Monthly Archives: August 2013

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Back Home: Out-of-state tuition often exceeds veterans’ GI Bill benefits

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Despite the promise of a free education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a News21 analysis found that 29 states have residency policies that force veterans to pay out-of-state tuition. The higher-education benefit pays all tuition, fees and a housing stipend … Continue reading

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Medal of Honor shines spotlight on PTSD (Editorial)

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Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, a former Fort Carson soldier, was rightly awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday for his “conspicuous gallantry” during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan. But Carter also deserves a nation’s thanks for bringing attention to … Continue reading

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Back Home: Women warriors face daunting challenges in civilian life

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The fight to feel like a veteran weighs substantially on female soldiers returning from war, though their numbers have been historic, with more than 280,000 returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade. A News21 demographic analysis … Continue reading

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Back Home: Nearly 1 in every 5 suicides is a veteran

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Veterans are killing themselves at more than double the rate of the civilian population with about 49,000 taking their own lives between 2005 and 2011, according to data collected over eight months by News21. Records from 48 states show the … Continue reading

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Back Home: Army sergeant joins ‘healing side of the fight’

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Army Sgt. Sean Simmons lost four soldiers from his Green Beret unit during operations in Afghanistan and saw another 20 suffer injuries such as head traumas, loss of limbs and wounds so debilitating that they were sent home. When Simmons … Continue reading

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Back Home: Vets try alternative medicine to treat PTSD, brain injuries

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Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries increasingly are turning to experimental remedies — ranging from yoga and acupressure to marijuana and hyperbaric oxygen treatments — as alternatives to the traditional medicine and prescription … Continue reading

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Back Home: Hearing loss prevalent among post-9/11 vets

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Marine Corps reservist Mauricio Mota served in five combat zones between 1987 and 2008, the last one in Iraq, where he slept next to what he described as “deafening” field generators and rode in loud helicopters. In training he fired … Continue reading

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Back Home: As veterans age, life-long injury costs are high

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Jerral Hancock wakes up every night in Lancaster, Calif., around 1 a.m., dreaming he is trapped in a burning tank. He opens his eyes, but he can’t move, he can’t get out of bed and he can’t get a drink … Continue reading

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Back Home: Veterans’ business loan program higher in defaults

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An $800 million federal loan program intended to help veterans start businesses has a default rate nearly 75 percent higher than other small-business loan programs, according to a News21 analysis. Patriot Express, launched in mid-2007 by the Small Business Administration, … Continue reading

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Back Home: VA, Defense department hit snags in going paperless

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The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense spent at least $1.3 billion during the last four years trying unsuccessfully to develop a single electronic health-records system between the two departments — leaving veterans’ disability claims to continue … Continue reading

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