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  • Trailblazer Allison Hickey faces her toughest battle: Veterans Affairs

    Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | The Washington Post

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Driving along the winding roads of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Allison Hickey looks out at the snowy forested mountains of the campus, a place she first came to by bus as a teenager almost 40 years ago, and admits it still haunts her.

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  • Obama: ‘More work to do’ on Veterans Affairs

    Martin Matishak | The Hill

    President Obama on Friday acknowledged that the Veterans Affairs Department has “more work to do” to regain the trust of veterans.

    Speaking from a hospital in Phoenix where patients allegedly endured long waiting times for care that were subsequently covered up by officials, Obama said the department’s new leadership was “chipping away” at the problems.

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  • VA Secretary McDonald presses for veterans' care reform

    Dennis Wagner | The Republic

    On the eve of a presidential visit to the Phoenix VA hospital, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald stressed that reforming his massive federal agency is a process with two key elements: leadership and time.

    "What we're doing is changing a system," McDonald said Thursday after meeting with student veterans at Arizona State University's Tempe campus. "And we're telling them we want them to help do that. ... We're not where we want to be."

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  • Burr and Manchin Introduce Bill to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

    B. J. Drye | Stanly News and Press

    WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2015. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for veterans.

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  • Veterans Choice Act Fails To Ease Travel Burdens For Vets In Need Of Care

    Steve Walsh | NPR

    Veterans who need to see a doctor often have to travel long distances – 40 miles or more – to get to a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. So last year, after scandals involving long wait times for vets, Congress tried to make getting care easier.

    The Veterans Choice Act gives veterans the option of using a doctor outside the VA system if VA facilities are more than 40 miles away, or there's more than a 30-day wait for an appointment.

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  • VA could prescribe pot to veterans under new bill

    Travis J. Tritten | Stars and Stripes

    WASHINGTON — VA doctors could refer veterans to state medical marijuana programs under a landmark reform bill floated in the Senate on Tuesday.

    The bill would end the federal prohibition against pot as a medical treatment, clearing away any ambiguity for patients in states that have approved its use. It mirrors a House bill filed last month and specifically allows physicians and health care providers at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities across the country to recommend it.

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  • The Top 75 Best for Vets: Business Schools 2015

    George Altman | Military Times

    For Chris Harthcock, the prospect of going to business school after he transitioned out of the Navy in 2014 was daunting — "a huge unknown," in his words.

    The former petty officer second class had a wife and an infant son dependent on him, and those biweekly paychecks would disappear if he opted for school instead of the workforce.

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  • SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE: NEW ASSOCIATION WORKS FOR VETERANS GROUPS

    Ernie Smith | Associations Now

    The National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations, which launched late last month, aims to boost coordination among veterans groups. The enterprise is the result of a widespread belief among military nonprofits and federal agencies that more organization is needed.

    Veterans organizations have some of the most respected missions in the nonprofit world, as they work to lighten the burdens that often fall on those who sacrificed for their country.

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  • New Program Connects Homeless Veterans with Resources, Support

    Beth McDonough | KSTP TV

    here are 300 days and counting to find a place to live for every homeless veteran in the state; that's a statewide goal by the end of this year. 

    On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new push to do just that and the program is unlike any before. 

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  • Bill aims to connect female veterans to benefits, services

    Amanda Falcone | News Times

    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Davis saw three combat zones during one tour of duty and dodged bullets just like her male comrades. Still, the Enfield womant says she has never been treated as an equal in her 24 years as a soldier, and she doesn't believe that will change once she retires at the end of this year.

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