Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News March 14, 2012


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1.    Panetta: Scandals don’t mean Afghanistan campaign is collapsing.  A steady drumbeat of scandals and atrocities that have shaken the U.S. mission in Afghanistan to its core in recent weeks is an indication of the brutal nature of war, not evidence the U.S. campaign in the country is unraveling, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta argued Monday.
2.    Joint Base Lewis-McChord on edge following Afghan shooting spree.  The mood at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was uneasy Monday, as news vans gathered at the main gate and journalists outnumbered customers in some shops in the wake of a shooting spree, by a deployed Army staff sergeant from the base, which left 16 Afghan civilians dead.
3.    Guard soldiers rail against policy that reduces paid leaveThe Pentagon has stripped weeks of post-deployment leave from many National Guard soldiers, leaving units already overseas facing a drastically different scenario returning home than they had expected.

4.    Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Homeless Vets.  C-SPAN  The plan also calls for “expanded efforts for education, jobs, health care and housing,” according to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs press release. Panelists at Wednesday’s hearing include: Sandra Strickland, US Army Veteran; Marsha Four, …

5.    Year of the Veteran: State official visits Legion post to discuss .  Baraboo News  epublic
Veterans organizations, working together with Wisconsin government officials can do more for those who have fought America’s battles during 2012, Year of the Veteran, a state official said Monday. Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs John A. Scocos …

6.    MTSU, Veterans Affairs partner to bring VetSuccess to campus.  The Daily News ournal
Military veterans soon will be receiving a career and vocational boost with the assistance of the US Department of Veterans Affairs and MTSU. The VA and MTSU are entering into a partnership called VetSuccess on Campus

7.    Feds host veterans employment and business expo.  Greenwich Post  US General Services Administration (GSA), along with federal partners, Department of Veterans Affairs, Small Business Administration and Department of Labor is hosting “Operation Home2Work” Veterans and Business Expo Thursday, March 15.

8.    Report raises concerns for homeless female vets.  CBS News  The inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs said that nearly a third of the 26 locations reviewed did not adequately address security risks, which included female and male residents on the same floor, and bedrooms and bathrooms with …

9.    Veteran who received medical discharge had hoped for military career.  Las Vegas Review-Journal  Although he was discharged, Lindsey said he will receive veterans’ benefits. Lindsey’s future health care needs could be met at a new, state-of-the-art facility in nearby North Las Vegas . The $600 million Veterans Affairs Medical Center , 6900 N.

10.    Wisconsin hopes to meet veterans’ needs.  Green Bay Press Gazette  Dwight D. Eisenhower’s command train, which took the future US president around England during the war. There are an estimated 1711000 living US World War II veterans, according to November figures from the US Department of Veteran Affairs.

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VA’s Offices of Rehabilitation Services, Research and Development, and Public Health will highlight VA’s state-of-the-art care provided for Veterans as part of the Congressional Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill in downtown Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.  The VA display will provide information about VA’s Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) System of Care and other specialized rehabilitation programs.  The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, comprised of over 120 bipartisan members, will host the event.  The mission of this Task Force is to further brain injury education and awareness with a focus on incidence, prevalence, prevention, and treatment.  Scheduled events throughout the day include a Brain Injury Awareness Fair from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, and a forum from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM entitled “The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury: Any Time, Anyone, Any Age.”  Other presentation highlights include advances in research, including the VA Polytrauma and Blast-Related Injuries Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, and interagency, public, and private partnerships.  For more information, please visit



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