Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 02, 2012


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1.   Video shows US reporter—former Marine—alive after capture in Syria.   Austin Tice, a former Marine and American freelance journalist in Syria who hasn’t communicated with family and colleagues since mid-August, is shown alive and in the custody of armed men in a video posted on YouTube.

2.   US Veterans Agency Official Resigns Before Report on Spending. Businessweek  The top human resources official at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resigned a day before the scheduled release of an inspector general’s report on questionable spending tied to two conferences in Florida. The agency announced in a brief …
3.   IG: VA wasted hundreds of thousands on extravagant conferencesInvestigators looking into lavish spending for a pair of Veterans Affairs training conferences in 2011 found evidence that department employees improperly accepted gifts, wasted hundreds of thousands on unneeded expenses and exhibited “serious management weaknesses” in handling taxpayer dollars.
4.   Talking to troops, top NCO hears about “insider threats”The priority for frontline troops was clear as Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Johnson, America’s top enlisted man for ground operations, trudged up the stairs of a bombed out, teetering building in this crucial southern city: on an upper floor two U.S. “guardian angels” peered out over their base through a broken window, rifles at the ready, looking for signs of Afghan soldiers about to attack their coalition counterparts.
5.   US: $100M veterans scam suspect in Ohio is Harvard Law grad.  A former fugitive suspected of running a $100 million cross-country scam collecting donations for Navy veterans has been identified as a Harvard-trained attorney wanted on unrelated fraud charges since 1987, authorities said Monday.

6.   American Humane Association Calls on Veterans Administration.  RedOrbit  American Humane Association, the nation’s leading advocate on behalf of animals and children, today called on the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse a policy that would …

7.   MacDill event looks for leadersMore than most of the students milling around the hallway at the Davis Conference Center at MacDill Air Force Base, Caleb Allen knows the cost of war. His father, retired Marine Cpl. Mike Jernigan, was blinded when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device while he was on patrol in Iraq in 2004.
8.   Four arrested in shooting at Florida VFW postPolice today arrested four suspects in Sunday’s fatal shooting of two members of the Warlocks motorcycle club and the wounding of a third men outside a VFW post in Winter Springs, Fla.

9.   New survey strives to get input from state veterans.  West Virginia Public Broadcasting  He is also one of nearly 800 students at the school who is a veteran. After serving as a specialist and earning the honorary rank of sergeant in the United States Army, this Sophia, W.Va. native decided to go to college, but Combs says the first year …

10.  VA fails to track cause of veterans deaths.  Dayton Daily News  Last month, Veterans Affairs officials in Dayton said multiple deployments, a tough economy and a rise in post-traumatic stress added to an alarming increase in suicides among local service members and veterans. … The 345 Texas veterans identified by …


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