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1. North Korea highly likely to stage nuke test after missile launch, expert says. It is highly likely that North Korea is preparing for an underground nuclear test in another apparent snub of the international community, a South Korean spokesman said.
2. Military career skills program for spouses under scrutiny. My Career Advancement Account has proved wildly popular: More than 147,000 spouses have participated since it began in 2009, and demand was so high the military briefly suspended the program, retooled it to apply only to the spouses of junior servicemembers and reduced the maximum benefit from $6,000 to $4,000.
Afghan forces to lead special operations under agreement with US. All special military operations in Afghanistan – including night raids – will be led by Afghan security forces under a deal signed Sunday between the United States and Afghanistan.
3. Prosthetics get the personal touch. Prosthetics long have focused on function. But the same design sensibility that has come to influence practical items like smartphones is turning synthetic limbs into a platform for self-expression. As Scott Summit helps fulfill that desire, he is influencing what it means to live with a disability.
4. Vet Affairs not a money-making assignment . Watchdog group puts the House Veterans Affairs Committee among the worst for congressional fundraising efforts
5. Lessons learned in Libya. When Operation Odyssey Dawn launched in March 2011, AFRICOM found itself in an unlikely role: leading a kinetic military operation on the African continent. While the no-fly zone mission over Libya eventually proved to be a success, AFRICOM’s unique structure complicated U.S. efforts, particularly during the early stages of the mission, according to an article in the March edition of PRISM, a National Defense University security studies journal.
6. P-Noy bares more medical benefits for war veterans. Philippine Star Leslie Bassett, deputy chief of mission of the US embassy, said the US Department of Veterans Affairs celebrated 90 years of service to veterans in the Philippines this year. “Every month we are honored to distribute over $8 million in benefits to …
7. Homeless veterans need our help. Rapid City Journal Thanks to a public-private partnership in our state, Scott now has a roof over his head while he gets back on track. The Berakhah House in Sioux Falls and similar facilities around our state are showing veterans like Scott how much we care about them.
8. Veterans sign petitions for East Tennessee VA hospital. Chattanooga Times Free Press WBIR-TV reports that veterans gave the petitions to elected leaders during a meeting Saturday in the hope of enticing them to vote in favor of a plan that would create a veteran’s facility from an old hospital in the city of Harriman.
9. Tougher citizenship requirements nearly kept Lacey Army veteran from 6-figure. TheNewsTribune.com The couple has struggled to pay their bills with his Army retirement pay and his wife’s salary as a nurse at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Lakewood. Rhonda Phillips’ niece had drug problems, and the state placed the niece’s three children, …
10. More women vets are homeless, but housing scarce. CBS News A new report from the VA inspector general examining veteran housing that receive VA grants found bedrooms and bathrooms without locks, poorly lit hallways and women housed in facilities approved for men only. Nearly a third of the 26 facilities …