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  • Local veterans react to suicide prevention act

    Bob Waters | KWWL.com

    WATERLOO (KWWL) - President Obama has signed into law a bill intended to strengthen suicide prevention efforts among the nation's veterans.

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  • Women veterans: Where are they?

    Erin Briscoe | Turnto23.com

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - When you think of a veteran, typically the image of a man might come to mind. But according to the Disabled American Veterans, more women now than ever before are serving or have served in the military.

    Denita Oyeka served in the U.S. Army from 1992 until 2007. "All I ever wanted to do was serve my country," said Oyeka.

    But Oyeka's love for her country almost ended tragically. After serving multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Oyeka’s convoy was ambushed.

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  • 9 Investigates veterans, the GI bill and for-profit colleges

    WFTV.com

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — 

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  • Documentary dives into hotline helping veterans in crisis

    Melissa Dribben | Stars and Stripes

    When she first walked through the maze of cubicles at the National Veterans Crisis Line in the winter of 2012, Ellen Goosenberg Kent thought she knew what to expect.

    Goosenberg Kent grew up in Philadelphia during the Vietnam era, the daughter of a Marine who had served in World War II. An Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, she had already made two films about soldiers coping with broken bodies and spirits after returning home from war.

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  • Far fewer veterans use choice card and private health care than expected, VA says

    Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | The Washington Post

    Only 27,000 veterans have made appointments for private medical care since the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Choice Card program rolled out at the start of November, Secretary Robert “Bob” McDonald said this week.

    It’s such a tiny number compared with the 9 million people who use VA health care that McDonald has asked for “flexibility” to reallocate billions of dollars for other pressing matters, from hiring more claims officers to help wade through a vast veterans’ benefits backlog to managing other patient medical needs.

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  • VA details plan to eliminate veterans' homelessness

    GALE HOLLAND | LA Times

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs detailed its plan Friday to end veterans' homelessness in Los Angeles by 2016, pledging to open its West Los Angeles campus to permanent and temporary housing, and to place returning service members and their families in subsidized apartments throughout the county.

    The VA's "action plan," developed as part of a legal settlement, will prioritize severely disabled, mentally ill and women veterans for housing in largely abandoned buildings on its sprawling 387-acre property.

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    Homelessness
  • New Recommendations For Pain Management Among Active Military And Veterans

    CJ Arlotta | Forbes

    Much of the conversation around managing chronic pain has been directed toward the general U.S. population. One specific group deserves a little more attention: active military and veterans.

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    Physical Well-Being
  • Summit at UA to Address Needs of Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

    UA News

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In the 13 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home.

    One of the biggest challenges veterans face is getting the help they need during their readjustment to home. To help address these growing problems, The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work, and its partners, present “Service Member to Civilian (S2C): A National Summit on Improving Transitions” April 16-17 at the Bryant Conference Center.

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  • New bill for Veterans would help them start families

    KREM Staff | KREM.com

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow veterans who have suffered catastrophic injuries to receive reproductive services.

    The bill, titled the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015, would end the Department of Veteran Affairs' ban on in vitro fertilization, or IVF, and expand the Department of Defense's current fertility treatment programs.

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  • Mayor’s veteran homelessness campaign nears goal

    Brendan Cheney | Capital

    As the number of homeless veterans in New York City continues to trend sharply downward, the de Blasio administration's newly reemphasized goal of entirely eliminating veteran homelessness in the five boroughs by the end of the year seems within reach.

    The trend began in the last year of the Bloomberg administration, with the number of homeless veterans decreasing 72 percent since the beginning of 2013, after a concerted city-federal effort, to a current estimate total of 1,000 homeless veterans. The estimated total in Jan. 2013 was 3,547; in Jan. 2014, it was 1,645.

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