Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 23, 2012


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1.    Annual march Saturday to honor 82nd Airborne’s role in Battle of BulgeThe 82nd Airborne Division in World War II played a central role in the Battle of the Bulge, with paratroops fighting in or near scores of Belgian towns. On Saturday, some of those towns will be revisited as part of an annual hike in southeastern Belgium that commemorates the division’s part in that epic battle.
2.    VA offering personal health care handbooks to veterans.  Veterans enrolled in VA health care in coming months will receive personalized handbooks with information on their benefits, local medical facilities, applicable copays and how to schedule an appointment.
3.    Summit seeks to ease retraining for troops entering civilian workforceBusiness leaders and veterans advocates say state licensing and certification rules are a crippling obstacle for troops seeking post-military careers, and the problem will worsen if solutions aren’t found soon.
4.    U.S. officials see progress in squeezing Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa.  Four months after U.S. special operations forces deployed to central Africa as part of a multinational hunt for the Lord’s Resistance Army and its elusive leader, Joseph Kony, attacks by the group are down and defections are up as pressure on the Ugandan rebel group mounts, according to senior U.S. military and diplomatic officials.
5.    NATO: 99 percent of reformed insurgents staying out of fightNearly all of the 3,100 former Taliban fighters who have officially laid down their weapons and joined an Afghan government reintegration program appear to have left the fight for good, a NATO official said Wednesday.
6.    Afghan protests spread over Quran burning; at least seven deadA wave of anti-American rage swept across Afghanistan on Wednesday, leaving at least seven people dead and more than 30 injured during a second day of protests over coalition troops at Bagram Air Base burning copies of the Quran.

7.    Rutgers reaches out to veterans.  Cherry Hill Courier Post  In an echo of its World War II counterpart, the bill’s benefits include full tuition at in-state colleges, partial reimbursement at a private or foreign school and a monthly housing stipend, according to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

8.    Hire a Hero.  Business Finance Magazine  Nearly 900000 vets are unemployed, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs reports. In fact, the average unemployment rate among vets of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan ranges from 7.


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