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2.Dunford: Uncertainty Poses Greatest Risk to Transition. American Forces Press Service Change causes stress, and the transition in Afghanistan that’s gradually moving Afghan forces into the lead for security brings significant tensions for that nation’s people along with it, the commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said
3. Korean War chaplain to be awarded Medal of Honor. The White House says President Barack Obama will award a posthumous Medal of Honor to a Korean War Army chaplain credited with ministering and providing medical assistance to fellow soldiers under heavy fire during combat operations at Unsan, Korea.
4. North Korea stops answering hotline with South. As threatened, North Korea stopped answering a two-way hotline in the Demilitarized Zone on Monday, symbolically marking its decision to no longer recognize the armistice that ended the Korean War almost 60 years ago.
5. Hagel orders review of UCMJ after Wilkerson sex assault case. Responding to uproar over an Air Force lieutenant general overturning a fighter pilot’s conviction for sexual assault, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an investigation and review of Uniform Code of Military Justice provisions that allow commanders to overrule verdicts of court-martial juries.
6. Top US general in Afghanistan: Taliban succeeding with its messaging. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said that while the Taliban appear to be facing organizational breakdown and resource shortages, they are succeeding in the important battle for the minds of the Afghan people.
7. Intimacy: Focus of DVBIC’s ‘Hot Topics in TBI’ Series. DCoE Public Affairs The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host the final webinar in its winter series, “Hot Topics in Traumatic Brain Injury,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) March 20. The topic is “Intimacy – Sex, Drugs and TBI.” A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can change the way a person expresses themselves with their partner. Post-concussion symptoms and certain drugs used to treat TBI can further complicate the relationship. Taking a holistic approach to TBI health care is key to addressing all aspects of recovery, especially how couples relate to each other.
8. Cuts Give Obama Path to Create Leaner Military. New York Times At a time when $46 billion in mandatory budget cuts are causing anxiety at the Pentagon, administration officials see one potential benefit: there may be an opening to argue for deep reductions in programs long …
9. VA dodges budget cuts; veterans will feel effects of the sequester. American Homecomings One federal department stands conspicuously protected from the automatic budget cuts falling across the government: the Department of Veterans Affairs with its 300,000 employees and $140 billion budget, a mammoth agency second in …
10. Stopgap budget softens cuts to military, veterans. Courier Times: Voting 267 for and 151 against, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 933) to fund the government between March 27 and Sept. 30 at an annual rate of $982 billion. The bill covers the nearly 30 percent of the $3.5 trillion federal budget that is discretionary (nonentitlement) spending. It would lock in the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration for the remaining six months of fiscal 2013 but would soften their impact on military and veterans’ budgets.
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