Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 25, 2013


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1.   Blue Angels perform last show for awhile.  The Blue Angels may be performing their final exhibition for the foreseeable future.

2.   Fallen heroes remembered at 50th anniversary of Sky Soldiers.  The 173rd Airborne Brigade, the first U.S. combat unit in the Vietnam War, lost 48 paratroopers during intense fighting on Nov. 8, 1965. Those soldiers and others were remembered Saturday as hundreds gathered at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.

3.   Ambush still haunts former Iraq War POW Shoshana Johnson.  Although the home offers a refuge from the Iraqi battlefield that changed her life 10 years ago, ex-POW Shoshana Johnson confesses that she is still haunted by the ghosts of war

4.   Key US decision on Cuba terror-designation coming.  A normally routine bit of Washington bureaucracy could have a big impact on U.S. relations with Cuba, either ushering in a long-stalled detente or slamming the door on rapprochement, perhaps until the scheduled end of the Castro era in 2018.
5.   After decade of war, troops still struggling to find work.  This is what the end of a decade of war looked like in Oklahoma a few weeks ago: ex-soldiers in cheap new business suits; human resources managers with salesman smiles and stacks of glossy fliers; a former Marine speaking to a television news crew about the “tough times” and “nightmares” he has had since coming home.

6.   Maryland Senate passes veteran jobs billWashington Examiner:  Military veterans would get academic credit for skills learned during their service under a bill passed by the Maryland state Senate on Friday.

7.   The Ground Truth on VeteransUnemploymentTIME:  The unemployment numbers are getting better for everyone. But better isn’t good enough. No matter how you spin it, the truth remains that for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the unemployment rate is unacceptable.

8.   Vt and Maine reps seek to ease vet herbicides fear.  The Boston Globe (AP):  
Two U.S. Representatives from Vermont and Maine want the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to help veterans who fear they may have been exposed to dangerous herbicides at a Canadian military base.

9.   Bill: Help more blind, disabled vets get to VAArmy Times: The Veterans Affairs Department should do a better job of helping blind and severely disabled veterans reach their medical appointments, say two House Democrats who have written a bill that would require VA to broaden its rules on paying for transportation for veterans.

10.   A slap at veterans.   Buffalo News: The Department of Veterans Affairs has, for mysterious reasons, canceled a six-day athletic event in Buffalo that will cost the community more than $2 million and disappoint more than 2,500 veterans and their families, sponsors and supporters.


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