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  • Semper Fi Fund gives $100 million to injured veterans

    Linda McIntosh | U-T San Diego

    CAMP PENDLETON — As the Semper Fi Fund moves into its second decade, the nonprofit has given out more than $100 million to injured service members and their families.

    Over the past decade since it was founded, the Oceanside-based nonprofit has helped more than 13,000 wounded and critically ill veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The effort, spearheaded by a Marine wife, Karen Guenther, began with $500. 

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  • VA Secretary Attempts to Change Culture, Combat Critics

    Astrid Goh and Tara Longardner | US News and World Report

    Six months after taking over as Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert A. McDonald has proven himself capable in the eyes of many of leading the scandal-ridden agency.

    But experts agree that the Department of Veterans Affairs still has much work to do – especially regarding transparency and restoring the trust of military veterans.

    “We want this administration to ensure every individual that put veterans in harm’s way is appropriately dealt with, swiftly,” said Louis Celli, ‎the American Legion’s national director of veterans affairs and rehabilitation.

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  • Veterans Journal: MyVA’s maps reorganized to improve service

    George W. Reilly | Providence Journal

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reorganized its MyVA organizational maps into five regions, using state boundaries, as part of the agency’s continuing effort to improve service to beneficiaries across the nation by the end of June 2015. The regional map can be seen at: 1.usa.gov/1xMhfCh. Rhode Island is included in the region of states running along the Atlantic coast from Maine to North Carolina.

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  • Veterans' Experiences Illustrate Changes in VA Policies for Homelessness

    Patrick Healy | NBC Los Angeles

    The availability of VA housing assistance has changed dramatically for the better over the past two years--but not without snags, as can be seen in the experiences of two veterans who teetered on the brink of homelessness.

    Decades after his tour of duty in the US Marine Corps and transition back to civilian life, DB Roberts had rarely found need of assistance to which all veterans are entitled from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

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  • Veterans Choice confusion remains

    Shawne K. Wickham | Union Leader

    More than 600 New Hampshire veterans have used a temporary new program that lets them choose care from private doctors instead of traveling out of state to a VA hospital.

    Now, with continued funding for the program uncertain, New Hampshire's two U.S. senators want to make Veterans Choice permanent for veterans here.

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  • NMSU launches Veterans on Campus training program for faculty and staff

    Tiffany Acosta | The Las Cruces Sun-News

    As New Mexico State University continues to see an increase in enrollment for student veterans, university officials are aware of the unique characteristics they bring to classrooms across campus.

    To help educate the NMSU faculty and staff about the diverse situations student veterans and active military members may face, NMSU's Military and Veterans Programs launched an online training program called Veterans on Campus in late January.

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  • US Unemployment Rates Jump for Recent Veterans and Teens

    The Associated Press | ABC News

    The U.S. job market extended its momentum into the new year as employers added 257,000 jobs in January and wages jumped. The overall unemployment rate ticked up to 5.7 percent, but the rate rose because of a good reason: More Americans felt encouraged enough to start looking for jobs, and because some didn't find work right away, they increased the number of unemployed.

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  • Why Veterans and Civilian Employers Have So Much Trouble Communicating

    Lida Citroën | Entrepreneur

    In his 2015 State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama encouraged American employers to "hire a veteran" if they want to get the job done. Veterans bring high levels of integrity, commitment, loyalty, flexibility, skills and talents learned in high risk, high stress situations, plus the ability to navigate cultural narratives not taught in most business schools or university environments. So, why aren’t veterans getting hired? 

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  • HillVets 100 of 2014

    HillVets

    HillVets honors the 100 most influential and impactful 

    Veterans, Service Members, and those that supported them in 2014.

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  • Group therapy shows promise for suicidal Veterans

    VA

    Veterans. The word itself invokes thoughts of honor, service and sacrifice. Unfortunately, since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, another word has become linked with Veterans: suicide.

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