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  • RallyPoint/6 to join USO Transition 360 Alliance

    The Suburban Times

    Today RP/6 announces that they are joining with the USO as one of 4 unique partners of the USO Transition 360 Alliance, an initiative to help military personnel and their families successfully transition back into civilian life after their service ends. The USO Transition 360 Alliance partners include RP/6, Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, and Hire Heroes USA.

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  • VA, Congress work to change VA Choice eligibility

    Patricia Kime | Military Times

    Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to change eligibility rules and open the VA Choice program to veterans who can't get needed medical care at their closest VA facility.

    Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said lawmakers and VA officials are working to change the regulation that bars veterans from using the private care program if they live within 40 miles of a VA clinic, even if that facility does not offer the services the veteran needs.

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  • Before Maine aid workers can help struggling veterans, they need to find them

    Christopher Cousins | BDN Maine

    AUGUSTA, Maine — Among the many barriers to providing services to needy military veterans — funding, transportation, reaching out to rural communities — the hardest to overcome might seem like the easiest: finding veterans in the first place.

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  • Report: Vets' job expectations may be unrealistic

    Leo Shane III | Military Times

    Veterans' post-service employment problems may have as much to do with their own unrealistic civilian job expectations as their new employers' unfamiliarity with the military, according to new research released Tuesday.

    "Faced with having to start from the bottom or entry-level positions, (veterans) often became very frustrated," the report states. "In some cases, these clients are willing to risk homelessness before taking one of these lower-paying jobs."

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  • Automated System Often Unjustly Boosts Veterans’ Disability Benefits

    DANIEL HUANG | The Wall Street Journal

    An effort by the Department of Veterans Affairs that aimed to speed the processing of disability-benefits applications also loosened controls that prevent veterans from exaggerating symptoms to receive more money, say current and former VA employees.

    A software system introduced in 2012 that automates veterans’ disability levels for compensation relies almost solely on a patient’s self-reported ailments, the employees say, even in the face of contradictory information.

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  • New studies focus on service dogs and PTSD

    Patricia Kime | Military Times

    New research is under way at Purdue University to determine whether service dogs can alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Marguerite O'Haire, an assistant professor of human-animal interaction at the school's College of Veterinary Medicine, is leading a study of 100 post-9/11 veterans to see if a dog trained to help a veteran with PTSD influences medical symptoms, social anxiety, relationships and more.

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  • How can we end homelessness among female veterans?

    Claudia Bustamante | USC

    A new report offers a four-pronged approach to address homelessness among female veterans.

    Researched by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families and the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, the report is a pointed call to action for government organizations, non-governmental agencies and philanthropic entities to collaborate and provide resources to fill the gaps that make these women vulnerable to homelessness.

    The four key actions are:

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  • Expert warns about combat trauma and older veterans at Wyckoff event

    TODD SOUTH, The Record | NorthJersey.com

    WYCKOFF – When Joseph Mariniello returned from a year of infantry combat in Vietnam a tight-knit group of neighborhood friends and family surrounded him and encouraged him to talk about the experience over and again.

    Looking back, nearly 50 years later, the 74-year-old who lives now in Mahwah, credits that amateur talk therapy as a “cathartic” experience that helped him re-enter the civilian world and avoid the isolation and post-traumatic stress disorder that many fellow combat veterans faced.

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  • New initiative pairs small veteran-owned businesses with larger companies

    Heath Druzin | Stars and Stripes

    A new business initiative that features some of the biggest companies in the country aims to connect veteran-owned small businesses with larger corporations.

    The Coalition for Veteran Owned Business, a collaboration between Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and First Data Corp., launched Tuesday as a way to put an estimated 2.5 million veteran- and military family-owned businesses into the supply chains of large corporations.

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  • VA to offer one-stop website for all veterans benefits

    Andy Medici | Federal Times

    Veterans will soon be able to log in to just one website to manage their benefits, apply for doctors' appointments, and determine their eligibility for programs.

    Tom Allin, the first chief veterans experience officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, said in an interview with Federal Times the website will go live around May 20, but will first be open to around 50 veterans to help beta test the navigation, fonts and organization of the new portal.

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