Morning Muster: 2/20/2015 one in ten vets homeless, House to meet at Tomah, vets want on-campus support

House to have hearing at Tomah; 1 of 10 OC vets has been homeless in past year; vets want more resources on campus; joint chiefs ask for vets’ help; questioning lawmakers’ combat status doesn’t go over well with vets

The House of Representatives will conduct a hearing in Wisconsin about overmedicating at the Tomah VA medical center, reports The Associated PressDana Ferguson.

At least one out of 10 Orange County veterans has been homeless in the past year, and one-third who work full-time fall below the federal poverty level, reports Voice of OC’s Thy Vo. The University of Southern California’s School of Social Work surveyed 1,200 Orange County vets and learned that at least one of 10 vets had also contemplated suicide.

Veterans advocates are fighting for better on-campus resources for veterans, reports Military TimesLeo Shane. They say campus centers can offer both scholastic and emotional support.

The Joint Chiefs posted a letter at the White House Thursday telling vets the country still needs their expertise. “As a veteran, your country still needs your experience, intellect, and character,” they write.

Questioning the combat status of Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, isn’t the best way to make friends with other veterans, reports Military Times‘ Leo Shane. As in past wars, there should not be an argument about whether one’s service in a combat zone “counts.” She was there. It counts. Not that Morning Muster has an opinion…

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