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


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1.   Veteran who flew missions in three wars is still patrolling the skies.  Sixty-eight years since he was first catapulted from a World War II aircraft carrier while strapped in an F4F Wildcat fighter, John “Bart” Barteluce of Mahwah, N.J., hasn’t lost his taste for the wild blue yonder. The 89-year-old grandfather and decorated veteran of three wars is still flying, as the oldest crew member of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-01.
2.   ‘First step of justice’ for ailing Camp Lejeune vets, families.  After years of fighting the Navy Department, organizing fellow victims and lobbying Congress, advocates including retired Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger see only a partial victory in the enactment of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring For Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.
3.   Taiwan gets two mine-hunting ships from USTaiwan took possession of two former U.S. Navy mine hunter vessels last week, completing part of a $6.4 billion defense deal in 2010 that stoked tensions with China.
4.   Intelligent, autonomous robots set to change combat landscape.  When intelligent robots debut on battlefields in the next few years, they’re going look and act less like the Terminator or other robots of science fiction and more like the quotidian load-carrying machines the Marines were testing last week at Fort Pickett.
5.   VA Medical Center in-patient tied to heroin overdose, obstruction of investigation.  … loss caused for the obstruction charge. Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey G. Hughes, with the investigation leading to …
6.   Military vets are pursuing careers in the mental health field.  KETK  This has always been an problem with military members and veterans seeking help? That isn’t always something the soilders do. The most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs shows that 18 veterans commit suicide every single day.
7.   Dighton veteran Greg Reynolds takes a swing at Fenway Park.  Taunton Daily Gazette
Reynolds and the other veterans who participated in the camp were brought together as part of from “Team Chowdah” through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs New England Adaptive Sports Program — operated through the VA Boston …
 8.   Veterans Secretary Looks To “Correct” Past Failures. Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal “The federal government is spending more money than ever for veterans’ medical and educational benefits, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told an opening-ceremony AMVETS national convention crowd of about 800 Wednesday.” While delivering the keynote address at an event being held this week in Daytona beach, Shinseki “said the VA budget has grown from $99.8 billion in 1999 to $140 billion being requested in 2013 to ‘correct’ programs and policies of the past.” He also “said a major emphasis has been placed on education and training for the troops returning from the Middle East in an attempt to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015.”
9.   Business Owner From Sterling Pleads Guilty To Fraud. Jones Was Convicted Of Lying About Veteran-Owned Status Of Business. Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette “Tyrone F. Jones of Sterling, a local business owner involved in several Central Massachusetts controversies, pleaded guilty” earlier this week to Federal fraud charges in US District Court. The 48-year-old Jones was “convicted of conspiring to defraud the Small Business Administration and several other government contractors by falsely saying his business was owned and operated by a minority and disabled military veteran.” The “conviction stems from the awarding of federal contracts from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Army, and the Small Business Association for nearly $800,000 in 2009 to B&J Multi Service Corp.”
10. Former Stroudsburg UPS Worker Charged With Stealing Meds. Pocono (PA) Record “Federal authorities have charged” 35-year-old Todd Schreck “with stealing prescription drugs from a Stroudsburg United Parcel Service facility when he worked there between December and June.” Schreck was “charged after an investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Office with cooperation from UPS. If convicted, Schreck faces up to four years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.”

Have You Heard

Secretary Shinseki Visits Seattle to Discuss Veteran Employment

On August 9, Secretary Shinseki visited Seattle to discuss Veteran employment with U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. They also met with Vets working at the Port of Seattle Marine Maintenance Facility.



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