journal
Despite warnings of a backup of veteran-benefits claims because of the government shutdown, Veterans Affairs tallies show the claims backlog held steady during the two-week furlough period. The VA's backlog of claims 125-days-old or greater has fallen to 411,704 as of Oct. 19, down from 414,022 on Oct. 12, 418,711 on Oct. 5 and 421,793 on Sept. 28, according to the VA. These reporting periods all overlap the shutdown period.
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House to punish VA by cutting bonuses
The Hill
The House will pass legislation that would chop bonuses for government workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs by at least 14 percent. Members will call up H.R. 1405, which includes several different provisions dealing with veterans benefits, but also includes the cut in bonuses or salary awards. The VA currently pays out about $400 million in bonuses to its workers each year, but the bill could cap total annual bonus payments at $345 million through fiscal 2018.
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Why no one 'won' the shutdown
ABC News
Just after midnight Oct. 17, President Barack Obama signed a bill to end the 16-day government shutdown and extended the debt limit just in time to avert a fiscal crisis.

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Veterans not a political chew toy
CNN
The recent 16-day government shutdown hit many Americans hard. But few groups were hit harder than our troops and veterans.

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More and more veterans seeking education, facing transition
The Associated Press via Albuquerque Journal
As more veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities has increased to more than 1 million over the past four years.

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