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Bill covers wide range of veterans issues, including repeal of COLA cuts for retirees
Stars and Stripes
Congress could go from passing no major veterans legislation this session to passing every idea at once.
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced a wide-ranging package of veterans legislation, covering changes to the GI Bill, survivors' benefits, advanced appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs and fertility treatments for wounded veterans.
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New IT job site assists veterans
Monster, the Consumer Electronics Association and other technology entities have launched USTechVets.org to match veterans with civilian tech jobs.
Veterans job retention survey
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University launched a nationwide Veterans Job Retention Survey. The survey focuses on determining the reasons why veterans leave their initial post-military jobs.
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Disabled veterans get back pension raises
Disabled veterans will get a pass from military pension cuts in a bipartisan budget deal expected to pass Congress soon.
Budget chiefs released details of a $1 trillion spending deal, which includes a "fix" to help military retirees with medical disabilities and some military widows.
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VA riles veterans with push to change disability claims process
The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change the decades-old way in which veterans file for disability claims — and it has veterans advocacy groups outraged.
The VA has proposed mandating the use of standardized forms for filing claims. The current rules allow veterans to submit claims in a variety of ways, including a simple handwritten note. The moment a veteran contacts the VA to claim a disability, whether it be via email or a handwritten note, that becomes the starting point for retroactive pay should the claim be approved.
Program teaches veterans how to maximize remaining sight, maintain independence
The News Tribune
At 101, Carl Paul still likes to do things for himself.
He's a strong-willed World War II veteran who parachuted into Sicily with the 82nd Airborne Division, offered comfort to liberated inmates at a Nazi prison camp and built a sprawling ranch in Idaho where he raised a family with a wife he met overseas during the war. Lately, though, living has grown increasingly difficult. These days, Paul is getting help. He's enrolled in a two-month program where he gets personal training from counselors at the Department of Veterans Affairs in his area.
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Help veterans make the connection with resources
Make The Connection
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs created Make the Connection to help link veterans with resources they have earned. Especially in rural areas, the success of Make the Connection depends on support from everyone who interacts with veterans, including local health care providers that have direct contact with veterans every day. Spread the word and encourage veterans to visit maketheconnection.net to learn more about resources and support for overcoming mental health and other challenges.
How 1 city ended chronic veteran homelessness
Recently, Phoenix accomplished something no community has ever done before: it brought the number of chronically homeless veterans down to zero. The city's work was the subject of a White House blog post and is featured in The New York Times. The accomplishment, according to the Times, is the result of an approach known as Housing First.
VA extends homeless veterans program
The Wall Street Journal
The Department of Veterans Affairs said it is extending a grant program designed to help reduce homelessness among veterans, making $600 million available over the next two years for community-based programs and nonprofits providing services to very low-income veteran families.
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