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1. GOP foes of Hagel nomination say vote should go on. Republican opponents of former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s stalled bid to become defense secretary said Sunday that they’ll probably allow his Senate confirmation vote to proceed unless material more damaging to the nominee – and by extension, the Obama adminstration – surfaces in the coming week.
3. Army plows ahead with troubled war-zone program. A $250 million Army program designed to aid U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan has been riddled by serious problems that include payroll padding, sexual harassment and racism, a USA TODAY probe has found.
4. Minn. investigates for-profit colleges’ recruitment of vets with GI benefits. Aggressive recruiting by some of the state’s largest for-profit colleges is drawing scrutiny from the Minnesota attorney general, who contends that students, many of them veterans, can find themselves unable to repay federal loans, leaving taxpayers on the hook.
5. Disabled veterans climb Kilimanjaro to assist research. The eight-day trek up and down the 19,340-foot summit of Kilimanjaro, aided by the Alaska Mountaineering School, was no tourist trip.
6. World War II artifacts often come with a story. Greg Eigenfeld felt his pulse quicken. A phone caller from Staunton had just told Eigenfeld, a collector of World War II military artifacts from Allied and Axis forces, about an interesting discovery she had made in the basement of a home inherited from an uncle.
7. Veteran Artist Program seeks to propel veterans into mainstream arts community. The Baltimore-based Veteran Artist Program develops opportunities for veterans to express themselves creatively.
8. The wounds are fake; lessons under fire are real. For the past six years, a Virginia Beach couple has traveled the country training law enforcement and military groups in tactical combat casualty care through their company, Trauma Training FX.
9. Debt threatens U.S. future. Beyond the local effects, what is even more alarming is how this dynamic is threatening the future security of the United States. Rolling back our defense, while the government continues spending money it doesn’t have and accumulating massive debts, will compromise our nation’s ability to meet the demands of our historic role as a world leader.
10. VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as February 19, 2013:
February 26, 2013. Joint HVAC and SVAC hearing on the Legislative Presentation of Disabled American Veterans (DAV). 2:00pm; 345 Cannon HOB
February 28, 2013. Joint HVAC and SVAC hearing on the Legislative Presentations from multiple Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs). 10:00am; Ground room 50, Dirksen SOB
March 5, 2013. Joint HVAC and SVAC hearing on the Legislative Presentation of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). 10:00am; Ground room 50, Dirksen SOB
March 6, 2013. Joint HVAC and SVAC hearing on the Legislative Presentations from multiple Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs). 10:00am; 345 Cannon HOB
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