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  • Fertility clinics to offer discounts to wounded veterans

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    Many of the nation’s fertility clinics plan to offer discounts on in-vitro fertilization services to veterans with service-related injuries, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproduction Technology announced Wednesday.

    Describing the law that bars the Veterans Affairs Department from providing reproductive services for injured veterans as “antiquated and unconscionable,” society officials implored Congress to overturn the 1990s-era ban.

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  • Mission Family: Spouses need in-person and online mentors

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    Has the pendulum swung too far from face-to-face communication among military spouses?

    The youngest spouses have been raised on social media, often with an expectation they’ll get what they need online. But they’re finding that’s not all they need, said Corie Weathers, the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year.

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  • Survey: Military-family uncertainty on the rise

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    Uncertainty about a variety of issues is on the rise among military families, according to the latest Blue Star Families Lifestyle Survey.

    For the first time this year, the survey included post-service employment on the list of topics of potential concern — and it placed in the top five among both active-duty and veteran respondents.

    There’s a theme of  “eyes on the exits,” said Cristin Orr Shiffer, deputy director of research and policy for the nonprofit Blue Star Families.

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  • Policy guide doubles as veterans playbook for campaigns

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    When staffers from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America meet with presidential campaigns later today, they won't just be urging them to talk about veterans issues. They'll also hand them a playbook on how to do it.

    The advocacy group released its latest policy agenda this week, a 71-page document detailing the top priorities of its membership, including calls for better mental health care, more resources for female veterans and improved accountability for Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

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  • The number of child abuse cases in the military hits a decade high

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    Confirmed cases of abuse and neglect of military children increased markedly in 2014, Defense Department data showed on Wednesday, prompting concerns among Pentagon about efforts to safeguard the nation’s over 1 million military children.

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  • More research, support needed for vets' children

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    Momentum is growing to learn more about the needs of military children as their parents make the transition out of uniform — and to address those needs.

    And there's a lot of work to be done.

    “I’m fearful we’re not building out the infrastructure to follow these children when their family leaves the service” to provide continuing support, said Dr. Paula Rauch, a child psychiatrist who is director of the family program for the Red Sox Foundation/Massachusetts General Hospital.

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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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  • Expert: Open more doors for spouse entrepreneurs

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    Military spouse entrepreneurs are getting more access to education, training and loans, but a broader look at the issues they face could open up more opportunities, experts say.

    "At the highest level, we need, as a community, to do more of that," said Mike Haynie, vice chancellor for veterans and military affairs and executive director and founder of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

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

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    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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  • State VA group has new guide to veterans’ services

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    RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs has released a  package of veteran services and resources specifically tailored to the state’s 800,000 veterans and their dependents.

    For the past 15 months, the division has restructured its outreach capabilities while building new technology services, providing veterans, their family members and transitioning military personnel with the most up-to-date resources and information.

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