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A Push To Move Food Stamp Recipients Into Jobs

A new budget plan that calls for turning food stamps into a block grant program for states could affect stores that accept food stamps through an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, system like this one in Memphis. When it comes to the food stamps — or SNAP benefits as they're now called — there are few areas where Republicans and Democrats agree. But getting some of the 46 million people now receiving SNAP into the work force is one of them. Last year Congress approved $200 million for states to test the best way to move people into jobs. And today, the Obama administration is announcing grants to 10 states to do just that. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the demonstration projects should help able-bodied recipients take advantage of an improving economy. "The need for SNAP for these individuals who will be benefited from this pilot will be reduced and ultimately hopefully eliminated," he told reporters. The projects vary greatly. Vermont plans to ta

An important change for every veteran:

Filing is easier. Learn more . Can't see this?  View online . Online Tools, Standardized Forms, and More Effective March 24th, 2015,  VA is implementing improvements to make it easier for you to apply for benefits. Online application tools, standardized forms, and a new intent to file process will create faster and more accurate decisions on your claims and appeals. See how the changes affect you: What does it all mean? As part of the VA's full-scale transformation in 2015, these new changes will: Streamline the benefits process, making it faster and easier Use standardized forms to file disability claims and compensation appeals Establish a new intent to file a claim process Learn more about these important changes:

Webinar Now Available for Viewing: Strategies to Increase Health Insurance Enrollment for People Who Are Homeless

Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser . Webinar Now Available for Viewing: Strategies to Increase Health Insurance Enrollment for People Who Are Homeless HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance (SNAPs) and Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH), are pleased to announce the availability of a recently recorded webinar focused on strategies to increase healthcare insurance enrollment for people who are homeless . This webinar was originally presented live on February 24, 2015 and will provide you with an opportunity to listen to national leaders providing firsthand knowledge and information on how to