Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News May 30, 2012

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1.   Senate committee again blocks funding for Marines’ move off OkinawaDespite a new deal recently struck by the U.S. and Japan, the Senate is poised to block any funding for the realignment of Marines in Japan and the Pacific for the second year in a row as it attempts to force the military into offering up better planning and cost estimates, according to the office of Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.
 
2.   Navy: Contaminant found in drinking water at parts of Sigonella. A chemical contaminant and suspected carcinogen has been found in unacceptable levels in the drinking water at some parts of Naval Air Station Sigonella, the Navy said, and people there should not drink from the tap.

3.   Pilot program to help veterans into college.  The Southern  The program is an initiative of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. SIU is one of 20 institutions taking part in the program. The College of Education and Human Services wrote and submitted the application to be included.

4.   Civil War historian works to replace Hudson Cemetery sign.  Heritage Newspapers  After discovering Hawks’ headstone was damaged, Wilkinson contacted the US Department of Veteran Affairs, which provided a replacement. Brigham, along with his two sons, helped Wilkinson set a new stone last Memorial Day weekend.

5.   After service, veterans go on to college.  USA TODAY  Of 923836 servicemembers who received federal education benefits last year, 555329 served after 9/11, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Although the benefits enable them to go to college, some veterans say it’s the camaraderie and

6.   New prosthetics policy could affect Boston Scientific.  Boston.com  The US Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to rein in rising prosthetic costs by shifting responsibility for ordering some prosthetics, including artificial limbs, from medical personnel to contracting staff.
7.   EPA and Department of Veterans Affairs to Connect.  U.S. EPA.gov  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program announced today a memorandum of understanding to connect veterans with disabilities to career ..

8.   Helping Homeless Vets.  Baristanet  The Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that there are over 67000 homeless veterans in the United States. About one third of the homeless population in the US are veterans. The National Coalition for …

9.   Nominate a veteran for the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.  The Hour (blog)  Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz is encouraging all citizens to consider nominating distinguished veterans, who have made significant contributions to their communities after leaving military service, …

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10.   Vietnam War: Beginning 13 Years Of Commemorating A Divisive Conflict.  Christian Science Monitor  “At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monday, President Obama began a national commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War – the most divisive war in US history since the Civil War.” The commemoration will “last 13 years — the length of time the United States spent building up its major combat presence there.” In a picture accompanying the story, the Monitor says Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki attended the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ceremony.

 

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