Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 05, 2012


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1.   Union general’s cow is unlikely heroine of Civil War.  According to lore, Gen. Mortimer D. Leggett mustered into service a gentle giant who went beyond the call of duty to serve the Union Army. Her name was “Molly” or “Old Betsy” — accounts vary — and she was a Jersey cow.
2.   Ohio attorney general files appeal notice in early-vote case.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday appealed a ruling by a U.S. judge that threw out a Republican- backed law that cut three days of early voting for most of the state’s citizens.
3.   Ohio universities announce help for veterans amid delay in benefits.  Miami University and The Ohio State University have announced they will offer their student veterans loans with no interest to help them cover housing and book expenses amid an expected delayed in their Post 9/11 GI Educational Benefits.
4.   As age grounded avid pilot, former student came to the rescue.  Since losing his pilot’s license because of medical issues, Carless J. Evans Jr., 84, has longed for the feeling of wheels leaving the ground, the buffet of air beneath smooth wings, and the drone of an engine as it twirls the propeller, gripping the air to lift his plane into the clouds.

5.   Suicide prevention week: ‘Almost 3000 people commit suicide daily’.  During the last fiscal year, a total of 126 San Diego veterans attempted suicide and 22 of them succeeded according to Veteran Affairs officials. In advance of the United States National Suicide Prevention week from September 9 to September 15 and …

6.   San Diego suicide: Warning signs, what to do, who to call.  In addition to the KPBS audio clip, the Military Suicide Report posted on September 3, 2012 by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs informs the public that “young veterans account for nearly half of crisis calls; San Diego area is home to …
7.   Attorney pleads guilty to $2.3 million scam of disabled vets.  Houston Chronicle  … disabled veterans mostly from Southeast Texas and then deliberately hid their thefts by filing fake reports and a bogus income tax return in a scheme described as the largest rip-off ever reported in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs …

8.   ECRI Institute’s 19th Annual Conference to Explore “Systemness”.  RedOrbit  Senior leaders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Health Affairs, the Milbank Memorial Fund, and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania played key roles in planning …

9.   Order calls for interagency cooperation on veterans’ mental health.  Jared Serbu, DoD reporter, Federal News Radio. Download. President Obama signed an executive order Friday telling the Department of Veterans Affairs to add more personnel to respond to the mental health needs of veterans and telling other agencies to …
10.  Response Time On Veterans’ Claims Vary Widely. Belleville (IL) News-Democrat “If you’re a Northern California veteran who has waited a year for a decision on a war-related disability claim, you might consider a move to South Dakota – where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs typically responds in less than half the time. … The geographic inequity of VA wait times is fully detailed for the first time in an analysis by The Center for Investigative Reporting,” which found that “Veterans in sparsely populated states often encounter quick resolution of their compensation claims for problems ranging from back injuries to post-traumatic stress disorder while those in metropolitan areas languish.” And “so far, change has headed in the wrong direction, despite increased media and political scrutiny.” The story also says that “a VA spokesman did not respond to numerous email and telephone inquiries.”


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College Campus Safety

Life on a college campus can be a very self-contained environment. Students generally live in dorms and spend the majority of their time within the campus. While this provides for a higher level of education and a unique society, living in such close proximity to so many other people does have its disadvantages and dangers.

Campus crime is one of the biggest issues that affect every higher education facility. Crimes such as theft, robbery or sexual assault are sometimes very prevalent at any school. Date rape is an ongoing problem that many college students are forced to deal with. The possibility of any student becoming a victim of a crime makes it essential that every person learns how to stay safe on campus.

People who live in dorms should follow a few basic safety tips such as walking to class in groups, especially at night, always keeping their doors locked and knowing exactly where the security offices are located. Students may find it worthwhile to invest in a non lethal self defense weapon non lethal self defense weapon and/or enroll in even a basic self defense class.

Another type of crime that’s on the rise doesn’t involve physical confrontation, but can be devastating nonetheless. Identity theft is another serious issue on campuses all across the nation. Every student must learn how to protect their identity from computer hackers and even predators who may take personal mail directly out of a garbage can. Every year thousands of people have their identities stolen, and repairing the problem is a long and costly tribulation. It is not something anyone just starting out building a credit history wants to deal with.

Going to college is all about learning and developing your education. While you are there, take some time to educate yourself about campus crime and how to prevent it.

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