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Defense bill could lift restrictions on guns on military bases
The Hill
Congress could vote to lift a ban on military personnel carrying guns at bases in the aftermath of the recent attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters during a briefing that a provision allowing members of the military to carry weapons could be included in the conference report reconciling the House and Senate versions of the annual National Defense Authorization Act.
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  1. No, not at all
  2. Yes, I do and want my local government to provide me more help
  3. I'm not really sure, since politics always seem to get in the way
  4. Providing assistance in employment, medical and housing would be great if we could have some preferential rights in being first on the aforementioned lists

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Veterans benefit: Bill allowing ID cards signed by Obama
President Barack Obama signed a bill from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan that will allow veterans nationwide to get a special, government-issued identification card. Buchanan, a Republican who represents the Bradenton and Sarasota areas of Florida, introduced the "Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015" earlier this year so veterans wouldn't have to carry around their military service records — such as the common form known as a "DD-214" — to prove their veteran status.
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Fighting for our veterans starts with VA accountability
Daily Caller
Overmedication, secret wait lists and backlogs of disability claims and appeals are just some of the challenges still plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs. Essential casework files have been intentionally destroyed causing veteran claims processing to take even longer. More than $6 billion in taxpayer funds has been inappropriately spent by VA officials annually.
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Empty promises mean empty wallets for military families
National Military Family Association
Our United States all-voluntary military is still looking for men and women ready to serve and protect! Congress offers a competitive compensation package for your sacrifice, like a "marriage penalty" BAH cut for dual-military families, increased commissary prices and capped pay raises below your private sector counterparts. Sound enticing? Find out what else your country's leaders think your military family deserves for your selfless call-to-serve, and how NMFA is fighting to stand against these injustices.
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VA leader: More money needed to meet veterans' increasing health care needs
The State Journal-Register
Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald told delegates to the Vietnam Veterans of America convention that the VA is making progress in eliminating a backlog in its medical treatment of veterans but that more money is needed to meet an increasing demand. McDonald said that although the total number of veterans is decreasing, the number of those needing VA care is skyrocketing.
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Vietnam War study raises concerns about veterans' mental health
A federally mandated study shows that almost 300,000 Vietnam veterans still struggle with daily health problems linked to the traumas they experienced more than 40 years ago during the war. The researchers warn that, based on these findings, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will likely struggle with their own health problems for decades to come.
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Report: nearly 1 in 3 young adults too fat for military
The Associated Press via
The nation's obesity epidemic is causing significant recruiting problems for the military, with 1 in 3 young adults nationwide too fat to enlist, according to report issued by a group of retired military leaders. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group called Mission: Readiness (Military Leaders for Kids) is promoting healthy school lunches across the nation as a way to combat the problem.
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 Veteran News

Veterans' views on Obama legacy decidedly mixed
Stars and Stripes
During a presidency marked by two wars and an ongoing crisis in veterans' health care, the policy decisions that President Barack Obama has made have acutely affected many in the crowd of thousands of combat vets he addressed recently. Those who made it to Pittsburgh for the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, where the president spoke about health care, Iran and the recent murder of five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had decidedly mixed views about Obama's legacy on veterans' issues.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Don't blame our disabled veterans for benefit costs (Democrat & Chronicle)
Perry calls Trump's comments a 'bullet' that hit veterans (The Hill)
Still no medical treatment for Marine vet with stage 3 cancer (WOWT-TV)
Vet groups warn lawmakers not to impose age factor on unemployment benefits (Stars and Stripes)
'Ask the Question' can open doors for veterans outreach offers hope (New Hampshire Union Leader)

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