ABC15 reports that military veterans held at the Maricopa County jails in Arizona will now be separated from other inmates and will receive programming targeted specifically to them, according to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office. However, the new program will not affect veterans convicted of felonies. Read more.
Inside Higher Ed reports that the number of veterans enrolled at elite undergraduate colleges has dropped from 232 in 2011 to 168 in 2013. Wick Sloane asks why.
NBCUniversal and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched “Next Steps for Vets” yesterday, a website hosted by NBCNews.com that aims to help veterans find employment and further education through various resources like a guide to starting small businesses, job fair maps, a resume tool, and more, according to NBCUniversal. Read more.
NBC Washington reports that the Department of Veteran Affairs reduced the veterans’ claims backlog by 900 cases between October 1 and October 16 despite the government shutdown. Read more.
USA Today reports that the Department of Veteran Affairs will have to suspend the processing of veterans’ claims for pensions, compensation, education, and vocational rehabilitation if the government shutdown lasts beyond late October. Read more.
The Washington Post reports that a federal government shut down could affect the Department of Veterans Affairs’ benefits programs and its efforts to decrease veteran disability claims backlogs. Read more.
CBS News reports that the number of narcotics being proscribed by the VA is up 259 percent in the last 11 years—and veterans are dying of accidental overdose of narcotic painkillers at a higher rate than non-veterans. Read more.