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Food stamp cuts leave millions out in the cold
By Archita Datta Majumdar
We are in the grip of a hunger emergency. In this season of cheer and warmth, not everyone is humming happy tunes. It has been one year since the billions of dollars in food stamp cuts have been in effect nationwide, showing disastrous results everywhere. There are growing reports of food crisis around the nation, as food banks are struggling to meet the hunger pangs of millions.
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Holland to hire 500 veterans
Land Line
More and more trucking industry companies are hiring veterans each year. Time to add another to the list. Next-day transportation service Holland has announced that it will hire 500 veterans.
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New online tool crosswalks veterans to civilian jobs
Port Orchard Independent
The Washington statewide WorkSource system launched a new online tool on Veterans Day that makes it easier for veterans and exiting service members to find jobs in the state's civilian workforce.
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Former Marine fights to connect veterans with IT jobs
Network World
The transition to corporate life can be challenging for military veterans. Companies aren't used to hiring veterans, whose resumes are unlikely to make it past their keyword-filtering software. Veterans aren't used to articulating their military experience in business terms, nor are they accustomed to typical workplace culture and communication. Far too often, uniquely skilled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan hear the same disheartening message — that they'd make great security guards.
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Senators make final push for vets suicide-prevention bill
National Journal
An effort to get a veterans suicide-prevention bill passed in the final days of the 113th Congress faces one remaining hurdle: an anonymous hold. "As far as we can tell, we have the support of nearly every single U.S. senator, Democrat, Republican, except perhaps just one," said Alex Nicholson, the legislative director for the advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "The holds are anonymous."
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Is the veterans' health care system cheaper than private care?
Roll Call
A Congressional Budget Office report released recently looks at the Veterans Health Administration and examines the difficulties in comparing the cost effectiveness of federal and private health care. At first, the CBO assumed — based upon earlier studies — that VHA care costs less than equivalent care provided in the private sector. Now, the budget agency is no longer so sure.
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 Housing


Hearing: Homelessness among veterans is declining, but goal remains elusive
Stars and Stripes
Veteran homelessness has been reduced 33 percent since 2009, but there still is a long way to go before the U.S. reaches "functional zero," Congressmen and veteran service providers said recently in a hearing on Capitol Hill.
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