Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mental health group urges increased assistance for military, families

By Farah Mohamed | McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — A new report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness said the government needs to fill the gaps in mental health coverage for America’s soldiers and veterans, who – along with their families … Continue reading

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70 years gone, Montford Point Marines get their due

Only about 120 of the nearly 20,000 African Americans who trained at the segregated Montford Point in Camp Lejeune are still alive. They will be honored with the Congressional Gold medal. | Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News and Observer/MCT MORE ON THIS … Continue reading

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Capitol Hill PTSD awareness event highlights struggles, triumphs

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 27, 2012) — Army wife Kristina Kaufmann knows the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder. She has lost three friends to suicide because of it. But she also knows the power she has to help stop … Continue reading

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A matter of degrees: VA finally opens doors to licensed counselors

By LEO SHANE III Stars and Stripes Published: June 27, 2012 WASHINGTON — John Emmons works as a mental health specialist for the Army in Afghanistan, but he can’t get a job doing the same work for the Department of Veterans … Continue reading

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After Court Settlement, VA Takes Over GIBill.com and Other Sites

From VA’s blog June 27, 2012 by Alex Horton In a legal win for Veterans, VA is taking control of the formerly privately-owned website GIBill.com. This means Veterans will be better protected against deceptive marketing practices launched by businesses eager to cash … Continue reading

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We must attend to veterans mental health needs

From the Arizona Republic by Sharon M. Helman During June, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation recognize national PTSD Awareness Month. We are taking time to focus on post-traumatic stress disorder and the other mental-health needs of our … Continue reading

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For-profit schools cash in on the GI Bill

By Aaron Smith @CNNMoney June 26, 2012: 10:46 AM ET   Veterans are the intended beneficiaries of the post-9/11 GI Bill, but for-profit private schools are raking in hundreds of millions of dollars from the government. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The GI … Continue reading

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$5B CAMO SNAFU:Army looks to change uniforms.

PHOTO:Bryan Bedder/The Daily Uniforms in the camouflage lab at the Natick Soldier Center in Natick, Mass. PHOTO:Bryan Bedder/The Daily The camouflage lab at the Natick Soldier Center in Natick, Mass. NATICK, Mass. — The Army is changing clothes. Over the … Continue reading

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VA Supports Family and Friends Seeking to Encourage Vets to Get Mental Health Services

Media Campaign Promotes “Coaching Into Care” Program   WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs recently completed a media campaign for its call center “Coaching Into Care,” a telephone service which provides assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage their Veteran … Continue reading

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VA Continues Outreach for PTSD Awareness Month

VA Continues PTSD Outreach with AboutFace Campaign Veterans Provide Video Testimonials on Experiences with PTSD WASHINGTON (June 20, 2012) – In observance of June as PTSD Awareness Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) … Continue reading

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