Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News May 03, 2012


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1.    New VA hires to include marriage therapists, professional counselors.  Officials say the 1,900 new mental health staffers to be added in coming months will include the new specialists in an effort to broaden veterans’ care options.
2.    Year after leading bin Laden mission, Admiral speaks at veterans fundraiser.  A year after he led the SEAL team that hunted down and killed one of the world’s most wanted men, Admiral William H. McRaven visited his alma mater Tuesday night in support of another cause: improving the quality of justice for veterans.
3.    Military officials push to elevate cyber unit to full combatant command status.  Senior military leaders are recommending that the Pentagon’s two-year-old cyberwarfare unit be elevated to full combatant command status, sending a signal to adversaries that the U.S. military is serious about protecting its ability to operate in cyberspace, officials said.

4.    Veteran benefits fair at Kalamazoo Valley Community College scheduled for May 10.  Kalamazoo Gazette –  The State of Michigan’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Workforce Development Agency are collaborating to offer former service men and women an opportunity to brush up on the benefits for which they qualify from 10 am to 4:30 …

5.    Hero 2 Hire Program now at Camp Shelby.  WDAM-TV  First Army worked in conjunction with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, state agencies, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Program, and the US Army Reserve Command’s Employer Partnership Team to initiate, host, and support the …

6.    Nassau vets agency upping PTSD services.  Newsday  The agency has partnered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Mental Health Association of Nassau County and the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island to offer a number of free programs… Services Join us on facebook Join us on twitter …
7.    Warrior Games are on in Colorado.  Rapid City Journal  The Warrior Games is a joint effort of the US Department of Defense, US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Olympic Committee, with support provided by the United Services Organization, the Fisher House Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation and …

8.    VA resumes reverse auctions, but questions linger.  The Veterans Affairs Department has lifted its ban on reverse auctions with new rules in place, but the questions that led to the temporary moratorium still haven’t been answered completely.

9.    New Scientist.  Chicago Tribune  There’s a “tremendous unmet need” for new treatments, says John Krystal, head of neuroscience at the US Department of Veterans Affairs’National Center for PTSD. “There are almost always warning signs in such people,” says Bengt Arnetz, of Wayne State …
10. First Lady Michelle Obama: “I Am Humbled And Inspired White House Blog  “First Lady Michelle Obama and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Warrior Games. More than 200 veterans and service members are participating in the third annual” event, which is “hosted by the United States Olympic Committee with the support of the Department of Defense. The event enables men and women who suffered injuries during a tour of duty to compete in a variety of athletic events — from archery to cycling — and takes place through May 5th, 2012.” The blog notes that during her remarks, the First Lady said, “I am humbled and inspired” by those taking part in the event.


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