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  • Study of female veterans suicide would be required, under new legislation

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    The Veterans Affairs Department needs to better understand the problem of suicide among female veterans and determine how best to treat at-risk women, according to a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

    The Female Veterans Suicide Prevention bill, HR 2915, would require VA to identify mental health and suicide prevention programs that are most effective for women veterans, who die by suicide at six times the rate of nonveteran women.

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  • House passes flurry of veterans bills, bigger deal could be looming

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    Lawmakers could be headed toward a veterans omnibus bill covering a host of health, education and employment issues after House members passed a package of nine veterans-themed measures Tuesday evening.

    The flurry of legislation came after a day of debate and discussion about veterans issues on the House floor. All of the measures were passed by voice vote without objection, but will need Senate action and the president's signature before they can become law.

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

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    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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  • Women veterans brave unemployment and homelessness

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    In her first tour to Iraq in 2006, Sgt. Mutiara Santiago volunteered to train with 11 other women to search Iraqi women and handle detainees. Right before deployment, her mission changed, and she was among the first women to be in a field artillery unit.

    Yet, her life as a soldier in Iraq wasn’t quite as challenging as what she faced at home. This past May, after her professional peak and 11 years of active service, she returned to Washington state a single mother, unemployed and homeless. 

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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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  • PTSD common among female Vietnam-era veterans

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    (Reuters Health) - Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more common than previously thought among female veterans of the Vietnam War era, suggests a new study.

    Up to one in five women who served in the U.S. military during the 1960s and 1970s experienced PTSD at some point in their lives and many are still living with the condition, researchers found.

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  • Getting better is scary’: Women veterans with PTSD

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    THE CINCINNATI VA IS LEADING THE NATION IN TREATING WOMEN VETERANS WITH PTSD.

    For Erica Slone, the choice boiled down to a simple equation: Die. Or go to Fort Thomas.

    In early July, she pulled into the parking lot of the Cincinnati VA’s Trauma Recovery Center in Fort Thomas. She stood outside studying the formidable brick building. She had a lot riding on this place.

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  • Suicide rate of female military veterans is called 'staggering'

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    New government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces.

    Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a finding that surprised researchers because men generally are far more likely than women to commit suicide.

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  • New Connecticut Law Focuses On Women Veterans

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    One of the bills already signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy targets women who've served in the Armed Forces. The state Department of Veterans Affairs has been tasked with creating a program that reaches more than 16,000 women veterans living in Connecticut.

    The General Assembly didn't allocate any money to the state Department of Veterans Affairs to create the Connecticut Women Veterans' Program. Instead, new Commissioner Sean Connolly said his department will use existing resources to improve its outreach to women veterans.

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  • Giving new hope to female homeless vets

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    After four years in the Army serving in Germany and Iraq, Danielle Chavez thought she had her life figured out.

    "I thought it was gonna be a lot easier. Definitely, definitely a lot easier," Chavez said.

    But when she left the military in 2011, her marriage ended, she struggled to pay for school and ended up living in her car. She had to send her two young girls to live with a relative.

    "Every day I missed them. Every day. I felt like they were growing up without me," she said.

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