Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News April 09, 2012


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1.    Mechanical malfunction blamed after Navy jet crashes into apartment complex.  “I saw a pilot lying on the ground, the parachute still on and hooked to the top of the building. … He was in shock. … He apologized very much for landing in our complex. I told him, ‘Don’t worry about it, let’s take care of you.’ ” –Resident Pat Kavanaugh
2.    Navy hopes increased funding keeps its ships in shape longer.  Navy officials say qualitative problems plaguing ship maintenance have been addressed, but analysts are split over whether the funding that maintenance is receiving is enough to keep the service dominant in hot spots like the Pacific waters.
3.    Americans commemorate Easter while serving at an Afghan outpost Far from home at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, a small group of American troops and civilians gather to celebrate Easter.

4.    Healing through fishing.  Clients of the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center are participating in Project Healing Waters, a program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly …

5.    Helping area veterans find their place in the working world.  The Coloradoan  Merrithew, who served on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, is using resources at the workforce center and Veterans Affairs including the telephone and Internet. Merrithew is looking for a job. / Rich Abrahamson/The Coloradoan A Tri-state Job Fair for …

6.    Program ensures homeless veterans get military funerals.  Atlanta Journal Constitution  Though the number of known homeless veterans has dropped in recent years, the US Department of Veteran Affairs estimates as many as 65000 veterans live on the streets every day. Through the Dignity program, funeral homes and cemeteries provide …

7.    SC, NC offer respite for homeless female veterans.  Sumter Item  Lockwood is the program director at Angel’s House, a transitional program established with the support of the nonprofit Lutheran Family Services and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Lockwood has space for six women in a home built outside …

8.    Protests Delay Veterans Affairs Drug Contract Award.  Fox Business  A US Department of Veterans Affairs contract award for more than $4 billion in yearly spending for medicine at VA facilities has been held up by protests from two small drug distributors. A decision had been expected by now, with plans for a new …

9.    Jobless veterans have help.  The Tennessean  The local Goodwill has employed several veterans through the Career Solutions Center as well, noted Riley. Navy veteran Peter Toth serves as the veterans employment representative at the Tennessee Career Center on Beasley Drive.

10.  Bill allows vets to get license notation.  So Md News  “I think it’s going to make it a lot easier for veterans to prove their veteran status without having to carry the actual [DD Form 214] document around,” Waldorf resident and state Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gregory N. Jones said.


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