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Here’s what a government shutdown could mean for GI Bill users
ARMY TIMES --- A possible government shutdown could have major repercussions for active-duty service members and their families — but it likely wouldn’t be as dire for veterans who rely on education benefits to pay their bills.
Senators call out Shulkin on VA’s unfilled top jobs
TASK & PURPOSE --- Why four top jobs within the Department of Veterans Affairs remain unfilled nearly one year after President Donald Trump took office drew the attention of members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
Pay stops, mission continues: Shutdown 101 for troops and families
MILITARY TIMES --- Military members worldwide will continue to report to work if the government shuts down, but they won’t be paid for that work until it reopens, barring a change in law.
Vietnam War veteran sets up memorial for friends along California highway
FOX NEWS --- For drivers along Interstate 80 in Northern California, a pair of large American flags perched on top of a hill may be a simple sign of patriotism, but for veteran Mike Goble the flags instead serve as a tribute.
50 years ago: Veterans of Khe Sanh battle to meet on Sunday
OROVILLE MR NEWS --- In the early morning hours of Jan. 21, 1968 the first explosions of artillery fire rang out through the dense jungle of the Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.
Marine stabbed to death in fight between Camp Pendleton students
TASK & PURPOSE --- One Marine is in custody and another is dead following a Tuesday morning fight between students at Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry.
'Achieve Tahoe' Helps Disabled Veterans Learn to Ski
KTVN 2 NEWS --- At Alpine Meadows Wednesday, disabled veterans got the chance of a lifetime to try something that many of them never thought they would ever do again.
VA to again reopen search for a new top health official
MILITARY TIMES --- The Department of Veterans Affairs has been without its top health official since last February, when he was promoted to the secretary job.
Hill, agencies target home loan ‘churning’ aimed at veterans
STARS AND STRIPES --- Phone calls can begin only a day after veterans close on VA-guaranteed home loans. Brokers will claim they can offer an even lower interest rate, or a better strategy for refinancing, that will cut mortgage payments even more.
Hope for heroes: How farming is helping veterans find purpose
MODERN FARMER --- Digging in the dirt may not heal the emotional wounds of war, but for some battle-scarred veterans, farming sure as hell helps.
Women veterans want their voices heard in the #MeToo movement
PRI --- Watching the large numbers of women who've come forward to speak out about their experiences of being sexually harassed and assaulted in the workplace, some women veterans say it hasn't been as easy for them to confront sexual crimes.
Exclusive: Inside Trump's new VA office, early moves to help whistleblowers draw praise
USA TODAY --- Dan Martin is chief engineer for Veterans Affairs hospitals in northern Indiana, but he hasn’t done much engineering for almost a year — or much of anything for that matter.
How VA is beginning the 10-year push to adopt a new electronic health record
FEDERAL NEWS RADIO --- The Veterans Affairs Department has a new motto in 2018. Health care and IT professionals in the department are looking at their “18 for ’18” — 18 collaborative projects and priorities for the VA.
Helping families of the fallen: How to make the best of good intentions
MILITARY TIMES --- Online fundraising sites let well-wishers provide financial support for grieving families, both in and out of uniform.
A Trump executive order aims to bring down veteran suicides. Will it help?
KPCC --- About 20 veterans kill themselves every day in the U.S. The VA says the annual veteran suicide rate in California is around 39 per 100,000 people.
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