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  • Winnefeld: Hiring Military Veterans a ‘Win-Win’ For Businesses

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2015 – Hiring military veterans as they transition back into America’s communities is beneficial for businesses and the nation, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

    Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. spoke before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Mission Transition Summit, where he encouraged businesses to hire veterans and their spouses and dispelled misconceptions connecting veterans and post-traumatic stress.

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  • Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs’ Office: 5 Ways Military Leaders Can Support Transitioning Service Members

    Type of content: News

    The Chairman’s Office of Reintegration offers five recommendations for how military leaders can better support their troops as they prepare to transition.

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  • Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs’ Office: Do These 5 Things When Transitioning To Civilian Life

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    The Chairman's Office of Reintegration has developed five steps that will lead service members through a successful military transition.

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  • Utility Jobs Training to Open for Troops, Veterans, Spouses

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 – The Defense Department today announced a partnership to launch employment training for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses in highly skilled utility industry jobs.

    The Utility Industry Workforce Initiative is a public-private partnership comprising DoD, the departments of Energy, Veterans Affairs and Labor, and private-sector companies Edison Electric Institute, Center for Energy Workforce Development, Nuclear Energy Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and American Gas Association, defense officials said.

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  • Coalition to Senate: Increase troop pay and benefits

    Type of content: News

    Military advocates are pleading with Senate lawmakers to undo planned pay and benefits cuts for troops next year, calling the moves "harmful" and "troubling."

    In a letter to Senators on Friday, 27 members of the Military Coalition pushed for the lawmakers to dump provisions in their annual budget drafts that would set the annual pay raise below civilian sector wage growth, trim housing allowance rates, raise pharmacy fees and cut the military commissary subsidy.

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  • DoD drops Vets4Warriors, expands other counseling for troops

    Type of content: News

    Military OneSource will offer peer support for troops and family members beginning this summer, expanding the military community's options for confidential assistance.

    The move comes as DoD decided not to renew the contract for the Vets4Warriors program, which provided peer-to-peer support for veterans, service members and families since December 2011.

    Vets4Warriors has connected callers to people who have walked paths similar to theirs, as part of helping them find resources for support.

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  • For combat veterans, VA ban on IVF coverage adds insult to injury

    Type of content: News

    TAMPA — After Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillman was paralyzed from the abdomen down in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid to retrofit his Chevy Silverado truck so he could drive it and bought him a handcycle so he could exercise.

    But the agency that cares for former troops won’t pay for what the onetime squad leader and his wife, Holly, ache for most: a chance to have children.

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  • Veterans' Medical Care To Expand Under Air Force, VA Pact

    Type of content: News

    DAYTON (AP) -- An agreement aimed at helping decrease wait times for veterans seeking medical care has been forged between Air Force and Veterans Affairs officials in Ohio.

    The five-year agreement signed recently by Wright-Patterson Air Force Medical Center and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials allows VA medical facilities in Ohio to send veterans to Wright-Patterson's medical center for inpatient or outpatient services. Officials hope it will significantly increase the number of VA patients who can seek treatment at the hospital.

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  • Senator unveils bill to help vets' caregivers

    Type of content: News

    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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  • Lawmakers want DoD, VA pharmacies to match meds

    Type of content: News

    The House Armed Services Committee wants the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments' pharmacies to offer the same medications, at least for some prescriptions.

    Legislation introduced this week calls for the formularies of both departments to match medications for pain management, sleep disorders, psychiatric conditions and other illnesses "determined appropriate" by the DoD and VA secretaries.

    Committee aides said lawmakers are looking to ensure continuity of care and treatment when troops move from active duty to veterans status.

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