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Flood of PTSD cases coming, scientists warn
USA Today
The Pentagon and Veterans Association are not ready for a potential flood of war-related post-traumatic stress disorder among troops and veterans, particularly from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, a panel of leading scientists report in a study released recently. "We are at the cusp of a wave of PTSD," says Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist and professor at Columbia University who chaired the committee of 16 experts for the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
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1 thing that is going right for veterans
Government Executive
Every day seems to bring more bad news for veterans. But amid the ever-growing scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department, there is one thing going right: Many more veterans are getting jobs. The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, which now stands at 5.3 percent, is at its lowest point in nearly six years. Unemployment levels for these newer veterans peaked at 15.2 percent in 2011.
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Virtual job fair for veterans launches in July
In July, CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas will host a week-long virtual job fair dedicated to veterans. The online event is simple to access and free of cost for job seekers and employers. Unlike a traditional job fair that requires the company and job seeker to travel to the venue, the virtual job fair allows them to participate from anywhere with a computer and Internet connection.
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Retirement, investment opportunities for veterans
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
How do you plan for retirement when you begin receiving retirement payments in your 20s, 30s or 40s? Military veterans with service-related injuries sometimes are in this situation — a situation in which they are paid a monthly rating and a corresponding dollar amount that generally increases each year as the cost of living rises. Many of these veterans are on the PDRL, receiving monthly payments on a permanent basis. They virtually are left unconcerned with the possibility of job loss, demotion or many other factors that could reduce or eliminate pay. Although this pay provides a stable and secure source of income, does this mean that they do not have to plan for retirement like a traditional worker does?
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Military considers shopping perk for most veterans
The Associated Press via Morning Journal
The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods — a perk that currently is available only to a small minority. The change is proposed by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service director as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas, where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores.
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Future uncertain for VA rural health care pilot program
Kansas Health Institute
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pilot program offering timely, quality health care to rural veterans is being allowed to expire in a few months, even though VA officials tell members of Congress no decision has been made. The pilot program is called Access Received Closer to Home or ARCH. It’s offered through five sites across the country. The program allows veterans to get health care services from community providers if they live at least one hour from a VA health facility.
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House, Senate go to conference on VA bill
The Hill
The House and Senate established conference committees to reconcile differences in legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate approved a motion to set up a conference committee came after the House appointed its conferees. "My goal is to get this legislation onto the president's desk as soon as we possibly can," said Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "Our job is to make certain that every veteran in the country gets quality health care in a timely manner."
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Veterans nonprofits flourish, but oversight is spotty
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Air Force veteran Steve Monteleone says he's stunned by how quickly It's About the Warrior Foundation has grown since he secured its nonprofit status in April 2013. What started as a golf fundraiser evolved into an all-volunteer organization that's spent $75,000 toward helping veterans pay off loans and bills, bond during hunting trips and attend seminars on post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Veteran receives mortgage-free home
After serving two tours in Afghanistan, Army Sgt. Joshua Permenter and his family got a heart-warming surprise: A new home through the Bank of America's Home Strong program.

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Veterans are vital assets to business world
The Tennessean
Wade Franklin was a U.S. naval officer who longed to be an entrepreneur one day. During his seven years in the military, Lt. Franklin saved much of his salary — preparing for the day when he could launch his own business.

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Resume-padding VA employee got big bonuses
The Washington Times
A top Department of Veterans Affairs executive received tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses even after an internal investigation found she lied about having a master's degree, according to a senior member of Congress who has asked the department to justify the bonus.

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