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Got Your 6 explores ways to bridge civilian-military divide
The Washington Times
With one million service members leaving the military over the next five years, the discussions about veteran and military issues often focus on the challenges and potential problems veterans may have re-integrating into civilian life. Got Your 6 is an organization that wants to redirect the conversation on veterans to emphasize the special skills, talents and benefits veterans are bringing back to our communities.
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In the more than 10 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, between two and a half to three million U.S. soldiers have served in active duty. For many of them, the transition back to civilian life is a difficult one. Veterans who find they don't enjoy or can't fit into ordinary working life turn to entrepreneurship at greater rates than the rest of the population.
FMCSA making rule changes to ease military transition to truck driving
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in light of an in-house study says it wants to implement some regulation changes to help former military personnel U.S. veterans more easily transition to civilian truck driving jobs. The agency says it plans to implement the changes "as soon as possible."
As we honor America's veterans, confusion continues to swirl around the issue of unemployment for these former military men and women. While overall veteran unemployment historically has been less than for the workforce as a whole — recent Bureau of Labor statistics data for example shows that the national unemployment rate in October stood at 7.3 percent, while for all veterans it was 6.3 percent. Yet, the younger, post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate was 10 percent, and this is not a one-time spike. In 2012, the Congressional Research Service noted that post-9/11 veteran rates of unemployment have run above both the national and overall veteran rates for the past four years. This has not changed in 2013.
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Find scholarships that help veterans pay for college
U.S. News & World Report
Many of us took time on Veteran's Day to remember loved ones and friends who have served our country through service in the military. As a way to say "thank you," many foundations, programs and colleges offer scholarships for veterans and current service members who want to attend college and earn their degree — whether it be to further their military career or embark on an entirely new path.
Veterans Affairs dedicates millions to combat homelessness among veterans
Nobody deserves to be homeless, especially not those who put their life on the line to defend the richest country in the world.
To bolster its efforts in combating homelessness among those who have served, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced it would spend an additional $14 million in funding to combat homelessness among veterans.
Veterans are at risk from bad advisers
The Wall Street Journal
As the nation observed Veterans Day, veterans themselves remained at risk when seeking professional help accessing military benefits. As identified in an August report from the Government Accountability Office, many veterans are being sold inappropriate products by unethical or inept representatives.
As US struggles with deficits, veterans' programs considered
The News Tribune
Military members, retirees and veterans have a few more reasons to be wary of politicians who say their priority is to cut federal spending.
The Congressional Budget Office recently released a report of more than 100 options for reducing budget deficits.
More than a few of the CBO options are fresh ideas to roll back compensation for categories of veterans or to raise Tricare fees for military retirees, on suggestions that the government is being too generous.
Veterans' access to mental health services needs fixing
Much has been made about the lack of jobs for veterans and, in fact, the unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars stands at 10 percent compared to 6.8 percent of the civilian population. But the insufficient attention given to veterans' health — especially mental health — actually is the greatest risk to returning service members.
Sen. Mark Udall calls for gay veterans to get spousal benefits, wherever they live
After the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Defense Department moved quickly to extend benefits to same-sex married couples. The Department of Veterans Affairs has not moved as quickly, leading to some couples in states that prohibit same-sex marriage to be denied benefits. Now, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is calling on the Obama administration to give spousal benefits to all married veterans, no matter what states they live in.
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