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The comparison tool was developed in response to President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13607 of April 27, 2012, which instructed agencies to establish standards for educational institutions that interact with servicemembers, veterans and their families, provide information on the costs and quality of institutions and programs, prevent deceptive recruiting practices and provide quality academic and student support services, according to a VA statement announcing the launch of the program.
Skin Cancer Risk Seen in Vietnam Vets Exposed to Agent Orange
Researchers analyzed the medical records of 100 men who joined the Agent Orange registry at the Veterans Affairs Hospital of Washington, D.C., between August 2009 and January 2010. The men lived or worked in contaminated areas (56 percent), were involved in the spraying of Agent Orange (30 percent), and traveled in contaminated areas (14 percent).
VA Offers Dental Insurance Program
More than 8 million Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can choose to purchase one of the offered dental plans. This three-year pilot has been designed for Veterans with no dental coverage, or those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. Participation will not affect entitlement to VA dental services and treatment.
U.S. News Releases Best Colleges for Veterans Rankings
The new rankings include 10 separate categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West). Among National Universities, Pennsylvania State University—University Park placed No. 1, followed by Tulane University in New Orleans and the University of Texas—Austin, which tied at No. 2.
Top 5 Things Women Veterans Need to Know
We women veterans are unfortunately considered an “invisible population.” We are the fastest growing population of homeless and our numbers are going to increase as the military draws down. Our service and transition struggles are recognized as being unique, but there is support coming.
An Epidemic of Veteran Suicides
We need to shift from intervention to prevention. That means addressing the problem in the combat zone, during out-processing, in the first few weeks of civilian life, during the first year. If necessary, and this is frequently the case, until the trauma heals. It might surprise you to learn that among those 22 per day are vets from Korea and WWII.

The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project is about human connections and the healing power of listening. The project helps veterans heal – and reduces the too-common chasms between veterans and nonveterans – by having one nonveteran at a time simply listen to a veteran from any era.

Some 1 million veterans and their dependents have enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities over the past four years, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This influx of veterans has come with the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and more generous financial incentives that generally cover a veteran's tuition, housing and books.
Lifeline for Vets Call Stories

CALIFORNIA - A Vietnam-era Army Veteran needed his prescriptions refilled but didn’t know who to contact. NVF Information Specialist Freddy Cordova showed him how to log onto the VA systme and use RX refill option. When Freddy learned the prescription was from 2004, he advised the Vet to see a doctor. Using the Veteran’s infomration, Freddy found a VA clinic close, saving themVet a long trip.

From PTSD to Prison: Why Some Veterans End up in Prison
Nearly one in 10 inmates have served in the military. Matthew Wolfe on how the system fails them—and the new prison dorms that could help them get back on track.