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  • NAVSO 2-Year Anniversary Part 1: The Good, The Not-So-Good and More

    Type of content: News

    What a remarkable journey.
    In just two years, our agile team learned so much through our work with nonprofit organizations, government leaders, funders, employers and researchers. It’s been a humbling but exciting journey as we continue to pursue transformation in the veteran services marketplace. Thank you to everyone who joined us on our mission to best serve those who serve veterans and military families.
     
    The Good
    Our nation is fortunate to have millions of people working to support veterans and military families. Through thousands of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, philanthropic foundations, businesses and research institutions, millions of Americans make it their mission to serve this remarkable community, fund their support, study their needs or employ them. While some complain about so-called market saturation, imagine if we only had 300 nonprofit organizations focused on the needs of military families and veterans instead of thousands? Where would they go when they really needed help?

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  • NAVSO 2-Year Anniversary Part 2: What's Next?

    Type of content: News

    With all this knowledge in hand from our early work, what’s next?
    At NAVSO, we’re squarely focused on improving the lives of veterans and military families by transforming the veteran services marketplace. For our nonprofit members, we’re continually improving our existing tools and adding new resources to help them work more effectively and efficiently in meeting their client’s needs and in running their organizations well. Similarly, we’re working with existing and prospective funders who want to get more out of their grantmaking. We find many of these organizations actively seek additional insights outside the grantmaking cycle and we’re honored to serve as that sounding board for many of them. In one specific example, we’re sitting on a gold mine of information relating to veteran employment and we’ll be working with businesses (and nonprofits) to improve veteran employment outcomes across the country.

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  • Shulkin proposes eliminating 40 mile, 30 day rule for non-VA care

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON – Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Sunday proposed eliminating a controversial policy that limits veterans from receiving private-sector health care.

    Speaking to hundreds of people at the Disabled American Veterans annual conference in Arlington, Va., Shulkin laid out his top 10 priorities for the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was his first public address since becoming VA secretary.

    High on Shulkin’s list was redesigning the Veterans Choice Program into what he called “Choice 2.0.”

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  • Tougher Opioid Guidelines for U.S. Military and Veterans

    Type of content: News

    It’s going to be even harder for U.S. military service members and veterans – especially younger ones -- to obtain opioid pain medication.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense have released a new clinical practice guideline for VA and military doctors that strongly recommends against prescribing opioids for long-term chronic pain – pain that lasts longer than 90 days.

    The new guideline is even more stringent than the one released last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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  • Study Confirms Post-9/11 GI Bill Is A Good Investment For America

    Type of content: News

    Student Veterans of America and other veterans groups are lobbying Congress to continue funding the post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
     
    In the first six years after the rollout of the multibillion-dollar Post-9/11 GI Bill, more than half of the veterans using the education benefit completed their degrees. Through September 2015, about 453,000 degrees were earned.
     

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  • It's official: Military exchanges plan to offer online access to veterans by Nov. 11

    Type of content: News

    The military exchanges have the green light to open their online doors to veterans by Nov. 11, an idea initially proposed by a top exchange official nearly three years ago. 
     
    Defense Department officials notified the congressional oversight committees Jan. 11 of their intent to open up the military exchange online shopping benefit to all honorably discharged veterans. On Jan. 18, a memorandum went out with guidance for the military departments to implement the program by Nov. 11.  
     

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  • Familiar faces in new places: Lawmakers to watch on defense in 2017

    Type of content: News

    The commander in chief isn’t the only new face in Washington that troops and veterans should be keeping an eye on. 

    The new session of Congress that started earlier this month brought with it a host of familiar lawmakers in new leadership roles who could have profound effects on military and veterans policy. 

    Here’s a look at some of the new assignments for key congressional figures whose moves could be as important as Trump’s for defense advocates in the months to come: 

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  • Combat veterans with genital injuries find little help overcoming intimacy, pregnancy challenges

    Type of content: News

    Five months after his 32nd birthday, Aaron Causey stepped on a bomb. The newlywed from Alabama was on his second overseas Army deployment, working as an explosives technician in Afghanistan. That morning in 2011, Aaron was on the hunt, peering inside tunnels for improvised explosive devices.

    Before he saw the small bundle of plastic and copper wires, he had stepped on it. The blast ripped off his legs and traveled through his groin. One testicle was destroyed, only two-thirds of the other remained.

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  • White House: Obama supports registering women for military draft

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — President Obama supports requiring women to register for Selective Service when they turn 18 — becoming the first president to endorse universal draft registration since Jimmy Carter.

    "As old barriers for military service are being removed, the administration supports — as a logical next step — women registering for the Selective Service," said Ned Price, a spokesman for Obama's National Security Council.

    The White House had previously expressed neutrality on the controversy, but took a position in a statement to USA TODAY on Thursday.

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  • Congress drops plans to make women register for the draft

    Type of content: News

    Lawmakers have officially dropped plans to make women register for the draft, instead opting for a review of the ongoing need for the Selective Service System. 

    The controversial provision had been part of early drafts of the annual defense authorization bill, and narrowly passed a House Armed Services Committee vote last spring. A Senate panel followed suit a few months later. 

    But conservatives in both chambers objected to the provision and stripped it out of the final legislative draft unveiled Tuesday. 

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