Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 24 2012


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1.   Slain Marine commander’s actions called heroic.  Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible was heading home to video chat with his wife after dinner when the first blasts rang out. The pops in the distance on Sept. 14 at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan were harbingers of the most audacious Taliban attack on a major NATO base in the decade-long war.
2.   Mercury found in water pipe at Camp Lejeune.  A water treatment plant at Camp Lejeune remains shut down after mercury was discovered in a pipe within the facility.
3.   Head Injuries: The invisible epidemic.  It took four suicides to raise public awareness of how devastating head injuries can be in football. It took brain injuries from countless improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan to help turn what was called a “silent epidemic” into a very vocal one.
4.   Suicide hotline debuts in Contra Costa, Calif.  The Contra Costa Crisis Center became one of six agencies across the country to help Veterans Affairs field this kind of call from veterans. Operating out of an office building, the nonprofit answered about 3,400 calls from all 50 states during the first month.

5.   Lost Purple Heart being returned to family after almost 70 years.  Almost 70 years later, the Purple Heart Olin White received just two years before his death surfaced in a box of family memorabilia at a Jacksonville, N.C. home. The only problem was the prestigious medal didn’t belong to the family who found it.
6.   Yale welcomes Air Force, Naval ROTC units back to campus.  In a ceremony laden with military formality and crisp, brisk salutes, Yale University officially welcomed the return of Air Force and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps units to campus Friday. It marked the first time Yale has had an ROTC detachment since the Vietnam War era.
7.   Concerns grow as tsunami debris continues to arrive in US.  Concern is growing about the potential effects on the environment and on boating as more tsunami debris from Japan reaches Hawaii and the western coast of Canada and the United States.

8.   World War II submariners disbanding group.  The U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II disbanded at the end of its convention Sept. 7 in Norfolk, Va. Local chapters now must decide whether to continue operating under another name or to dissolve as well.

9.   Retired colonel discusses importance of finding MIA’s.  Wading through swamps, rappelling down cliffs and hiking through thick jungles, U.S. troops go to extremes to recover the remains of long-missing American veterans. On Saturday, retired Army Col. Ward B. Nickish, a former commander of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, came to Stonersville to talk about that mission, and the nation’s commitment to bringing home its fallen troops.

10. Injured Veterans Hoping for Kids May Find Financial Help from VA.  ABC News  Currently, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does not cover the complete cost of some fertility treatments for veterans and their spouses, including surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and sperm donation. For soldiers who are injured but still …

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