VAA Dispatch
Dec. 17, 2013

New rule could aid veterans' access to health care for some traumatic injuries
The New York Times
The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved new regulations to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses, including Parkinsonism, dementia and depression, which have been linked to traumatic brain injury. The final rules also add to the list unprovoked seizures and hormone deficiency diseases related to the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands. More

Expansion has USAA hiring for 1,000 jobs
The Arizona Republic
USAA, a San Antonio-based Fortune 500 company that provides financial services to military members and their families, has begun hiring for 1,000 new jobs that will become available as the company's Phoenix campus expands next year. USAA is committed to hiring veterans and spouses of veterans, and the Phoenix campus currently has 32 percent of its employees in that category.More

Flagship Logistics deploys veterans to customer care center
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Logistics Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Flagship Food Group, is hiring veterans for its new customer care center, which was purpose-built to exceed Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The formal launch date for the customer care center's opening is slated for Jan. 15.More

Government to employers: Hire a veteran, receive a tax break
The Texas unemployment rate continues to decrease, meaning many Texans are finally securing jobs. As employers begin to hire new help, the federal government wants companies to take a look at one group, specifically: veterans. For veterans already in the workforce, the decision to hire one of their own is a no-brainer.More

Charity awards $300k to nonprofits that support female vets
Army Times
Newman's Own Foundation has awarded a total of $300,000 to seven nonprofit organizations that help female veterans with career development.More

Survey aimed at understanding veterans' first civilian jobs
Stars and Stripes
Veterans unemployment has dropped steadily over the last two years, but no one knows whether the jobs they are finding are any good. A new survey aims to track that. Officials from Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the behavioral health firm VetAdvisor launched a job retention survey looking at troops' first postmilitary employment and how long they stayed in those jobs.More

Proposal allowing veterans to pay in-state tuition named after Congressman Bill Young
The Miami Herald
A proposal to allow veterans from anywhere to pay in-state tuition if they attend a Florida college or university has a new name on it: that of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.More

VA offers grants for transportation of rural veterans
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has recently announced grants for transportation to veterans in highly rural areas.More

Hiring MBAs? You should be looking at NCOs
Co-founder and chairman of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services Col. David Sutherland writes: "The GMAC survey said that U.S.-based companies planning to hire MBAs are focused on both growth and efficiency. But you won't find anyone more qualified and with more experience than a noncommissioned officer."More

Syracuse career transition program now includes spouses
U.S. Department of Defense
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University in New York has expanded eligibility to enroll in its Veterans Career Transition Program to spouses of eligible veterans and active duty service members.More

Budget deal would reduce COLAs for some military retirees
Army Times
A bipartisan budget deal to avoid another government shutdown and reduce the impact of sequestration over the next two years includes thorns for working-age retirees.More

On veterans, crime, timing and 'Other Than Honorable' discharges
Outside the Beltway
The topic of "veterans who aren't veterans" — veterans who, because they were convicted of a crime while enlisted, received an "Other Than Honorable" discharge — is the topic of discussion in this article. These individuals are ineligible for the health care, employment, housing and education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. While its easy to think of these individuals as criminals deserving of what they get, the fact is that for some significant percentage, their crimes — which can include things like DUI — most likely have ties to PTSD resulting from their involvement in military actions.More

Symptoms of combat-related psychological trauma eased by new brief therapy
Medical News Today
Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a brief, safe and effective treatment for combat-related symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans and U.S. service members, researchers at University of South Florida College of Nursing report in a new study. They found this newer treatment — a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies and use of eye movements — was shorter and more likely to be completed, than conventional therapies formally endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. More