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Veterans, lawmakers to press for guaranteed VA funding
The Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers and veterans groups plan to call for 100 percent funding of all Department of Veterans Affairs programs, which would guarantee elimination of future furloughs, moving to capitalize on fresh memories of the government shutdown and warnings the VA was falling behind in veteran care.
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'Got your 6' helps veterans reintegrate after their service
Mashable
Military recruits quickly learn the phrase, "Got your six," which means, "I got your back." On the battlefield, it's essential to protect your fellow comrades and know that they're looking out for you, too. And yet, when these veterans finish a tour of duty and return home, it sometimes seems as if no one has their back. America's veterans are an untapped resource of leadership and skill, but they also need a lot of support to get back in the swing of things. Many veterans struggle to find a job and a home, and reintegrating into society can be a challenge.
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Federal government sets 20-year high for hiring veterans
The Washington Post
The federal government set a 20-year high for hiring veterans last year, with nearly 29 percent of its new employees for 2012 being former military personnel who served during times of war, according to an announcement this week from the Office of Personnel Management.
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70,000 disabled vets still have chance to gain 'retiree' status
The News Tribune
About 70,000 disabled veterans who served on active duty after 9/11, and were medically discharged with disability ratings of 20 percent or less, still have a shot to gain "retiree" status with base shopping privileges and lifetime eligibility to Tricare for themselves and families.
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The coming food stamp cut will hit 900,000 veterans
ThinkProgress
Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, automatically dropped Nov. 1 thanks to the loss of additional funds from the 2009 stimulus bill. That cut will hit about 900,000 of the country's veterans, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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'Glitch' in new health care law could cost veterans' families
Veterans Today
A "glitch" in the Affordable Care Act could cost some families thousands of dollars, especially veterans with children. The oversight in the original legislation — whether it was intended or not — could affect nearly a half of a million children. Despite the recent uptick of ACA talk in Congress, it appears that the glitch will not be amended any time soon.
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Are women more prone to PTSD?
The Dish
Female veterans are already more likely than male veterans to be homeless, divorced or raising children as single parents. Female vets under 50 are more than twice as likely as their male counterparts to kill themselves.

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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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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.

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Shutdown's impact on VA examined at House hearing
Veterans Today
The House Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing that examined the impacts of a federal government shutdown on benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who was the only witness at the hearing, provided testimony detailing the latest impacts of the shutdown on the VA and veterans.
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Veterans hospitals nationwide sustain decline in MRSA
Medical News Today
Five years after implementing a national initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus rates in Veterans Affairs medical centers, MRSA cases have continued to decline, according to a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
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VA increases opiate prescriptions for veterans
Veterans Today
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, charged with helping veterans recover from war, instead masks their pain with potent drugs, feeding addictions and contributing to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that is nearly double the national average. Prescriptions for four opiates — hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine — have surged by 270 percent in the past 12 years, according to data that the Center for Investigative Reporting obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The center's analysis for the first time exposes the full scope of that increase, which far outpaced the growth in VA patients and varied dramatically across the nation.
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Agency research brain implants for better therapy to soldiers, veterans
New York Daily News
The federal government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will spend $70 million over five years on its Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies project. The goal is to develop devices to provide better therapy for soldiers and veterans with mental illness.
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