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Border Operations Move from Ground to Air

  U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to reduce the number of federally paid National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border amid controversy regarding the operation’s impact related to its cost. The plan is to revamp the deployment of military personnel along the boundary, moving from boots-on-the-ground to a broader mission of aerial detection and …

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Veterans Affairs Department Under Scrutiny Regarding Mental Health

  The Veterans Affairs Committee has recently asked the Veterans Affairs Department inspector general to investigate alleged failings in providing timely mental health care appointments for former service members. The request comes after a Nov. 30 hearing at which a VA employee said some VA providers “game the system” to ensure they meet timeliness standards. …

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Veteran Television Programming Gains Momentum

  An effort to create a cable television channel dedicated exclusively to veterans programming is gaining momentum in the Illinois Legislature. Both the House and Senate have passed a resolution urging the Cable Television and Communications Association of Illinois to look into the possibility of dedicating an unused cable channel to veterans programming. Illinois state …

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Veteran Owned Businesses Face Problems from Veterans Affairs

  The House of Representatives’ Veterans’ Affairs Committee has been questioned recently regarding the Veterans Affairs Department’s priority on veteran-owned businesses. There are laws and regulations that are supposed to put veterans first, but currently they rank eighth in priority for government contracts. Thomas Leney, executive director of the Veterans Affairs office of small and …

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