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1. Reservist — and employer — adapting after deployment. Night and day. That’s how U.S. Army Maj. Megan Miranda described the work days at her current job at Third Degree Advertising in American Tobacco versus the job she held a few months ago as a company commander deployed in Afghanistan.
2. A reporter’s farewell to Afghanistan, with sadness and affection. Nearly every ugly experience in Afghanistan is balanced by moments that make the heart lift: an elderly neighbor who beams as he presents a bunch of sweet-to-the-point-of-bursting grapes from the family farm outside Kabul, the schoolgirls in their white head scarves who shyly call out “How-are-YOU?” before dissolving into giggles.
3. Alleged architect of attack on USS Cole boycotts court session. Saudi-born defendant Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri voluntarily skipped the first of three days of scheduled legal arguments to set the stage for his trial as alleged architect of al-Qaida’s 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole off Aden, Yemen.
4. WWII veteran Carl Cirocco’s tenacity led to exemplary life story. Carl Cirocco could have left the military after losing parts of several fingers in a blast while working as a bomb disposal technician for the Army during World War II, according to his children. But devotion to his fellow soldiers led him back into harm’s way.
5. British accept remains found at WWII crash site. British military police took custody Tuesday of remains found at the site of a World War II bomber crash and will attempt to identify them for possible interment in a British war cemetery in Germany.
6. Navy dolphins and divers help scout ordnance off Montenegrin coast. Dolphins are perhaps the Navy’s best weapon when it comes to hunting for mines and other threats along cluttered shorelines, where the mammal’s fine-tuned natural sonar system can be trained to discriminate between the hazardous and the harmless.
7. Best Warrior event a test of soldiers’ mettle. The Best Warrior event is a grueling four-day mental and physical competition against the best soldiers and NCOs from the Army’s other major commands. The goal: to select the best to serve as examples for others in the Army.
8. Medical marijuana: disabled veteran’s appeal could change US drugs policy. The Guardian A disabled veteran has told an appeals court that the department of veteran affairs policy on medical marijuana has caused him pain and significant economic harm, in a development campaigners say is a positive step in the battle to push for the drug’s …
9. Michigan to Offer Free Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans. Outdoor Life Magazine (blog) The law doesn’t include lottery-based licenses, and disability rulings made by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determine eligibility. “Providing free licenses for disabled veterans is just a small token of our deep gratitude for their sacrifice …
10. UNC denies Iraq veteran in-state tuition status. Examiner.com The Post 9/11 GI Bill only covers in-state tuition and the difference has to be made up out-of-pocket by the veteran. In-state tuition ranges from $1,500 to $3,700 … Video: Issues faced by our returning veterans. University Dr, Pembroke, NC 28372 …
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Wounded Vets Ride to Recover
More than 200 wounded Veterans are taking part in this year’s Ride 2 Recovery, a seven day, 450 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Many of the Vets were recruited at VA’s resident trauma recovery program. Learn more