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Posts Tagged ‘military veterans’

Oklahoma City Diversion Program Offers Veterans Second Chance

  • August 11, 2014
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Three years since its inception, a program in the Oklahoma City metro area allowing veterans to avoid prosecution for certain offenses related to their military service has helped dozens of participants turn their lives around. A typical participant is in trouble for crimes such as DUI, substance abuse and domestic violence stemming from post-traumatic stress disorder, reports KOCO. “We are awash in guys with issues with PTSD,” said Tim Wilson with the veteran diversion program run by the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office …

White House Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness Gains Momentum

  • August 5, 2014
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A White House challenge to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 has now been taken up by leaders in 182 communities across the nation, with 100 local officials signing on since June. First Lady Michelle Obama applauded the effort last week as she noted that the more than 58,000 homeless American veterans represent a “stain on the soul of this nation …

Transitioning Veterans Could More Easily Link to Local Services under Heitkamp Bill

  • August 4, 2014
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Legislation introduced by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) would make it much easier for communities to reach out to newly separated service members and help them overcome challenges in gaining access to services and benefits such as health care and housing, employment and education assistance as they transition back to civilian life. The Connect with Veterans Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a voluntary national directory of veterans that would be available to communities and state veterans affairs departments …

VA Reform Bill Retains Provision to Prompt States to Offer In-State Tuition to Veterans

  • July 31, 2014
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The compromise version of legislation addressing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling crisis includes a provision allowing veterans to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at public universities only if they are charged, at most, in-state tuition rates. The language does not force states to charge veterans in-state tuition at public universities, but in states that charge higher rates, the VA would not provide veterans any benefits for tuition and fees. Currently, the GI Bill covers tuition and fees at the in-state rate of public schools, but veterans may not always qualify for those rates due to the wide variance in state residency laws …

Lexington Joins Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • July 29, 2014
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Lexington, Ky., Mayor Jim Gray last week pledged to end veteran homelessness in his city in response to a recent White House initiative. “Everyone deserves a safe, clean place they can call home, especially men and women who have served our country,” Gray said. “Accepting this challenge is the right thing to do, and Lexington’s strong network of partners who serve veterans and other citizens who are homeless will be an important part of this commitment …

Senate Panel Encourages Entrepreneurship for Veterans

  • July 24, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee praised the Small Business Administration’s “Boots to Business” program for helping transitioning service members start businesses, according to its draft report accompanying the FY 2015 Financial Services spending bill, which funds the SBA. The report noted that the entrepreneurial curriculum is offered to service members as an option within the revised transition assistance program. The committee pointed out that many of SBA’s programs for veterans provide counseling and training after service members separate from DOD …

Los Angeles Mayor Joins Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • July 21, 2014
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to end veteran homelessness in his city during a regional veterans summit last week, joining scores of mayors who previously accepted the Obama administration’s challenge. Garcetti also reiterated an earlier promise to work with the county to secure 10,000 jobs for veterans by 2017. First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke at the summit, praised both of the mayor’s commitments. “The idea that any of our veterans are spending months, or even years, struggling to find a job is unacceptable …

UAB Health System Initiative to Identify Veterans, Improve Care

  • July 15, 2014
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, in partnership with Joining Forces, has launched an initiative for providers to identify whether their patients are veterans. The “Have you ever served in the military?” campaign is intended to improve health care by helping providers obtain a military health history which will allow clinicians to consider unique exposures and concerns of veterans. “By recognizing our servicemen and women, we can improve their quality of life and overall health outcomes …

Maryland Lawmaker Moves to Boost Fisher House Funding

  • July 14, 2014
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The foundation which provides free lodging near military and veterans hospitals for relatives of service members would get a $16 million boost under a provision in the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill passed last month by the House. An amendment sponsored by Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) would increase federal funding to the Fisher House Foundation to $20 million so that more houses could be built to accommodate the families of those wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Currently there are 63 Fisher Houses located on 23 military installations and 24 VA medical centers across the country …

New Hampshire Establishes Court to Hear Veterans’ Cases

  • July 13, 2014
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By next month, New Hampshire’s first court designed to handle criminal cases involving veterans linked to substance abuse, trauma and other issues stemming from their military service will begin hearing cases in Nashua. On Thursday, top state judicial and military officials, including Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), dedicated the Veterans Behavioral Health Track court, reported Army Times. The court is not intended to provide veterans a get-out-of-jail-free card, said Maj. Gen. William Reddel, adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard …

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