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1. Active-duty troops, families get free pass to national parks. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ task force on women veterans this month offered its plans for making the health and benefits system more female friendly. The report offers 23 suggestions spanning facility setup, research and treatment priorities, and better data collection, all with the goal of “continuously improving services for women veterans.” Now, the department is looking for feedback from the public.
2. Soldiers fail to seek PTSD treatment or drop out of therapy early, research finds. Roughly half of the soldiers who return from war with post-traumatic stress disorder don’t seek treatment, and many more drop out of therapy early, according to military research presented at last week’s American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting.
3. Task force offers plan to make VA more female friendly. Report addressing the needs and concerns of women veterans is open for public comment until June 14.
4. Panetta calls for accelerated efforts to address F-22 problems. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the Air Force to take extra measures to protect the safety of its F-22 pilots while it investigates the cause of several incidents of hypoxia-like symptoms in the fighter aircraft.
5. Officials: Nearly $2 million in guns, combat gear sold to gangs. A wide-reaching investigation by military and civilian authorities has uncovered a criminal conspiracy within the Armed Forces to steal and sell nearly $2 million in guns and combat gear to gangs in the U.S. and foreign countries including China, military officials have confirmed.
6. Israel is building up its military might on the sea. From spying on enemies to intercepting illegal arms shipments to blockading the Gaza Strip, Israel’s naval capabilities are playing a more prominent role in the nation’s security. The latest advanced German sub, with a price tag of more than $500 million, is Israel’s most expensive piece of military equipment.
7. Duo accused of defrauding Department of Veterans Affairs out of $110000. NewsNet5.com The US Attorney’s Office said Johnson owned and operated a VA-approved vendor to provide durable medical equipment to veterans served by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Mungin was a worker there, officials said.
8. Iraq war veteran uses rap to treat his PTSD. USA TODAY He refuses to attend counseling or visit his local VA hospital. The use of music to heal war wounds is part of an emerging field of alternative treatment being embraced by military officials eager to help veterans suffering from PTSD.
9. State officials to see work on Sunnyside veterans memorial. Yakima Herald-Republic Chris Gregoire’s husband and Vietnam veteran, Mike Gregoire, will visit the site of the memorial with the state director of Veterans Affairs, John Lee. Currently under construction along a strip of median on Edison Avenue across from City Hall, …
10. State budget cuts spare Barstow veterans. Desert Dispatch State budget cuts are likely to have little immediate impact on the state’s veterans hospitals, California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter Gravett said in a conference call with reporters Monday.