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  • Veterans To Higher Ed: Big Room For Improvement

    Type of content: News

    Recent government sanctions against predatory for-profit colleges that preyed on veterans by using inflated job promises have opened the window on the wider challenges of helping veterans transition from service to higher education.

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    Education
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  • These Vets Stormed The Capitol To Fight For Service Members The Pentagon Left Behind

    Type of content: News

    This group of vets is fighting to help troops who were forced out of the military with less-than-honorable discharges due to mental health issues.

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    Legislation
    Mental Health
  • Sexual trauma raises suicide risk among veterans

    Type of content: News

    Men and women veterans who experienced sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment while serving in the military are at heightened risk of suicide, according to a recent U.S. study.

    Researchers with the department of Veterans Affairs found that men with a history of what the VA calls military sexual trauma (MST) are 70 percent more likely than fellow vets without such experience to commit suicide, and women veterans with MST are more than twice as likely as other female vets to do so.

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  • Study: The economic penalty Vietnam veterans and their kids pay

    Type of content: News

    The Vietnam lottery was one of the largest accidental experiments in American history. Fates of millions of young men rested on a game of random chance. Whose draft number would be called? Who would have to serve?

    By comparing those called up by the draft to those who weren't, economists have been able to measure the impact of the Vietnam war on veterans. The results are depressing. A decade after their military service, white veterans of the draft were earning about 15 percent less than their peers who didn't serve, according to studies from MIT economist Josh Angrist.

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    Employment
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  • DoD Examines Rules for On-Base Military Spouse Businesses

    Type of content: News

    Defense Department officials are holding a weekly working group to examine ways to make it easier for military spouses to operate small businesses out of their on-base homes.

    "We have to figure out how to enable military spouses to be the entrepreneurs we know they are. In this age of Etsy and Pinterest, now more than ever, we need to remove barriers to the American spirit called entrepreneurship," Rosemary Williams, who oversees military community and family policy for the DoD, told Military.com in a statement.

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  • New Report Shows Uptick in Military Suicides Last Summer

    Type of content: News

    Suicides in the U.S. military showed an increase over the summer months last year for active and reserve components compared to the same period in 2014, in a possible departure from a slight downward trend, the Defense Department reported Monday.

    For the third quarter of 2015, including the months of July, August and September, the number of suicides recorded for the active duty military was 72, compared to 57 in the third quarter of 2014.

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    Mental Health
  • Some military discharges mean no benefits after service ends

    Type of content: News

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — No medical or mental health care. No subsidized college or work training. For many who leave the U.S. military with less-than-honorable discharges, including thousands who suffered injuries and anguish in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, standard veterans benefits are off limits.

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  • Military suicides hold steady in 2015

    Type of content: News

    For the third straight year, suicides among active-duty members have remained relatively steady, which Pentagon officials say could indicate that suicide-awareness and -prevention programs are hitting their mark.

    According to Defense Department data, 275 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines took their own lives this year as of Dec. 15 — two more than in 2014 and 22 more than in 2013.

    But the relatively steady pattern following a peak of 321 in 2012 is encouraging news, Defense Suicide Prevention Office director Keita Franklin said in a Dec. 15 interview.

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    Mental Health
  • Next step for TAP: More civilian employers

    Type of content: News

    Federal administrators spent the last four years reworking military transition programs to better prepare departing troops for jobs in the civilian workforce.

    The next step is to actually get veterans into those jobs.

    Officials say the upcoming focus for military transition assistance programs will be creating connections to civilian employers, in an effort to more quickly link separating service members with eager employers.

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    Transition
  • BAH military housing allowances to rise slightly in 2016

    Type of content: News

    There is both good news and bad news for active-duty service members and their families in the new 2016 Basic Allowance for Housing rates that will take effect Jan. 1.

    The good news: Average rates will climb by 3.4 percent in the aggregate across all locations and paygrades, or an average of about $54 per month in dollar terms, defense officials say.

    In fact, among the 138 BAH locations with at least 800 assigned troops receiving the allowance, only 34 — roughly one-quarter — will see average rates decline.

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    Family
    Financial Assistance

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