Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 23, 2012


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1.   Navy SEAL’s book gives first-person account of bin Laden raidA book about the military raid that killed Osama bin Laden gives a “blow-by blow” account of the mission with details provided by a Navy SEAL who was a team leader in the operation.
2.   Wounded soldier given new house from military support foundationAs Eric Griego prepared to retire from the military with a 100 percent disability, one of his main concerns was not knowing where he and his family were going to live. But thanks to Military Warriors Support Foundation that worry is gone. On Monday, Griego and his wife received the keys to their new home in Arizona.

3.   Stand Down veterans’ benefit serves more than 1000.  The Wenatchee World Online  And it made Wenatchee’s Stand Down event the second-largest in the United States in terms of veterans served, said John Davis, homeless coordinator for the Spokane office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Stand Down program offers …

4.   How Veterans Can Find Job Assistance.  Business 2 Community  The National Resource Directory (NRD), an organization that provides information assistance to veterans and is a partnership among the U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, is a resource for job training opportunities for veterans.

5.   VA officials tour Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery.  Laurel Outlook  “We’re here to generally look at the features and size of cemetery,” said Thomas Basham, PE, director of design and construction service for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The informal initial visit gave Basham a chance to assess and …

6.   Defaulting on VA Loans: Options for a Disabled Vet.  AOL Real Estate (blog)  He was not contacted in any way about it (the Veterans Administration said they had sent letters to the old address in another state) and now with interest owes over $30,000. They claim there is no statute of limitations for this. … Members of …

7.   Group representing Va. veteran says judge denies request to stop transfer.  Greenfield Daily Reporter  A judge has refused a request to stop a Virginia veteran detained for radical anti-government Facebook posts from being moved to a psychiatric ward three hours from his home. The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group, said …

 8.   VA: Shinseki Will Hold People Accountable For Anything Done Wrong At VA Conferences.  CNN Newsroom CNN read a statement from VA, which pointed out that the agency’s secretary, Eric Shinseki “will hold accountable any individuals who are found to have misused taxpayer dollars or violated our standards of conduct. While an IG investigation is underway, VA has taken administrative action to remove contracting authority of any employees in the work unit under investigation.” Orlando (FL) Sentinel “Did the Department of Veterans Affairs overspend – and waste taxpayer dollars – last summer when it paid $5 million for two training conferences in Orlando? That’s the question at the center of two ongoing investigations into the taxpayer-funded conferences, which” Issa says “bore ‘eerie similarities’ to a scandalous 2010” GSA conference. In a statement, VA “said it is ‘cooperating fully’ with investigators and has ‘remove[d] purchasing authority of any employees in the work unit under investigation.'” The agency also “said Shinseki has ordered ‘an outside independent review of all training policies and procedures and the execution of all training conferences’ and ethics training for conference planners.” US Congress Questions $5 Million Veterans Affairs Conferences.
9.   Oklahoma Senate Launches Veterans Interim Study.  AP  “A state senator says he wants to know whether inadequate training and oversight are responsible for problems at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs’ and its seven veterans’ centers.” The comments were made on Tuesday by Sen. Frank Simpson. Also on Tuesday, a “Senate committee launched a study into the structure and responsibilities of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the state War Veterans Commission. The Senate approved the study following reports of deaths and abuse of veterans at state facilities.”
10. Legion To Hear Obama, Romney. Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette  “President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will speak next week to the American Legion’s national convention in Indianapolis, but only Romney will be there. Obama is scheduled to welcome the convention in a video broadcast at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to the American Legion’s website.” The Journal-Gazette adds, “Others scheduled to speak to the convention include Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.”

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