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1. Pa. military moms talk about challenges of returning home. Two and a half months wasn’t a lot of time, but it felt like forever. Not long after U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Gaby Caban was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in July 2011, she was homesick for her husband, Jose, and family. But she especially missed her 1-year-old daughter, Jayda.
2. Congress seems resigned to sequestration. The week of the sequester began with breathless warnings of its devastating effects. It ended with a collective shrug.
3. Air Force pilot’s sex assault dismissal sparks cries for reform. An Air Force general’s decision to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict and reinstate a fighter pilot convicted of sexual assault could prove to be a lightning rod in efforts to legislatively strip commanders of their long-held authority in sexual assault cases, victims’ advocates say.
4. Ship to be christened in honor of Montford Point Marines. Eight members of the Camp Lejeune Montford Point Marine Association, including one original Montford Point Marine, will take part this weekend’s christening of the USNS Montford Point — the first of three mobile landing platforms (MLPs) released by the Department of the Navy.
5. Veterans Affairs in forefront for hepatitis C treatment. Torrington Register Citizen: The VA’s goal is to develop new techniques – including group appointments – that could eventually help doctors, both military and civilian, manage an epidemic that kills more Americans each year than AIDS.
6. Abridged e-health system is new goal. Daily Press: The Obama administration pared back its plan to develop a single integrated electronic health record system for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs due to shrinking defense budgets and rising costs. If the single system were built “from
7. E-health Record Plan Reduced Amid Reductions to Budget. The News Tribune: The Obama administration pared back its plan to develop a single integrated electronic health record system for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs because of shrinking defense budgets and rising costs. If the single system were built “from scratch,” as planned, it would cost up to $12 billion, double the estimate given to Congress two years ago. These details came to light Wednesday during a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee where VA and Defense health officials had uncomfortable moments explaining the new plan.
8. Gun violence debate not winnableWinthrop forum: Mental illness to blame, or … Morning Sentinel; Ruth Ann Smith of Monmouth, a retired mental health nurse for the Veterans Administration, cautioned against lumping together all mental illness.
9. Isakson, Chambliss Co-Sponsor Bill to Keep VA Clinic Open in Cobb County. PoliticalNews.me: U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., this week co-sponsored the Keep Our Commitment to Veterans Act, which would allow the Cobb County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and other VA health care facilities across the country to keep their doors open.
10. New Group Supports Local Veterans, WIVB:There’s a new not-for-profit veterans assistance group, based in Buffalo. The Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY has a clearly-defined mission, stated by Chairman Roger Woodworth. “to bring people, resources in the community together in one spot for the common good of veterans.”
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Veterans Ready to Serve Again: The American Legion‘s annual Washington conference was this week, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was on hand to deliver a vital message: Veterans are well-prepared to rebuild the middle class, just as they did after World War II. The key …