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Bryan Gibb, National Council for Behavioral Health

Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment. That percent amounts to about 730,000 men and women, according to the National Council for Behavioral Health. The council has just launched a class called Mental Health First Aid for those who work with military personnel, families and veterans. Bryan Gibb, public education director for the National Council for Behavioral Health, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the class works.

Tags: Bryan Gibb , National Council for Behavioral Health , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 05/02/2014, 09:56am EDT
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Jackie Maffucci, Research Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

The Defense Department's efforts to prevent suicide have borne some fruit. The overall rate dropped by 15 percent last year. But that good news masks some trouble in the Army National Guard and Reserve. There, the rate increased, leaving some to question whether the Defense Department is reaching those who don't live on base. It's even harder to say whether recent veterans are benefiting from the efforts. Jackie Maffucci, research director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, explained the numbers to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Jackie Maffucci , DoD , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 04/28/2014, 10:19am EDT
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First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

Tags: Michelle Obama , workforce , Veterans Employment Center

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Eric Engquist, United Service Automobile Association

Sometimes the hardest thing about the military is leaving it. Both the federal government and companies are trying hard to find jobs for new veterans. The Military Times has released its annual list of the best employers for vets. Insurer United Service Automobile Association has topped that list for the past three years. Eric Engquist, executive director for military transitions for USAA, gave Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some statistics about veteran employees.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:53am EDT
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Biden promotes GI Bill website

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is promoting a new website called the GI Bill Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs. "In just a couple easy steps they can figure everything out," she told The Associated Press Wednesday. She said using the website, service members can estimate tuition and fees, housing allowances and book stipends for each school.

Tags: Jill Biden , Post-9/11 GI Bill , veterans benefits , military , military benefits , GI Bill Comparison Tool , DoD

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 08:36am EDT

George Altman, Education and Employment Writer, Military Times

Service members sometimes face a tough challenge when they leave the military: finding a job. Both federal agencies and contractors have programs for hiring veterans, but they're not all effective. Military Times has complied a list of the best potential employers for veterans. George Altman, education and employment writer for Military Times, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how employers were evaluated. Companies who would like to participate in next year's survey can email BestForVets@militarytimes.com.

Tags: George Altman , Military Times , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Federal lawmakers rarely hiring veterans

Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but results of a survey show veterans made up less than 3 percent of the staff in the congressional offices that responded.

Tags: workforce , hiring , Don Young , Bill Enyart

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 04:41pm EDT

Lauren Augustine, legislative associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

An influential veterans organization is demanding action from Congress on a number of legislative fronts, including the growing number of veteran suicides. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America introduced its 2014 policy agenda to Congress this week. It's all a part of the 10th annual IAVA Storms the Hill. Lauren Augustine, legislative associate for IAVA, talked to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what's being asked of Congress.

Tags: Lauren Augustine , IAVA , veteran suicides , Federal Drive

Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:22am EDT
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Chris Cate, Vice President of Research, Student Veterans of America

Just over half of veterans are using the post-9/11 GI Bill to earn a college degree -- 51.7 percent.to be exact. The data comes from a newly-released study by the Student Veterans of America. Vice President of Research Chris Cate spoke about the findings on the Federal Drive.

Tags: GI Bill , Graduation Rates , Federal Drive , Chris Cate , Student Veterans of America

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:21am EDT
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Randy Williamson, Director of Healthcare Issues, GAO

In emergencies, you rush to the closest hospital to get medical care. Veterans are the same way. And when they go outside the VA system for emergency care, the department is supposed to pay for it even if they don't have other insurance. But, that's not always what happens, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Randy Williamson, director of Healthcare Issues at GAO, spoke to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about what GAO found.

Tags: Randy Williamson , GAO , veterans health , Federal Drive

Monday - 03/24/2014, 01:56pm EDT
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