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Streamline veterans’ services, report says

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A think tank is calling for a single federal entity to oversee national veterans’ services and policies now spread among at least six federal agencies. Continue reading

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Top reporting on mental trauma and the U.S. military

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ProPublica compiled some of the best journalism on the mental traumas faced by a generation of service men and women, and the U.S. military’s struggle to treat them. Continue reading

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Can fish oil element cut veterans’ suicide risk?

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A $10 million study will investigate if a substance found in fish oil can reduce the risk of suicide among military veterans, where the rate is higher than in the population as a whole. Continue reading

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Advocates: VA benefits process broken for sexual assault victims, denies many help

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Advocates for sexual assault victims said the veterans benefits process is so difficult that it risks re-traumatizing those individuals and cheats many out of the help they deserve.

“We’re looking at a life and death situation with this claims process,” said Anu Bhagwati, director of the Service Women’s Action Network. She told members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee that the current VA process is “completely unrealistic” for victims. Continue reading

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Despite ‘less than honorable’ discharge, veteran fights for benefits

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At 55, Stephen Norko says he was at “the lowest point’’ of his life. Homeless, unemployed, and feeling ill, the 17-year Navy veteran couldn’t get medical care at a Veterans Affairs hospital because he had an “other than honorable’’ discharge. But at the urging of others, he fought and won care from the VA. Continue reading

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Gary Sinise declines Newt Gingrich suggestion he lead Veterans Affairs

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One day after former Speaker of the House Gingrich was quoted in a conservative publication as saying that if presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is elected he should tap Sinise to be his secretary of veterans affairs, Sinise politely said Thursday that he wasn’t interested. Continue reading

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VA: New training improves efficiency of workers who process benefits claims

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An internal Veterans Affairs Department report says improvements in training the people who process veterans’ benefits claims are yielding dramatic results, with new trainees showing marked increases in both productivity and accuracy. Continue reading

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VA picks Fla. school to train veterans to install solar panels

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Jobless veterans could soon be seeing the light in terms of employment installing solar panels. The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected the U.S. Solar Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to train as many as 30 veteran students a month … Continue reading

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Veteran retraining program sees enormous response in first months

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ATLANTA (AP) — Unemployed veterans may be heading back to school in mass under a federal program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market. Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say there has been … Continue reading

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VA offers more than 1,300 jobs at Detroit hiring fair

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The Department of Veterans Affairs reports employers offered jobs to more than 1,300 veterans at last week’s job fair in Detroit. The VA added more than 5,500 interviews were conducted and more than 8,000 veterans attended the three-day event at … Continue reading

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