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  • Top enlisted personnel: Protect family programs

    Patricia Kime | Military Times

    Service families are well cared for in today's military but face increasing stress amid discussions on altering benefits like health care and family programs, the services' top enlisted members told Congress on Wednesday.

    With the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission proposing sweeping reforms to military pay and benefits packages and the White House's proposed 2016 budget pitching cost-savings measures like health care fee hikes and commissary cutbacks, the men implored Congress to protect family benefits.

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  • Nonprofit releases guidebook to help veterans find the right college

    Jeremy Quach | The Stanford Daily

    Service to School, a nonprofit organization made up of veterans — some of them current Stanford students — has released a free guidebook to help undergraduate veterans find the right college.

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  • Caregivers converge to push for expanded benefits

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    Donna Barton doesn't know exactly how much money she has saved the Department of Veterans Affairs, but it's in the tens of millions of dollars.

    "It could be in the billions by now," the 65-year-old registered nurse said, laughing. "When you take in all the services I've provided for free for decades … there's just so much involved."

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  • New VA Claims Process Called Detrimental to Older Veterans

    Brian Bowling | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    While the new Department of Veterans Affairs claims process uses forms that are simpler than income tax return forms, they have similar names and designs.

    More importantly, they represent a shift that puts more of the burden on veterans for starting a claim and will end up hurting older veterans and those with traumatic brain injuries, spokesmen for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans said.

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  • Slow start for program to reduce vets' waits at Veterans Affairs facilities, offer private medical care

    Fox News

    Far fewer veterans than expected are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that have plagued Department of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide.

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  • Best for Vets: Spouse employment snapshot

    George Altman | Military Times

    A decade ago, Doug Cox and his wife, Tina, moved to Virginia with three children under 10. Very soon after, the Navy ordered Tina to deploy to Kuwait.

    Doug described it like this: "Welcome to Virginia. Your wife's deploying now. You're going to be a single parent, three small kids."

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  • Veterans Finding a New Outlook Outdoors

    Ben Klasky and Martin LeBlanc | The Huffington Post

    Joshua Brandon was searching for peace. In 2009, after three combat tours in Iraq, Brandon had earned a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars with Valor Device, and was finally returning home. He was decorated and distinguished, but in his own words "washed up" as he was learning to survive with PTSD and the after-effects of war. He was not alone. Since 2001, more than two million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Over half are married and 40% have at least two children.

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  • Commissioner of KY Veterans Affairs: 2015 Year Women Vet

    Amber Philpott | WKYT.com

    Lexington, Ky. (WKYT)-In Kentucky there are 33,000 female veterans, but many of them are missing out on benefits they earned after their service. In 2015 the new Commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change that and she is reaching out through some creative measures.

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  • Vets advocates push for on-campus support

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    Veterans groups say the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given hundreds of thousands of veterans a chance to go to college. Now, they want to make sure those students are also getting the resources they need to succeed.

    Advocates lobbied congressional staffers Thursday for federal grants to build college campus veterans centers, ensuring an extra level of scholastic and emotional support for transitioning service members.

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  • Harvard honors Montco's veterans ID plan

    Jessica Parks | Philly.com

    NORRISTOWN The Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Office's veterans ID program has been deemed a 2015 "Bright Idea in Government" by scholars at Harvard University.

    The program offers veterans a free photo ID that carries discounts at more than 400 local businesses. For the county, it's a way to get veterans in the door and record their military-discharge paperwork.

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