Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 15, 2012


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1.   Gold Star widow’s blog recounts life after loss of soldier husband.  Jane Horton has recorded her intimate thoughts in a blog she started to chronicle that difficult time, the year since her husband’s death and what happens to Gold Star families — the term for families of military personnel killed in action — once the fervent attention begins to fade.
2.   ‘Jungle skippers’ mark anniversary at Fort Benning.  When 11 paratroopers dressed in vintage World War II uniforms jumped from a low-flying C-47 aircraft Friday at Fort Benning, the scene brought back memories for former pilot Ted Machen, a member of the 317th Troop Carrier Group. “It reminded me of old times,” Machen said.
3.   Iraq War vets applying tech skills they learned to their Iowa business.  Perry Graham’s blue National Guard uniform hangs at the ready from a shelf while Jake Long’s hangs on a nearby doorknob at their cell phone repair business. At any moment, one or both of these 29-year-old Iraq War veterans could be called upon to help bury a U.S. veteran.
4.   Veterans want real policy, not just politics, from this election.  Veterans are emerging as a significant political force this year because of their numbers, sacrifice, public popularity and the government’s need to plan for serving troops returning from the Middle East as fighting winds down.
5.   Army wife to run Texas half marathon for deployed husband.  Bambi Kline will be one of more than 1,400 runners participating in Sunday’s 35th Annual GECU Trans Mountain Challenge Half Marathon/Half Marathon Relay/5K in Texas. “This will be my first half marathon,” she said. “I guess you can say I’m only half crazy.”
6.   Wisconsin man convicted of stealing $51,000 from veterans.  A Milwaukee County jury Friday convicted Kevin Kavanaugh of stealing more than $51,000 from money donated to help veterans and their families. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old Kavanaugh had skimmed the money from bank deposits and phony withdrawals from accounts for the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a veterans service organization.

7.   The Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs.  Nevada Appeal  We are to prioritize the needs of Nevada’s veterans; work toward increasing coordination of state government’s veteran assistance efforts with federal, local and non-profit services; and report to Gov. Sandoval on our findings before the council …

8.   Veteran centers under scrutiny after two deaths.  Tulsa World  .Minter’s death sparked legislative reviews of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. At a hearing last … Arterberry’s family has filed a tort claim, the first step toward a lawsuit, against the Veterans Administration and the state of Oklahoma …

9.   Veterans Home in Rifle Celebrates Upgrades.  KREX News Channel 5  The Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle celebrated a grand opening on Saturday, showcasing its $3.8 million expansion and upgrade. A grant was provided to the home by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to improving the …

10.  Veterans Day parade thanks those who served.  Buffalo News  This is the fourth year that the agencies have coordinated a Veterans Day parade, but organizers hope this year’s parade is the biggest, said Evangeline Conley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo. The parade is meant …

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