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2014 Year in Review
As 2014 comes to a close, VAA would hope its members, partners and other industry professionals enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of VAA Dispatch a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.




No. 10
4 veterans resources you may not have heard of

A Place For Mom
From May 6: The Veterans Affairs has a huge job. It doesn't just provide assistance to senior veterans, it provides assistance to veterans of all ages. Veterans returning from war — Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular — have taxed the VA's system significantly, so many VA resources are dedicated to caring for these younger wounded warriors. However, a significant portion of the VA is also dedicated to helping provide assistance for older veterans, too.
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No. 9
New rules may allow benefits long denied to Vietnam-era veterans

The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
From Sept. 9: Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans barred from receiving benefits because of less-than-honorable discharges may be eligible for upgrades under a new set of guidelines recently released by the Defense Department. The new rules offer the first guidance to military discharge review boards on how to address post-traumatic stress disorder.
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No. 8
Obama push to hire veterans into federal jobs spurs resentment

The Washington Post
From Sept. 16: President Barack Obama's push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each other's competence and qualifications. With veterans moving to the head of the hiring queue in the biggest numbers in a generation, there's growing bitterness on both sides, according to dozens of interviews with federal employees.
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No. 7
Pentagon defends pay, benefit cuts to Congress

Military.com
From May 13: The military's top leaders tried to sell Congress on the pay and benefits changes they proposed in the 2015 defense budget that would reduce pay raises to 1 percent, raise health care fees and shrink housing allowances by an average of 5 percent. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testified alongside every service chief before the Senate Armed Services Committee saying the Pentagon had no choice but to reduce compensation packages in order to offset budget cuts and salvaging readiness rates and modernization programs.
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No. 6
How many nonveterans use the VA health care system?

The Washington Post
From June 17: The number of nonveterans using the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system has risen steadily in recent years, even outpacing the rate of growth for former troops, according to VA data. The numbers could help the VA determine how many patients — and possibly which kind — it should send off for private care.
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No. 5
Veterans' benefits explained

Military.com
From June 3: In addition to the pensions and benefits to which veterans may be entitled because of both public and private employment, veterans may also be eligible for certain benefits based on military service. Here is a summary of veterans' benefits and what to know about them.
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No. 4
Report cites VA struggles with benefits paid to veterans

USA Today
From July 15: The federal department responsible for caring for America's veterans, already mired in scandal over delays in health care, continues struggling with another major responsibility: paying compensation to those wounded or injured or who grew ill from service in uniform. While the Veterans Affairs managed to reduce a huge backlog in veteran claims for money, it was at the expense of the appeals to those decisions, which rapidly are mounting, according to testimony by the VA Office of Inspector General.
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No. 3
Congress approves inflation increase for veterans

The Associated Press via Veterans Today
From Sept. 30: Millions of veterans and their dependents will get a fresh cost-of-living increase for their disability benefits beginning in December, according to legislation that Congress sent to President Barack Obama. The bill does not set the increase that veterans will receive but requires that it equal next year's inflation increase for Social Security recipients.
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No. 2
Military Appreciation Month discounts

Military.com
From May 20: Service members and families are being honored during Military Appreciation Month with a variety of discounts. Here are some highlighted offerings. Check back frequently as the list is updated.
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No. 1
Veterans Day freebies serve vets, a.m. to p.m.

USA Today
From Nov. 11: Let's say you're a veteran with lots of free time — and big ambitions to rake in plenty of pay-back for your service to your country. Well, some of America's biggest and most patriotic brands have three words of advice for you: go for it. If you play your cards right on Veterans Day, here's how freebie-seeking veterans and active military can cash in. This list is not comprehensive — and some require military ID or have other requirements.
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