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On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs unveiled its proposed fiscal 2013 budget. As part of its push to expand access, eliminate the claims backlog and end veteran homelessness, VA has asked Congress to increase funding for IT management and programs that combat homelessness. The proposal also includes $1 billion for the new Veterans Job Corps.
IAVA Member Veteran Nichole Olson writes about her struggle to balance her military and civilian careers. Like many post-9/11 reservists, Olson has deployed multiple times to serve her country. The frequent moves and the lack of a steady civilian career have harmed her job search on the home front.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has vowed to end veteran homelessness by 2015, but an economic downturn has challenged traditional methods of combating homelessness. New veterans that are homeless are more likely to be married and have children than previous generations.