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How Congress quietly killed military health care reform
The Hill
Service members need portable benefits to take with them throughout their careers, including healthcare. In the end, conversations about cost savings in military compensation are largely treading water unless they propose military health care reform. Other areas of compensation — basic pay, commissary benefits or Basic Allowance for Housing — all enjoy near-unanimous support among military families. Reductions to each benefit were proposed by different stakeholders in this year's National Defense Authorization Act process, and each had met stone walls of resistance from Congress, advocacy groups or the military itself.
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Veterans find VA 'choice' care program has delays
The Department of Veterans Affairs had one month to enroll William Lloyd Johnson III into its "choice" care program after he received knee-replacement surgery and rehabilitation at Augusta, Georgia's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. When the deadline passed, Johnson, 61, said he started tracking the wait on his calendar. "It took 68 days from the time I left the Augusta VA to begin my first physical therapy session closer to my home in Washington, Georgia," said the Marine Corps veteran, who served from June 1976 to January 1989. "The system is not working. It's broken."
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The military isn't preparing people for private-sector success
The Atlantic
Those considered successful in America seem, at least superficially, to cover a fairly broad spectrum: the business entrepreneur, the pop star, the professional athlete or perhaps a surgeon. Yet while their success derives from very different activities, one feature they all share in common is wealth. To be successful in America means to be rich, and much of our culture is monomaniacally focused on getting rich. There is one major subset of Americans for whom this is not the case, who have not put making money at the center of their lives: service members.
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Best for vets: Franchises 2016 — 42 brands with benefits
Military Times
Are you compatible? Do you share similar values? Can you depend on them for support? How have their other relationships gone? Are they in it for the long haul? Are you? Important questions when you're trying to find a spouse, for sure. But you should also have these things in mind if you're considering a franchise.
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Veterans rush to apply to VA's pilot IT training program
The Veterans Affairs Department said it will be months before it knows if a pilot program for teaching information technology skills to veterans of all generations will be made permanent and expanded. But it already knows that veterans are interested in the so-called Accelerated Learning Program, which it first announced in early August.
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Veteran Affairs' GI Bill funds wireless workforce apprenticeships
RCR Wireless News
The Veteran Affairs' GI Bill, when applied to registered apprenticeship programs, offers veterans exiting the military with greater stability during their six-month transition period. More than 250,000 veterans exit the military each year. According to Rosye Cloud, senior adviser of veteran employment for the VA, these veterans "are ready to work" and offer employers candidates with proven leadership skills and a "grit factor" not often found with other potential employee segments of the market.
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Let's work toward a home for every veteran
The Huffington Post
Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market. Now is the time for the nation's employers to take a fresh look at hiring homeless veterans for job openings — and paying these employees a living wage so they can afford safe, stable housing.
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Rescued dogs helping veterans
It's very common for our veterans to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and now one program is using dogs to help them. These dogs are lifesavers. Justin Glass served eight years in the military and like many of our retired troops, suffers from PTSD, anxiety and depression. Now, the former soldier, once on the frontlines, has a program fighting for him. It's called Dogs for Heroes.
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    University of Delaware students take action to improve veteran care (USA Today)
VA is trying to go paperless for disability benefits system, but costs spiraling out of control (The Daily Caller)
House committee rejects amendments to help LGBT veterans (Human Rights Campaign)
Texas veterans find mental health care difficult to access (Houston Chronicle)
Spare a thought for our military personnel, veterans this Suicide Prevention Month (Care2)

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