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Choice Card confusion frustrates veterans, Congress
Military Times
Air Force veteran Mark Gendron lives just a few miles from a psychiatrist who can help treat his post-traumatic stress disorder. But Veterans Affairs Department officials won't pay for the treatment. Gendron is one of tens of thousands of veterans left scratching their heads about the VA's new Choice Card program, designed to give veterans in remote areas or those facing long wait times a chance to easily turn to private care providers.
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Your military career doesn't have to be your only career
Task & Purpose
For most service members, even for those who served 20-plus years, your military service will come to an end before the age of professional retirement and you'll have to find second, even third careers. The job market for former officers and most retired senior noncommissioned officers remains a steady source for employment. But, what about the enlisted? Let’s not discuss jobs. Instead, let's discuss careers, which is much more beneficial for all former service members.
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US job market faces hurdles even with 5.5 percent unemployment
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent — a level normally considered the mark of a healthy job market. Yet, that number isn't as encouraging as it might sound.
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Virtual event to showcase GI Bill benefits that offer graduate school funding to veterans
CareerEco will host a virtual fair to introduce veterans to the opportunities provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This bill, offering full or partial tuition funding for veterans, is supported by Yellow Ribbon schools taking part in the online fair. CareerEco, a virtual event company, has teamed up with more than 85 of these graduate schools, including Columbia, Georgetown and Yale, to host the inaugural Veterans Graduate School Fair on March 18.
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Proposed legislation looks to help veterans with higher ed
The first legislation proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., this year looks to give veterans an advantage with higher education. Two bills announced recently hope to make Louisiana a leader in supporting veterans' educational careers. Making it easier for veterans to transition into Louisiana schools and eventually into the workforce.
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VA doesn't release 140 vet health care probe findings
USA Today
The Department of Veterans Affairs' chief watchdog has not publicly released the findings of 140 health care investigations since 2006, potentially leaving dangerous problems to fester without proper oversight, a USA Today analysis of VA documents found.
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MDVA: Minnesota moves toward goal of ending veteran homelessness
Hometown Source
With 300 days remaining in 2015, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs announces the launch of a statewide Registry focused on housing veterans experiencing homelessness. MDVA, together with Gov. Mark Dayton's Cabinet-Level Interagency Council on Homelessness, set this goal as a part of the state's Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in Minnesota by the end of 2015.
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Facebook aims to be a force for good with suicide prevention tool
By Suzanne Mason
There is no denying that Facebook has become an integrated part of our interactions with social media. We use it to share both the good and the bad of our personal lives. From time to time, the bad can overshadow the good, and these negative thoughts and feelings can spill over into social media posts as a cry for help. Recently, Facebook announced it would be launching a new tool to provide important resources to users if they see an alarming post from a Facebook friend.
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    Obama signs suicide prevention bill to aid veterans (U.S. News & World Report)
More out-of-pocket expenses to hit military families (Association of the United States Army via noodls)
Veterans, active military at risk for serious sleep disorders (By Denise A. Valenti)
VA: Far fewer veterans use choice card and private health care than expected (The Washington Post)
Some funding restored to family programs (Military Times)

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