Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 20, 2012


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1.   Air Force general chosen as next JPAC commander.  Air Force Maj. Gen. Kelly K. McKeague, a 1977 Damien Memorial School graduate, has been selected to become commander of the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command on Oct. 31.

2.   Carvers personalize canes for disabled vets.  Twenty-six disabled veterans from all four branches of the military will be honored Sunday when Maine’s first lady, Ann LePage, and others present them with eagle canes carved by craftsmen and craftswomen from across the state

3.   University of Kentucky to study effects of military suicides on those left behind.  In a state where military suicides are a continuing problem, researchers at the University of Kentucky are studying their effects on Kentuckians who have lost a military or veteran family member, friend or fellow service member to suicide.

4.   Promising PTSD treatment faces hurdleAn FDA panel recommendation to change the classification of cranial electrotherapy stimulation devices could take them off the market until lengthy and expensive testing is completed. The possible delay comes at a time when there is no single magic-bullet therapy for the symptoms of PTSD and a growing number of doctors are turning to alternative methods like CES to treat servicemembers and veterans.

5.   Telling a veteran’s story in patterns on a quilt.  The six helicopters, four other cross stitch patterns and the U.S. Army uniform patches on the quilt tell the story of one veteran Sue Helling came to know while working as a nurse for the VA clinic in Aberdeen.

6.   After 30 years, the Marines are returning to the Colt .45 pistol.  An order last month of new M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols for the Marine Corps is the first purchase of any Colt handgun in almost three decades by any branch of the U.S. military, though .45-caliber Colts were a trusty sidearm of the Army and Marines for most of the 20th century.
7.   Colleges, universities beef up offerings to student veterans.  Martin Brown, a retired Navy veteran, talks Friday with Department of Veterans Affairs representatives as the University of Oklahoma Veteran Student Services holds a special orientation for student veterans in Norman. Brown will be attending the …

 8.   Vision restoration nearing reality with new system in development.  CMU The Tartan Online  He was recently awarded a four-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to continue his research. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 21 million Americans suffer from functional vision …

9.   Bill Would Expand Fertility Coverage For Veterans. AP  A bill under consideration in the Senate “would expand the VA’s medical benefits package” to include in vitro fertilization and payment of some other procedures “meant to help wounded veterans start families as they return home from war and to address a harrowing consequence of combat that can radically change a couple’s marriage but receives less attention than post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.” The AP notes that “more than 1,830 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered pelvic fractures and genitourinary injuries since 2003 that could affect their abilities to reproduce,” according to Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, who sponsored the bill. She “hopes the committee will act on the bill after returning from August recess.”

10.   Parade Recognized Among Veterans Day Regional Sites. New London (CT) Day “the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day Committee has recognized the 2012 Connecticut Veterans Parade as one of the nation’s official ‘Veterans Day Regional Sites’ for the third consecutive year. The annual procession in downtown Hartford is one of the largest veterans’ parades in New England” and is “the only Connecticut recipient of this recognition.”


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