Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 19, 2013


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ATTENTION FEMALE VETS:   National Day Time Talk Show Seeks Female Veterans

National talk show seeking female veterans recently out of the military who needs help transitioning into the civilian workforce. Are you nearing the end of your military service and need help finding your first civilian job? Have you been out of the military for less than 1 year and having trouble getting hired by the civilian workforce?
Please send your story, a picture of yourself, and contact information to [email protected].

1.   Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Hearing.  PolicyMic  The legislation discussed in the hearing consisted of many different veterans’ benefits issues, and the speakers present included several senators, a panel from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), and a panel of representatives from various …
2.   All of Nebraska’s veterans homes pass federal inspection.  Grand Island Independent  The US Department of Veterans Affairs sends survey teams to the veterans’ homes annually. The teams inspect to see how well the homes meet quality care standards in the areas of life safety, resident care, environment, staff training and development …
3.   Afghan forces take over responsibility for security from NATOAfghan President Hamid Karzai announced Tuesday that Afghan troops will begin the final step toward taking full responsibility for security in all of Afghanistan, amid continued fighting in much of the country and stepped up attacks in the capital, including an explosion shortly before Karzai’s speech.
4.   DOD readies service-by-service plan for women in combatLeaders from each service branch and U.S. Special Operations Command laid out road maps Tuesday to begin moving female troops toward the front lines of combat, but said the process would proceed deliberately over the course of years, and be accompanied by a host of studies.
5.Obamacare will share personal health info with federal, state agenciesHyperlink to Story Washington Examiner:   A new 253-page Obamacare rule issued late Friday requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking to join the new health care program that will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service.
6.With help, vets can recover and contributeHyperlink to Story Stars and Stripes: The good news is the VA has an impressive evidence-based record of providing effective therapy and job coaching for these less competitive individuals.
7. Defending Data at the Department of Veterans AffairsHyperlink to Story Foreign Affairs: Accusations of a serious breach of personal data at the nation’s largest integrated hospital network ignore the harsh realities of cybercrime. Rather than expecting network defenses to protect it against every possible attack, the United States needs to learn to isolate different cybersecurity problems and focus on what matters and what is feasible.
8.Lawmaker Calls For State Funds To Clear Backlog Of Veterans’ Benefits ClaimsHyperlink to Story CBS San Francisco:  Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner called on Gov. Jerry Brown Monday to support spending provisions recently approved by state legislators that would provide $6 million to reduce the long backlog of veterans’ benefit claims in California.
9.Goodbye Paper: VA Installs Automated Claims System in all Regional OfficesHyperlink to Story NextGov:  The Veterans Affairs Department finished installing its paperless Veterans Benefits Management System last week in all 56 of its regional offices. VBMS is key to helping the department eliminate its backlog of disability claims, senior officials have said.
10.“Real Warriors Campaign” helps veterans battling PTSDHyperlink to Story WPMT-TV: After returning home, Mitcham was encouraged by her colleagues to seek appropriate care, and continued to serve for several years after seeking treatment. She shares her story to encourage fellow warriors and their families to reach out for care early to prevent more serious challenges later on.


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