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VA makes progress on pledge to end veteran homelessness

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Donna Miles

The Veterans Affairs Department is making progress on its pledge to end homelessness among veterans, with a focus on getting all homeless veterans off the streets by 2015, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told American Forces Press Service. Shinseki joined President Barack Obama in announcing the plan in November 2009, proclaiming that no veteran should…

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More women vets are homeless, but housing scarce

Posted April 3, 2012 by By Eric Tucker and Kristin M. Hall

Misha Mclamb helped keep fighter jets flying during a military career that took her halfway around the world to the Persian Gulf. But back home, the Navy aircraft specialist is barely getting by after a series of blows that undid her settled life. She was laid off from work last year and lost custody of…

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VA on track to break claims backlog

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki says VA is on track toward meeting one of the top priorities he set on arrival at the department three years ago: breaking the back of the disability claims backlog. VA spent the last two years creating an automated tool to make claims determinations faster and more accurate, he…

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AVC approves Veterans Resource Center

Posted March 30, 2012 by by Rebecca Amber

March 12, the Antelope Valley College Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a Veteran’s Resource Center on the Lancaster, Calif., campus. The center, which will be started with $5,500 provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will service the estimated 500 student veterans attending the…

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Expert to discuss how to serve veterans attending college

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Marine Corps veteran and university veterans services director Dr. Marshall Thomas will discuss how to serve veterans attending college during a presentation 6-8 p.m., April 10 in the Antelope Valley College Board Room, SSV 151. The presentation will offer a glimpse into the culture that helps form student veterans and discusses some of the challenges…

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Obama honors Vietnam Veterans Day

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March 29 is Vietnam Veterans Day, and President Barack Obama released the following proclamation. “On Jan. 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. Operation Chopper marked America’s first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and…

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Department of Labor announces $15 million in grants to assist approximately 9,000 homeless veterans

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced March 29 the availability of $15 million in grants through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to provide job training services to help homeless veterans succeed in civilian careers. “The men and women who have served our country with distinction should not have to struggle to find good jobs when…

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Paralympians provide example, inspiration to disabled vets

Posted March 27, 2012 by

As disabled veterans gathered at the base of Snowmass Mountain in Colorado to tackle their first ski runs on adaptive skis during the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, they had an unexpected cheering squad: U.S. Paralympians, including two training for the 2012 Summer Games in London.

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Reports send mixed message on veterans employment

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The unemployment rate for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan has dipped recently after months of riding higher than the national average, but some analysts caution it’s too early to tell if the progress is real or a blip. The monthly snapshot provided by the federal government’s February jobs report showed that the unemployment rate…

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VA secretary opens Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki opened the 26th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., March 25, challenging more than 400 participants to draw on the qualities they demonstrated in uniform to live life to its fullest. “The physical effort, sheer…

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