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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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  • Congressional auditors: VA health care is high-risk

    Gregg Zoroya | USA Today

    The Department of Veterans' Affairs vast health network — beset by a scandal last year over delayed care — has been listed as a high-risk federal program by congressional auditors for the first time.

    The report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office, which is issued every two years, includes a broad indictment of the $55.5 billion VA program, one of the nation's largest health care systems. USA TODAY obtained the VA section of the report, scheduled for release Wednesday.

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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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