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In This Issue: November 16, 2012 Latest News

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Senate Bill

Veterans COLA Bill Clears Senate

On Tuesday, November 13, the Senate passed a bill that would provide a 1.7% cost-of-living increase in benefits for disabled veterans and survivors, effective December 1. The bill now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama.

Institute of Medicine Meeting

IOM Agent Orange Update 2012 to Hold Public Session
November 27 in New Orleans

The Institute of Medicine’s Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2012 committee will hold its third public session on November 27, in New Orleans. The location of the meeting, which begins at 9:00 am, is the Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon D, 214 Royal Street.  

Interested parties are invited to attend the public session as observers or to address the committee about issues related to health effects in veterans associated with the herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War. A report from this committee will be provided to the Department of Veterans Affairs to help advise officials on policy decisions regarding compensation to veterans for service-related illnesses.

If you would like to attend this public session, with or without making a statement, contact Tia Carter at 202-334-3816 or by email at tcarter@nas.edu. Additional information about the upcoming meeting is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Veterans/AgentOrangeNinthUpdate/2012-NOV-27.aspx

YouTube Video

Veterans Day 2012 at The Wall

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Lung Cancer Screening Initiative

VVA and Lung Cancer Alliance Launch
Lung Cancer Screening Initiative at Walter Reed

On November 8, representatives from VVA and the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) launched a new national pilot initiative for at-risk veterans that will offer life-saving information on lung cancer risk and CT screening at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center in Bethesda, MD, the recently enlarged and upgraded flagship facility for military healthcare. Joining VVA and LCA were former Washington Redskins players Chris Draft, Mark Moseley, and Carlton Kammerer, Redskins cheerleaders, and medical staff from the Walter Reed oncology department. Veterans, and in particular Vietnam veterans, are at higher risk for lung cancer than civilian populations because of higher smoking rates and exposure to known carcinogens during active duty. While lung cancer may take decades to develop, symptoms do not usually become obvious until the cancer has already grown into late stage, when survival is less than 15%.

HELP Committee news Coverage

Senate HELP Committee Report

There has been much news coverage, including many editorials, about for-profit colleges since the Senate HELP Committee report that was released late July. The report from the two-year Committee investigation draws on data and documents not previously released, including new student outcome data for each of the companies reviewed. For-profit college trade association APSCU issued a statement in response to the report, and it is here. Some of the editorials appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Sun Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, The Star Ledger (NJ), the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, The Florida Times Union and many more.  Doonesbury even dedicated a week’s worth of strips to the report.The strips began August 6 and ran for the week. They can be found here.

VetJobs Turns 13

Happy 13th Birthday to VetJobs

VetJobs has served the employment needs of transitioning military, National Guard and Reserve, veterans, wounded warriors, disabled veterans and their family members for thirteen years. VetJobs is now averaging over 60,000 real jobs per day, with over 300,000 visitors a month, who use the site as a resource for guidance on conducting a job search and preparing for the interview; for career advice; for referrals to other appropriate career sites and military-related job fairs; and most of all, to identify thousands of military-friendly employers.

VetJobs, which has been endorsed by more veteran service organizations than any other site, has been very successful in getting jobs for our veterans and their family members. Ted Daywalt, CEO of VetJobs, is a VVA member and member of VVA’s Economic Opportunities Committee. For more information, go to http://vetjobs.com

RallyPoint Social Network For Vets

Boston Vets Launch Military Social Network

Two Harvard Business school graduates and veterans, Aaron Kletzing and Yinon Weiss, have created a new social network for service members called RallyPoint. The network is similar to LinkedIn, helping military personnel and veterans stay connected and network for jobs after they leave the military.  To join RallyPoint: https://www.rallypoint.com

Veterans Day Photos

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Photos

Veterans Day photos of the ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial can be found at Facebook.vvaveteran.org We hope that chapters will send us photos of their Veterans Day activities, which we will also post.

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