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Secretary Shinseki Announces an Additional $10.3 Million to Help Eliminate Veterans Homelessness

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Eleven states will share more than $10.3 million in grants to community groups to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year. This is in addition to the $59.5 million in preventive grants awarded earlier this year.

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Two veterans join HVAC

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Reps. Mark Amodei of Nevada and Rob Turner of New York, both U.S. Army veterans, are the newest members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The pair's appointment to the committee was announced Oct. 4. (NV-02) and Bob Turner (NY-09), both veterans of the U.S. Army.

Amodei was a prosecutor for the Judge Advocate General Corps in the Army, handling criminal matters from 1984-1987. "As the father of a Gulf War veteran and someone who spent four years on active duty in the United States Army, I am thrilled to be given a chance to serve Nevada's veterans on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs," Amodei said.

Turner was a specialist in the Army from 1962-1965, stationed at Fort Polk, La.

"As a veteran myself, I will respect our government's sacred duty to treat all veterans of the United States Armed Forces with dignity and respect in light of their shared sacrifices in the name of our liberty and freedom," Turner said. "I am honored to have been asked to serve on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and I look forward to working with Chairman Jeff Miller and my fellow committee members to ensure that these honorable individuals are protected."

Turner and Amodei will join the committee at its next full hearing on Oct. 12.


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Honoring Illinois' Fallen - United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset, Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

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The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset, Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

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VA's PTS phone app still available

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Veterans dealing with symptoms of post traumatic stress can  turn to their smart phones for help in coping with the mental affliction commonly associated with combat. The PTSD Coach application, created by VA and DoD, allows phone users to manage their symptoms, links them with local sources of support and provides information on PTS. The application is now available and can be downloaded for free in the iTunes store. An Android release is expected for late spring.

The PTSD Coach is primarily designed to enhance services for individuals who are already receiving mental health care, though it is also helpful for those considering entering mental health care and those who just want to learn more about PTS.

The application is one of the first in a series of jointly designed resources by the VA National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology to help servicemembers and veterans and their families and friends manage readjustment challenges through anonymous assistance. Given the current popularity of mobile devices, VA and DoD hope to reach a large population of the military community with the new suite of applications.

For information on how to download the app, click here.


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Cuts in Military Benefits

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A reader responds to an article about potential reductions in the health and pension benefits of military retirees.

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