Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 09, 2012


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1.   Vietnam War dead honored with reading of names at memorial.  He was the first American soldier killed in Vietnam; the first name of 58,282 listed on the granite wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. And with the reading of his name, Capt. Harry Griffith Cramer Jr. became the first to be honored Wednesday in what will be a 65-hour marathon session by 2,000 people reading all the names on the wall from now until Veterans Day.
2.   Veterans Day: A time of reflection for old warriors.  Evidently, some parts of a soldier’s experience never change. “If I could talk to a kid just going off to war,” said Frank Oliver, an 80-year-old veteran of the Korean War and a resident of Gig Harbor’s Peninsula Retirement Living, “I’d tell them, stay sober, watch out for those girls, and keep your nose clean.”
3.   US restarts efforts to move Okinawa Marines to Guam.  The U.S. military restarted efforts this week to build up Guam for the planned relocation of about 5,000 Okinawa Marines, a key piece in the stalled plan to realign forces in the Pacific region and reduce tensions in Japan.

4.   Marc Restucci sentenced for lying about military record.  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle  Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, said in a statement that Restucci submitted fraudulent claims to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after being denied veterans disability benefits. Restucci falsely claimed to have …

5.   Veterans With Sleep Apnea: A Growing Human Issue.  Huffington Post (blog)  Consider these statistics: According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), one out of every five war veterans has been diagnosed with OSA — compared with only five out of 100 civilians in the general population. And between 2008 and 2010 …

6.   Mid-valley contractors learn about bidding on veterans’ home.  Albany Democrat Herald
Mid-valley business owners hoping to sell cabinets, roofing, heating systems and more for the new veterans home learned more about the project Tuesday from representatives of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs and general contractor …

7.   Delta College to dedicate Veteran Resource Center.  Lodi News-Sentinel  He was also a champion of veteran’s affairs. In 2002, Burke was appointed by the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs to serve on the Advisory Committee of Cemeteries and Memorials. The dedication will take place at 10 am. Saturday in the …

8.   Veterans Affairs woos youth through social media.  The Department of Veterans Affairs is turning to social media and broadcasters like MuchMusic to get more young people engaged in Remembrance Day. ‘Research has told us they really like interactive; they’re interested when we have incentives.’
9.   NY Hospitals Shuttered After Sandy Could Be Closed For Weeks.  Health Leaders Media  “A week after Hurricane Sandy forced five” of New York City’s hospitals, including a Veterans Affairs facility in Manhattan, to “shut down and evacuate their water-logged and powerless facilities, four remain closed, with no dates set for when they will reopen.” So “far, only New York Downtown Hospital has reopened fully. Officials did not offer specific dates for when the other four hospitals would reopen, but the process of repairing damage done during Hurricane Sandy is expected to take weeks at some facilities.”  NextGov “The Veterans Affairs Department backed up electronic health record data from its now flooded and closed Manhattan hospital before Hurricane Sandy hit, spokeswoman Jo Schuda told me.” Brewin adds, “Since VA networks provide electronic access to patient records anywhere in its system, VA clinicians should be able to get medical information on Manhattan vets wherever they show up for treatment. Good work.”
10. Values Exercise Improves Doctor-Patient Communication. Reuters A new study recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that when African American patients take part in a waiting room exercise that encourages them to reflect on their personal values, it helped improve communication between the patients and their white doctors. Dr. Howard Gordon, from the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chicago, said, “If black patients believe that the doctor’s going to stereotype them because of their race, they may not behave to their full potential during the visit.” He added, “They may feel inhibited; they may not ask questions during the visit.”




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