Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 24, 2012


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1.      US troops to get exception to United Airlines’ new pet policyFollowing thousands of complaints on Facebook and other websites, United Airlines announced late Wednesday it will not require U.S. troops who are changing duty stations to pay cargo fees of up to $3,800 to fly their dogs and cats back to the United States.
2.      Expect Navy boards to do less job cutting, personnel chief saysA decision to cut nearly 3,000 sailors from overmanned ratings this year means that fewer sailors are expected to be separated through other boards in the coming years, the Navy’s personnel chief said Thursday following an all-hands forum with sailors.
3.      Assistant defense secretary Wilson announcees retirementAssistant Secretary of Defense Douglas Wilson, who heads of the U.S. military’s global public affairs arm, announced his retirement Thursday.

4.      NRPA gets grant to assist disabled military and veterans.  GovPro Media  US Paralympics, a division of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based US Olympic Committee (USOC), announced the award. The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides funding for the program. The monies will support Paralympic sport and physical …

5.      Veterans group in need of mobile trailer.  Greenville News  That’s where Johnson and the Disabled American Veterans Greer Chapter 39 step in. They help veterans navigate the tunnels of the US Department of Veterans Affairs by assisting with the paperwork needed to file claims, either for compensation and …

6.      Wisconsin Veteran Irate At Voter ID Law.  TPM  And as it turns out, one man refused to vote, because he was so angry that his card from the Department of Veterans Affairs was not on the approved list. As the Racine Journal Times reported, 69-year old veteran Gil Paar was shocked when poll workers …

7.      Conn. officials offer plan to help unemployed vets.  Norwich Bulletin  State officials are considering a proposal from Senate Democrats that would provide Connecticut businesses with a financial incentive to hire certain unemployed combat veterans. The “Step-Up for Veterans” initiative provides employers …

8.      Veterans can use G.I. Bill benefits for post-secondary education programs.  Smith Mountain Eagle  “In order for a veteran to use his or her GI Bill benefits at an educational institution or program, the program must be certified by the State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training,” explained Annie Walker, Director of the Virginia …

9.      Wyoming vets unhappy with VA switch to Batavia.  The Daily News Online  The impending closure of the Warsaw VA Outpatient Clinic has area veterans feeling they were kept in the dark. The Veterans Administration announced Friday it will close its outpatient clinic at Wyoming County Community Hospital.
10. “Life After War”: Help For Returning Veterans At Home.  KTHV-TV  “Campaign called ‘Make the Connection,'” which is “designed to reach veterans, both young and old. It was created by the US Department of Veteran Affairs to help those veterans adjust to civilian life.” KTHV adds, “‘Our program is here to ensure that our veterans have easy access to the VA,’ says” Nakia Williams, Program Manager for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare Syste


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