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Raymond Barr, president of the resident’s council at the Orlando VA Medical Center’s  nursing home in Medical City.
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Veterans still waiting for new Lake Nona hospital


Raymond Barr has stayed in a VA-contracted nursing home with rats, roaches and poor storage of medical equipment. So he’s developed a simple test for whether a VA facility is acceptable. “If you open that door and you get one of these odors that run you back out the door, you don’t want to go there,” Barr said. “You don’t want to put your parents there. Nobody else want to put their parents there. It’s not living conditions.”
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USF Student Veteran Workshop. Photo: Bobbie O’Brien
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Student Veterans Face Tough Employment Market


Despite the improving economy, finding a job or establishing a career remains a challenge and will be especially so for the million or more military service members expected to transition to civilian life in the next few years. So, the University of South Florida Office of Veteran Services created the Veterans Employment Project, thanks to a grant from the JP Morgan & Chase Company, to prepare USF student veterans for the competitive civilian market.
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Judge to rule on low-THC medical marijuana suit


Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins has until this Friday to decide if the Florida Department of Health overstepped its authority with proposed rules to implement low-THC medical marijuana. The Charlotte’s Web bill would grant five nurseries the right to grow, process and sell medical marijuana to patients in Florida beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
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