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Shutdown's impact may not be over for veterans
The partial government shutdown ended three days ago, but America's veterans may continue to feel its effects for some time. Throughout the 16-day shutdown, efforts to clear the Department of Veterans Affairs' backlog of veterans' disabilities claims stalled, according to a department official. This delay has created concern about Secretary Eric Shinseki's ability to keep his pledge to end all backlogged claims — those older than 125 days — by 2015, the official said.
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Vexing problem: Bridging scores of military veterans into civilian jobs
San Jose Mercury News via The Denver Post
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley has heard the same sad story dozens of times: Military veterans can't find jobs because they and civilian employers just don't speak the same language. And while job fairs are well-meaning, they haven't put much of a dent in the double-digit unemployment numbers for post-9/11 vets. But then Freakley was introduced to "Pipeline," an online job-seeking platform with roots in Silicon Valley, Calif., that is helping bridge the communication gap between acronym-heavy military jargon and company human resource departments.
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Hospital CIO leads effort to train veterans for IT jobs
Jaime Parent is the associate CIO and vice president of IT operations for Rush University Medical Center, a 688-bed hospital in Chicago. But the real reason he gets out of bed in the morning is The Rush Center for Veterans and Their Families. The center is the brainchild of Rush University Medical Center's Dr. Mark H. Pollack, the chair of the Department of Psychiatry. The idea developed in response to a need he saw among a growing disabled veteran population — veterans who struggled to reintegrate into civilian life and find not just a job, but a fulfilling career, Parent says.
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    Top 10 states hurt by the government shutdown (Wall St. Cheat Sheet via USA Today)
Secretary: Shutdown to rob 5 million veterans of their benefits (U.S. News & World Report)
Republican National Committee hits Democrats on House-passed veterans bill (Talking Points Memo)
Sanders: Seniors, disabled veterans deserve more help, not cuts (Veterans Today)
VA will continue to decide veteran-owned status (Federal News Radio)

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Which states are best for student veterans?
Military veterans seeking to maximize their hard earned education benefits, namely the post-9/11 GI Bill, now have an interactive map showing which states, colleges and university systems offer in-state tuition to veterans. However, the recent announcement by three prominent veteran groups — The American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Student Veterans of America — was drowned out by the government shutdown. Veterans have diverse and unique experiences that can significantly enrich a classroom — it is in the best interest of many that their access to education is prioritized.
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More and more veterans seeking education, facing transition
The Associated Press via Albuquerque Journal
As more veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities has increased to more than 1 million over the past four years, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Most of this influx of veterans seeking further education is due to the more generous financial incentives that generally cover a veteran's tuition, housing and books.
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Why no one 'won' the shutdown
ABC News
Just after midnight Oct. 17, President Barack Obama signed a bill to end the 16-day government shutdown and extended the debt limit just in time to avert a fiscal crisis.

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Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work
The Washington Post
A government shutdown started Oct. 1. The House and Senate couldn't agree on a bill to fund the government and time had ran out. So, it's shutdown time. Let's take a look at how this works.

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Job search: Finding a world-class sales organization
By Teresa Hiatt
It’s getting close to the start of 2014, the economy shows signs of life, and businesses are cautiously beginning to release the pent-up demand for products and services. This is great news for salespeople, as companies will now begin trying to attract and employ good sales teams, ending a long dry stretch of hiring freezes.

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Veteran turns homes into transitional housing for female veterans
One veteran in Washington, D.C., has dedicated his efforts to helping female veterans find a place to live. Of all of the houses in D.C., this has to be one of Cecil Byrd's favorites. "This is a 13-bedroom facility and it's going to be for female veterans and their families," Byrd says. He's been working to turn two houses in Northeast D.C. into transitional housing for 19 female veterans. It's a labor of love from one veteran to another.
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Recent research on insomnia among military personnel and veterans
Medical News Today
Various behavioral treatment options are helping to treat the sleeplessness experienced by 1 in every 2 American soldiers who have been deployed in recent military operations. So says Dr. Adam Bramoweth of the Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Dr. Anne Germain of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the U.S. This review of research on deployment-related insomnia among military personnel and veterans, conducted since 2010, is published in Springer's journal Current Psychiatry Reports.
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VA resuming normal operations as government shutdown ends
Veterans Today
Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs are working to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. Veterans Benefits Administration regional offices are re-opening their doors and resuming public contact services for Veterans today. "With the shutdown over, we are all very grateful that the Nov. 1 benefit checks will go out to approximately 5 million veterans and other beneficiaries as scheduled," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
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