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  • Health care for veterans goes high tech

    Amrita Jayakumar | The Washington Post

    When Barbara Van Dahlen was brainstorming ways to address veterans’ mental-health needs 10 years ago, she was inspired by Craigslist and the way the site made it easy for buyers to find sellers.

    “I thought — I should be able to use technology to connect mental-health professionals all over the country with veterans and their families,” said Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist and president of nonprofit group Give an Hour. The organization gives troops and their families access to free mental-health services through video sessions with a network of volunteers.

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  • New Transportation Center Eyed To Help Veterans

    Andy McKeever | iBerkshires.com

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 25,000 veterans are treated at Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds but a lot of appointments aren't kept.
     
    "We know about half of our missed appointments are due to lack of transportation. This is a huge need and a huge gap," says Duane Gill of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
     
    Veterans and their families continually struggle getting to medical appointments, jobs, or school. Some 50,000 veterans across the country are homeless.
     

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  • Give veterans access to the care they need (Opinion)

    Peter W. Chiarelli | The Washington Post

    The high-grossing film “American Sniper ” was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, but it deserves higher honors for highlighting one of the greatest causes of casualties in our recent wars: post-traumatic stress (PTS).

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    Mental Health
    VA
  • Gov. Pat McCrory announces veterans employment initiative

    WCTI Staff | WCTI

    CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Governor Pat McCrory announces the launch of a new online program to connect veterans with jobs after their military service ends.

    It's called the NC Military Pipeline-- the first statewide veterans employment solution. According to Gov. McCrory the goal of the program is to give veterans a second career after the military while also closing the skills gap and filling jobs throughout the state.

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    Employment
    Transition
  • New Association Aims to Help Veterans Groups Provide Better Services

    Megan O’Neil | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    A first-of-its-kind membership organization is designed to improve veteran services delivery by stoking information-sharing and coordination among the nation’s more than 40,000 veterans-focused groups.

    The National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations, or NAVSO, formally launched last week but was two years in the making, said Chief Executive Chris Ford. One of its main functions will be to maintain a web platform on which like-minded professionals can communicate and share best practices, he said. Forty-five organizations have registered so far.

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  • Four months in, Veterans Choice Program remains underused, officials say

    Wyatt Olson | Stars and Stripes

    The four-month old VA program that allows certain veterans to seek medical care from outside facilities has been vastly underused by eligible veterans, according to a VFW report issued Monday.

    The report’s survey of veterans found that 80 percent of the 1,068 respondents who were interested in and eligible to receive outside medical care through the Veterans Choice Program had not been offered non-VA care.

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    Physical Well-Being
    VA
  • KY governor, Dept. of Veterans Affairs announces expansion of mental health services

    Amber Ruch | KFVS12.com

    Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the Department of Veterans Affairs have announced the expansion of mental health services for veterans in western Kentucky.

    They announced the start of telemental health services out of the Joseph "Eddie" Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson.

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    Mental Health
    VA
  • VA Chief Warns of Rising Cost of Caring for Younger Veterans

    Bryant Jordan | Military.com

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald told lawmakers on Wednesday that the department is on track to meet two lofty goals set by his predecessor: End the disability claims backlog and veteran homelessness.

    But McDonald, in testimony before the veterans' affairs panel of the House Appropriations Committee, offered a laundry list of figures and some projections indicating that whatever victories the VA may achieve in the next year or so, the pieces already are set for the making of another one.

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    Benefits
    Homelessness
    Legislation
    VA
  • House passes veterans health care bill

    Cristina Marcos | The Hill

    The House passed a bill Monday night that would authorize the Department of Veterans' Affairs to enter contracts with medical foster homes to pay for veterans' long-term care.

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    Legislation
    Physical Well-Being
    VA
  • Lawmakers press Veterans Affairs for improved access to rural health care

    Adam Smeltz | Tribune-Review

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is failing to make enough rural health care available to veterans who live far from VA medical centers, a breakdown that violates the intent of a 2014 federal law, more than two dozen senators say.

    They helped pass the Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act, meant in part to improve health care access for veterans who live more than 40 miles from VA facilities or who must wait more than a month for VA care.

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    Legislation
    Physical Well-Being
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