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  • Mission Family: Spouse job training part of unified effort

    Type of content: News

    Military spouses have struggled for decades with difficulties in moving their careers with them as they follow their service member from base to base. And over that time, the Defense Department and the services have tried to help spouses prepare for the job search and to find jobs.

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  • UCLA to provide major new programs and services to veterans

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    UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald today announced a stronger academic affiliation to benefit our nation’s veterans as UCLA committed to providing $1.15 million annually in support of new programs and services, approximately $200,000 of in-kind contributions and $300,000 a year in fair-market rent for the continued use of Jackie Robinson Stadium. New and expanded services will include mental health, family support, legal advocacy and recreation services.

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  • Military moms face no more health risk than other deploying women

    Type of content: News

    Conventional wisdom and some research suggests that deployments affect military moms more than other female troops— that stress, worry and concern for kids increases warrior moms' susceptibility to mental and physical strains and can carry long-term consequences for a healthy family life.

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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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  • DoD Examines Rules for On-Base Military Spouse Businesses

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    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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  • Class aims to help military families tackle mental illness

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    Military families can learn how to help troops and veterans struggling with mental illness during classes offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs.

    The classes, held on Wednesday evenings for six weeks starting Jan. 20, aim to give families coping techniques and tips on resources for mental health care. It's taught by Jim Bloise, a 20-year Army veteran, and wife Jane, who will outline their experiences dealing with mental illness in the family.

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  • 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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  • 'Military student identifier' close to becoming law

    Type of content: News

    Military children will benefit from some provisions that were included in the education bill that is on its way to President Obama's desk for his signature.

    The Senate passed the "Every Student Succeeds Act” Wednesday; the House passed it last week.

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  • Families on the GI Bill: 5 ways you're making it work

    Type of content: News

    Jack Ferguson had no idea it was going to be this hard.

    Replacing your rucksack with a book bag full of college textbooks is no easy thing, he says.

    But it’s all the harder when you’re lugging around a diaper bag, as well. And helping the older kids with their homework, even while you’re trying to crank out your own term papers.

    Ferguson and his wife, Stefanie, are both Army veterans and both full-time students at the University of Washington in Seattle.

    And with three kids — all under the age of 8 — they’re very much full-time parents as well.

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  • Penis Transplants Being Planned to Help Wounded Troops

    Type of content: News

    Within a year, maybe in just a few months, a young soldier with a horrific injury from a bomb blast in Afghanistan will have an operation that has never been performed in the United States: a penis transplant.

    The organ will come from a deceased donor, and the surgeons, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, say they expect it to start working in a matter of months, developing urinary function, sensation and, eventually, the ability to have sex.

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