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1. Nevada represented on federal Veterans Rural Health Advisory. Nevada Appeal The federal Department of Veterans Affairs has 24 different advisory committees established by statute or policy that are intended to provide guidance to and advice on programs and services provided by the department. One of those panels, the 15-member …
2. A Look Back: Marines save bell as building burns at 1904 World’s Fair. Missouri’s official contribution to the 1904 World’s Fair was a grand Romanesque building on the crest of Government Hill in Forest Park. The statue atop its golden dome towered 180 feet above the lawn.
3. Report: Germany to deploy missiles on Turkey-Syria border. Germany plans to deploy Patriot surface-to-air missiles along NATO partner Turkey’s border with war-torn Syria, a German newspaper reported Saturday.
4. National Guard troops train at community college facility. Soldiers in Company D of the 112th Infantry Regiment, based in Hamburg, Berks County, use community college campus to hone their skills and learn new ones.
5. Tenn. Marine who lost both legs in Afghanistan comes home. An East Tennessee Marine wounded in Afghanistan could be home to stay.
6. Little-known veteran pension hard to get and easy target for scammers. Sun-Sentinel Advocates blame poor outreach by the Veterans Affairs Department, a massive federal agency that wields $127 billion each year. Families that do know about the Aid and Attendance pension, sometimes called the widows’ pension, find themselves …
7. Congressional hearing for missing war records, veterans’ missing benefits. Alaska Dispatch Michael Michaud, D-Maine, today called on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Veteran’s Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki to respond to findings of the investigation, which detailed how dozens of Army units and U.S. Central Command destroyed or …
8. Veterans In New Congress Fewest Since World War II. Huffington Post The incoming 113th Congress “will have the fewest military veterans since World War II, although the number of members who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq wars is growing.” According to the American Legion, “nineteen percent of the next Congress will be veterans, with 85 in the House and 18 in the Senate. … In the current Congress, there are 91 veterans in the House and 25 in the Senate.” Sixteen members of Congress will be Iraq or Afghanistan veterans. HuffPost adds that the overall “decline isn’t completely surprising,” because the nation has not had a draft since 1973.
9. US House Sets Hearing On Missing War Records. Seattle Times A congressional hearing scheduled Dec. 4 will focus on “missing military records from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” following “a ProPublica-Seattle Times investigation over Veterans Day.” The Times adds that “separately, Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, called on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to respond to findings of the investigation, which detailed how dozens of Army units and U.S. Central Command destroyed or failed to keep field reports.” Michaud “sits on the House Veterans Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, which added the topic to a Dec. 4 session about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) effort to move its claims and benefit record-keeping systems into the digital era.”
10. 4 Legionnaire’s Cases At Pittsburgh VA Hospital. AP “Four patients at one of Pittsburgh’s Veterans Affairs hospitals have been successfully treated for Legionnaire’s disease, and the hospital’s water supply is being chlorinated to prevent others from catching the sometimes deadly form of pneumonia.” The affected hospital is in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh and is one of three hospitals in the city’s VA system. The AP says “the hospital has a copper ionization system that’s supposed to eliminate the bug, but it may not be working properly.” The VA is in touch with the CDC about the cases