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Tom Coburn blocks bill on veterans' suicide prevention
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Veterans groups blasted Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn for blocking a bill intended to reduce a suicide epidemic that claims the lives of 22 military veterans every day. "This is why people hate Washington," said Paul Rieckhoff, CEO and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, an advocacy group.
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Veterans can apply to upgrade discharge for PTSD
Military Times
A special webpage has been launched to assist veterans seeking to upgrade punitive discharges related to behavior problems caused by post-traumatic stress. The webpage provides information and applications to seek an upgrade to discharge from service. The page can be found at http://arba.army.pentagon.mil/adrb-ptsd.cfm.
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Nebraska: Govenor updates veterans' participation for driver's licenses, military honor plates
KOLN-TV
Gov. Dave Heineman provided an update on the Nebraska Veterans' Registry and encouraged recognition of military service. The Registry was created in 2013 by the Nebraska Legislature to place the word "veteran" on driver's licenses and state issued identification cards. The Registry was expanded in 2014 to allow the issuance of Military Honor License Plates starting in 2016.
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Thousands of veterans' calls for help go to voicemail
Federal News Radio
As the winter months approach, homeless veterans seek help from shelters, veterans organizations and the Veterans Affairs Department, to keep off the streets and out of the cold. But last year, thousands of homeless and at-risk veterans who tried to contact the Veterans Health Administration's National Call Center got only an answering machine.
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Monster and Military.com win award for Military Skills Translator tool
Business Wire via MarketWatch
Military.com and parent company Monster Worldwide Inc. received an award for their contributions to furthering veteran employment through their unique skills translation technology. The Northern Virginia Technology Council awarded the "Most Innovative Use of Technology" to Monster Government Solutions and Military.com for their Military Skills Translator, which helps veteran job seekers successfully translate and communicate their military skills into civilian language.
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Minimum wage hike could force Oklahoma veterans out of nursing homes
KOTV-TV
Veterans could be forced to leave nursing homes due to President Barack Obama's minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Some nursing homes say they can't pay $10.10 an hour, and that means veterans will have to move.
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Commentary: Service Members, Spouses, veterans often need a new kind of college education
Roll Call
When the newly elected Congress convenes, it will consider two seemingly unrelated issues: funding a new military involvement in the Middle East and reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, which governs student aid. Both issues raise a crucial question: How will the nation repay its debt to the servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much, as well as to the family members who have held their households together during the demanding years since 9/11?
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