Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 17, 2012

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1.   Islamists vying for power through embassy protestsAnti-American riots that have spread to more than a dozen countries across the Middle East are a sign of fissures between radical and more moderate Islamists that are vying for power as their societies undergo change, Middle East experts say.
 
2.   Navy Safe Harbor program pairs injured with mentors to help get ready for next stepAfter stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, Navy corpsman Redmond Ramos faced an agonizing choice a week later: have his shattered left leg amputated or try to save what was left.

3.   What do you know about your United States veterans?  Oakland Tribune  According to the state Department of Veteran Affairs, there are now approximately 62,628 veterans living in Alameda County. In Contra Costa County, the number is 59,826. – There are approximately 1,865,342 veterans currently living in California, of …

4.   Chicago area Rotary Clubs stand up for Stand Down Day.  Positively Naperville  Working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations, the Rotary Clubs have enlisted the support of numerous corporations in this important undertaking. The clothing will be distributed to the veterans during Stand Down Day …

5.   Veterans need assistance with mental health, homeless issues.  Muncie Star Press  MUNCIE — Travis Field from the Indiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ Indianapolis office reminds everyone he meets to thank veterans for their service. They are not … So, it’s no wonder the homeless and suicide numbers started to increase among us.

6.   VFW Post works to meet needs of Tuscaloosa veterans.  Tuscaloosa News  VFW Post 6022 assists all veterans by filing claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, registering veterans with the VA hospital and submitting evaluations for disability claims. If a time should come when a veteran needs to go to the …

7.   Vets Benefits To Be Exempt From Sequestration. Military Times “Veterans’ disability and education benefits, health care and counseling are all exempt from sequestration, according to a Friday report from the White House that spells out the harm that awaits defense and non-defense programs if a way isn’t found to avoid the across-the-board budget cuts.” The Times says that “in a good news/bad news report to Congress, the White House said it has determined the entire Veterans Affairs Department budget is exempt from sequestration, a decision that answers nagging questions about whether VA might still be at risk for administrative cuts that would have forced layoffs, pay reductions and travel bans.” Yet, “the bad news for veterans” is largely in outside programs that could be cut. It details some, including Arlington National Cemetery funding.
 
8.   US Agent Orange Activist Brings Message Of Solidarity To Okinawa.  Japan Times Efforts of Heather Bowser, the daughter of a Vietnam veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange, and her message to the residents of Okinawa Island, who “have recently been confronted with mounting evidence that their land used to be a major storage site for the toxic U.S. Defoliant.” The Times says “Bowser’s father campaigned to spread awareness” and she also did on Okinawa, where she told residents “to start organizing with each other to international Agent Orange communities. Demand full disclosure from the Japanese government as to the storage and use of Agent Orange in Okinawa. Now is not a time to stay silent.”
 
9.   Anderson Iraq War Vet’s Post-Traumatic Stress Tears Apart A Marriage, But There’s A Happy Ending. Indianapolis Star  An Indiana couple who suffered through the PTSD of the husband, Wes Carlile, an Iraq War veteran, and the effect on his family. The wife, Andrea, wrote “The War That Came Home,” which she says is “a story of hope.” She “wants the book, to which Wes contributed, to bring solace and inspiration to other fighting similar battles.” Wes “sought help at the Marion VA Medical Center in late 2009,” when “a psychologist said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He sought counseling but wasn’t fully committed to it. They went to a VA weekend retreat for couples dealing with PTSD and that helped – for a while.” The Star details how the couple nearly divorced but fought to recover their marriage.
 
10.Mass. Program Helps Vets With Combat Stress.  AP  The Home Base Program in Boston, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital, the charitable foundation of the Boston Red Sox, and other agencies that “took root after the team visited vets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington following its 2007 World Series win.” The program “treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, conducts related research and provides counseling for veterans’ family members.” The program “is different from Department of Veterans Affairs programs because it also helps veterans with dishonorable discharges who are dealing with what experts call the ‘invisible wounds of war.'” The AP notes that “a program affiliated with the Atlanta Braves has modeled itself after Home Base.” The AP story was widely carried by news outlets.





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