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1. Across the globe: Moments to honor and remember 9/11. It has been 11 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. As long ago as that seems, the day still evokes somber memories for multitudes around the world whether it be emergency personnel in Japan, servicemembers in Italy, or the throngs of people gathered in New York or in Pennsylvania or at the Pentagon.
2. Innocents lost: Reflecting on Kabul blast’s young victims. On Saturday, Stripes reporter Matt Millham got an e-mail from an American Air Force officer saying a suicide bomb attack outside the compound killed six people and injured five. Among the dead were children he interviewed or photographed for a story that ran in June about kids who hang out near NATO’s Kabul headquarters, selling scarves and trinkets to Western forces.
3. New Stolen Valor Act tops list of vet-related bills before Congress. Veterans advocates are optimistic that Congress will have enough time left this year to pass several meaningful initiatives for their members, starting this week with a law to replace the Stolen Valor Act.
4. As perceived threat of terror diminishes, veterans face increasing hardships. For many Americans, the fear and uncertainty that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are in the past. But that’s not the case for many veterans who have recently returned from deployments downrange.
5. Army medic veterans finding themselves underemployed. Combat medics, the Army’s largest specialty after infantry, are hindered in the job market by a military that doesn’t fully document their skills and a hodge-podge of state licensing laws that don’t account for armed-forces experience
6. At conference, NCOs seek to bolster international partnerships. As the war in Afghanistan winds down, senior U.S. and NATO noncommissioned officers are keen to maintain and pass on to the next generation of troops lessons learned about cooperation on the battlefield.
7. Recommended: VA struggling to calculate lost wages for wounded vets. NBCNews.com (blog) According to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to revise its disability-ratings schedule has become alarmingly bogged down. The GAO put Congress on alert that …
8. DoD, VA roll out new suicide awareness effort. Marine Corps Times The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments announced an awareness campaign, “Stand by Them: Help a Veteran” as part of a national strategy on suicide prevention unveiled Monday by the Obama Administration and the National Action Alliance on Suicide …
9. A Small But Important Step Forward to Increase Veterans’ Access to Mental Health.
Huffington Post This is critical, because as the NYS Health Foundation report, “Coming Home to Caring Communities: A Blueprint for Serving Veterans and Families,” states, “Local communities are the new ‘home base’ for veterans and their families.” However, all too …
10. Congress Returns (Briefly) To Try To Avert Government Shutdown. Los Angeles Times “Lawmakers are returning to their day jobs after a month on the campaign trail, and will try to accomplish one of Congress’ key tasks: funding the government,” before resuming the “season’s primary activity of campaigning to get reelected.” The House and the Senate are both expected to approve legislation that would “keep the government running past Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.” The “Senate, with its Democratic majority, will” also “be pushing a Veterans Jobs Corps initiative.”
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After September 11, Veterans Endure Through Service
Eleven years ago today, nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives in the September 11 attacks. As our country transformed, many Veterans have helped make 9/11 as a reason to serve their communities. Learn more