August 14, 2019
Caitlin M. Kenny | Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is rolling out a new program that provides military spouses resources to prepare them and their family for the time when their husband or wife transitions out of the military.
The Military Spouse Transition Program, or MySTeP, is an initiative that launched in early August through the Pentagon’s Military Community and Family Policy office and provides military spouses information to help prepare them for the inevitability of their family leaving the military.
August 7, 2019
Erin Connors, American Psychiatric Association | Medical Xpress
A Veterans Health Administration (VHA) program that provides tablets to veterans with mental disorders leads to improved access and continuity of care. A new study published online in Psychiatric Services in Advance finds that video-enabled tablets can improve mental health care access for patients who experience barriers because of geographic, social, or health-related circumstances.
August 2, 2019
Leo Shane III | Military Times
The unemployment rate among American veterans rose for the second consecutive month in July, but it still remains significantly below the national rate, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.
August 1, 2019
Brian Mackley | Research finds veterans earn more than non-veterans
A new study conducted by the University of Akron looked to see if there was a difference between wages earned by military veterans compared with non-veterans.
The study found that military veterans earned higher wages, averaging nearly $26 an hour while non-veterans averaged just $21 an hour.
July 30, 2019
Alex Diaz | Fox News
These are not your average service animals.
For the first time ever, a clinical research study has been funded – not by the government, but by a private citizen – to investigate the potential benefits of pairing patients with PTSD, specifically veterans, and horses. And the early results are promising.
July 24, 2019
Patricia Kime | Military.com
Thousands of honorably discharged veterans will soon be able to join the American Legion under new legislation expected to be signed soon by President Donald Trump.
Under the new law, any honorably discharged veteran who has served since Dec. 7, 1941, may join the American Legion, meaning military veterans who served in what were previously considered periods of peacetime between wars are now eligible for membership.
July 24, 2019
Tauren Dyson | UPI
June 24 (UPI) -- For many veterans, life in combat is hard, but for those who survive it, the mental stress of war can be deadly, new research shows.
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder have twice the risk of dying from accidental injury, viral hepatitis and suicide compared to the general population, according to a study published Monday in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. They also have a higher risk of developing chronic liver disease and diabetes.
July 23, 2019
Richard Sisk | Military.com
Google has expanded its support for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to make their mark in the fast-paced and demanding business startup community.
Google for Startups, launched by Google in 2011 as Google for Entrepreneurs, announced Tuesday that it is partnering with two small business-focused veteran nonprofits and shoring up its existing relationship with a third.
July 21, 2019
Peng Chen | VTDigger
In Valerie Pallotta’s eyes, her son, Josh, was always determined to do what he liked, including fighting for his country.
When Josh came home one day in 2009 and told her he was joining the Vermont National Guard, she asked if he realized he would be deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“He said ‘I know. That’s why I’m joining’,” Valerie said.
July 20, 2019
Patricia Kime | Military.com
A new report from the Defense Department is likely to revive debate over the prospect of using "means restriction" -- limiting access to firearms -- as a way to reduce the number of suicides among U.S. troops.
According to a DoD report on military suicides in 2017 released Wednesday, two-thirds of suicides among active-duty personnel that year were by firearm, a statistic consistent with the previous five years.
Of the 309 suicides among active-duty troops in 2017, firearms played a role in 202 deaths. Most were privately owned guns, not service weapons.