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  • Vets' benefits, VA accountability in new legislation

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    Senators pressed Veterans' Affairs Committee colleagues Wednesday to get behind bills that would reform VA and increase benefits for some vets, improving fertility services, expanding support for caregivers and strengthening controls on prescription painkillers.

    Some of the proposals were endorsed by VA even as the department said it would need more money to implement them.

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  • ‘Hidden Heroes’ of war: Military caregivers, particularly those of post-9/11-era vets, face daily battles

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    During moments of peace, Blanca Jolimeau created a code to use as shorthand, so everyone in her family would know what to do when the trauma of war sets in.

    If on the rare occasion that her husband, former Marine Cpl. Anthony Jolimeau, 29, does leave the house to go to the park or on a shopping trip with his wife and says, “meet me in the car,” that’s code for he’s got to go. ASAP. He’s being overcome by anxiety, panic or some other symptom of his post-traumatic stress disorder.

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  • VA extends program for veterans with traumatic brain injury

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    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”) extended this program through October 2017.

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  • Tom Hanks to head 'Hidden Heroes' campaign

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    Actor Tom Hanks will lead a national campaign that will launch this fall aimed at raising public awareness of the service, needs and value of caregivers of wounded, ill and injured troops and veterans.

    These caregivers "live all across America, and in all of our communities," Hanks said Wednesday, speaking in a videotaped message at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's 2015 Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit.

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  • Hospice program comforts dying veterans

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    “I started out in Southern France and ended up in Belgium," is how Palmer Gaetano describes his army service in World War II. The 92-year old lives in a hospice facility in the Rochester-area village of Spencerport, near his daughter and her family.

    Gaetano is one of more than 9 million American military veterans over the age of 65, according to 2013 census bureau figures.  With an aging population that includes vets from Vietnam, Korea, and World War II, there are 1,800 veteran deaths each day. One program strived to meet their increased need for end-of-life care.

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  • Senator unveils bill to help vets' caregivers

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    Today, there are several programs to support spouses and parents who care for injured service members from the post-9/11 era. The VA provides a monthly stipend, travel expenses, access to health insurance, mental health services, training and respite care for designated caregivers.

    The Defense Department also provides special compensation for caregivers who give up employment to care for their ill or injured service member.

    But for the families of Alexis Courneen and countless other veterans injured before Sept. 11, 2001, there is no help beyond medical services.

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  • County creates Veterans Network of Care

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    Montgomery County government has created the Veterans Network of Care, a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans' issues.

    A kick-off event is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 24 at the William O. Beach Civic Hall at 350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville. For more information, call 931-648-8482.

    The Network of Care empowers veterans, service members, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Clarksville/Montgomery County/Fort Campbell area.

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  • When veterans return, their children also deal with the invisible wounds of war

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    HARTFORD, Conn. — Twice a day, Koen Hughes’s medicine alarm beeps and sputters. He yells out across the kitchen to his father, retired Army Staff Sgt. Jonah Hughes, an Iraq war veteran, who suffers from such a severe brain injury that it’s hard for him to remember things like whether he showered, and sometimes how to shower.

    Koen is always there, reminding him to take his anti-seizure pills, nervously double-checking his medicine box and squinting as he monitors his father’s behavior.

    Koen is 10.

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  • Caregiving service to require fee

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    The free Sittercity benefit for military families is vanishing as of July 31, but the company still will offer discounts.

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  • Caregivers converge to push for expanded benefits

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    Donna Barton doesn't know exactly how much money she has saved the Department of Veterans Affairs, but it's in the tens of millions of dollars.

    "It could be in the billions by now," the 65-year-old registered nurse said, laughing. "When you take in all the services I've provided for free for decades … there's just so much involved."

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