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Morning Muster: 1/28/2015 Final rule for vets’ appeals; suicide bill needed; same-sex spouse benefits

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force board a gas and oil platform during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 16. MIT prepares the MRF for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills and teaching them techniques for boarding vessels. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Jamean Berry)

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force board a gas and oil platform during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 16. MIT prepares the MRF for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills and teaching them techniques for boarding vessels. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Jamean Berry)

Final rule listed for MSPB appeals; Clay Hunt suicide prevention bill desperately needed; bill introduced for same-sex spouse vets’ benefits; VA secretary catches heat about bonuses; government workers call bonus recoup attempt ‘strong-armed’; VA settles lawsuit over California campuses; VA steps up hospice programs; Clinton Foundation talks vets’ health

The Federal Register has a final rule listed to change how jurisdiction is established over Merit Systems Protection Board appeals.

The Clay Hunt veterans suicide prevention bill is moving forward and desperately needed, reports Sandra Bond Chapman for The Hill.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, introduced a bill yesterday that would ensure same-sex spouses receive the same benefits from VA as opposite-sex spouses, reports Jennifer Pike for Human Rights Campaign.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald caught heat on the Hill over bill that would allow VA to recoup bonuses from negligent employees, reports Stars and StripesHeath Druzin.

Not surprisingly, the American Federation of Government Employees objects to the idea, saying that similar “strong-arm” tactics silenced employees in the first place.

Veterans Affairs has settled a lawsuit with veterans who say a VA campus in Los Angeles should be used for vets’ programs, such as housing homeless veterans, rather than renting it out for baseball stadiums and a television studio, reports the Los Angeles TimesGale Holland.

VA has stepped up its hospice programs as millions of vets hit their 70s, reports NPR’s Quil Lawrence.

The Clinton Foundation started its annual summit with a meeting of experts to talk about service members’ and veterans’ health, reports Military TimesPatricia Kime.

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