VAA Dispatch
Dec. 3, 2013

VA warns of identity theft schemes to cardholders
The Providence Journal
Anyone with a smartphone and a barcode app can scan any Department of Veterans Affairs identification card issued since 2004, and the cardholder's Social Security number will immediately pop up on the screen of the one doing the scanning. If it is an identity thief out to steal your private VA information, you could be a victim.More

'Warriors 4 Wireless': Nonprofit effort links veterans to wireless jobs
The Washington Post
The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy recently announced a new nonprofit initiative encouraging military veterans to join the telecommunications industry. Called "Warriors 4 Wireless," the program aims to place more than 5,000 veterans in wireless technician jobs by 2015 by offering training and certification, as well as connecting them to open technician positions.More

NJ employers pilot new ways to recruit veterans
The Record
Home Depot is one of a number of companies that have stepped up their efforts to recruit U.S. military veterans, helping ex-service members who have struggled to find work and to adjust to life back home. The chain of home-improvement stores employs 35,000 veterans, around 10 percent of its workforce, and has committed to hire about 55,000 vets over the next five years. More

Affordable Care Act Q-and-A: Most veterans don't need exchange
The Tampa Tribune
There's a reason the national health insurance debate doesn't include much about the men and women who served in the military. The new exchange doesn't apply to them. But it's easy to see why those who qualify for a wide range of health care benefits through the Veterans Health Administration would be curious. The system is extensive and is operated by federal agencies, much like the online exchange being operated in Florida and 35 other states. The Tampa Tribune’s Health Care Q-and-A has clarified the differences for many vets during the past few months, and we share some of those answers here. More

VA's progress still falls short
Quad-City Times
Fine reporting by journalists with the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting stirred the nation in March when they reported dismal service from the Veterans Administration to Americans seeking counseling, treatment and financial compensation for their military service.More

Struggling veterans may get help with grant
Veterans Today
Advocates and stakeholders are seeking extra resources to help rehabilitate veterans who have wound up in the criminal justice system. More

Veterans use 'wind therapy' to ease stress, help comrades
Stars and Stripes
Engines roared and pipes steamed as the four motorcycles veered around the corner at a near beach. It was 45 degrees and raining, the wind shaking what was left of the leaves off their branches. Even some of the riders would have agreed that no one in their right mind would be out riding in such weather — and yet they were, seeking exactly that state of mind on the backs of their rides as the rain poured down. They call it "wind therapy," a special kind of solace that, for military veterans struggling with everyday life or the scenes they saw overseas, comes with riding motorcycles and the inherent freedom and friendship that follows.More

Disabilities treaty would not benefit disabled veterans
The Foundry
The Administration has been pressuring the Senate to approve the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by claiming that the CRPD would benefit disabled American veterans traveling overseas. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Heritage's James Carafano observes.More

Veteran homelessness drops, according to new report
Lake County News
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that a new national report shows a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans since 2010. The report also showed an 8 percent reduction between January 2012 and January 2013. The decline keeps the Obama administration on track to meet the goal of ending veterans' homelessness in 2015.More

VA dedicates $14 million to help homeless veterans
Among all the bad government news, comes a bit of good. The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it will pump nearly $14 million into federal grants intended to help the nation's more than 62,000 homeless veterans. About $9 million in grants will be used to help renovate existing veterans' transitional housing projects and to buy vans to assist homeless veterans with their transportation needs.More

The big lie about job recovery
Veterans Today
Thanks to The Economic Collapse, here's an extremely illuminating chart — The Civilian-Employment Population Ratio — produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. It depicts the true U.S. unemployment level.More

Find scholarships that help veterans pay for college
U.S. News & World Report
Many foundations, programs and colleges offer scholarships for veterans and current service members who want to attend college and earn their degree — whether it be to further their military career or embark on an entirely new path.More

After more than a decade, veterans find opportunities at home
The Huffington Post
After decades of often frustrating reliance on the massive Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are increasingly turning homeward.More