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Burial delays prompt push for VA oversight in Congress
Stars and Stripes
A bill aimed at decreasing recent delays in veteran burials by giving Congress new VA oversight got a push forward from lawmakers. A Senate version of the bill requiring the VA to report any burial delays longer than 30 days was introduced by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., following a filing earlier this year in the House, which boosted the odds Congress may act to pass the new reporting rules before the end of the year.
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 Benefits


Army Family Action Plan: DoD working with families
Military Times
When service members, Defense Department civilians, retirees and their family members have a voice, significant change can occur. A shining example is the Army Family Action Plan, a grass-roots effort dating to 1983, with the help of volunteers that included Army spouses. It's a one-of-a-kind program in the military that benefits people in all branches of service.
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Smart financial moves for transitioning vets
Pleasanton Weekly
The latest generation of veterans faces a particularly complicated financial picture, attributed to multiple deployments, a tough civilian economy, predatory lending threats at home and disability and health issues. That's why the Veterans Financial Coalition was formed in June by a diverse group of organizations, including Visa's Practical Money Skills for Life, Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, Consumer Action and the Consumer Federation of America.
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 Education


Veterans, elected officials fight to make post-9/11 benefits more accessible
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
When Cheloyn Keeton-Todd served as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1998 to 2008, she was sent to such places as Kuwait and Germany. During that time, she also managed to earn a bachelor's degree online in health care administration. Today, as a civilian, she is in an accelerated nursing program at Rasmussen College in Florida with all her education costs covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
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 Employment


American Legion launches new career platform
Military.com
When it comes to job hunting, no tool should be left unused. An advocate for veterans and service members for nearly a century, the American Legion has recently launched a powerful new career center to help veterans during their transition. If you're in need of a civilian job and served in the U.S. military, this is a resource you should not ignore.
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Veteran's preference points
Military.com
If you are a veteran, you have a couple of different tools that can give you an edge in getting a civil service job: the Preference Points and Veteran's Recruitment Appointment rule. The following is a summary of these tools and how they can help.
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 Medical


Riding to the rescue: Billionaire brings hope to veterans on California ranch
Forbes
When First Sergeant Chris Carlisle arrived at billionaire B. Wayne Hughes Jr.'s sprawling ranch in central California last August, he was not happy. The 37-year-old Marine had been wounded twice during three tours overseas — including the bloodiest battle in Afghanistan — earning two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. After returning to San Diego in 2010, he faced a new enemy: himself.
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Faces of Honor helping veterans with survivable injuries
Lyra Mag
Veteran's Day might be over on the calendar, but it's not over in the hearts of facial plastic surgeons who continue to offer their pro-bono services to war veterans who have been injured in the line of duty. It's part of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery's program Faces of Honor.
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 Housing


Philanthropy jumpstarts homeless veterans project in Washington, D.C.
Nonprofit Quarterly
Here's an example of private philanthropy stepping up to address what should very much be a governmental responsibility shouldered by everyone in our society — honoring and caring for homeless veterans. As retired attorney Tom Nurmi, a member of the board of trustees of the William S. Abell Foundation and chair of its homelessness committee, writes on the Funders Together to End Homelessness blog, "Our country has an obligation to ensure that those veterans who struggle to reintegrate into society will receive the assistance that they need — and deserve. America has never been as close to ending veteran homelessness as it is today."
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    DOD to ban allotments for personal property purchases (Stars and Stripes)
Variety of VA benefits are available to female veterans (The Journal Times)
Veterans' suicides prove VA must improve services, mothers testify (Military Times)
Many veterans struggle in post-military job market (The Associated Press via The Washington Times)

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