Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 15, 2012


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1.    Schools on military bases could close under defense cutsIf massive Defense Department cuts go through next year, little-noticed potential victims on the chopping block include the schools on military bases in the U.S. and abroad.
2.    USAFE to establish first U.S. aviation detachment in Poland this yearU.S. Air Forces in Europe is standing up the first U.S. aviation detachment in Poland later this year, a move that Polish officials say represents the first “permanent presence” of U.S. military members on Polish soil.

3.    Independent vets budget seeks more construction moneyThe White House’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal on Monday drew mostly positive reviews from veterans groups, in large part because the Department of Veterans Affairs is one of only a few agencies that will see a jump in funding over last year.

4.    Panetta answers harsh criticism of defense budget in SenateAccept a smaller but finely tuned Defense Department budget proposal essentially as constructed, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Congress on Tuesday. But members seemed unlikely to go along.

5.    VA funds to surge as troops return.  Dayton Daily News  … February 14, 2012 The nation’s 22 million military veterans would receive more federal funding for health care, fighting homelessness and finding jobs under President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

6.    Obama’s $3.8 Trillion Budget: Smaller HUD, New Mega-Bank Fee.  Mortgageorb  Two other federal departments with successful home mortgage programs would come off less severely: the US Department of Agriculture’s budget would be cut by 3%, but the US Department of Veterans Affairs would have a 4% budget increase – albeit pegged …

7.    Wheelchair games needs volunteers.  Richmond Times Dispatch  McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center nurse manager Ernestine Goode delivers Valentine’s Day balloons to patient Gary Cowgar, who plans to try several events at the wheelchair games. Credit: EVA RUSSO/TIMES-DISPATCH Richmond bid four times for the …

8.    Georgia’s Iraq War vets coming to Rome for parade, festival.  Rome News Tribune  From there, participants will be able to walk across the river on the Chief John Ross Memorial Bridge to The Forum — where music, food and festivities will center around a “benefits superstore” set up by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

9.    State of Wisconsin and Milicruit Team up to Help Veterans Find Jobs.  Sacramento Bee
13, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Departments of Veterans Affairs, Workforce Development, and Military Affairs join forces with Milicruit to host a virtual career fair for service members, guard/reservist, veterans, …

10.  Local veterans take advantage of visit by Mobile Vets Center.  Canton Daily Ledger
Mizer is traveling with the Mobile Vets Center which visited SRC recently to provide counseling and outreach for veterans. By Anonymous Spoon River College was the 14th stop in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Mobile Vet Center tour of Illinois …

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