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  • VA taps Cerner for new veterans medical record systme

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs says veterans shouldn’t have to wait for a better medical record system, so he’s citing a public interest exception to federal contracting rules and tapping a private company — without competitive bidding — to build a new system.

    Secretary David Shulkin said Monday the department will use Cerner Corp., the same company modernizing medical record keeping for the Department of Defense.

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  • Best for Vets: Employers 2017

    Type of content: News

    Benny Kinsey retired from the Army in 2010 thinking his experience as a command sergeant major with two bachelor’s degrees and an MBA would make it easy to land a job in the civilian workforce. 

    It didn’t. 

    “My transition was absolutely horrible,” said Kinsey, 48, who struggled to get interviews – even to stock shelves at a grocery store. “It was to the point that I was having problems paying my bills.” 

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    Collaboration
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  • Helping Homeless Veterans: Getting veterans back on their feet

    Type of content: News

    According to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR)*, on any single night in 2016, more than 39,000 veterans were homeless in the U.S. nationwide.

    In the state of Nebraska according to the same study, the rate of homeless veterans was at 3.7 percent, which was one of the lowest in the country, but caseworkers in central Nebraska say that number is increasing. 

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  • Making Military Veterans a Solution to Workforce Struggles

    Type of content: News

    At the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, the estimator from Portsmouth, Va., rubbed elbows with Richard Petty. He met 2016 Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year Chase Elliott. And, he rode in a pace car for two laps prior to the AAA Texas 500, as it ripped around the track at nearly 100 mph. 

    The U.S. Naval veteran, who grew up around rabid racing fans, was elated that day, as he was one of 10 veterans currently working in the collision repair industry to be honored by 3M’s automotive aftermarket division. 

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  • Research: You Should Attend Transition Assistance More than Once

    Type of content: News

    According to research, post 9-11 veterans that attended government-sponsored TAP programs more than once are 57% more likely to indicate that the program was ‘extremely’ or ‘very helpful’ compared to those who attended only once.

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  • The Best Employers For Veterans

    Type of content: News

    Coming out of a life in the military, many former soldiers turn their attention to how they’ll support themselves and their families in the private sector. It’s an exciting and sometimes stressful prospect.

    Making the transition to civilian life and work comes with several factors worthy of consideration: to what extent does military service matter to a prospective employer? Is there a culture of veteran hiring, or a military workforce within the organization? What kind of pay does military experience bring in?

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  • There's a Plan in Congress to Start Charging Troops For Their GI Bill Benefits

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — A congressional proposal to make service members buy into their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits surprised veterans groups on Tuesday, with advocates divided over whether it amounts to a long-term fix for the benefit or an unfair bill for veterans. 

    “This new tax on troops is absurd,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy in a statement. “Ensuring veterans are able to successfully transition back to civilian life after military service is a cost of war, and not a fee that Congress can just pass along to our troops.

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    Benefits
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  • The 5 Best Financing Options for Veterans

    Type of content: News

    When you ask successful entrepreneurs what it takes to run a successful business, they'll usually answer with a personal character trait, not a specific skill.

    Tenacity. Determination. Passion. Adaptability. A willingness to take calculated risks.

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  • Veterans Affairs budget is in line to grow by 6 percent

    Type of content: News

    The Department of Veterans Affairs, the second-largest federal agency with 313,000 civilian employees and a far-flung hospital system, is one of the few corners of the government that would see its budget grow in the next fiscal year — by 6 percent.

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    Benefits
    Homelessness
    Mental Health
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    VA
  • Facilitating Reentry: A Look at a Campus Give to Support Female Veterans

    Type of content: News

    The Walmart Foundation's $500,000 grant to Boston University to launch the Women Veterans Network (WoVeN), represents a confluence of two timely trends across the modern philanthropy space. First, the robust efforts from corporate funders to reintegrate veterans into society, and two, the emergence of the college campus as the epicenter for such efforts.

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    Family
    Mental Health
    Peer Support
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