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1. EU home to 400 ‘lone wolf’ extremists, expert says. The serial-killer suspect who died after a 32-hour stand-off with French police was one of about 400 al-Qaida trained extremists in the European Union, the bloc’s top anti-terrorism expert estimated on Thursday.
2. Foundation displays renderings of national Army museum. The foundation leading the charge to build the National Museum of the U.S. Army is well under way with its fundraising efforts, with organizers planning to begin construction next year.
3. US-Japan plan reportedly would spread Marines across Pacific. U.S. Marines based on Okinawa would be spread out across the Pacific as part of a strategic realignment plan now being worked out with Japan, according to anonymous government sources quoted Thursday by the Yomiuri newspaper
4. Lawmaker tells military officials to end culture of hazing. Military officials testified Thursday that hazing is not and will not be tolerated by the services, but lawmakers questioned whether recent high-profile incidents of abuse indicate deteriorating leadership in overtaxed, war-weary units.
5. Remains of Korean War POW return home after 60 years. For 60 years, Army Cpl. Chester Roper™s family wondered what happened to the young man who went to fight in the Korean War. All they knew for certain was that the 20-year-old from Pittsburgh went missing and was never heard from again.
6. VA offers training to help rural clergy minister to vets. Associated Baptist Press
(ABP) The US Department of Veterans Affairs is offering free, one-day workshops for clergy in rural areas on how to minister to needs of veterans in their communities. Six training events are scheduled between April 10 and June 14 in Staunton, Va.; …
7. Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to honor Chicago woman. eNews Park Forest
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will honor later this month Iris M. Feliciano, a life-long Chicagoan and US Marine Corps veteran, at its March 2012 œVeteran of the Monthduring a Women’s Veterans Program presented by the Student …
8. Home of the Brave celebrates 20 years. Sussex Countian In 1994, the veterans opened the original four-bed Home of the Brave with money raised from private donations and a grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Today, the current facility, which opened in 1996, provides temporary housing to …
9. Christie details plans for $5.6M 100-bed facility for homeless vets. newjerseynewsroom.com The governor said his administration is using existing resources to expand the Veterans Haven program run by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) which currently serves homeless veterans in Winslow, Gloucester County.
10. Military Order of the Purple Heart Supports National Veterans Golden Age Games.
MarketWatch — The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to help sponsor the 26th National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG), sponsored this year by the VA St. Louis Healthcare System. The Games will run from May …
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VA Releases Disability Benefits Questionnaires
With Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) Veterans now have more control over the disability claims process. Veterans have the option of visiting a private health care provider instead of a VA facility to complete their disability evaluation form. Learn more