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1. Holleder posthumously awarded Distinguished Service Cross. Pat Tillman and Don Holleder played football well enough to draw the interest of NFL teams. Like Tillman, Holleder – a generation earlier – opted for military service. Both died in the line of duty in a far away land.
2. Al-Qaeda is weaker without bin Laden, but its franchise persists. As U.S. helicopters approached in darkness a year ago, Osama bin Laden was woefully unprepared: no means of escape, no way to destroy files, no succession plan. But U.S. intelligence analysts scouring the trove of data he left behind continue to find evidence that al-Qaeda was making provisions for the long term, plans that in some cases remain on track.
3. Finding work proves harder for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Matt Pizzo has a law degree, can-do attitude, proven leadership skills, and expertise in communications and satellite technology from his four years in the Air Force. Yet the 29-year-old has been told that he’s overqualified, too old, too “non-traditional,” and that he’s fallen behind his civilian contemporaries.
4. Two generations team up in U.S.-Britain Marine rugby game. At age 47, Col. Philippe Rogers would have been right at home watching Saturday’s Virginia Gauntlet rugby game from the VIP section, cheering the All-Marine team on as it hosted the British Royal Marines. But Rogers said he “really, really wanted to have one more time playing with the young lads, because it really, really energizes me.” So there he was, running and hitting with the next generation.
5. Military to show Guantanamo proceedings at 4 US bases. Firefighters and cops who raced to the burning trade World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, will watch in one room at a Brooklyn Army post, while 9/11 victims will watch from another. Media, family members and members of the public can watch on three separate screens at Fort Meade in Maryland.
6. Historical walks using map apps give new depth to familiar places in Tokyo. People of all ages are getting a new perspective on familiar landscapes as they take walks using maps from the Edo period (1603-1867) and other past eras.
7. CU-Boulder, American colleges brace for flood of veterans. Daily Camera “The mass exodus is coming,” said Michael Roberts, veteran’s affairs coordinator at CU, a position that was created last August to meet the expected surge of veterans on campus. “They’re ready to use their GI benefits and colleges are going to explode …
8. Despite skills, veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq not getting hired. Detroit Free Press Air Force veteran Matthew Pizzo, 29, left the military after serving in Iraq to go to college and law school. He has not been able to find a job in his hometown of New York. “It’s disheartening,” he says.
9. A helping hand ready to hand off. Roanoke Times He’s taken it all in — heart-wrenching emails, requests for therapy referrals, questions about navigating the maze that is the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He’s stayed up a lot of nights himself — answering emails, worrying, thinking about his …
10. VA spreads word of services at South Sioux open house. KTIV Email The US Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming up with local VA representatives to spread the news about their services. An open house, in South Sioux City, Nebraska, brought in veterans to learn about …