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  • Veterans Mental Health
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    Mental Health Aid for Veterans

    Mental health advocates and leaders from veteran service organizations spoke at the the National Council for Behavioral Health’s launch of its Mental Health First Aid for Veterans…

  • Veterans Affairs Hospital Delays
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    Veterans Affairs Hospital Delays

    Secretary Eric Shinseki testified before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee over delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals in Phoenix and elsewhere, and the deaths of at least 40 veterans who were…

  • Washington Journal VA Misconduct Allegations
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    Veterans Affairs Misconduct Allegations

    Tom Tarantino talked about calls for the resignation of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki and other top VA officials, following allegations of misconduct at VA facilities in…

  • Veterans Pension Benefits Cuts
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    Veterans' Pension Benefits Cuts

    Tom Tarantino, Chief Policy Officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, talked about the proposed cut in troop levels, including a planned reduction of more than 100,000 U.S. Army…

  • Tom Tarantino on Issues Facing Veterans
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    Tom Tarantino on Issues Facing Veterans

    Tom Tarantino talked about issues facing veterans as they return from combat. Topics included the backlog at the Veterans Department for benefits, issues surroundings mental health,…

  • Veterans Affairs Claims
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    Veterans Affairs Claims

    Tom Tarantino talked about the backlog of claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including proposed solutions, and funds allocated to the VA in President Obama’s 2014 budget. He…

  • AARP Examines Implications of COLA Changes
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    Cost-of-Living Adjustments and Federal Benefits

    Panelists talked about the implications of a proposed reform to cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for Social Security and other federal benefits. The change involves tying COLAs to a…

  • Veterans Education Issues
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    Veterans' Education Issues

    Witnesses testified about an executive order which required colleges to provide more information to veterans, such as the likelihood of military members completing a school’s programs prior…

  • Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
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    Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

    Secretary Shinseki, other department undersecretaries, and independent veterans groups representatives testified on the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal year 2013 budget request. Among…

  • Unemployment Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
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    Unemployment Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

    Tom Tarantino talked about the prevalence of unemployment for those veterans who return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He discussed his organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of…

  • Overseas and Military Voting
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    Overseas and Military Voting

    Panelists talked about progress states had made in enacting new protections for military and overseas voters. They focused on implementation of the MOVE Act, which protects the right of…

  • Veterans and Military Mental Health
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    Veterans and Military Mental Health

    Officials from the Defense and Veterans Departments took part in a discussion looking at the range of mental health and counseling services available to returning war veterans. Among the topics…