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VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story
USA Today
Seven years ago, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs rejected allegations by media outlets and watchdog organizations that America faced a suicide epidemic among former military personnel. The VA claimed just 790 veterans under department care had taken their own lives that year. Yet, by reviewing available public records since 2005, CBS News uncovered 6,256 suicides.
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New website helps veterans, people with disabilities find jobs
A new website is making job searching a little easier for people who have a disability. The new online State Recruitment Resources Center provides job and application information for those in the state of New York. It also allows people to upload a resume and transcript. The website is open to people who qualify for the Governor's Program to Hire Persons and Veterans With Disabilities.
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Report: Vets' preference for federal jobs too complicated, sometimes controversial
The Washington Post
Uncle Sam's long-standing policy of giving veterans a hiring preference for government jobs enjoys strong support. But it's a pain to explain. The preference is so complicated, confusing and difficult to understand that it tempts abuse. That's the takeaway from a recent Merit Systems Protection Board report. Congress should consider "creating a simpler system," MSPB suggested.
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Top 4 myths of landing a civilian job
By Catherine Iste
Previously, we discussed some of the keys to landing a civilian job with some great insight provided by my recruiting colleagues. However, I have checked in with CEOs at companies that consider themselves veteran-friendly and asked them to describe the employees who have been most impressive in their transition from the military to positions in their organizations. Here are four myths that may help you put all that recruiter advice in some perspective.
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Federal law will help veterans earn education
Charleston Daily Mail
Veterans across America soon will be able to pay a little less money to attend college after they complete military service. President Barack Obama earlier in August signed a $16 billion veterans health care law, but part of it allows veterans to pay in-state tuition rates. The law applies to military veterans who have completed at least 90 days of active duty, covers spouses and children of veterans who meet certain criteria and benefits must begin within three years of leaving the military. The law will be effective July 1.
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Student veterans voicing concerns
Veterans claim transitioning into civilian life is a never ending battle and the process of getting a good education can sometimes add more stress. Some veterans feel they don't have enough support financially or personally when it comes to getting a college education after completing their service. Student veterans at West Virginia University had an opportunity to voice some of their concerns. One national issue is the GI Bill. Many feel improvements are needed because sometimes students have to wait too long for the money they need in order to pay for tuition, rent and other living expenses.
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Investor pursues jobs concept for Las Vegas veterans
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Federal grants totaling $2.6 million to help homeless veterans in Southern Nevada doesn't solve the problem of transitioning veterans into jobs that will keep them off the streets, according to James Cappello, a Chicago investor and manager of a new concept project for homeless vets. Cappello said he intends to launch a live-in work program for homeless veterans to redevelop buildings in Las Vegas, partnering with Tom DeMuth of a Milwaukee-based investment group.
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How to use the Web to improve your monthly budget
Thanks to technology, it is easier than ever to manage your finances. If you want to improve your monthly budget, all you have to do is look on the Internet. There are thousands of blogs that can provide you with tips and tricks for creating and maintaining a budget that works for you. On top of that, there are a number of other tools and resources that you can use to improve the way that money moves through your personal economy.
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AAFES wants to let vets shop online
Allowing 18.8 million honorably-discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate brick-and-mortar department stores and concessions on base, could boost store profits enough to pump more than $100 million back into base quality-of-life programs.
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