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DOD to ban allotments for personal property purchases
Stars and Stripes
Starting Jan. 1, active-duty troops can no longer use paycheck allotments when purchasing vehicles, furniture, electronics and other personal property. The policy change is a response to abusive practices on the part of some retailers and lenders, Department of Defense officials said, and is designed to keep troops from getting in over their heads financially.
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Veterans Association of America wants to know...

When you first joined the military, did you plan to serve for a long career of at least 20 years or detach after a shorter period?
  • For at least 20 years
  • For at least 10 years
  • For more than 4 years
  • Detach after a shorter period

Click here to give Veterans Association of America your answer.

Respond today — survey results revealed in next week's VAA Dispatch.

Last week's survey results: Should vets who've been deported still receive benefits from the U.S. government?
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 Benefits


Variety of VA benefits are available to female veterans
The Journal Times
Women served in the United States military as early as the Revolutionary War. Since then, women of all ages, ranks and levels of authority have entered every branch of service, made significant contributions and suffered the same sacrifices as men. As a woman with military service, you may qualify for a wide range of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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 Employment


Many veterans struggle in post-military job market
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Some veterans who are returning from battlefield are discovering a different kind of battle on their return — one that has them trying to prove their qualifications for segments of the job market.
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It's a must for veterans to market their skills
Houston Chronicle
The majority of people in the military serve four years, and during that time, they do many things and gain a host of different experiences in many areas. "However, we have found that many veterans do not list in detail their experiences regarding all of their skills and training," said Jackie Garcia, office administrator, Tradesmen International, an employment agency for the skilled trades.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    The best jobs for veterans (CareerCast.com via The Times-Picayune)
5 Fortune 500 companies transforming the job market for veterans (Fortune)
Complementary, alternative medicine for veterans and military personnel (Wolters Kluwer Health via Science Codex)
The country will soon have no homeless veterans. So why are there still homeless families? (The Washington Post (tiered subscription model))
Should deported veterans get benefits from the military? (PRI)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Veterans' resumes should focus on transferrable skills
Ottawa County Michigan Works! via Holland Sentinel
On Veteran's Day, we honor the veterans who have served our country. We thank them for their service and we appreciate the protection our veterans have offered us both at home and abroad. As a society we try our best to afford veterans the courtesy and gratitude they deserve whenever possible. We demonstrate this in practical ways by offering material assistance such as government funded veterans' programs, as well as additional assistance from private individuals, businesses and organizations. Employment Assistance is an area of service that has received special attention since World War II, and continues to expand as each large group of veterans return to civilian life after each major conflict.
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David Petraeus: Veterans are 'precious resources'
The Tennessean
Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus recently was in Nashville, Tennessee, to encourage local businesses to hire veterans, who he said were among "our nation's most precious resources."
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 Medical


Study: Telemedicine helps treat PTSD in vets
Stars and Stripes
Traveling long distances to health clinics presents one of the biggest obstacles to military veterans in rural areas seeking and sticking with therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. A new study suggests that telemedicine aids their access to care and increases the likelihood they will follow through with months of intensive counseling that can heal war's inner wounds.
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Veterans' suicides prove VA must improve services, mothers testify
Military Times
The mother of an Army National Guard soldier who recently killed himself, pleaded with Congress to do more to save troops and veterans suffering from combat-related mental health conditions.
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