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


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1.   NATO: Turkey can rely on alliance for defenseNATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday put the weight of the alliance behind Turkey, which has been exchanging fire with Syria over the past week along their common border.
2.   Wounded Marine’s new mission: Training assistance dogs.  A grenade explosion might have put an end to Dan Carbonneau’s effort to serve his country, but he hasn’t let it sway his determination to serve others. He found a new mission: training assistance dogs.

3.   VA to host event for homeless veterans.  Lincoln Journal Star  Homeless veterans and people facing the threat of homelessness will have the chance to find help Thursday at the annual U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Stand Down and Project Connect event in Lincoln. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the …

4.   Omega-3 Acids May Prevent Suicide Among Veterans and Military Personnels.  Counsel & Heal  According to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, there were 17,754 suicide attempts among veterans last year and in July this year, 26 active-duty soldiers are believed to have committed suicide, the most ever recorded in a month since the U …

5.   Elks to honor veterans, supporters.  The Elks Lodges of Hendersonville and Asheville will hold an award ceremony for local dignitaries and about 60 personnel from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ hospitals and housing facilities at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The ceremony will begin …

6.   Residents get checked at health fair.  jacksonprogress-argus  Andre Anderson already gets health care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He’s a disabled veteran, and already knows he has high blood pressure, which he’s being treated for. But he was told several years ago to look out for osteoporosis.

7.   Lots of Local Help Available Now.  The Solano VA office Comprehensive works as a liaison for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, California Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, Social Security …

8.   Improved Routine Access To Health Data Ensures Disaster Preparedness.  FierceGovernmentIT “State health information exchanges can best prepare for emergencies by ensuring that health information is readily accessible during routine care, concludes a report…from the Southeast Regional HIT-HIE Collaboration published in July. But the report finds day-to-day health information sharing is a challenge, as individual state’s efforts and HIE implementation timelines vary considerably.” FierceGovernment IT adds, “Health information sharing success in disaster response corresponds with sharing success during non-emergencies. The Veterans Affairs Department fared exceptionally well during Hurricane Katrina because its use of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or VistA, ensured a mature health record system was already in place, say report authors.”
9.   As Military Suicides Rise, Focus Is On Private Weapons.  New York Times The Pentagon is “developing a suicide prevention campaign that will encourage friends and families of potentially suicidal service members to safely store or voluntarily remove personal firearms from their homes.” In addition, “Congress appears poised to enact legislation that would allow military mental health counselors and commanders to talk to troops about their private firearms” and would amend a 2011 law that prohibited the Defense Department from collecting information from vets about legally owned firearms. The Times noted that US Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who “sponsored the original 2011 restrictions, said he would support the new amendment ‘if it clears up any confusion.'”
10.   Study Will Probe Vet Suicide Risk, Omega-3s.  AP  “A $10 million study will investigate if a substance found in fish oil can reduce the risk of suicide among military veterans, where the rate is higher than in the population as a whole. The three-year study of omega-3 fatty acids was announced Monday by the Medical University of South Carolina,” the US Veterans Affairs Department, and the National Institutes of Health. Ron Acierno, a “co-investigator at MUSC and the nearby” Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, “noted that suicide rates among veterans are high both for those who have been deployed to war zones as well as those who have not. He said it’s not really clear why, although the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs devote a lot of resources to help those who may have been scarred by combat.”


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