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1. TBI sufferers invited to share their stories online to help others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collecting video testimony from people suffering from traumatic brain injury for an online film festival designed to educate the public about TBI.
2. Denied combat roles, Army women battle men in cage fighting. The Army still bars women from fighting in combat units. But some women are trying to break that barrier far from the front lines — by battling male soldiers in chain-link cages against a backdrop of strobe lights, thumping music and swirling smoke.
3. Afghan killing suspect dogged by money, job strife. The U.S. Army sergeant suspected in the deadly shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead had been passed over for promotion and appeared to face mounting financial troubles on the eve of his last deployment to Afghanistan, according to accounts from neighbors and his wife’s blog.
4. Blinded Army Ranger sharpens his skills during culinary class. Jeremy Feldbusch — a former sergeant who was blinded by an artillery round in Iraq in 2003 —knows his way around the kitchen. During a recent course at the Culinary Institute of America, the former Army Ranger was put through long, arduous days of study and hands-on training by top-notch instructors.
5. White House proposal addresses objections to birth control coverage. The Obama administration moved Friday to further insulate religiously affiliated hospitals and universities from paying for birth control for their female employees if they object to providing the coverage on moral grounds.
6. A brief, weird fashion history of camouflage. The Army has always had a complicated and close relationship with fashion. The first creators of camouflage were artists, designers — people who probably knew little about the battlefield.
7. For veterans, yoga can offer peace. MiamiHerald.com Between 11 and 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have PTSD, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2005, the US Department of Defense conducted a narrow feasibility study at the former Walter Reed Army Medical …
8. Fort Howard redevelopment plans moving forward. Baltimore Sun (blog) A decade after the Department of Veterans Affairs closed its hospital at Fort Howard, most of the buildings at the sprawling Baltimore County waterfront property are boarded up. A big rusty pole in front of the old facility has no flag.
9. Senator Coons applauds VA s effort to expand health care for female veterans. PoliticalNews.me (press release) visited the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) this afternoon to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility’s new Specialty Care, OEF/OIF & Women Veterans Clinic. The primary focus of the new clinical addition is on …
10. Mother of disabled veteran decries VA’s empty psychiatric wing. Billings Gazette Jeremy, and many like him, might be able to receive needed medical treatment locally if the mental health wing of the VA Montana Health Center System at Fort Harrison, introduced with ceremony last June, was fully staffed.