IAVA Daily News Brief 11.20.12
Posted by Jacob Worrell on November 20
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1) VA outreach lags as many veterans are unaware of benefits
More than half of America’s veterans say they have little or no understanding of the benefits due them, despite efforts over recent years to match returning soldiers with the help and services they need. The VA said it’s working hard to boost benefits awareness and has taken steps in recent years to do so.
2) Army, Navy suicides at record high
With six weeks left in the year, the Army and Navy are already reporting record numbers of suicides, with the Air Force and Marine Corps close to doing the same, making 2012 the worst year for military suicides since careful tracking began in 2001.
3) New campaign encourages companies to hire vets
Evidence that employers are reluctant to hire veterans due to their potential physical and psychological injuries has prompted the Army to launch a new effort to educate businesses and encourage them to hire former service members. The Army has joined with the Society for Human Resources Management, the nation’s largest trade association of hiring professionals, to create the “Hire a Veteran” campaign.
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