Top 10 Veterans Stories in Todays News March 08, 2012


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1.    The final days in bin Laden’s lair: Wives split by suspicions.  As U.S. forces made preparations for their May, 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, the terrorist leader was in the middle of a different kind of battle: Discord between his wives.
2.    Military must change how it deals with rape, lawmaker says.  In a floor speech, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier called for passage of her legislation that would move rape and assault investigations out of the normal chain of command and put them in the hands of an impartial office.
3.    Study: Hiring vets could give businesses an edge.  Researchers at Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families say academic research supports the hiring of employees with military backgrounds
4.    Air Force cutting number, size of stateside bands.  The Air Force announced Tuesday that it will eliminate three of its stateside bands and downsize two more as part of broader force structure measures designed to meet current budget constraints.
5.    After war, servicemembers and veterans find peace on horseback.  When it comes to helping with rehabilitation, equine-assisted therapy has become well known across the country. Texas’ Horses for Heroes started in 2007 as a model, and nationwide a number of groups have followed, Fisher’s included. Debbi Fisher’s Rainier Therapeutic Riding program is one of them.
6.    Mortuary official: Military overruled push for 9/11 sea burials.  Officials at an Air Force mortuary pushed to have some cremated remains from victims of the Sept. 11 attacks buried at sea, but they were overruled by higher-ups in the military who insisted on a plan that resulted in the ashes being dumped in a landfill, according to a mortuary official.

7.    Green IT and Cloud Computing Summit 2012 Announces.  PR Web  Come hear top officials from DOD, Dept of State, Dept of Veteran Affairs, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Fairfax County discuss their ever changing IT needs and practical applications they have put into place to promote Green IT, sustainability and …

8.    From the Foxhole: Staying alive after war.  Weekly Alibi  The source for this statistic is not some obscure group with an anti-war agenda but an organization that probably knows something about the rate at which veterans are killing themselves—the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

9.    Disabled Vets Say U.S. Breaking Law by Favoring Blind Suppliers.  Bloomberg  The US Department of Veterans Affairs is violating a 2006 law that directs the agency to favor small businesses led by disabled veterans, two company owners said, adding to criticism of the agency’s compliance with the measure.

10.   State must do more to find vets work, VA chief says.  Green Bay Press Gazette  Wisconsin must do more to find employment for the thousands of military veterans who return from the Middle East without the promise of a job, the state’s veterans affairs chief said Tuesday. Secretary John A. Scocos said the state has made …



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