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ARDRAW Small Grant Announcement
Applications for research stipends due: March 2, 2017

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is granting graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation, and disability issues through the ARDRAW Small Grant Program. The objective of the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation, and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program is to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students.
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DoD’s 2016 Year in Photos
The men and women of the U.S. military train and conduct operations around the world. But they also are regular people with a range of interests. In this review, we turn to military photographers to show compelling images of troops as they serve, sacrifice, and engage in life.
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Top Nine VA Facebook Posts of 2016
Every veteran has a story to tell, and in 2016, VA shared many of their stories. In doing so, we hope that we have deepened your connection with the men and women who have served. From #VeteranOfTheDay posts, to articles covering veterans’ experiences, and videos with of Medal of Honor recipients, we hope we’ve done our best to honor your stories.
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Family Visits and Holiday Strategies
As we enjoy the winter holidays, the good experiences we have with family and friends contribute to our sense of wellbeing and purpose. This can be especially powerful for people who are in recovery from a mental illness or a substance use disorder. For people in recovery—just like all of us—a good holiday strategy can help to anticipate potential snags and ensure everyone gets the most out of time spent together.
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Criminal Justice—Behavioral Health: Partnerships Promoting Integrated Healthcare Conference
January 29-31, 2017; San Antonio, Texas

Criminal Justice—Behavioral Health Partnerships Promoting Integrated Healthcare Conference: recognizes the nation’s criminal justice systems and healthcare systems must transform at a rapid pace. Bail reform, justice reinvestment, and community policing on the justice side, and the Affordable Care Act, integrated care, health homes, and prevention and wellness strategies on the health side are forcing transformation.
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Social Security: Information for Wounded Warriors and Veterans Who Have a Compensation Rating of 100% P&T
The effect of military service can be profound and lasting. There are a number of financial, social, and health issues that result from military service. Some wounded warriors and veterans who have a compensation rating of 100% permanent & total are unaware that Social Security may expedite the processing of their disability claims.
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DARPA Provides Groundbreaking Bionic Arms to Walter Reed
The holiday season is bringing high-tech offerings for U.S. war veterans this year in the form of sophisticated bionic arms developed under the direction of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. In a ceremony on December 22 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Justin Sanchez, Director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, delivered the first two advanced “LUKE” arms from a new production line—shiny evidence that the fast-track DARPA research effort has completed its transition into a commercial enterprise.
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MyVA: Putting Veterans First with Aggressive Push to End Veterans Homelessness
Since 2010, the number of homeless veterans in the United States has been reduced by nearly half—but even one homeless veteran is too many. That’s why VA remains focused on eradicating homelessness among veterans. Virginia, Connecticut, and 29 communities across the nation have declared their commitment to end veteran homelessness. VA strives to build on that success through the MyVA initiative.
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This Week at VA Podcast Episode #10: Gregorio Kishketon—Marine Veteran, Native American
We’re 10 episodes in! This podcast has been a lot of fun and we appreciate all of the great feedback we’ve received. Episode 10 brings us Marine Veteran Gregorio Kishketon. Greg is a VA employee that works at the central office in Washington, D.C. He originally thought he was simply going to be #VeteranOfTheDay, but then he sat down for an interview and opened up about some vulnerable parts of his life.
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Departing DoD Official Reflects on Military Health System Improvements
As she prepares to step down January 20, the Defense Department’s top medical official reflected on her 5.5-year tenure at the Pentagon, notably a comprehensive review of theMilitary Health System.
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Department of Justice Announces Expansion of Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases
The Department of Justice announced 11 tribes selected to participate in the expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP), a program to provide federally recognized tribes the ability to access and exchange data with national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP allows tribes to more effectively serve and protect their communities by ensuring the exchange of critical data.
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