Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 11, 2012


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1.    Houston man admits defrauding veterans charity.  A Houston businessman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud after federal investigators alleged he stole $100,000 from a charitable organization for veterans, federal officials said Monday.
2.    Veteran with PTSD fights to keep his job as firefighter.  The Troy fire chief is trying to fire a firefighter who is undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder related to his military service in the Iraq war.
3.    US Army pulling out of NASCAR at end of season.  After 10 years as a NASCAR sponsor, the Army has decided to stop pouring funds into the car-racing sport, according to an Associated Press report.
4.    Lawmakers push for new Stolen Valor Act.  Measures would make it illegal for individuals to benefit from lying about their military service or receiving awards
5.    Lack of resources creating backlog for new high-tech leg brace.  Severely injured servicemembers, once barely able to walk, can run again — even go back to war — with the aid of an advanced orthotic device created here a few years ago. But the team that builds it is so under-resourced that only a fraction of the troops and veterans in need have one

6.    Rail industry aims to hire 5000 veterans this year.  CNN  The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday an initiative in which the rail sector will hire more than 5000 veterans this year. … The railroad association is working with the Department of Veteran Affairs to make sure that 500 railroad …

7.    UnitedHealthcare Adopting VA’s Blue Button Technology for Patient Records.  eWeek
Developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Health and Human Services, the technology allows patients, or consumers, to download their personal health data as a PDF or text file. UnitedHealthcare announced it would use Blue …

8.    New Training Model Yields Faster, More Accurate Claims Processing.  MarketWatch  A report released today by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that new training initiatives for VA employees who process and evaluate Veterans’ disability claims are yielding faster, more …

9.    US Military Buries Airmen Killed In 1965 Crash. AP  The remains of six US airmen who went missing over Laos in 1965 “were buried in a single casket Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.” Such a burial is “common in situations where remains can’t be conclusively linked to a specific individual. The remains are representative of six Air Force servicemen: Col. Joseph Christiano of Rochester, N.Y.; Col. Derrell B. Jeffords of Florence, S.C.; Lt. Col. Dennis L. Eilers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chief Master Sgt. William K. Colwell of Glen Cove, N.Y.; Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger of Lebanon, Ore.; and Chief Master Sgt. Larry C. Thornton of Idaho Falls, Idaho.”
10.   House Approves COLA Bill For Veterans.  Military Times “The House of Representatives moved Monday to try to eliminate one bit of financial uncertainty by passing a bill guaranteeing a Dec. 1 cost-of-living adjustment in veterans disability and survivor benefits that will match whatever increase is provided to Social Security beneficiaries. The bill, HR 4114, is necessary because Congress has clung to a decades-old practice of passing an annual COLA bill for veterans, while Social Security, military and federal civilian retired pay and federal annuities automatically increase each year by a formula set in law.” The bill, passed in the House by a vote of 369 to zero, “now moves to the Senate for action.”  CQ  “The Senate is expected either to move” on S 2259, its version of HR 4114, “or take up the House measure sometime this month. The aim is to send a bill to the president’s desk before the August recess, aides said.” CQ adds, “The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that it will provide more than 3.6 million veterans and survivors with compensation benefits in fiscal 2013.”


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