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Friday, April 04, 2008

Hiring More Vets, Keeping Them in Their Homes, Offering Group Therapy, East Texas Resources

  • KTRE-Ch 9/East Texas has published a comprehensive veterans resources guide chock full of phone numbers and information that is a must to check out if you're an area military family.

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley [R-IA] and the White House are tossing letters back-and-forth with one another, the senator aiming to get the president to "establish the goal that 10 percent of all new hires by federal agencies be veterans." Meanwhile, Senate colleagues are attempting to extend foreclosure protection for veterans to nine months following return from overseas deployment.

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)--Kern County, Calif., chapter offers returning vets, military families local support group services. Phone 661-868-5061 for more information.

  • On the other end of the country, a related feel good story: 11 Tampa Bay-area Vietnam veterans, aka 'Group 11,' have had their PTSD group therapy sessions reinstated after the VA abruptly terminated the program. "We're pleased, and we're shocked," said one member after hearing the news.

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