Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 04, 2011


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1.Honor Our Veterans on Veterans Day and Every Day.  Hire a veteran and get proven success as a leader, team member, problem
solver and more. AP Photo/ Julie Jacobson Since my appointment by County Executive John Leopold to chair the Anne Arundel County Veterans Affairs Commission, …

2.Veteran’s Day event spotlights Latino veterans.  The Daily Titan  “The event this year is commemorating the 70th anniversary of WWll and Cal State
Fullerton is wanting to be a more veteran-friendly school. This type of event is a wondering collaboration and shows the support and appreciation for veterans, …

3. A St. Cloud man was pleaded guilty today to stealing $54083.  St. Cloud Times  Pederson faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. He will be sentenced at a future hearing. The case was investigated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General and Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force.

4. Entertainment Industries Council Conducts Picture This: Veteran Mental Health.  The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), in collaboration with US Department of Veteran Affairs recently conducted the Picture This: Veteran Mental Health Challenges forum, hosted by the National Association of
Broadcasters. …

5. SBDC Column: Agencies can help returning vets.  Times Herald-Record  These programs, federal, state and local, can provide assistance with basic start-up issues, funding
and ongoing technical support. On the federal level, the Small Business Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs offer assistance specific …

6.Veteran’s Cemetery Expansion Bill To Go To Public Hearing.  Pacific News Center 4:00 pm – Bill 363-31 (LS): An act to authorize the use of local funds for matching grants available from the Veterans Affairs State Cemetery Grants Program and to approve a Capital Improvement Plan relative to the expansion of the Guam Veterans …

7. Veterans’ families serve too.  Dothan Eagle  As of September 2010, there were more than 400000 veterans in Alabama, more than 300000 of whom served during war time,
according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Britney Coker said she knew about the sacrifices
families made while their loved …

 8. Post office warns overseas military Christmas mailing deadline is nearThe deadlines for sending gifts for the holidays are fast approaching, and postal officials caution that mail service could be busier than usual this year with U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan and
shipping their belongings home by mail.

 9. Analysts see shift coming for U.S. role in Afghanistan.  Although Defense Department officials insisted Thursday that the U.S. mission in Afghanistan has not shifted, foreign policy and security experts say, formal declaration or not, an accelerating trajectory toward full U.S. withdrawal in 2014 is causing aspects of the U.S.
approach to change.

 10.  Iraq troop numbers now falling quickly.  The number of U.S. troops in Iraq has fallen to about 34,000, and only 12 American bases are still operating, Maj. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, deputy commanding general of U.S. Forces-Iraq, said Thursday.


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  •  Navy board forwards retention recommendations to personnel command.  The board tasked with cutting 3,000 sailors from the Navy to meet congressionally mandated force strength numbers has forwarded its final set of recommendations to the Navy Personnel Command.


  •  Hope for Homeless Veterans’ donations set for distribution.  … the annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down at the Colorado Army National Guard
    Armory, 5275 Franklin St., Denver, on Thursday, November 3rd, from 8 am to 2:30 pm This event is organized by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Denver Regional Office. …


  • Eligible Vets To Receive 3.6% CO LA Next Year.  Army Times   “Congress acted Wednesday to make sure veterans don’t miss out on the 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment that is already coming Dec. 1 for Social Security recipients and military retirees.” The “House gave final passage to S 894, a bill authorizing the Veterans Affairs Department to make a 3.6 percent hike in veterans’ disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors and pensions for low-income veterans. This will be the first increase in those payments since Dec. 1, 2008.”


  •  Jobs Bill By Veterans Day Looks Unlikely.  Army Times “Passage by Veterans Day of legislation to help veterans find jobs looks increasingly unlikely, as Senate Democrats are considering adding two White House-sponsored tax provisions that could delay a final vote” on the Hiring Heroes Act. The House has already passed its version of the bill, known as the Veterans’ Opportunity to Work Act. The Times adds, “If the Senate adds tax credits to the bill – not yet a certainty – the measure would have to return for another vote in the House, where the Republican-controlled body has been reluctant to approve any job-related provisions proposed by President


  • Military Retirees Fret About Healthcare Fees.  Reuters  Opposition to costlier healthcare for military retirees and their dependents is becoming increasingly widespread among those who spent 20 years or more in the service. This is “being perceived by the military, those in uniform today, by their families and all the retirees as a total breach of faith,” said Joe Davis, director of public affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The concerns center around President Obama’s recommendation to the so-called “supercommittee” of imposing a $200 annual fee on TRICARE-for-Life. However, Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, believes a more holistic approach to reforming military pay and benefits is preferable. Reuters quotes Harrison, who said, “(We need a commission that would) try to understand what they (military personnel) value rather than just making little changes here and there to save money.”


  • Veterans Back Bill To Create Registry Of Illnesses Blamed On Burn Pits.  Stars And Stripes “Veterans exposed to burn pits during their war deployments are backing legislation to create an ongoing registry of patients and illnesses believed connected to the toxic smoke, suggesting it may be the last chance to discover what long-term health problems they’ll face.” On Thursday, US Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and US Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) “will introduce companion bills requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a burn pit registry.” According to Stars And Stripes, VA has already “put in systems to monitor some of the more serve illnesses” seen among vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who believe they may be sick from burn pit smoke exposure.


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