Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 16, 2012

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1.   Panetta acknowledges Taliban role in increased green-on-blue attacksDefense Secretary Leon Panetta this week blamed the Taliban for the increasing number of green-on-blue attacks, a departure from previous comments in which he and other military leaders had downplayed the group’s involvement.
 
2.   Navy No. 2: Budget cuts could threaten future operationsLooming automatic budget cuts could drastically reduce the Navy’s global presence, requiring a narrower defense strategy drawing on an anemic fleet of roughly 230 ships, according to the Navy’s second highest-ranking officer.
 
3.   Navy soliciting bids for ship-based laser weaponsThe Navy wants to be the first U.S. military service branch to deploy cost-effective, high-energy laser weapons capable of burning holes in approaching targets in the air and on the sea.
 
4.   Wife of accused fake war hero released on house arrestA woman accused of helping her husband lie about being war hero and scamming the federal government with him out of $500,000 in disability benefits over six years was shown on videotape Tuesday during in federal hearing doing yard work, lifting a wheelchair and walking without a cane.
 
5.   6,000 combat boots needed to line race route in memory of war deadThe Tripler Fisher House needs old combat boots, and it needs them now. The nonprofit “home away from home” program for families and patients receiving medical care at Tripler Army Medical Center is holding the “8K Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll” on Saturday.
 
6.   Hunters and military veterans join forces for sport and healingThere was a time before the three heart attacks, before he was effectively paralyzed in the lower half of his left leg, when Army Spc. Stephen Ramsey wouldn’t do much on his Georgia farm other than pick cotton and peanuts, and hunt.

7.   Supervisor doesn’t want VA cemetery.  Buffalo News  Lancaster Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli doesn’t want the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to put a veterans cemetery at a vacant industrial park in the town. Fudoli, in his capacity as chairman of the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency, wrote to …

8.   Veterans Affairs applies for grant to expand cemetery.  Pacific Daily News  Flowers cover one of many graves at the Guam Veterans Cemetery in Piti, yesterday. Faced with the prospect of reaching its capacity in two years, the Guam Veterans Affairs Office is preparing to apply for a federal grant to expand the cemetery …

9.   Veterans face issues in higher education.  State Journal  Va., called the school “a perfect prescription for. Members of the Marshall pharmacy school’s inaugural class of 80 students mingled with local officials and other guests at the ribboncutting Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Robert W. Coon Education Building …

10.  Assistance available for Illinois veterans.  Morris Daily Herald  The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has Veterans’ Service Officers located throughout Illinois who are subject matter experts on federal, state and local benefits and programs available for the state’s veteran community. In …

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