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Veterans Roundup: Report Says Veterans’ Volunteer Service Leads to Better Jobs, SecVA talks to MilTimes

McDonald: ‘VA Can’t Do Its Job By Itself’
Leo Shane (@LeoShane), Military Times. In an exclusive sit-down with Leo, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said that the VA is making progress in reform, despite recent criticism that it is moving too slowly. He noted that he welcomes advocates’ criticisms because the VA cannot solve all of its issues alone. To aid in his reforms, McDonald is also bringing in business and academic leaders to assist throughout the large-scale changes and to ensure that things are “done the right way.” –MC
Bottom line: In response to the many voices saying he is not moving fast enough, VA Secretary McDonald said his aggressive…

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Veterans Roundup: Veterans Day in Review, the VA’s Largest Revamp Ever

Best for Vets: Colleges 2015

George Altman, Military Times. Last week, Military Times published its 2015 list of the best undergraduate colleges for veterans. The rankings considered graduation rates, veterans as a percentage of student population, and other data from the U.S. Department of Education and information provided by the individual schools. The University of Nebraska Omaha came out at the top of the list and our friends at Syracuse University ranked 39th. Also last week, The Washington Post showed us what the U.S. veteran population looks like in 10 maps. –MC
Bottom line: Anyone who has applied to a U.S. college in the last few decades is well-aware…

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A Discussion with Jason Redman, Wounded Warrior

Jason Redman, The Trident The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL LeaderJason Redman is a keynote speaker on the second day of the CyberMaryland 2014 Conference, a U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant (retired), Founder of SOF Spoken Speaking company, author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal Leader” and CEO and Founder of Wounded Wear.

“I feel really thankful. When you come close to the other side it makes you very reflective. At least it did for me. That really caused me to dig deep at who I was and what it was to lead, strengths, and weaknesses. For me to have such positive feedback from other people out there about the book is great. Because

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Veterans Roundup: Veterans Hiring Preference Shenanigans

VA braces for a New Front in the Agent Orange Battle
Jordain Carney (@jordainc), National Journal. A group of veterans who flew C-123s after the planes had been used in Vietnam are concerned that their post-Vietnam era service may have exposed them to Agent Orange and contributed to a range of illness. The VA refutes this claim and says that possible Agent Orange on the planes would not lead to “adverse long term health effects” as it would have been solidified by the time of exposure. Later this month, the Institute of Medicine will release a report about the “excess risk of adverse health” for service members who flew on…

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Veterans Roundup: President Promises Mental Health Care Fixes, DOD Looking at Overhead

CBO: Why VA Claims Exploded and Ways to Slow the Trend
Tom Philpott, (@Military_Update), Stars and Stripes. A new report by the Congressional Budget Office explains why even though the population of America’s veterans has decreased significantly in recent years, the number of veterans receiving disability compensation has significantly increased. The reason for this disconnect is not because more Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are claiming disability, but is the result of looser “service connected” ailment disability compensation requirements particularly among Vietnam War veterans, an expanded VA list of diseases linked to Agent Orange, a weak labor market, increased outreach to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and a looser definition of…

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