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  • Rural Veterans In Need Of Care Face Uncertainty, Isolation

    Type of content: News

    Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan living in rural areas face unique challenges when trying to receive care through the VA.

    For rural veteran Mickey Ireson, appointments at the Department of Veterans Affairs are a source of apprehension and stress, rather than relief. In early April, the former Marine infantryman received a call from the VA telling him that his evaluations for mental health and dental work had been scheduled at the Omaha, Nebraska, office.

    Ireson lives three hours away in Hastings.

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  • Professor: Disability checks harmful to veterans

    Type of content: News

    A West Point professor and Iraq War vet wants the government to limit veteran disability benefits in favor of incentives to work.

    Lt. Col. Daniel M. Gade, himself an amputee, shared his vision with Pensacola residents during the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club monthly meeting Friday.

    "Too many veterans become financially dependent on monthly disability checks, choose not to find jobs, and lose their sense of identity and self-worth that can come from work," Gade said.

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  • Coalition seek to bridge gap between civilian employers, veterans

    Type of content: News

    SIERRA VISTA — When transitioning to civilian life after serving in the armed forces, many servicemen and women can find it difficult to acclimate to a less-regimented workplace, while employers who want to hire veterans for their unique skill sets may not find it easy to retain them when expectations are not clear.

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  • RallyPoint/6 to join USO Transition 360 Alliance

    Type of content: News

    Today RP/6 announces that they are joining with the USO as one of 4 unique partners of the USO Transition 360 Alliance, an initiative to help military personnel and their families successfully transition back into civilian life after their service ends. The USO Transition 360 Alliance partners include RP/6, Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, and Hire Heroes USA.

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  • Report: Vets' job expectations may be unrealistic

    Type of content: News

    Veterans' post-service employment problems may have as much to do with their own unrealistic civilian job expectations as their new employers' unfamiliarity with the military, according to new research released Tuesday.

    "Faced with having to start from the bottom or entry-level positions, (veterans) often became very frustrated," the report states. "In some cases, these clients are willing to risk homelessness before taking one of these lower-paying jobs."

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  • Expert warns about combat trauma and older veterans at Wyckoff event

    Type of content: News

    WYCKOFF – When Joseph Mariniello returned from a year of infantry combat in Vietnam a tight-knit group of neighborhood friends and family surrounded him and encouraged him to talk about the experience over and again.

    Looking back, nearly 50 years later, the 74-year-old who lives now in Mahwah, credits that amateur talk therapy as a “cathartic” experience that helped him re-enter the civilian world and avoid the isolation and post-traumatic stress disorder that many fellow combat veterans faced.

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  • Not all veterans struggle when coming home, new study shows

    Type of content: News

    The first-ever examination of civic involvement of veterans, being released Thursday, shows results that debunk stereotypes of the wounded former service members struggling to adjust to civilian life.

    The study, which looked at recent census data, found that nearly 60 percent of veterans under 50 vote in local elections, compared to 48.7 percent of non-veterans under 50. It also found that  veterans serve an average of 160 hours annually as volunteers, about four full workweeks. Non-veteran volunteers serve about 25 percent fewer hours annually.

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  • County creates Veterans Network of Care

    Type of content: News

    Montgomery County government has created the Veterans Network of Care, a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans' issues.

    A kick-off event is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 24 at the William O. Beach Civic Hall at 350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville. For more information, call 931-648-8482.

    The Network of Care empowers veterans, service members, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Clarksville/Montgomery County/Fort Campbell area.

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  • Exploring the citizen-soldier disconnect at the inaugural Yale Veterans Summit

    Type of content: News

    When Chris Harnisch was on a plane home after a 14-month deployment in Afghanistan, the flight attendant, noticing his uniform, asked where he was coming from. When he told her, the surprised attendant said, “We still have troops in Afghanistan?”

    It was an innocent question, Harnisch told the audience gathered for the inaugural Yale Veterans Summit, but it showed him for the first time “the magnitude and ubiquity of the civilian-military divide.”

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  • Together then, together now: Student organization works with veterans to help them adjust to a new lifestyle

    Type of content: News

    Jared Bush-Howe, president of the Student Veterans Organization at Southeast Missouri State University, said members of the military are trained for combat, taught how to jump out of airplanes and learn how to do things others may be afraid to do. "But what we're not trained to do is go to college," he said. "Most people aren't scared of that, but we are, because it's something brand new and there's not a lot of structure like there is in the military."

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